On route 287 north around Bridgewater NJ on the post for an overpass there is some gang graffiti. I mean someone literally painted the words “GANG GRAFFITI” in simple block letters. It is generically hilarious. I chuckle everytime I see it.
From my youth one has always stuck with me because it was so odd. On a train overpass someone spray painted, “Tuna is augly fish.” I know they meant “a(sic) ugly” but there was no space between the letters. I have no idea why it was there.
Then there is the famous one on the Washington Beltway in Maryland that I saw when I was going to school there. As you go under an overpass you could see the words “Surrender Dorothy” just as the Mormon Temple came into view. The temple looks just like the Emerald City. The graffiti has been covered up.
ETA found an old picture of the original graffiti.
On GA 316 between Atlanta and Athens, where you’re in the stretch that is ‘country’, there is a billboard, black on yellow, that simply says “JESUS”. Every time I pass it I wonder who the target audience is. Is some guy just driving along and suddenly “Oh crap, it’s Jesus I need! Why didn’t I think of that before!?”
I’ve mentioned these on the Board before
1.) On the gate of a private house I used to pass on my way to work:
NO NOT ENTER WHILE ALIVE**
It made me wonder if the place was a Zombie Retirement Community, or something. More seriously, I suppose it could have been originally from some High Voltage facility or something, which the homeowner stuck on his front gate because it was weird. But the wording is strange, even in that case. To this day, I don’t really know what that sign’s supposed to be.
2.) On route 95 going through Providence, RI No Exit 4
which made me automatically think “Sequelmania strike Jean-Paul Sartre”
3.) Near my house there’s one reading
** No Jake Brakes**
…which would have confused the heck out of me, but I have the Straight Dope, and know what that’s all about.
I haven’t reported the sign. I kinda like having its retro obscurity around.
The best graffiti I ever saw was on a bus, up on the overhead advertising. We had a big scandal here years ago, where a local company pretended to find gold somewhere overseas - it was a huge financial mess, people died, etc. Anyway, Reeses peanut butter cups had a campaign at the time that was showing a cross-section of a peanut butter cup, and someone had labelled the peanut butter section as, “Bre-X gold.” It totally cracked my shit up.
Also seen on a condom vending machine: “This gum is rubbery and tastes funny.”
I was doing some work in New Orleans right after Katrina, and as the residents started to return, they began putting their garbage out on the streets, including lots and lots of refrigerators. One day I saw one with graffiti written on it that said Voodoo Today Here Now 5. A bit odd I thought. As I walked I saw another one with the same saying, then another, then another, then a street sign with it…it was all over the place. Someone had written this saying in hundreds of locations. :eek:
As I walked around the quarter I was surrounded by Voodoo Today Here Now 5. I don’t know if they ever figured out who did it or what it meant. I read somewhere that some street person said he was the artist. It became this sort of legend that inspired a play by the same name. I even found a t-shirt on Ebay with the saying.
Once the kids and I were sitting in the car at a railroad crossing, staring in silence as the train passed by, when one of the boxcars suddenly appeared bearing a portrait of a demon holding up his middle finger. We were all totally :eek: and then we were like :D. Fer sure!