Graffiti Walk: Pop Culture in Ximending
Most of the Japanese-ztylebuildings in this area were built during the colonization period. Since then,the area has continued to grow and is often thought to echo Japan's famous Shibuya District.There are flashing neon billboards and giant screen televisions on every level.Storefronts are a jumble of colored lights, naked wires, and kitschy signs.
You'll findtrendy boutiques, coffee shops, cinemas, department stores, restaurants andstreet vendors, and tattoo and piercing shops here. For the full experience don't miss exploring the small alleys in this eight block district. There are picturesque European style coffee houses and patios snuggled away in hiddencorners, while the streets are, in some places, literally works of art.
Princeton’s WordNetWeb defines graffiti as: a rude decoration inscribed on rocks or walls.
Yet, here in Taipei, the walls are the manifested dreams of talented artists. Taipei’s urban youth reaching for artistic style and development have found their own sort of personal fame and respect on these walls.
Published on 5/2/09