Entries by Jeffrey Ian Ross

Graffiti & Street Art in reaction to the death of George Floyd

Shortly after George Floyd was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer (May 25, 2020), many graffiti and street artists responded. Tags, throw-ups, and memorial style work appeared throughout the country honoring Floyd’s memory; the legacy of black lives taken at the hands of law enforcement; and, expressing dissatisfaction with police, the criminal justice system, […]

Questioning my white privilege, African-Americans, and space

Despite my past struggles educationally, professionally, and financially, I’m privileged. It’s not because of my job, where I live, my marital or health status, although these factors don’t hurt; it’s because I am first and foremost a white male. In part because I am a foreigner, I didn’t grow up here, and in part because […]

What’s Graffiti & Street Art got to do with it?

If you are like most people, you drive or walk around the city focused on getting to your next destination. If you are driving hopefully you pay attention to other vehicles on the road, the traffic signs and lights, and the pedestrians who attempt or are in the process of crossing the road. If you […]

Street Culture, Social Distancing, Masks, and COVID-19

The appearance of COVID-19 in the United States and elsewhere has changed most people’s lives. We’ve seen and experienced significant disruptions in many sectors in society from transportation to education, to public safety. One of the most noticeable differences has been a decrease in the number of people who are either driving or walking. Some […]