For years I have been adding Elvis graffiti to my files – some are images, and some just his first name. Let’s take a look at the variety of ways creative people have presented ELVIS. The one above is interesting to me because of the splotchy yellow background and the white and blue stripes inside the letters.
Also, please note that it is all capital letters, except the i. It seems the favorite way for the graffiti people to spell Elvis is ELViS.
How about this one painted on railcar in Vienna. It’s got multi-hues of turquoise, white, and a little green inside the letters. There are cool little snowflake-like dabs of white in between the letters. So, it’s got a whole icy feel to it. I love the dot over the i, and I’ll pass on writing anything about the part below it.
This one from Frankfort, Germany has Elvis spelled the right way. It is interesting for two reasons. It includes a decent reproduction of the famous photo of Elvis during his return to live performing in 1969. And the colored stars were a nice touch.
Here’s a variation from Soumi, Finland. That looks to be two-story building, so that’s a really big ELViS. The S is the most normal one in this collection. There are quite a few wild ones. Note the two white stars in the L. There’s a few more of the Elvis graffiti coming up that have additional artwork inside the letters.
I’m not too crazy about this one from Ottawa. The letters are too jammed up. No artwork in the letters or around them.
This one is nicely spread out – maybe too much with that column in there. Is that a period at the end of Elvis?
You might have to gaze on this one for a while before it comes into focus. It’s easiest if you just concentrate on the light tan tops of the letters and then follow them down through the orange-tan and mustard. Those pink and red edges of the letters are colorful, but distracting. I like the little white balloons between the letters. The message at the bottom right is interesting, and London at the other end tells you where it was painted.
Here’s one from Evansville, Indiana. I am impressed with the many different shapes and styles of these five letters we are seeing in this pictorial, and there are some strange ones coming up.
Like this oriental-looking design from New York City. I can’t figure out the meaning of the numbers painted inside the letters.
See anything weird about this one from Miami? At first glance it looks like an ELVIS graffiti, but if you look close, it spells EVILS.
Speaking of spelling, this sure looks like Alvis to me. It’s from Vienna, so maybe this is some sort of Germanic version of Elvis.
Earlier, we looked at Elvis spelled out in free-form, icy-looking letters. This one is also from Vienna, so they both may have been done by the same artist. It must take some talent to make it look like the faces of the letters are covered with Slushies, about to melt off.
Another from New York City. The design is is nothing special – except for the E. The artist turned it into a face, complete with sunglasses.
This one from Belgium is notable for starting Elvis on a fence and continuing on to a wall. And that looks like quotation marks before and after ELViS.
Here’s a New Jersey original. I like the shapes of the letters and the multiple colors inside them.
This is painted on a railroad bridge in New Jersey. I guess the railroad is OK with it, because the artist signed it. Note, all lower case letters.
Another one from Vienna. There must have been an Elvis Graffiti contest there sometime, because six of these have come from Vienna.
As does this one. I’m not too fond of it. If the centers of the letters were gold, not black, I might like it .
This is my favorite, and it comes from Belgium. I love the variety of colors and designs inside the letters.
This was fun for me to put together. Someday we’ll look at the Elvis picture graffiti.
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