Anyone who has seen a Cheech and Chong movie, or a more current East LA themed movie, such as From Prada to Nada, knows that East Los Angles, California, USA (East LA) has copious amounts of street art.
I have often driven by this piece of art that is found on the wall of the Catholic Charities building on the corner of Warren Street and East Cesar E Chavez Avenue. Jasson happened to be working across from the building last time I drove by.
Jasson was an amiable 20 year old, who took pride in his work and in his contribution to his community and to society as a whole. When I met Jasson, he had just started working for KSN Electric Gates Inc and was in the process of installing a LiftMaster® Gate Operator. He had been working two years on trimming trees, but liked installing gates better because it required more use of his brain and it was more rewarding.
[Side note: I have a LiftMaster® Garage Door Opener and really like it.]
Jasson was from San Miguel, El Salvador and came to the United States in 2009. He completed one year middle school in Los Angeles, California, USA, and completed secondary school studies at Cleveland High School.
Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.
20-J = Joop
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on 183rd with a dozen spray paint cans:
blues of all moods, an orange and pink,
a mean type of brown (it’s a bit like red ink)
he announced a band, from a time long ago
when rebels rejected old middle class views
when jazz was exciting (only politics made the news)
he drew a motif on cold urban bricks
to soften the hardness of the dullest of greys
and brighten up anxiety, driven, sad mournful days
no one had noticed (it’s another city wall)
the metropolean sounds blocked out the sights
thus, his artwork just faded into a lonely black night
Here’s another “One Stop Poetry Challenges.” This time I’m writing in response to the graffiti art page:
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