Whether you grew up in New York in the 1980's, or have taken an interest in graffiti culture anywhere in North America since then, you probably know that "Paint" and "Trains" go together like the Peanutbutter & Jelly of aerosol culture... and I'm not just saying that because I've been eating PBJ all week. Well, ok, maybe that has something to do with it; but I digress.
If you've followed me for any length of time you may know that I love trains and I love graffiti. The proof is all over my social media. For me, benching trains is my escape. When I need to unwind and get out of my head I grab a camera (and maybe a few beers) and go chase trains for a while. Sometimes I catch a line with truly amazing art, but sometimes I manage to just get a little exercise and mental clarity - either way, I win!
Of course, for any serious 'foamer', benching trains involves certain "gray areas" as far as trespassing goes... so a few years ago I started acquiring a stash of train-related clothing to help express my love and respect for railroading. And to my relief, I've noticed that conductors and line workers out on the tracks are usually a little more tolerant when they see how much I appreciate their hard work. So when I was asked to take some pictures to help support a few brands dedicated to the lifestyle of trainwriters and benchers, I couldn't say anything but YES.
This shoot happened in about an hour, mostly because the sun disappeared sooner than we had hoped. I was bummed to quit early, but I am pretty happy with what I was able to get in the hour that I had.