Take for instance this sample I photographed in Salt Lake City, UT on 8/4/16. It is typically known as a moniker and this one is a simple drawing of a person with the words 'A mind that wanders'. What is its meaning? Depending on who reads it, it could be anything.
Jacob Lyman found this elaborate graffiti on an SP boxcar in Salt Lake City's North Yard in September 2016. Many jokes about "the hype train" ensued. (Jacob Lyman photo)
One can only speculate what the meaning of this particular specimen is, but you have to give credit for creativity using nothing more than a few spray cans. Photographed at Weber River Bridge near Croydon, UT on 9/28/16.
In this photo, we see a string of boxcars and nearly everyone has graffiti visible on it. This is how bad the problem is becoming on a much smaller scale. Photographed Salt Lake City, UT on 8/1/16
Detail of that red panel (from a Jacob Lyman photo)
This Union Pacific reefer was another one of Jacob's strange graffiti catches in September 2016. (Jacob Lyman photo)
Another example of the variety of colors that can be seen is found on this hopper, taken by Schon on 9/10/16. (Schon Norris photo)
Occasionally, a tagger will take up a freight car and leave a creation that truly can be admired. Something I spotted in Wendover, UT on the 16th of January this year really caught my eye and I had to stop and grab a picture of it. Yes, it's graffiti. No, I don't condone it. But, I can appreciate the effort to create it. There is true skill in the work that was put into this and I admire the craftsmanship.
So, whenever you are sitting trackside waiting on the next train, or sitting at a grade crossing waiting for the train to pass, keep your eyes peeled for some this art on the move...
(Graffiti - Art on the Move is the first truly collaborative effort of the Desert Empire Project. Credit for this post goes to Josh Bernhard, Jacob Lyman, Schon Norris, and myself. Many thanks to these fine gentlemen for their assistance on this post.)