Cheerful graffiti


Normally I’m not a fan of graffiti, but this one, inked onto a boarded-up house in the historic center of Loulé, made me smile. It reads:

When sadness knocks on your door, open it with a smile and say: “Excuse me, but today happiness comes first!”

There were several other sayings or comments written on the building’s wall, all of which had a refreshing lack of profanity and a surprisingly cheery outlook on life. Can we replace all of the stupid tagging in our town with this?


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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7 Responses to Cheerful graffiti

  1. Alma says:

    Nice! Here’s some more graffiti that you might like:

  2. xenatuba says:

    Much prefer this to the other stuff I usually see. That would be a novel concept…

  3. Jorge says:

    Well, I love graffiti. I hate tagging, but I love graffiti. I think stuff like this (in what otherwise would be just a derelict building) is just awesome.

    But I hate tagging, did I mention that? Hate it.

      • oregon expat says:

        I guess I define “graffiti” as being scrawled words, whereas the photos you two have posted are what I’d classify as “street art.” And I totally adore street art. We should have more of it!

        • Inge says:

          Interesting. Why is graffiti for you only writings and not drawings? Has it always been like that or has that meaning shifted in time?

          Graffiti to me is a specific form of street art. As is Reverse graffiti (which i really love) as is … they are all street art so that is more a general term to me.

          • oregon expat says:

            Actually, the definition of graffiti is both writings and drawings…but for some reason I’ve always thought of it as just the writings. So it’s really just me. I think it’s because written graffiti (mostly tagging) is all I ever saw in the suburbs, which are not exactly a cultural hotspot for actual artists.

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