July 28th, 2008

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Saw this item in Willamette Week's "Best of Portland '08" issue:
BEST BATHROOM READING -- Impromptu coordinations of human creativity are an endearing side-effect of living in a city of like-minded weirdos. The mysterious profusion of groutfiti -- puns on the word "grout" written between the tiles of public restrooms -- is a fine example of this phenomenon. These unassuming corners of Portland hold a symphony of semantics: The water closet at the World Famous Kenton Club -- the Grout Wall of Kenton -- displays such gems as "I'm in a grout-patient program" and "Grout Balls of Fire." In the men's room of Powell's City of Books you'll find literary allusions like "Sometimes a Grout Notion" and "Much Ado A-Grout Nothing." Such groutrageous puns are all over town, and if you haven't noticed them before, you will now. -- Joseph Watts
They're, um, in Eugene too. In a bathroom stall in Henderson Hall in Bean Complex at the University of Oregon. We had that stall tricked out decorated: women's underwear ads, scripts of Monty Python sketches (like "The Martyrdom of Saint Victor"*), and other niceties. And in the tile-lined wall, we wrote groutfiti.

I'm still proud of my contribution: SHOUT, SHOUT, LET IT ALL OUT -- THESE ARE THE THINGS I CAN DO WITH GROUT.

This is the ONLY TIME I'VE EVER WRITTEN GRAFFITI. Please don't arrest me.
* The rudeness, under the cut: Collapse )