I’ve noticed recently there seems to be more and more graffiti on buildings around downtown Montreal. Some people consider graffiti to be street art and think it adds color and life to a city, making it more interesting. But other people don’t like it at all and think it makes city buildings look ugly and should be painted over. Maybe it depends on what’s painted and where it’s been painted? Or maybe even who painted it?
There is a difference between projects by a group of artists with permission from the city to paint something on a specific space, and a person that illegally paints their name anywhere they feel like. Is there a lot of graffiti where you’re from? What do youthink about it?
Hello Culips Listeners!
I always get comments from friends and strangers on my t-shirt from the company called Joy T-shirt . It is quite a unique t-shirt and often catches people’s eyes. My t-shirt has a picture of a man named Dan on it who is from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. On Joy T-shirt ‘s website you can buy a t-shirt with someone’s face on it from 6 continents. It is a Canadian company based in Toronto, Ontario. The concept of the t-shirt is this: “When you wear your shirt you are encouraged to think about that person and how your everyday actions can affect others and the world we live in.” I think this is an excellent motto!
All the faces on the t-shirts on the website are REAL people! You can view all the t-shirts on the website and also find out a little bit of information about each person: their name, location, and passion. After you buy a shirt you are then able to send in a photo of yourself to be made into a t-shirt. Since I bought my t-shirt I have sent in a photo and there is a t-shirt with my face on it too! Can you find me at Joy T-shirt?
Here I am wearing my Dan t-shirt.
If you ever read this blog you may have noticed that one of my favourite things to do in my spare time is listen and watch for expressions we’ve looked at in Culips’ episodes! But seriously — I was surfing the net, looking at a site I like to check out from time to time called PostSecret. It is an ongoing art project where people mail in their secrets on postcards anonymously. It started in 2005 and was created by American Frank Warren. At his website www.postsecret.com new postcards are updated every Sunday. Sometimes the secrets are very specific and sometimes the secrets are very general. The cards are always beautiful and interesting.
If you like art and you are learning English this could be a fun site to check out. The English is always simple and there is an image that helps or adds to the written part. This week there is a card that reads “it makes me happy that none of us get a how-to guide/we’re all just kind of winging it.” We looked at this expression on Culips at the end of 2009. Here is a link to this episode if you are curious.
And are you wondering what that postsecret means? The person writing seems to be talking about life and that no one knows exactly what we are supposed to do with our lives, in other words, “none of us get a how-to guide.” We don’t have any big long term plans we are just acting in the moment of life or “winging it.” Here is a direct link to this postcard.
If you check out PostSecret let me know what you think! Does a similar project exist in any other languages?