So, what the hell did you take me to? Was it street art? Was it graffiti? Was it murals?
Yeah, we took a couple of drives around Detroit, tried to cover some of my favorite spots while navigating through favorite routes and neighborhoods. It’s such a sprawling city, it’s impossible to show you everything in six hours -- and I have a real hard time picking favorites -- but I think we saw a nice mix of old and new, off-the-beaten-track wall art: a mix of graffiti, murals, street art, ghost signs, paintings, all of the above.
All the kids the world over have hard-ons for "street art" these days. What sets Detroit's apart?
Well, I guess what sets Detroit apart is the city itself. Detroit is a unique place, and it’s experiencing a real renaissance in some areas, while other areas feel like they did since I was a child -- and I'm old! The layers of old and new, the juxtaposition between neighborhoods, the divisions across freeways and railroads: you can really see cycles of nature and time in Detroit. There are brand-spanking -new murals by world-famous graffiti artists, and down the street a demo'd building reveals a ghost sign painted 100 years ago. I think of Detroit as a city always in transition, and that kind of transformative energy draws people in -- and gives artists giant hard-ons.