10/16/14. I was very offended as I just watched a cable news program that showed a subway train with some decent colorful graffiti and the voice over spoke the word, “poverty” as if to indicate that people living in poverty are more likely to create graffiti and vandalize. I consider myself somewhat more than a novice of the history of graffiti in America and know that graffiti writers are college graduates, business owners, high school drop outs, rich, poor, classy, scuzzy, and from all walks of life. I once met the aunt of a world famous graffiti writer and sticker artist whose daytime job is working on Wall Street (not as a janitor!).

Interesting finds in Stroudsburg, PA for October 7, 2014. I have been documenting the seedy side (and sometimes graffiti tags) of the Stroudsburg, PA art scene since 2009. All of the photos are at: www.flickr.com/stroudsburgstickerart

P.S. None of these people call what they do “art”. I refer to it as art because drawing tools and paint are involved. I haven’t gone into an art gallery in years but I spend several hours a month hunting for stuff like this on the streets of my town because I find it interesting.
Michael Francis Garde

July 27, 1965 - October 6, 1981

I met Mike in 7th grade homeroom at the Bunnell School in East Stroudsburg, PA in the fall of 1978. One day Mike showed me this drawing that he did of Gene Simmons of KISS. He gave me the drawing and at that moment I knew in my heart that I wanted to spend the rest of my life drawing. In the fall of 1980 Mike was taken to the hospital because he was having stomach pains. He was diagnosed with Leukemia and died a year later. Mike was one of the Cool Kids but he accepted me and we bonded over our love of comic books, drawing superheroes, and the music of the rock band, KISS. I miss you, Mike.

Michael Francis Garde

July 27, 1965 - October 6, 1981

I met Mike in 7th grade homeroom at the Bunnell School in East Stroudsburg, PA in the fall of 1978. One day Mike showed me this drawing that he did of Gene Simmons of KISS. He gave me the drawing and at that moment I knew in my heart that I wanted to spend the rest of my life drawing. In the fall of 1980 Mike was taken to the hospital because he was having stomach pains. He was diagnosed with Leukemia and died a year later. Mike was one of the Cool Kids but he accepted me and we bonded over our love of comic books, drawing superheroes, and the music of the rock band, KISS. I miss you, Mike.

Listening to a mix tape Jim Testa of Jersey Beat fanzine sent me in January of 1986. If you know any of the bands/artists besides REM I will literally have your baby. I’m not gonna make plans for prenatal care…

P.S. If you can put this tape onto a CD for me I will have your baby x2. Yes, twins.

Listening to a mix tape Jim Testa of Jersey Beat fanzine sent me in January of 1986. If you know any of the bands/artists besides REM I will literally have your baby. I’m not gonna make plans for prenatal care…

P.S. If you can put this tape onto a CD for me I will have your baby x2. Yes, twins.