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Bathroom Graffiti – Art or Pastime?

In my opinion, you could identify a good bar or event location by its bathrooms. Not that I need to have a clean toilet – what I need are some dirty tags, sketches or slogans on the walls! And I think, that Mark Ferem thinks the same…

Mark is the author of the first “Bathroom Graffiti” book, which presents on about 190 pages personal expressions inspired by privacy.

If you’ve ever used a public restroom, chances are you’ve read some bathroom graffiti, or at least noticed it. Often bawdy, funny and smart, sometimes illegible, it is a ubiquitous means of expression found across the world.

Do the private, intimate moments in the bathroom provide people the opportunity to freely express themselves, leaving little nuggets of truth and insight for the next user? If you ask Mark Ferem, the answer is yes. Ferem has spent the past several years collecting and compiling photographs of exceptional bathroom graffiti, making for the perfect bathroom book.

Divided up into thematic sections like “Men’s Rooms”, “Women’s Rooms”, “Art” and “Politics”, unlike other graffiti books, the examples in “Bathroom Graffiti” are not so much about graffiti as an art form as much as they are about graffiti as the result of personal expression, which will never find its way into galleries or ad campaigns.” (press release)

For more info, visit itsallinthehead.com.

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Urban Art Core is your independent, international source for street art, graffiti and urbanism from around the world, mainly focused on stories, news and actions taking place in urban environments.

It spreads the urban Berlin voice loud and clear to metropolises far and wide and celebrates the urban arts, urban exploration movement and guerilla art interventions with news about artists, trends and exhibitions, since 2009.

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