Saturday, November 15, 2008

Citgo Dumpster Girl

Well, this has been a great weekend so far- kicked off with two parties last night, the second of which my new BFF Jason was nice enough to let me play Rock Band on his new Wii, oh man!- and then this morning I hear from Blah Girl Seeker Shawn of a brand new Girl! I actually was starting to get worried that the Girl might have retired because it's been so long since I've seen new Girls anywhere. I'm so relieved this isn't the case!

Shawn found this Girl on the corner of Wylie and Moreland yesterday afternoon, on the dumpster in the Citgo parking lot. I love this picture even more because of the Gun Show sign in the back- oh Georgia!!!

Friday, October 17, 2008

You Go Girl!

I had my suspicions that this "You Go Girl" on the corner of Edgewood and Krog was done by the Blah Girl Creator, but felt sure once Lori also pointed it out.

Any thoughts on the monster tags that are going up on Boulevard and around the neighborhood - some say "rawr" and some say "sorry" across the mouth (backwards r's) - are also done by our Girl creator?

Friday, October 3, 2008

Wylie Street #2

This is the second Girl spotted by Ela on Wylie Street on the border of Reynoldstown and Cabbagetown. I wonder if anyone will put a bikini on her like they did on the formerly-topless girl that lives a block away from this girl on Pearl Street.

Saturday, September 27, 2008


I couldn't have been more excited to receive a message this morning from Lauren with pictures of the furthest away Blah Girl so far- she's from New Orleans. Like so many of her Blah sisters, this girl is now gone so I'm even more glad to have evidence of her smile.

Lauren writes:

This comes from S. Claiborne Ave. in New Orleans and the pic was taken in July. Sad thing is, it was on the wall of an abandoned auto garage that was demolished last week, so technically this Blah Girl now only exists in the photo.

Thanks SO much for sending her!

Saturday, September 6, 2008

One of the MJQ Girls

FInally I remembered to take a picture of the Girl in the bathroom at MJQ that Malissa told me about ages ago. Apparently though I missed another girl in the other bathroom but I'll remember next time.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Behind Mary's

After checking out the East Atlanta Ice House on its second night ever open for business - featuring two of my Atlanta favorites DJ Swivel and Sharaab - and a quick stop at the Flat Iron, we came across this Girl on a dumpster behind Mary's.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

BP on Hill and Memorial

Pulling up at the BP on Memorial and Hill Street, on our way from the fantastic Rodrigo y Gabriel show at the Tabernacle, on our way to The Standard for a nightcap, I roll on up to a little Girl on the newspaper stand.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

North Avenue by the Masquerade

I spotted this Girl a few weeks ago on my way to the Tom Waits show, but didn't have my camera. There was a second Girl about a block west of her, but by the time I came back to get this picture, the second Girl was gone. You can find the remaining Girl on North Avenue just East of the bridge next to the Masquerade.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

2nd Avenue and Hosea

Thanks go out Shawn, a new Friend of Blah Girl for sending in this new Girl. Shawn writes:

I stopped at the light at the intersection of 2nd and Hosea Williams looked to my right and saw a Blah girl. I was able to get up the fence that surrounded the building to take the picture. I looked for a way to get past the fence, but didn't have too much time. I needed to get back to my car before the light turned green.

Shawn gets a high five (and perhaps a traffic warning from APD) for acrobatics like jumping out of the car to get the pic! We are grateful; this marks the first Girl recorded here in Kirkwood.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sugar Britches

A few days ago, Ela texted me a picture that her duplex-mate Stephanie took of a Blah Girl, but I kept forgetting to ask where it was taken.

Yesterday afternoon I was walking in East Atlanta and came across this marker-drawn Girl in front of the parking lot between Sugar Britches and Traders- the same one I was texted just days before!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Glenwood

My old pal Chris is the newest Friend of Blah Girl, letting me know about this Girl behind The Glenwood one of my favorite restaurants in East Atlanta Village.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Shed

After a Blah Girl -free period, I saw this Girl on the corner of Glenwood and Bill Kennedy Way (formerly known as the Glenwood-Memorial Connector). She is just behind a new restaurant called The Shed where I ate the most delicious beet salad I've ever had.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Local

Last night as we were parking at The Local I said to Ela, I think there's a Blah Girl here. I checked the dumpster for her cute little face, but just found lots of other scrawls.

A little bit later I trekked to the ladies room with Mica. As I closed the door of the teeny tiny stall, I found myself looking face-to-face with the first Midtown Girl that I've ever seen.

I think the faint writing in the background says "SARA LOVE". And Sara does love.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Blessing Tires

We're getting closer to Grant Park! This Girl was found on the lot of Blessing Tires (It used to just say "Blessen" but someone made the second E into an I and added a G in green paint a few years ago) at the corner of Boulevard and Memorial, across from Oakland Cemetery.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Glenwood and Stovall

On my way to my lovely friend Amanda's house, I found my first ever Ormewood Park Girl! Next I want to see a Grant Park Girl for the first time.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Disappearing Blah Cloud

This is on Edgewood on the bridge in between Airline and Gunby street, across from AC White Transfer & Storage. I love the cloud even without the Girl.

