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milanese graffiti / eco tip o’ the day.
April 21, 2007, 10:50 am
Filed under: art, dating, environment, italy photos

thought i was done with the pics from italy eh?  not even close – just takin’ a break.

one thing about milan that i was not prepared for was the graffiti.  it’s **everywhere**.  and i’m not exaggerating, it’s on every building, even the super chic fashionable ones.  most of the tags are just bad, armature stuff, but there was a couple of things that really struck a cord.

the first one is in 3 pics – it covered the entire side of a brick wall/fence/divider.  the italian when translated (according to the artist’s website) reads: “the future is not more that one than once” (i think google’s free translation service could use some work, or conversely, things just look cooler in italian).  the artist, ivan, has stuff all over, and all of it interesting.  his website quite cool, take some time to check it out…  the dolphinis saying “i am extinguished”.  interesting.

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the next piece that caught my eye looks a bit like the artist bansky, tho, i have no idea if it is indeed bansky, or just a similar piece.  this would make a really interesting, graphic tattoo:

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then there was this piece, tagged inside the duomo, one of the most stunning gothic cathedral’s in the world:

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ummm, all i gotta say is i’m sure by now andrea and paola’s love has evolved into a bitter, spiteful, tormented affair with a lovely dose of gonorrhea thrown in for good measure (andrea’s a world class tramp, her mobile number is all over milan – she provides quick relief for anyone needing it.  oh if only paola had known before he gave his heart to that trollop).  all because they just had to deface one of the worlds greatest buildings with their little try for immortality.

time for day’s gentle reminder that tomorrow is earth day folks and all of you need to get off your asses and do something good for your mother (earth that is).

this one is a complete and total n0-brainer, however it’s good to revisit the basics sometimes:

recycle damnit.

about 80% of what we consume is recyclable.  visit this site for some great ideas on how to recycle.

eco quote of the day:

“unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. ut’s not.”

— dr. seuss, from the lorax

p.s., date no. 5 last night.  awesome.  (ok it was less of a “date” and more of an impromptu stop-over to hang for a bit.  nice.

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if it’s a new day, must be a new blog header
April 3, 2007, 7:01 pm
Filed under: italy photos, travel, Uncategorized

direct your eyes northward, yup, it’s a new blog header.  here’s the photo in the original form:

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it was the oddest thing – there is this amazing church in milano, the san lorenzo maggiore that i was immediately attracted to when i saw it during a walk on the first day.  over the course of the next few days, i visited the church a few more times (if only because it was on the most direct route to where i was headed) – i never noticed the building next to it.

then one late evening i was walking back to my hotel at about 1am and there it was – illuminated in all it’s glory.  i have no idea what function this building holds, but i’m completely in love with the very specific message in neon the building projects at nightfall.

here are a couple of pics of san lorenzo maggiore – the church features the largest dome in milano and dates back to the 12th century (in it’s current form).  the columns outside the church date from the 2nd and 3rd centuries.  the 16 columns and the section of the architrave were from part of a roman temple.  in front of the church is a bronze copy of a roman statue of constantine.

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milan street scenes & news
April 2, 2007, 11:53 pm
Filed under: dating, italy photos, travel

first the news – i have a super casual beer date tomorrow night.  it’s been so long since i’ve had a date, i’m not sure what to do.  now the worry of what to wear etc… fuck. 

and now, the pictures.  i have a ton of amazing pics that i want to share with you, so i’m gonna have to break them up into pieces.  here’s the first bunch.  let’s call this set milan street scenes.  my favorite parts of milano are really the streets, long, winding streets that are simply packed with people, cars and vespas – it was incredible really (now i’m completely jonsing for a “smartcar” – good thing they finally are coming to the u.s. next year).

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one thing i fell in love with in milan was all the cable car lines – they are quite literally, everywhere – they add an really interesting horizontal line in the pics.

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all over milano are these old buildings that are quite literally falling down (or maybe they’ve never been quite properly “held up” since the war).  in such a cosmopolitan city, it puts things in perspective a bit when you see buildings on their last legs.  note the porta-john in the pic – good use of photographic composistion there eh?