Sunday, May 3, 2009

My vehicle as art

I've always wanted to graffiti a vehicle, and now that my 1988 Mazada MX6 has almost 200,000 miles and is getting older, the present moment seemed like the perfect time.

Since I am not much of an artist, I talked with Nathan Kubes, who 'tagged' the foundation of the Mazada; black and white swirls with an OM sign being the most striking feature.

The day after we painted the first draft of the car, I immediately felt that I had made a mistake; I even got pulled over by the cops which influenced my doubts. But it began to grow on me, and even started to make me think differently about my vehicle; for what is a car other than something to get from point A to point B?

The car attracts stares, especially from the police, I've yet to cruise it around now that it is all red, white and blue; (perhaps I will enter it as a float in the Fourth of July parade in Crested Butte).

A final thought that I'm having now is that my car is beyond just tranportation, it is art, something for the people to enjoy. Something beyond just a petroleum using, greenhouse gas emitting transportation polluter; it is a thought provoking canvas that hopefully, once the art is completed will be the coolest graffiti car in the Gunnison Valley.

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