David Pescovitz at 8:54 am Tue, Nov 30, 2010
ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING!
Did they use a stencil for the bottom three graffiti sigs?
And the position of the P next to I is peculiar, looking at the faded area where everything was; a strange distance between AUTO and PARTS originally.
I thought the spacing looked weird, too, but if you follow the Flickr link, there’s an earlier picture of the building where you can see that the spacing between the P and the A looks right. And, if you look up the address on Mapquest (http://mapq.st/h/9-hbbSazUr), you can see the building with all the letters still intact.
An “Elmhurst Hospital” sign in Queens NY became
” lmhur t Hospital”
A Brooklyn “PC Richard and Son” became
“PC hard on”
The position of the P and I looks peculiar because the “IA” is painted in the space used by the sign’s original “A”. If you look carefully, you can see the “I” is painted over the shadow/dirt of the original “A”, and the painted “A” overlaps the edge of the shadow/dirt “A” on one side and the shadow/dirt “R” on the other side.
When I lived in Brooklyn in the mid 80s I used to see this sign that read HARDWARE & PAIN
I know the guy who did this yo.
Totally looks like something you’d see out of Fallout.
Totally. The new Fallout: New Vegas contains a very small community built around the remains of a tourist-trap motel. The town’s named Novac, after the remaining letters on the motel’s No Vacancy sign.
Reading from inside to out, it’s not just UTOPIA, it’s UTOPIA ARTS!
Now leave us Detroiters alone, we are in the Mad Max times.
Sorry, I couldn’t resist.
Fool! Don’t you know better than to make a recent “The Simpsons” reference here. Prepare for the wrath of “it hasn’t been funny for 10 years ” comments to rain upon you to only add to your missy ;-)
Uh Misery. Not Missy.
Reminds me of this, which incidentally was my local laundromat way back:
“BOTTLE DEPOT” became “BOTTLED POET”
In Norwalk CT “Utopia” is a head shop (“smoking accessories” wink wink) that has been around for decades.
For what it’s worth, Jason is also from Detroit.
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