Graffiti Wall on the Corner of 50th & Roosevelt

Here's a little more background on today's outfit post, Embracing Colour.

As Angie said, this is a free wall in Seattle's University District. While we were there we saw a few artists doing their thing. I chatted to one graffiti artist who goes by the name "What It Do". That's him with a newly completed work. The letters are N.O.D., the name of the crew he associates with. It stands for "Not On Dope".

He also explained the significance of the word "aybee" that's on the wall in many places. One of the few female Seattle graffiti artists, Ana Dyson (previously Ana Bender and also known as "AB") had passed away in February, and other graffiti artists were paying tribute to her. One part of the wall had a painting of her where people had left flowers.

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  • Patty replied 7 years ago

    Thanks for the added Info Greg---touching wall!

  • Classically Casual replied 7 years ago

    Greg - This is loosely part of my extended 'hood, & I love that you know it better than I.
    Thanks for the info on the artists....waiting for the light to change at that intersection will be more interesting in the future. Cheers!

  • Ana replied 7 years ago

    This is very cool, Greg! Thanks for the background information. It provides a lot of context.

  • replied 7 years ago

    Lovin' the back story, thank you Greg. It's nice to have the graffiti translated for me.

  • morethanbeige replied 7 years ago

    Thanks for the background, Greg. Angie's outfit against the wall is sublime.

  • celia replied 7 years ago

    Thanks for the story , it adds to the fabulous pictures.

  • thunalata replied 7 years ago

    Thanks Greg.

    SO glad you have a YLF blog (missed that).

    It's really important to me to see this background to the photos as I know my tendency is to take your photography for granted. Your photos, like Angie's outfits, make my heart lift in a 'wow that's killer' way and I need to be reminded to say that. :)

  • replied 7 years ago

    Thanks Greg, I was hoping to see more. I love graffiti walls. (touching story)

  • cciele replied 7 years ago

    Thanks for the backstory on the wall Greg -- I had been wondering about that! Really interesting about the "aybee" tribute.

  • Lisa replied 7 years ago

    Really interesting! Thanks Greg!

  • HelenInCanada replied 7 years ago

    What a striking portrait of Ana Dyson. I wonder how she passed away? I personally love murals and beautifully done grafitti - so nice to know there is a place it is allowed for public enjoyment. We have some nice murals here in TO - I should photograph more of them ASAP.

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