Archiving the World's Bathroom Graffiti
That's right --- those scrawls on the wall are important not only for what they say, but also for what they say about the people, the environment and the culture where the graffiti exists.
It's a medium even China can’t censor; a global language accessible to anyone who goes to the bathroom; and it is limited only by a person’s imagination.
Bathroom Graffiti is one of the few remaining outlets for free speech in today’s sanitized and controlled media world. Even the Internet has limitations and is easily monitored, edited or censored depending on who and where you are.
One could argue that, Bathroom Graffiti is also monitored, edited, and censored and they would be correct. Graffiti is easily painted over and often taken down very quickly in some places.
But not many mediums are truly accessible to people of ALL cultures, ALL income levels, and ALL environments. Bathroom Graffiti is available to anyone who goes to the bathroom, and to anyone with a writing instrument. Even prison inmates can usually find a way to share this form of communication.
Sometimes raw, hilarious, inane, mysterious, challenging, meaningless, timely, ignorant, bizarre, political, radical, dirty, obvious, or truly obscene, there is nothing quite like Bathroom Graffiti.
Whether you consider it the work of vandals, poets, artists or simply the musings of the ignorant or drunk, the important thing is that you consider it. Whether you appreciate it or hate it, it can represent free speech at its best and worst and therefore should be paid attention to.
We want your help in documenting and sharing this ever-changing medium that has been around longer than the printing press.
Help us tag...shoot...and share bathroom graffiti everywhere. Enjoy!