On graffiti and Mario Savio

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

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I like to imagine that the graffiti I see around campus is the product of an underground, grassroots movement — one that is striving to accomplish a mysterious yet vital goal. Each time I see a piece of bathroom wall graffiti, it evokes this picture in my mind of how
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Capitalism and weed

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

As 4/20 fast approaches, stoners everywhere are gathering together their beloved bongs, trusty lighters and favorite strains for an afternoon that will be unforgettable. Or, if smoking a particularly potent plant, forgettable. Set against the backdrop of recent ballot measure approvals in Washington and Colorado, this Saturday is the perfect
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Stalled identity crisis

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

If writing on a wall is artistic expression, then desecrating a sign is protest. Take the two bathroom signs next to the Free Speech Movement Cafe: The woman’s head has been replaced by the symbol for anarchy and the man’s head is blued-out completely. Or take the men’s restroom sign
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When walls write back

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Trouble in your love life? Need some anonymous guidance to navigate the turbulent tide?  Simply write out your problem in a bathroom stall of your choosing and by the next day you’ll have plenty of responses — some helpful, some judgmental. And, while Berkeley is home to many up-and-coming Dr.
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If I were not afraid

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

“What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” asks a fifth-floor Moffitt graffitist in the women’s restroom. Beneath it is a series of responses from various individuals that, taken together, forms a hypothetical bucket list of tasks that will probably never be completed. Fears naturally work to our instinctual advantage
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A nameless notion

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

There is a very particular type of disappointment that comes each time I realize a piece of bathroom wall graffiti is unoriginal and uncredited. The words hang in the air, without lovely little beginning or ending quotation marks, without a final, resounding authorial citation. If the quote in question is
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Unwashable

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Up until about a week ago, the first-floor women’s restroom of Evans Hall was a graffiti goldmine. The bathroom contained so much quality material that all of my prior blog posts had used it for inspiration in some way or another. To my disappointment, I discovered recently that the walls
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Escaping the labyrinth

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Sharpied onto a bathroom wall in Evans is a cityscape not unlike Berkeley. Far above it, what appears to be a rock climber scales the stall. A rope from above fastens him to the very top and a rope from below anchors him to the city. Just inches from reaching
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Making a mark: Someone was here

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Molly’s name dances on the wall. Two loopy “l”s tango together before crashing down into a finishing “y.” The way the letters are strung together, you could almost see her hand gliding across the plastic laminate bathroom partition, announcing to the world that she, Molly, sat on that very toilet
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Expressions of faith

Murmurs from the Bathroom Wall

Note: Each week in this blog, I will examine a piece of graffiti, typically those scrawled on bathroom walls from around campus. My aim is to take these anonymous musings to a greater discussion that hopefully relates to the student body at large. After scoping out what at this point
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