50 Fresh Flicks: 12oz Goes Underground – The San Jose California Tunnels

By - Friday, May 18th, 2012

Thanks to Poesia Transcend’s son, who goes by the tags Kaes and Aporia, the 12ozProphet team got a glimpse into one of San Jose’s secret sweet spots where shit actually runs in this buff controlled town. Poesia’s father, DadOne, even lent us boots so we could get through the mud on the second day and record everything that the locals had been painting up and down the full length of the tunnels. They are some kind of water ducts that never fill up but channel a very low level of water through them. They are approximately about two miles each way. There are vents at various points that let sunlight through, which create beautiful spots where most of the painting is done. Those are the fame spots, creating prime real estate that gets painted over and over. In between the light vents, it can be pitch black, but if you have a flash light you can find amazing stuff in the blackness too. The hardcore painters bring their own lights and therefore could come at any time of the day, although midday is best to enjoy the sunlight pouring in. Sadly, the majority of the streets above the tunnels, across the city of San Jose, are covered in sloppy rectangles of ugly grey paint, much like some other cities in the US, such as New Orleans which is regulated by the one-man buff-vigilante, The Grey Ghost. In San Jose though, this kind of buffing technique, which is uglier than the tags they are covering, is thanks to a strict government policy and well-funded buff squad which doesn’t let pieces, throw ups or outlines, or even tags, run much longer than a week or two in most neighborhoods especially along the main streets and highways. In desperation, writers are even getting up on trees and telephone poles just so shit will run. Love to see the authorities start buffing the trees with the same blunt aesthetic force that they treat the rest of the city’s surfaces with. So thank you to the local heads for finding this hidden spot in order to get some work done that will last. The tunnels are covered with tags, characters, pieces, rollers and even one huge wheat paste. We have posted fifty of the best photos we took, but there were a lot more excellent pieces and crushed spots we’ll leave for the next intrepid voyagers to share. Click through the pages below to come along with us as we explore the San Jose Tunnels… {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak} {pagebreak}

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