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Darth Vader Graffiti by Taylor-the-Weird Darth Vader Graffiti by Taylor-the-Weird
Prestress - hidden in trees behind Sunset Point, a picturesque pier off of Lake Pontchartrain. Acres and acres of land, paved over, riddled with various decayed concrete structures, and abandoned for 40 years after the completion of the Causeway Bridge, the longest bridge over water in the world. Needless to say, Prestress is paradise for urban explorers and graffiti artists.

My friends and I have been going there for a while, after all, it's insanely awesome. Surrounded by trees, it could be mistaken for a post-apocalyptic world. The only signs of life - the ever changing graffiti. Several of my friends do work on Prestress's walls, and I've always wanted to try my hand at it.

Recently, someone whitewashed a prominent wall and redid the entire area. Visiting that section with my friend Janae gave me the drive to finally attempt my hand at vandalism. Two days later, I was out there with a sketch on paper, two cans of spraypaint, a piece of chalk, a couple brushes, two jars of acrylic paint, and a huge-ass waterbottle. I was out there for a little over four hours and have the sunburns to prove it.

The whole time while painting this, I hummed the Imperial March.

Full picture of the location of the work -> [link]
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:iconbelletristic97:
Belletristic97 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
who needs to be nice and listen to the law??!!

more people should do stuff like this :))
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed, agreed. When I studied abroad in Greece last summer, I was struck by how much graffiti there was in Athens and - most of all - how beautiful it was.

Cities like Rome might have clean, pristine, ornate buildings, but I found true beauty in the grudge and life of the city of Athens and its ever-changing art on the walls. People interacting with their environments to create art for art's sake is far more beautiful than societal obsessions with keeping things "pure."
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:iconbelletristic97:
Belletristic97 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
in Vienna thereīs much graffiti, especially around the Danube.... itīs so wonderful to look at those works, especially since they arenīt destroying them
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:iconmeteorette:
Meteorette Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
One of the rare cases in which vandalism is an improvement!
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:iconvivienne-mercier:
Vivienne-Mercier Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Now THIS is the kind of graffiti I can support! :D It's so hard to find well-done graffiti.
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:icondaniela-chris:
Daniela-Chris Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What's with his mask?
And, umm. Lightning? O.o
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:icondarthwill3:
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hail Vader!
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:icontaylor-the-weird:
Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed!
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deviantgirlsx Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
excellent shot
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:iconeloarei:
Eloarei Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, you really did that?! That's so impressive! I've always really admired tasteful graffiti (nice-looking stuff that isn't filled with curse words) but I've never actually met a graffiti artist.

Haha I wonder if people would buy graffiti? I mean, like slabs of old buildings that have nice graffiti on them. I would. ^^; Heh, I can sense a new collection starting.
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!

A lot more people are graffiti artists than one might think. I know at least five people who regularly go out with a can of spraypaint and leave their mark on local buildings, and only one does the stereotypical "tagging." Most of them aren't the types of people you'd intinctually think of if someone told you that your friends were vandalising property.

Buying graffiti-covered walls? Good luck with that - unless you know the artist personally, chances are, you probably wouldn't be able to track them down and give them their proper dues. Also, the company that owns the building probably wouldn't be too keen on that, either. Some artists DO draw graffiti-styled art on canvas with spray-paint - that would be a more viable option.
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Eloarei Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha well I was more imagining collecting pieces of graffitied buildings that were already falling down. The building that your Darth Vader is on seems to already be crumbling; who would notice if a small corner went missing, aside from maybe the artists whose art was on it? That sort of idea. ^^; Although I doubt I'd really do such a thing. It's not terribly polite to take someone's art without permission.

I think the reason I could never be a graffiti artist (well, aside from lack of artistic talent) is that I'd always be too afraid of getting caught. I'm such a chicken.
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Darth-Frodo Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is completely awesome! I would love to have something like that on some of our walls/abandoned buildings. That would be so awesome to have an art graffiti canvas for people to draw truly incredible things like this on :wow:
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The best way to find good graffiti is to look for a fairly isolated area. That allows graffiti artists longer time to work on their art, usually yielding higher quality art.

Prestress is pretty much a wasteland, and so few people know that it's there that it's a vandalism haven with no chance of getting caught. Most of the people who go there are graffiti artists themselves, or, at the very least, graffiti fans. If you see anyone else there, they actively support spray-paint endevors - as long as you aren't painting over theirs.
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IrisCanine Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Ooh, can I be his VP? Please?

Anyway, this has the makings of a typical Taylor piece. Gorgeous shading and vivid contrasts that I would give my left eye to be able to do. Nice work! (Even though you're breaking da law. What would Jonathan say!?)
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Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
XD Thanks! If you want to be vice-prez, you'll have to ask Vader first, although, if he says no, I don't think you'll make it out alive...

Um... Jonathan would probably say something about a potato, and then chastise me, which I would probably ignore and do the same thing again, because I'm obnoxious that way. XD
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:iconiriscanine:
IrisCanine Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Yup. I was thinking something along those same lines. If not a potato, then some other ground-dwelling vegetable.
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artonthewalls Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009
yay awesome!
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Kyoichi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
That's fucking AMAZING!

I'll have to show my boyfriend that. He'll appreciate it immensly being an artist and a StarWars geek. :)

-fav-
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:icontaylor-the-weird:
Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
XD Thanks!
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:iconkyoichi-chan:
Kyoichi-chan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
Absolutly. ;D
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:iconenkai:
Enkai Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That is amazing. Very, very cool. ^^
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:icontaylor-the-weird:
Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TheSmallestInvader Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Vote VADER!
2012.
XD Epic. ilu all the time.
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:icontaylor-the-weird:
Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Look at him - he's out campaigning already! Darth Vader is EASILY my top vote as presidential candidate for the next election. After all - he can't be any worse than Bush, right?
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5280indenver Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Student
i like how it says "vote" in black. did you do that?
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:icontaylor-the-weird:
Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah. Also, note the "2012" inside the border.
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5280indenver Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Student
nice
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:iconstandard-fiend:
Standard-Fiend Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Student Digital Artist
THAT IS FULL OF SO MUCH AWSOME THAT I- I just- GAH! *explodes*
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:icontaylor-the-weird:
Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
*picks up meaty bits of you strung across the floor.*
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:iconstandard-fiend:
Standard-Fiend Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Student Digital Artist
I wanna be put in a red bucket ^^
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:iconsavekenny:
SaveKenny Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Oh my goodness! This wins on so many levels!
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:icontaylor-the-weird:
Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Now, the REAL question is, what do I win? XDD
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SaveKenny Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Oooh! You win the whole JAR of cookies and the internet!! Plus 1,000,000 epic-ness points!
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:iconbekuki:
bekuki Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
That, my friend, is fuckin' epic.
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:icontaylor-the-weird:
Taylor-the-Weird Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! One thing about Prestress is, the art is awesome or else it'll get painted over. So far, most people have been telling me that it'll probably stay there for a while.
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bekuki Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Well they better damn well! D: RAWR.
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