Polaroid Guy

On a little dead end street near Gumpendorfgasse u-bahn station, there is a small series of murals. The most prominent one, is of a man in a black striped long sleeved T-shirt taking a picture with a polaroid camera.

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To his right are a few images that look like they are the resulting polaroids – part of his collection perhaps.

a small dead end street with street art murals on the buildings on the left side

These images were painted by Jana and JS, a couple who have been painting murals together for many years.

mural on a wall that looks like 3 square polaroid photos. Two are of young women with blond hair standing in front of apartment blocks, and the third is a man who is also taking a polaroid picture

mural that looks like two polaroid pictures.  on top is a woman taking a picture, on the bottom is a portrait of an older Asian man in a red cap and red jacket

Photos taken June 2022

mr.besk in Instanbul (2018)

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.

street art mural by Turkish artist mr besk of a person playing a traditional musical instrument, either a saz or a baglama, while wearing a white star wars type mask
Traditional clothing and a pearl necklace with a very untraditional mask
street art mural by Turkish artist mr besk of a young man singing into a hand held microphone
street art mural by Turkish artist mr besk of an official looking Turkish man wearing a fez
street art mural by Turkish artist mr besk of Albert Einstein on a red wall.  Yellow outline of Einstein's head plus a small yellow crown with three points above his head.
Albert Einsten making faces on Turkgucu

altered street signs, Paris

As you walk around Paris, you see a lot of altered street signs that are witty and well done such as this no right turn sign that has been changed into the Eiffel Tower.

graffiti altered sign, no left turn arrow turned into the eiffel tower

They are the work of Clet Abraham.

graffiti altered no entry sign, red circle with a white horizontal bar - added a figure that looks like it's struggling to pick up the bar

graffiti altered no entry sign, red circle with a white horizontal bar - added face on right side, lines on bar to make it look like an arm and a fist, punching the face

graffiti altered no entry sign, red circle with a white horizontal bar - added a policeman leaning over it, with hearts

graffiti altered no entry sign, red circle with a white horizontal bar - added figures to make the bar look like the front windshield of a car

graffiti altered no entry sign, red circle with a white horizontal bar - added eyes and nose above the bar, bar now looks like a mouth

graffiti altered no entry sign, red circle with a white horizontal bar - added a black hand that looks like it's squeezing the middle of the bar

graffiti altered square dead end sign where the T has been made into a crucifixtion, black figure of Jesus on it.

graffiti altered triangular sign of two kids running while holding hands, a finger is pointing at them, through clouds from the top of the triangle

There are some signs that have been altered by other people

graffiti altered no entry sign, red circle with a white horizontal bar - added a pasteup of a woman sitting, wearing purple robe and slippers and holding a white stuffed bear

…. some rather hastily done.

graffiti altered no entry sign, red circle with a white horizontal bar - added blue spray paint happy face

I also saw a couple of speed bump warning signs altered by M1000.

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Quite a few signs have random stickers stuck on them.

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graffiti altered triangular sign of two kids running while holding hands, blue circle stickers have been put over their heads

And then there is this sign, totally covered.

graffiti altered no entry sign, red circle with a white horizontal bar - added stickers that totally cover the sign

Other altered sign pages:
Florence
London
Madrid

Starchild Stela

As seen around Montreal on the weekend of 14-16 June 2015

below: first, an oldie on a page from a French book.  I’m not sure what book it is, but it includes the words “protège la virilité de l’époux” which translate to “protects the virility of husband

Starchild Stela character, a girl with shoulder length and slightly curly hair, drawn on a page of an old book whose words are in french.

Using stickers, paste ups, and spraypaint, Starchild Stela is a graffiti artist who combines cute feminine characters with slogans.  I’d like to say that they are ‘common sense’ slogans but unfortunately they aren’t.  For example:

“my body, my choice”

Starchild Stela character, a girl with shoulder length and slightly curly hair, two girls in the center of a doily, with the words 'my body, my choice'

and “consent is mandatory”

Starchild Stela character, a girl with shoulder length and slightly curly hair, sticker on a window, pale pink background with pink bows in a pattern, with the words 'consent in mandatory'

and “support survivors”

Starchild Stela character, a girl with shoulder length and slightly curly hair, black and white sticker of a number of girls in a group (5) with the words 'support survivors'

“destroy rape culture”

Starchild Stela character, a girl with shoulder length and slightly curly hair, paper on a wall, peeling and only part of it is still visible, painted pink,

“leave me alone”

Starchild Stela character, a girl with shoulder length and slightly curly hair, sticker on a grey metal pole, pale pink background with little pink bows pattern, with the words 'leave me alone' written under it

“gender studies”

Starchild Stela character, a girl with shoulder length and slightly curly hair, in yellow on a red brick wall, with a word bubble that says gender studies

Starchild Stela character, a girl with shoulder length and slightly curly hair, large painting in blue on a red brick wall with the words Stela Aurure Nila scrawled in black beside it.

Starchild Stela character, a girl with shoulder length and slightly curly hair, painted in pink on a red brick wall with the words femme malia written in cursive beside it