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Imported Graffiti Art in the Desert Oasis

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Graffiti clues in the Desert Oasis
Aside from an occasional gang squirt, Moses Lake, Washington has no graffiti art scene of which to speak. Yes, there are many vast, open walls available for inspired artists to develop into colorful statements of creative expression. However, city officials and general public opinion frown on graffiti art as worthless, wicked vandalism. Granted, the city does offer several commissioned murals, mainly scenic visions of the ordinary rural variety. Unfortunately, those of us craving authentic expressions of genuine creativity must travel elsewhere to enjoy such diverse cultural fruit.

A truckload of rainbows

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Regional graffiti served fresh daily
Or so we thought. Recently we discovered a daily supply of local, fresh graffiti. A short drive out Moses Lake’s Wheeler Road reveals a west-coast freight-car loading station. And, as any connoisseur of aerosol art is aware, graffiti artists love to paint on freight cars. Sure enough, a quick drive into the loading area manifests a colorful line of beautifully decorated railcars. To see such dynamic and intense expressions of deliberation and purpose is like opening the window of youth and shooting up a truckload of rainbows. “ unexpected pleasure — we are honored by your presence..”

Traveling canvases

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Up at 5:00 am to take these pix
Better still, the railcars are there on business, meaning they are constantly showing up, getting loaded, and taking off, thereby making room for the next set of traveling canvases. Every day, there is a fresh selection of imported west-coast graffiti art ripe for the pickinz. And pick I do — at least three times a week, every week, I drive out to the station early in the morning to examine, admire, and capture the daily gallery. For several weeks now, my collection of high-resolution digital photographs of west-coast graffiti has been growing.

Keep ’em separated

Soon, the collection will be available at my portfolio site,, which will feature artwork, digital photos, video chunks, audio turdz, and now, imported graffiti art. Why two Perishable websites? While focuses on written material, code, and other text, presents creativity as expressed via aural, visual, and digital media. “You gotta keep ’em separated.”

Informational repositories

Indeed, this segregation of Perishable Press content enables us to consolidate an online resource for news and information concerning everything associated with all of our creative endeavors. Further, an informational repository such as Perishable Press enables us to focus entirely on artistic and other creative content at our other sites, such as,, and

Update: The sites,, and are now offline. Check out for some recent visual adventures.

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8 responses to “Imported Graffiti Art in the Desert Oasis”

  1. Incidentally, if you continue driving another mile out wheeler road, turn left at the old grain silos, and then drive another mile or so, you delightfully will discover several railway junctions, which are usually occupied with many long chains of freight cars, most of which decorated with graffiti art..

  2. Muchas gracias, senor! I have seen the area you mention — full of marked trains, ripe for ‘da pickinz.. I have yet to incorporate the stop into my daily routine, but look forward to snapping a few phresh photos very soon. Thanks for the tip!

  3. RAIL RIDER 2007/11/03 7:09 pm


  4. Perishable 2007/11/04 9:48 am

    Excellent collection you have there! I have been taking photos of railcar graffiti here in Moses Lake, Washington for a couple of years now. I am planning on setting up a gallery on my portfolio site ( devoted entirely to showcasing railcar graffiti art. Your site is definitely an excellent resource for this rather esoteric subject matter. After my site is built, I will definitely link to yours in the blogroll. Great minds think alike!

  5. Dakota davis 2009/02/02 6:32 pm

    I live in that area and i have been writing graffiti for a few years now i built a wall so a can do some pieces and everyone driving by can see. Lately its been to cold so theirs just a throw or sketches on the wall i gave up when my cans got messed up. But ive seen the freight out at simplot Idk if there are any writers im moses lake but if any writers want to paint hit me up on my email address.


  6. @Dakota davis: Thanks for dropping a line! So good to hear from other creative types in this wasteland of a town. It would be cool to get together sometime and check out some graffiti. I am not much of a writer, but have been drawing and doing art for years. Would certainly enjoy trying my hand at aerosol expression. Also, do you know if there are any other writers in the ML area?

  7. Ya there are a few but If anyone wants to paint they usually come to me i am the only one in moses with a free walk. . I have noticed goin down highway 17 after you pass pass broadway extended before the bridge on the left there are a few random walls just standing around out in that field. I think their extras from the sound barrier down 17 and i was thinkin about trying to get some permission walls around moses lake. Or places they will let me paint a mural on their buildings.

  8. Any writers that want to paint or interested in graffiti send me an email.

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