Graffiti on the Riverfront

Riverfront Stencil

Originally uploaded by PAgent

This cool misty drizzle is quite pleasant, compared to the icy temperatures of the past week. I decided to grab some lunch and walk down to the river to enjoy it. With Schnitzelwich in hand (if you haven’t ever eaten a Schnitzelwich, you really should), I wandered down to Tom McCall Waterfront Park to munch my sandwich. And that’s where I found this image stencilled on the railing along the seawall:

So, what is it? From my perspective as a white, middle-aged, middle-class suburbanite, I figure it must be GANG SIGN!!! However, I’m perfectly willing to admit that I tend to overreact in these situations. Anybody out there know for sure?

9 Comments so far

  1. george (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 1:40 pm

    it may be a new trend… but, i think gangs dont use stencils.

  2. PAgent (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

    Maybe it’s an *art* gang.

  3. greg (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 1:52 pm

    sorry dude – I can’t dig the schnitzelwich. yuck.

  4. Mary Sue (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

    Having just watched Spy Kids last night for the umpteenth time, I know that it’s FLOOP’S FOOGLIES!

  5. dieselboi (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

    the Schnitzelwich is the bomb! One of the best cart foods around. Obviously unless you are a veggie.

    Stencil tagging is on the uptick. I see it everywhere these days. Some good….some bad.

  6. jonashpdx (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    the schnitzelwich didn’t do it for me, either. but i dig the stencil.

  7. Betsy (unregistered) on January 19th, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

    Um, it’s a stencil of a hand. Pointing down. Thumb to the side, middle finger extended.

    That smoodge of red on the left hand side? Someone moved the stencil in a jerky way afterwards, is all…

  8. dollpike (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 12:03 pm

    I think it looks like an upside-down hand flipping the bird.

  9. Carbunkle (unregistered) on January 21st, 2007 @ 3:25 am

    Looks kinda like the Echo Park gang sign from the 90s… but like the other guy said. Gang members don’t stencil. It’s probably supposed to be “ironic art” or something.

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