About a year ago, I introduced VALIS, a local tagger whose work I found in and around the East Bay. Today, I bring you more of their handy work. Enjoy.
Under a billboard.
Drip, drip, drip.
Written in dust under a Despicable Me ad.
Spot the tag.
Let’s see if I can make this an occasional feature: I spotlight a specific edition of Alice Adventure’s in Wonderland/Through the Looking-Glass in my collection. Why? Because I can!
Trying to thin out my book collection is always hard, because more than half of it are always things I haven’t read and need to hold onto. The other less-than-half are ABSOLUTE favorites I cannot (yet) let go of, though most of them end up being passed on eventually – it’s usually just a matter of time. And the same could be said for my collection of Alice in Wonderland editions.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) are pretty much my favorite books ever, and because they are so widely published, there are millions of editions out there from all over the world. I try to thin this collection out occasionally, because while buying up all eight different copies I found for a dollar each at a library book sale sounded good at the time, I’ve come to find I really only want to keep certain editions. And those would be determined by artwork.
Many editions of Alice boast about how they contain “the original art of John Tenniel!”, which is great butnot exactly special. The book, as well as the original artwork, is in the public domain, so any edition include Tenniel’s art. And while it is wonderful (I own quite a few pieces of clothing and jewelry with the etchings on them), it gets repetitive. Not to mention it’s always nice to see a fresh take on an old story.
Cleaning out my collection, I came across an edition of Through the Looking-Glass illustrated by artist Malcolm Ashman. The art is very far from the original, and frankly surprised me when I took a closer look: The style is very realistic, and often depicts the fantastical creatures Alice meets as humans in costumes; Alice and the Red and White Queens look more like mid-century Southern belles than Victorian England ladies; and many of the faces of the male characters make me think they might have been based on British actors I can’t quite place. Have a look at some of the artwork below.
The Pensive Hatter?
Alice and the White Queen
Abomination against God 1…
You can find this edition here on Amazon.
I’ve been busy these last couple months, and to prove it, I have pictures! I swear I’m not just being lazy and not blogging. Well, that might be some of it. When faced with a few free hours I have found myself sitting down and watching a lot of YouTube videos, but I chalk that up to “research” – you know, should I ever get around to making a channel and posting videos about… something. Suffice to say, I’m sure any vlogs I make will be just as well-categorized and orderly as this blog!
Er, onto the pictures.
Since moving to the Bay Area, I’ve noticed a certain tagger was quite ubiquitous in my nook of the East Bay. That tagger is Valis. The name caught my attention immediately, as I like to read science fiction, and though I’m not his biggest fan, I’m aware of Philip K. Dick’s VALIS series. I haven’t read it yet, but the name always stood out to me. I’m not sure why, exactly – perhaps because of it’s similarity to the name “Alice”, one of my favorite names and fictional characters. But no matter the reason, this tagger caught my attention, and I’ve been doing my best to document their tags as I find them. Here are a few.
Near my favorite Subway.
Chained to a rock.
Outside the old Chamber of Commerce. (Possibly a copycat?)
I’ll share more as I find them.
Hope you’re all having happy holidays. Here’s some photos I took this year that I sorta liked.
Winter is ending, and many of us are trading in snow for rain. Here, we’re not so much trading in as just getting lots and lots of rain, but that hasn’t stopped me from snapping some pictures with my phone.