On the other side of the bridge at the same time that I was taking pictures, there were two men painting over other things painted on the bridge. It appears that this Blah's end is imminent, so I'm glad I saw it today.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Banna Grocery Store

This giant Blah Girl is on the side of the Banna Grocery Store at the corner of Irwin and Howell. I love the blahs on the vents! Photographed on the way to work this morning.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Story of Blah Girl and my Bottomless Love for Street Art

I have been photographing street art since I was a teenager. While riding the El in Chicago I would stare out the window and watch the art unfold along cemetery walls, through tunnels, up on top of super high buildings. I fell in love with the idea of spray paint and public expression - the inherent law-breaking nature of street art also appealed to my rebellious teenage self.

My documentation started with my friend David.


I would go with him sometimes when he would go tagging on the bridges and underpasses in Chicago suburbs.


My friend Rachel had a basement where we could paint and repaint the walls. It was here that I first held a can of spray paint and failed miserably at making definable shapes.


It didn't take me long to put down the paint can permanently and hold a little more firmly to my camera. I realized that my strength is in framing, memorializing, and relentlessly watching my environment.

One of the greatest places for street art photography is in my hometown, Chicago, in the Pilsen neighborhood.


I always admired the honesty of the Pilsen street art, like this one that shows the range of family relationships from love and companionship to the family as a prison. I love how free form art tells stories of its community, its people.



I have photographed street art in travels around the world. From Dublin, Ireland


to Mazatlan, Mexico


to Islamic Cairo, Egypt


and of course my home of now eight years, Atlanta.


The first time I ever saw a Blah Girl in Atlanta was April, 2007. I was driving south on Boulevard passing the Fulton Cotton Mill on the left and Oakland Cemetery on the right when I saw her.

I loved her from the first moment. I loved how purely joyful she looked, the simplicity of her form and the choice of pink as her color. I loved the hearts that flew freely from her body. She made me smile just by existing. I grabbed my always-toted camera out of my purse and snapped a quick shot.


From that point forward, I started watching for her. It amazed me how without even trying, I would wind up in places where she was- whether we were searching for a new place for my friend to rent or out drinking at a bar. The Blah Girl became an auspicious sign.

She is fleeting though- such is the nature of street art. I was sad when that first Girl disappeared by way of white paint. But just a few months later, there she was again.


I have seen her in curls and flowers, bikinis and topless, on trucks and in bathroom stalls, in blue, green, red, pink and black. I want to honor her and her creator by archiving her existence in our lovely city of Atlanta.

I originally posted the photos at my personal blog, Ashes and Glass. Recently I decided she deserved her own site to stretch her cute little arms and settle in for awhile.
So here we are at our new home on blogger and there's no place like home!

I have posted some answers to frequently asked questions. Come back and visit for new Blah Girl pics and let me know if you come across any of your own. You can email me at sara dot totonchi at gmail dot com and give me a location or send me pictures you take yourself. Pictures taken by people other than me get the honorary Friends of Blah Girl tag.

Blah blah, hearts, love, kisses, spray paint.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Blah Girl Project

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Blah Girl:

A: I am not the creator of the Blah Girl. I am nowhere near as cool or talented as she is.

A: I do not know the Blah Girl creator. People who do have told me bits and pieces about her, but we have never met. I look forward to that day if/when it happens. I would give her a great big hug and thank her for all her work and give her some cash to buy new paint. I would plead with her not to think I'm a total stalker for being obsessive about documentation of her art.

A: I do not go searching for the Blah Girl. I jut shoot pictures whenever I run into her. I'm grateful that we travel in similar circles.

A: I definitely love getting tips of places where new Blah Girls appear. You can email me at sara dot totonchi at gmail dot com and give me a location or send me pictures you take yourself. Pictures taken by people other than me get the honorary Friends of Blah Girl tag.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Wedding Girl

I knew before I even saw her that the Blah Girl wouldn't miss her chance to smile on the union of Beck and Garrett at the Eyedrum yesterday. I found her exactly where I thought she'd be: grinning from her post in the bathroom.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Jackson and Edgewood

On the way to work this morning, Mica and I came across this Girl at an old gas station.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Girl Under the Stacks

When it rains it pours - And I'm not just talking about this grey Atlanta day. After what seemed like a Blah Girl drought, she's back smiling all around the city. Here she is below the Fulton Cotton Mill Lofts on Shelton Street in Cabbagetown.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

1, 2, 3, 4 Blah Girls on the Bathroom Doors

The Blah Girl also drinks at 97 Estoria, as illustrated by 4 different appearances in one little bathroom stall. She starts out all pretty for the evening with flowers in her hair but then as the night goes on hearts fly out of her, she drinks to much and ultimately loses her top and says "grow up" and "eff you" to the rest of the bar.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tornado Blah Girl

Here is girl I found at the corner of Memorial and Boulevard while absorbing the damage of the tornado in Cabbagetown.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Reynolds-Cabbage Girl

Here's a brand new Girl shot by the lovely Ela on Wylie Street on the way from Cabbagetown into Reynoldstown.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Blah Girls in Athens

I was so excited to recieve evidence of the existance of a new Blah Girl from my darling friend Red-Handed Jill.

Jill found her in Athens. Makes me think its probably time that I go east to visit Athens and two girls that I love indeed.