At the end of the 1970s, the ‘red line’ (Seventh Avenue Express) in the New York City Subway system became a popular communication medium for young people living in the suburbs. Between Brooklyn and Bronx tags and messages were spray painted all over the concrete walls.
Graffiti express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. The need for expression is just as important in Nordkjosbotn as anywhere else. The roar from the spray boxes – in the middle of nowhere.
For several years, the graffiti rock in Nordkjosbotn has been a tourist attraction. Two major highways, European routes E6 and E8, meet in this village making it a major crossroads in Northern Norway with an estimated annual passage of 3 million people.
Ain’t no mountain high enough!
Nordkjosbotn is a small village in the Municipality of Balsfjord in Troms County, Norway about 70 km (43 mi) southeast of the city of Tromsø. Its population is 402 people. The Municipality is the biggest goat milk producer in Norway.
Text by: Ester Jepsen, ThorNews
Photos: On top: Unknown, below: Knut Olav Klo (Illustrations by Anette Broteng Christiansen)