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Post Paris Graffiti: Translator Needed
Created by John Eipper on 06/01/14 8:24 AM

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Paris Graffiti: Translator Needed (Carmen Negrin, -France, 06/01/14 8:24 am)

In reference to the Paris photos posted by Randy Black (31 May), can some Arab speaker translate?

JE comments: Here's the link to the photos:

http://waisworld.org/go.jsp?id=02a&objectType=post&o=85397&objectTypeId=73430&topicId=4980

Ed Jajko, can you help?  Shokran!


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  • Paris Graffiti (Edward Jajko, USA 06/02/14 3:19 AM)
    My increasingly poor eyesight may be a factor, but I can find no Arabic in the three images posted by Randy Black (31 May; see also Carmen Negrín, 1 June).

    For true Arab graffiti, simply google "arabic graffiti." Click on "For more images" at the top of the result and you will find a large number of photos of exceptional graffiti that take advantage of the capabilities of the Arabic script and the traditions of calligraphy, writ large. Standard Arabic graffiti of the Elect So and so, Down with So and so, Up with Ahli/other football team, Death to Israel/America/whatever, tend to be crudely spray-painted and without artistic merit.


    JE comments:  Following Ed Jajko's instructions, I found some "calligraffiti" from the Tunisian artist El Seed (like El/Le Cid).  This piece in Frankfurt is very colorful; I would even call it masterful.  The title:  "You Won't Convince":





     



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  • Paris Graffiti (Alan Levine, USA 06/02/14 3:35 AM)

    I don't see any Arabic writing in the graffiti pictured by Randy Black (31 May). It seems like the same stylized writing I see in many American cities. Along with the aggressiveness in certain rap music, this seems to be copied from American originals.


    JE comments:  As I have for the last several years, I'm spending the first week of June in Cincinnati, as a reader for the AP Examination in Spanish Literature.  During yesterday's southward drive on I-75, I saw the word "MEAS" painted large on an overpass.  In Spanish, this translates as "you piss/you pee."  It's not the command form of the verb, which would be "MEA" or "MEE"; it's a simple declarative statement.  Don't know what the artist's intention may have been, but subliminally it's not a helpful message at the end of a long car trip!



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