New Durham Graffiti

Surely not a bear, nor a squirrel

The Clarion Content spotted some Durham graffiti this week and a got few snaps for your viewing pleasure. We were, at first, leaning towards diagnosing this work as that of another as yet unidentified Durham street artist who’s oeuvre and identity speculation is perused at length here.

Saxapahaw Sam strikes in Durham

Saxapahaw Sam strikes in Durham

We were corrected by dear friend, and local art expert, the Director of The Carrack, Laura Richie. Leave it to the charming Richie to not only know all the movers and shakers in the area’s above ground art scene, but also to able to identify the work of those in the underground scene.

Richie identified the work as that of Saxapahaw Sam, a well-known Franklin Street tagger in her UNC-Chapel Hill years. He was popular until he took it a step too far, rather than defacing an abandoned or under construction building, as is the case in Durham, he painted on the walls of an open establishment, which was naturally quite upset.

White badger?

White badger?

Surely not a bear, nor a squirrel

Surely not a bear, nor a squirrel

 

 

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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