Oct 032014

River Don Inverurie by Duncan HarleyIn the first of a controversial 52 part series Duncan Harley and Janice Catto take cognisance of the political comments on a wall near you.

Wiki says that graffiti is:

“writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface, often in a public place. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings.”

“The underlying social and political messages are often ignored and controversies regarding the art form create disagreement amongst city cleansing officials and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations.”

“There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested and reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.”

Be that as it may.

Today we took a walk along the Don to Inverurie’s abandoned Ardtannes Mill.

Mo Mo was seemingly here a few months ago, as was Super Ned. We last saw Mo Mo’s work two years ago in Kellands Park. At that time he advised that ‘Mo Mo is fat’ and to the best of our knowledge that was indeed true.

His spray technique leaves little to the imagination and his statements are orange/brown with a stark signature reading ‘Mo Mo likes to be fat, how about you’.

Our spies are out but to date little is currently known about Mo Mo apart from the above although he has a deft hand with a spray gun.

With statements such as ‘Better to have a short life doing things you want than to live a long life in a miserable way’ and ‘Plop’, who could disagree.

However, In a moment of inebriated philosophical humour, Mo Mo’s rival Super Neds writes ‘Fuck Israel’ and advises that ‘good girls go to heaven.’

We, of course, are sure that they do in both cases.

Next week in the Voice we will be looking at the work of Pantsy and his comments on the life and times of north east history with particular relevance to the life and times of creative walls near you.

Yours creatively, Duncan and Janice

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