Posted by on August 8, 2011 in Graffiti / Street Art - 4 Comments

Vintage Detroit Graffiti at Oakland & Holbrook

Detroit Graffiti near Oakland and Holbrook 1You may have to pull back the underbrush to get a decent look at this vintage Detroit graffiti we shot back in 2008.

Start your tour at Holbrook & Oakland and head two and a half blocks north to the vacant lot just south of William C. Loving Elementary School. The wall that separates the school playground from the lot has been an often tagged structure for quite a few years now. Back Detroit Graffiti near Oakland and Holbrook 4in ’09 the lot was easily accessible by car or foot, but we’ve noticed some freshly installed fencing on our last few spins thru the area. It’s only a matter of time before some freshly gaping holes appear, if you catch our drift. This wall gets painted A LOT, so don’t be too surprised if these classics have been obscured or completely covered by new work.

Head back to Oakland and Holbrook and Detroit Graffiti near Oakland and Holbrook 3go east, towards Grandy’s Drive-In, to find three more lovelies on the walls of the long-vacant garage at 1042 Holbrook. Clearly, two of ‘em are by the exact same artists as those on the William C. Loving School’s south wall. Though we’re pretty certain these three are still intact, time has definitely ravaged the quality of the color. It’s our pleasure to hook y’all up with this opportunity to see how they looked in their heyday. ~I♥DM

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Dale Carlson grew up along the northeastern shores of Lake Michigan, where at a young age Detroit called out to him in his dreams. In 2008, after extended stays in ten different Michigan cities, the author settled permanently in southeast Oakland County where he currently lives and works in various capacities within the local real estate industry.


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