Retro Graffiti...

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Postby sparky415 » Mon 22 Sep, 2014 10:10 am

An easy one this, but anyone know where this is. The graffiti is left over from the 1990's believe it or not, and is the least vulgar I have seen. Most graffiti refering to the Poll Tax used the F word!
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Postby rikj » Mon 22 Sep, 2014 10:40 am

Railway bridge over the Ring Road at Horsforth?
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Postby sparky415 » Mon 22 Sep, 2014 11:34 am

Well, i guess i made it too's unusual for graffiti to last so long, it's got to be about 23 years old......
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Postby Cardiarms » Mon 22 Sep, 2014 1:34 pm

Around the back of Makro there's some graffitti for Led Zep and Status Quo on one of the old railway bridges.

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Postby jonleeds » Tue 23 Sep, 2014 3:24 pm

I'd thought about starting a similar thread to see if folks could recall seeing graffiti that adorned the sides of buildings / bridges etc for decades. I can recall that for many years on the side of Elland Road stadium (the 'new' stand side) was the legend painted in white gloss paint "Hudds Must Die!"...! As a result of this a friend of mine at school started a Leeds United fanzine called "Hudds Must Die!". Clearly the slogan meant "Huddersfield Town FC Must Die" but the shortened version had a catchier ring to it.

Also there used to be a few places around Harehills where there was "Free Kashmir" daubed on walls as well as "Khilafah" which I later learned to mean muslim state or something.

Probably the most ubiquitous graffiti of yesteryear to be seen scrawled / sprayed onto walls or carved into tree bark was the old logo for the National Front which was an amalgamation of the capital letters 'N' and 'F'.

Check out the photo of I took of one such bit of graffiti in Hawksworth woods which had been carved into a tree trunk maybe a couple of decades ago. The growth of the tree since has made this 'NF' symbol become monstrous in siz, probably 14" wide x 12" high.

Plus not forgetting of course the many examples of swastika's that have been drawn (usually the wrong way round!) that similarly came from the 1970s era of fanatical nationalism / racism.

Sparky, I see the 'Pay No Poll Tax' painted on the Harrogate Line rail bridge over the ring road virtually everyday. I wish I knew what paint they used to paint that on with as I'd like to paint my railings with it as it seems to be indestructable!

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