penelope popsicle, 2011
Imagine a modern city where every resident is a tagger. Every available surface is tagged with different words and symbols. Every block has its own temporary literary experience that requires discovery and translation. That city exists, and it’s Penelope Popsicle’s San Francisco.
Following her (assuming it’s her) blog for some months has changed how I look at the city. I had certainly been aware of the stickering, the tagging and the posters. But most of the documentation focuses on the big, bold pieces, the statements, poster-sized or larger, often much larger. These are the street art pieces that make it onto the local blogs.
The best of Penelope’s photos finds the tags that are small, hiding, they aren’t shouting to be seen. This underworld of words feels more absurd, without purpose and original. Penelope has shot all of this on the phone, I’d like to see what she will do with a better camera.