Modica Way / Graffiti Alley
I piggybacked a trip to Boston with my husband since he travels there a lot for business. My first trip in December taught this southern girl what cold really felt like and I didn’t get very far in my desire to explore the city. I vowed to return, in the summertime, so I could see the city without loosing digits.
This June I had the opportunity to squeeze my way back in to a second trip to Boston. June in Charleston is gnarly hot so I was in heaven with the mid-eighties temperatures. My weirdo self had to visit Graffiti Alley. I know, I’m surrounded by history and perhaps this would not be everyone’s first choice to visit but I am enchanted by graffiti.
Modica Way also known as Graffiti Alley is sanctioned by the city and the artists are free to express themselves here. No, I don’t condone defacing buildings or private property although there are places that it just works. This alley is ever changing and to me that is magical. Artists such as Shepard Fairey and Enzo&Nico have painted here. If you’re not familiar with the names, I’m sure you’re familiar with Shepard Fairey’s Obama HOPE poster and the Andre the Giant phenomenon. I knew Shepard’s father because he was my children’s pediatrician. A wonderful doctor and probably the last one I truly trusted.
So, my first day in Boston, I made the journey to Modica Way with great anticipation. In a word, inspiring! Yes, there were some gang tags, but overlooking those; every message was positive, hopeful and beautiful.
I will return to this magical alley because it’s living art. It changes and evolves with the artists who contribute and I find that exciting! What will you see?