Like a mantra.
Location: An overpass in J.P. Laurel, Davao City, Philippines
Wrote to a friend doing a documentary on Phil. street art and graffiti about this graffito some time ago. An excerpt from my email:
“I saw a graffiti written on a stair of an overpass. It said “BE BRAVE FOR YOUR RIGHT” It was written in all caps and not in the fancy manner w/ stylized letters—and I think w/ thick black marker (I was riding a jeep when I saw this). I think this was written by someone who’s not ONE DAY, because it was missing his trademark inverted triangle, and it wasn’t his handwriting. Also this was fresh. ONE DAY is currently not in the city. I’ve also seen other writing that also echoed a message or a question. I’ve been seeing “WHY?” downtown. I also saw “LIVE FREE!” in purple spray paint above the city’s flyover. There are others, written in large letters, but not the same way as popular graffiti is now.
I think these simple writings around the city hold more power than the graffiti productions or the graffiti tags around.I haven’t seen this kind of graffiti in other cities—the stripped down kind—the letters stripped of style, and just like regular handwriting, but here the messages are clear. They are not about someone’s ego. Some of them are assertions like “BE BRAVE FOR YOUR RIGHT” but without a signature on them, you are free to claim them like a mantra. And I did find myself repeating the line “BE BRAVE FOR YOUR RIGHT”.