altered street signs, Florence

As you walk around Florence Italy, you can spot street signs that have been altered with witty additions of shapes and figures.  Similar signs have been spotted in Madrid, London, and Paris. Most of them are the work of Clet Abraham but there are a few that were created by Yipi Yipi Yeah, or YYY for short.   Here are a few that I saw in Florence early in January.

below: A policeman’s love

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a policeman bending down and kissing the white bar

below: A goalie defending his net

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a football goalie defending his net

below: Scrunching

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a large black hand scrunching the white bar

below: Chiseling away the white bar.

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a man chiseling away the white bar

below: Only two eyes seen because of a veil

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a woman in a veil covering all but her eyes

below: A game of cat and mouse

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a mouse beside a mouse hole, with a cat in the background

below: Using a pair of scissors

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a pair of scissors cuttig the white bar

below: A hanging brought to you by Yipi Yipi Yeah

dead end sign altered by yipi yipi yeah, three holes in the red bar and a creature hanging by the neck

below: Cupid’s arrow right on target

altered blue and white one way sign, the arrow is now piercing a red heart

below: Smashing ice

altered red and white no entry sign, graffiti by Clet Abraham, of a person breaking ice with a large ice pick

altered signs, Madrid

Altered signs in Madrid are the mainly the work of two different artists.  The first is a local that goes by the name Yipi Yipi Yeah, or YYY for short.   The second is Clet Abraham whose work is found in most large European cities.   Searching for these signs can make a game out of walking around a city!

below: A YYY sign, “pais apatrida busca asilo” while wearing a Spain T-shirt that says “Spain is different”.  The words on the white bar translate to “stateless country seeks asylum”

altered yield sign by yipi yipi yeah

below: Another Yipi Yipi Yeah sign with a Spanish theme -this time a crowd is cheering as flour black bulls go after other people.

below: A single matador on the crosswalk with his red cloak leading the way.

 

below: A yield sign becomes cleavage that is barely held together by a couple of pieces of lace.

below: Fishing.  The word is perdigon, a young partridge.  I’m not sure if it part of YYY’s work.

man fishing in the white bar of a do not enter sign

below: Swinging on the one way sign.

one way sign, arrow is a tree with a pink swing

The next few are by Clet Abrahams.

below: A similar sign appears in an earlier post on altered signs in Paris.

dead end sign turned into a crucifix

below: Skateboarding on Calle de Fucar.

below: Black dog pees against white wall.

altered do not enter sign with black dog peeing on the white bar

below: Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou?

below: Chiselling away at the mouth, an artist at work.

altered do not enter sign,man chiseling out a face from stone, white bar as the block of stone

below: Good morning sunshine.

altered do not enter sign, sun rising above the horizon, white bar as the horizon

below: There are a few signs that are the work of an unknown person, including this xenofobia stencil.

below: And last, also by an unknown person, are these eyes watching over the street.

two black eyes on a do not enter sign, plus other stickers too

other altered sign pages:
Florence,
London,
Paris

 

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