Bloganuary Challenge – Day 19 – Mysterious

Published January 19, 2022 by Maryanne
Newark, New Jersey, Photo by Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta

One of life’s biggest mysteries is graffiti artists. So mysterious, some may believe the are aliens.

How do they get up on super high water towers, rooftops, underneath overpasses, bridges and freeway fences to spray paint art?

I Googled this question and via Quora and one of the answers I read was that a graffiti artist in Texas convinced a guy who had a helicopter to let him dangle in the air with a harness while he sprayed his tag on a water tower.

Another mystery about graffiti artists is never see them at work–even if we’re on the road all hours of the night. My husband and I discussed this. When we were young, in the 1980s, nightclubs were open very late. After a night of music and dancing, you’d hit a diner. You might come home anywhere between 4 and 7 a.m. Then people start their work days. Going from club, to after hours bars, to a diner, all over suburban and urban New Jersey (and NYC), you were bound to see some interesting sights. But a graffiti artist was not one of them.

Graffiti artists have to be secretive because vandalism is a crime, unless an artist is hired in a designated area, like the photo I took above. If a graffiti artist gets caught, depending what part of the world he’s in, he could face imprisonment. What I’ve found in my research is that big time graffiti artists, who create elaborate art, have a “crew” to help them out, watching for passersby and cops.

Once the art is complete, it’s a bittersweet moment. The artist must remain anonymous. He will take a few photos and that’s the end. He can’t ever show off his work to the public, only to other graffiti artists. It’s a tight circle that we will never understand.

Many years ago I met a professional NYC graffiti artist. He showed me his tag and I knew his real name. He was a sweet guy, with great taste in music, and one of my favorite internet friends back in the late 1990s. A perfectly normal guy, now leading a normal life.

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta can be reached at:

She is the author of the following books:

“Be (Extra)Ordinary: 10 Ways to Become Your Own Hero” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback or Kindle version, visit:Be (Extra)Ordinary

“I Don’t Want to Be Like You” is available on Amazon. To get your paperback, Kindle or audio copy, go here: I Don’t Want To Be Like You

Her fiction book “Love Cats” second printing is now available, under the pen name Krystianna Mercury, from Pink Flamingo. You can purchase it here:

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