Graffiti Train

Coming home the other day, I noticed beside me across 4 lanes of traffic was this train going really slow with some amazing colors painted on the sides of most carts. They were vibrant in color. Some had words, some had pictures and couple cars were 3/4 covered with cartoon type pictures. The cartoon characters reminded me of the kids on the old Fat Albert show. (telling my age here).

I thought this was a great opportunity for a photo, so I quickly found a place to turn around and go back so I could pull over somewhere and get some pictures. I missed the good ones but was able to snap a few shots of some toward the end of the train.

I always loved looking at trains go by simply because of all the graffiti on them. I think its a unique art that somehow expresses someones thoughts or opinions from somewhere. They use any flat object as their canvas.  Id like to know more about it and what alot of it means and how to tell where it came from.


Graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Graffiti means writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. Gangs use graffiti to mark there territory. I still thinks its interesting. Id love to see this train come by again so I can get some shots of the really good stuff I saw. But until then, Ill have my camera loaded and ready.

How do you see graffiti? do you see it as art? or vandalism?


  1. I see a lot of graffiti as a nuisance but there are some that when done as an art form come across as really intriguing, beautiful aand sometimes political ( Philadelphia is known as a the city of murals. They started this as a way to curtail graffiti. The murals are absolutely beautiful:

    1. Thanks for sharing a link crystal! I bet you do get to see alot. Im sure alot would be a nuicance to have to see everyday!

  2. I have to rephrase my original thought...Graffitti is a nuisance to me when it is put on historical buildings/landmarks or when it's just a scribble (i mean, come on! some of the graffiti artists can be a little more creative). I think the trains you featured would be a nice change from the usual boxcar with all the colorful artwork :O)

  3. Ah ha! Yep this is always interesting. There are a lot of good artists out there, I am amazed at how good some are with a spray can! SWEET!

  4. It is amazing how long stuff sticks ont eh internet, isn't it?