Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Of Dirty Walls, Sundays and Stained Fingers

This Sunday gone would have seen another edition of The Lazy Sunday Photoblog making its way to you. Instead, it found me halfway between Mahim and Matunga Road stations, brush, paint and spray cans in hand.

The stretch of wall from Mahim to Dadar (about 4 kms) has been thrown open by the Municipal Corporation to the public to paint. If that wasn’t enough of a shocker, they even brought paints, brushes and whatnot for people to use. Friggin’ awesomeness. I haven’t been in much of a writing mood for a while, so I’m going to let the images do the talking.

Just throwing this in as an intro: The only things I really wanted to do were
a) share one of my major philosophies in life, and
b) introduce the world to one of my bestest friends

I did both. Here’s the life lesson:
(as always, click through for a bigger image. Hansa, this is as close as I can get you to being there)

You may want to look at this upside down as well.

And here’s my friend:

Pedro is a Mexican chef extraordinaire, loves travelling and adventure, and generally passes out some of the best coffee this side of Betelguse 7.

The whole thing was really one section, as you’ll see in the holistic view below:

And this is what he looked like in the end!

Of course, I wasn’t alone in this. Of course not. I possess the artistic abilities of those fabled monkey-owning typewriters. Wait, what? Gah, never mind. You get what I mean.

So let’s just put into the open the fact that without the shady abilities of @wanderblah, I’d have been lost. Of course, without my able supervision, she’d be lost as well, really; it wasn’t like she’d made something without any help from me before…

See? She traveled to the future, saw what I had thought of, then went back in time to give out a piece of advice of her own.

Umm.. yeah. Whatever.

So I got her to do my slave labour help me out with some bits, That't it. Put your back into it, woman! Yeah, stretch!

while I ably supervised the whole thing.
As designated paparazzi for the day, I took my job seriously. And yeah, that's an effin' DSLR I'm holding.

And of course, she wasn’t the only one. This here is the whole gang of peeps we managed to round up, starting of course with His Awesomeness who was the first to reach there.

Showing off like this was some fairytale weekend. Wait, it was? 
Standing up: Jai (really cool artist dude with an awesome piece of art next to ours) @Spitphyre, @adityab and @wanderblah. Kneeling/sitting: @Ideasmithy and @shawnlewis
And that’s @Spitphyre’s wall behind them.

Here are some more of us awesome peeps, denying each other Crimson Bovines (which we got for free). And believe me, you really want to zoom in on that pic on the left. Also, there’s us generally looking cool while really just sitting around under trees, doing nothing.

Yes, I know. That *really* is a friggin' brilliant tee.We iz street. Or on the street. Or something like that. 
                                                                     (that’s @VagrantSeeker’s bro {you try remembering 
                                                                       his name in just one go} Hmmm. Rhyme.)

@Ideasmithy, @adityab and Jai had their own ideas on what their wall art should be. As you can see, they include alien boobies, weird sexual acts and random violence.

Is it me, or is he fingering the alien boobies? Listen. You stop making fun, okay? Whatever rocks their boat. Ideasmithy swings with a *vicious* right hook! Adityab is hit! He's hit bad! He's going down!

Also, since most of us here knew each other from twitter, things were incomplete without a twitterstream. Hence, our timeline:

Yes, the bom shizgit. If you don't know what it means, you don't deserve to know.

Ha ha ha, funny. When the Jhayu shizgit, no? Oh, screw off.

 

 


And this is me shamelessly plugging myself on twitter.

 

 


And of course, the best thing to come out of this? My kickass new dispic. Kudos to @wanderblah for the steady hand, 'cos I tried doing this, and it’s NOT easy.

I am the perfection, standing still amongst the speeding nonsense of the world.

16 member protest rally:

Preeti said...

A weekend very well spent. :-)))

there's something about free flowing art which tends to captivate the imagination of even the most uncreative and dullest of persons. at the end of it the artist lying dormant deep within us comes out and amazes us with her/his skill. and we go... "did i do that..." (Yes you did, my friend)...

:-)

PS: the images are beautiful. and you, jayant, are looking even better...

Sparkling said...

Hell! It sure looks like you guys had one helluva time and I so wish I was one of them awesome peeps :D

Cool pics and even cooler paintings! I'm gonna keep an eye on that stretch next time :)

Jhayu said...

@ The Maiden.
Haw! You're calling me uncreative and dull!!!
And no, the flattery to my Godly beauty are not redeeming!

@ Bottled Water of Different Kinds.
= ) It was AWESOME! And yeah, we should do things like this, no?

wanderblah said...

oo! cool pics too! (pats self on back) :P

fishbowl said...

Awesome

Fantastic

Love the colours, the pictures and the philosophy

Preeti said...

I DIDN'T MEAN YOU...i meant generally...

:-(

how could you even think that i would say such a thing about you...

take it back immediately or you know very well what the repercussions are going to be...

or should i just let the redemption begin! ha?? ha???

:-)))))

PS: Neil Nitin Mukesh is the handsomest, sexiest man alive... do you understand????

Preeti said...

And Godly Beauty is grossly understating it.
God has just given up trying to figure out how He could have created a perfection that has surpassed even Him!!!

PS: :-))). you have no one else but yourself left to blame....

Spitphyre said...

Fun post about a fun day dollface! But then again, it is to be expected with your crazy blog.

And finally got to meet you and witness your shenanigans firsthand!

silentobserver said...

Hey, nice post. Cool pics.

Avantika A. said...

Why didn't i see this post before today? hmmm...

Anyways...lucky you. It's at times like these i wish i was still in Bombay. It's like the universe was waiting for me to leave. Grumble Mumble. But i have a solution. I shall now paint random walls in my house. And the Fellow shall be my slave.

Jhayu said...

@wanderblah
Yeah, it's really awesome how you clicked the ones of yourself from 5 feet away. Oh, wait. Telephoto lens. 15 feet.

@ The Maiden.
You must, mustn't you?

@Spitphyre.
Didn't expect them, did you? =p

@ The Undecided Vowel.
= ) Welcome! And tankies!

@ The One With Godlike Scribbling Abilities.
Ees okay, you've been busy.. And awww... don't worry, I'm sure BMC will plan something for when you're down here.
And oooooh.... wall painting in the house! Awesome that will be! Show pics and all, when you do.

Quirky Indian said...

Jhayu, that was cool. I drove by on a couple of occasions when this was going on and was quite impressed. This is a lot better than seeing those monotonous underwear ads on walls!

Cheers,

Quirky Indian

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Seems like you had a lot of fun!!!


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IdeaSmith said...

Part II of the Wall Project on 25 October. Be there.

aliceinneverland said...

I love this space... and the art is pretty random and awesome... we did something like this back in college and it was so much fun!

glad i stopped by... will be coming here often...!

Cheers!

Anisha Sharma said...

Hey! First time visitor to the blog, and I love it! :)
P.S: Jai is my best friend! Small world, eh?

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