Because COVID is still slowing everyone down, I continue to search through old travel pictures because I know that there are still lots of photos of street art that I haven’t shared. Today I found four murals by mr.besk that I saw the last time that I was in Instanbul. They feature yellow outlines and little Basquiat-type three pointed crowns.
‘Muralist Istanbul’ is an annual mural painting festival that has been running in the Kadikoy area of Istanbul since 2012. Most of the murals on this page are from 2013 so you know that this is only a sample of what can be seen in Kadikoy!
below: The bottom part of “Occupy Antarctica”. What is missing is a clock and a red fez – both are above the penguins. Painted by B. Shanti.
below: Two purplish horsemen separated by a column of windows, by Franco Fasoli aka Jaz (from Argentina) called “One against One” painted in 2013.
below: The text says Captain Borderline. The title is “Sufi of Kadikoy/Totem” and it is the work of Dabtar from Germany. Dabtar is a member of the Captain Borderline Crew (as is fellow German, B. Shanti, above).
below: “Resistencia” by Inti. Skulls on the wrists and an apple in hand.
below: A closer look at the bottom part of the mural that is in the shade. An ace up the sleeve.
below: Eyes on the balloon, watching as it rises over the vacant lot. “Balao ” by Brazilian artist Claudio Ethos, 2013.
below: “In Dreams” by Freddy Sam (aka Ricky Lee Gordon) An elephant at night, under the moon and stars. Most of his murals are in shades of grey.
below: I couldn’t find any information on this mural.
If you plan to visit Kadikoy, do a bit of research online first and save yourself some time! Images and the locations of most of the murals are on the internet.