While I found some evidence of USERP hitting more spots, I found a new collection of bombers painting mostly silver, black, and white throw-ups all over the city since I last visited. The most prominent of these was one SMILE, who rolled with at least 3 others on most occasions. Effectiveness in their form was purely through use of what are known as phat caps, which allow one to spray large areas in one fell swoop which can then be outlined for a clearly readable name.
Other than EHC's dominance all over the city, I found lots of grease pen tags on metal, a few stickers, and a really cool city mural. Of them all, I laughed the hardest at the sticker "MYBAD" and was intrigued by an overlay of drippings which insinuated some kind of romance in tagging (photo at beginning of post). The most original tag I have seen in a long time goes to MOE, who incorporated a stamp-like technique which is hardly captured by my poorly lit iPhone attempt. Think wax seals for letters, but with paint. The abstract personage on an electric circuit cover was glimmering in the streetlight and caught my eye -- once I saw what it was, I REALLY wished I had my professional photography equipment!
Before signing off, I would like to point out the roll-up tag above, by MEAK, which was spotted over a year ago. I had fears that it might have been removed before I could photograph it. What is so special about this tag is not only its placement on a major business district in Baltimore (Highlandtown on Eastern Ave.)- thus making it a difficult hit- but that it captures the efficiency in tagging with its form, having used a phat cap to spread out the words it a flow of thin and tick line with just one can of paint. MEAK also utilizes a traditional form of decoration in his/her own way by signing the tag with a loose star.
Oh yeah -- and I spotted evidence that NSF is a national thing, not just local to Pittsburgh as originally conjectured!