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Street Art as Message

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Street Art Messages

There are many messages we send to ourselves and each other every day. Some of these messages are positive and uplifting while others can be less helpful. Sometimes the messages are just sent to ourselves, as internal self talk. Sometimes the messages are sent to another person, like a secret code. Some messages don't mean very much without the context surrounding it or understanding the history that preceded it.

This set of street art messages reminded me of these kinds of messages. The words we say that don't always make much sense on their own. They might not make much sense to a person who is just learning the English language, or the Australian version of it at least. "Dead right" for example - how would anyone know what that meant without having heard it said before within the context of a conversation where the person strongly agrees. It's hard to explain what "dead" has to do with it.

A double negative such as "You and me won't be unhappy" takes a bit to figure out to really understand what it means. We won't be unhappy - guess we'll be happy then? We sometimes say things in ways that can complicate the true meaning but perhaps the power of the language is captured in the double negative in a way that the outsider can't really understand.

The simplicity of messages such as "I'm no quitter" leaves us in no doubt about the intended message. The context in which the person says this may not be understood but we know by the statement that the person is sending a clear message of not giving up, not giving in to another person or situation and wanting to persevere.

These messages are perhaps short cuts to our inner worlds, particularly useful at those times when it's hard to find the right words. Useful when we feel overwhelmed or confused. Strong, powerful and clear messages that let others know what we are really thinking and feeling. Strong messages that show others support.

# Street art
# Messages
# Communication
# Inner worlds

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