A Semi -Regular Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Is Lismore Really Skem?

This arresting piece of street art is by Guido van Helten and can be found on the eastern pier of the Ballina St Bridge in Lismore.
I am interested in the the word above the the ladies head, 'skem'. It is Northern UK urban slang based on the town Skelmersdale on the outskirts of Liverpool and describes a 'boring town' or 'f''ing shithole'.
I like the irony of efforts to make Lismore a visually vibrant place through public art, and the endless repetitive tagging that really does reduce our urban environments to a boring global sameness.
My new word is 'lismored': 'the ironic processes of trying to make an urban environment more interesting to see it covered in tags and reduced to the same boring shit you see all over the planet."

This is a Sunday Bridges Post. Click here for Louis's excellent meme.


  1. I'm going to adopt that term too!

  2. I like your photo and your new word:)
    Have a great Sunday!

  3. Interesting picture with good comment. Like this kind of observations. Keep them coming.

  4. Usually when the murals appear, the tagging stops. It would seem to be a good place to channel that artistic talent. But, all the murals won't make a town less boring - just perhaps more visually appealing.

  5. Love "the ironic processes" etc definition, but maybe "Lislessed" says it better?

  6. A wise traveler never despises his own country.


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