The Cultural World of Forgotten People: 99 Word Flash Fiction


© irene waters 2018

“Look Pops. Someone’s painted on the wall. Mum sure would be mad.”

“It’s graffiti Donald.”

“What’s that.”

“Writing or drawing on a wall. We all want to leave a mark. You know. The oldest graffiti, a hand,  is in Indonesia. Thousands of years old.”

“Do’ya reckon this’ll be here in thousands of years.”

“Not a hope and if it was done by Banksey he’s probably organised for it to self-destruct. You know though Donald, stuff going back even a few years gives  a snapshot of ordinary people’s lives and what they care about.”

“So Pops, graffiti is pop culture.”


© irene waters 2018

When Charli gave us her prompt this week where she asked:

December 6, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about graffiti. It can be an artist, art or the medium itself. Get out your can of spray paint and go where the prompt leads you.

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many things came to mind. We had just come back from Egypt and there was graffiti there that had been done by tourists over 2000 years ago. Was that the oldest. It made me look and I found that a hand with forearm was the oldest possibly 10,000years old drawn on a cave wall. Some of the graffiti in Egypt was simply an I was here statement. Others said what they liked and had responses to their comment. An antiquated trip advisor. As a child growing up the only graffiti I saw was on the back of the toilet door. An older version of facebook. Graffiti as art is a modern phenomenon but most won’t survive in time. It really is pop culture with the art reflecting the position of those that otherwise would not have a voice.  Banksey probably made the best statement about graffiti recently when his art sold for i.4 million pounds and on the drop of the hammer it self destructed. Literally going, going, gone.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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17 Responses to The Cultural World of Forgotten People: 99 Word Flash Fiction

  1. I enjoyed your flash. You are so right, that prompt sure could lead off in many directions. I thought of cave paintings and other “I was here” statements from long ago people. (I even thought of yellow snow art; I’ve seen it but don’t have the equipment to execute the form properly.)
    Your flash put me in mind of a post from Geoff on the art of dissent. Have you read this?
    Hope you are enjoying that box of books. Moreover I hope that box needs replenishing often.

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  2. Great prompt response. The ending was very cute.

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  3. Liz H says:

    Nice perspective on the art form!

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  4. A great story that tells so much in few words.

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  5. A great response to the prompt, Irene.

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    Pop culture of the time — I like that perspective. But I will from this post on forever think of Facebook as toilet stall graffiti, lol! Makes sense, Irene.

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