Some more back-of-bus-seat art…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s instruction is to snip off the outer packaging, roll it up into hand-sized balls and toss them out of the window; slit the thin black rubber membrane down the middle with a sharp craft knife and slip a curious finger inside – you should feel the warm soft nodule on top of the central housing – give it a gentle squeeze between thumb and forefinger. If you hear soft music beginning to play, all is well, and you may continue. Unwrap your packs of white lard and shove four or five of them into the galvanised chute at the narrow end. Stand well back and wait – you will not be disappointed…

Now, dear reader, you may recall a piece I posted on the subject of ‘back of bus seat art’ a while ago. Well, today’s post is a sort of supplement to it. If you’d like to refresh your memory of the original, you could click here.

As with most great movements in art the first seed is often sown by a single innovator, a creative person who ploughs a lone furrow, one who doesn’t follow the crowd, perhaps a deep thinker with a different Weltanschauung from that of the common herd. I think I’ll just pause here and let that super long word (complete with its German capital letter) breath for a moment – I learned to pronounce that one back at art school…

When I wrote my original post this sort of vandalism on the buses was fairly rare – that’s why I noticed it I suppose, but of course after our young, probably male, artist had worked on some bus seat backs with his cigarette lighter around one or two of the city’s bus routes, other young dimwits noticed these interesting and striking marks; and they were obviously impressed by them – and they were curious as to how the pieces could be executed so easily, and with so much style. They soon learned, and they generously passed on their skills to their enthusiastic coevals. I suppose it’s like graffiti, or ‘street art’ as the trendies like to call it – it is forced on us whether we like it or not…
Just like a proper movement in the arts, suddenly everyone was doing it. Now many of the bus seats (usually just the more private upper deck ones) have been thoroughly augmented – here are some examples I photographed yesterday: Note Jaydan’s interesting use of upper and lower case in the same word…

About Dave Whatt

Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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8 Responses to Some more back-of-bus-seat art…

  1. Sharon Mann says:

    Good Morning Dave, your photograph certainly displays this graffiti artistically. I’m also impressed with the color and fabric pattern if the bus seats.

  2. ktz2 says:

    kind of looks like some malevolent coral growing next to the smiley face

  3. ktz2 says:

    or else really long fingers…?

  4. Oh I like this (she says, glancing furtively around….one isn’t supposed to “like” vandalism) It looks like nasty worms are voraciously attacking some poor branch struggling to grow. Rather like JAYdAn, who obviously feels marginalised in society, thus burning his way to notoriety on the back of bus seats! 🙂

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