Viennese slaps and stencils

Stencils, stickers, and small paste ups around Vienna

below: You don’t have to look like this

two stencils on a concrete wall, one red and one black, both with a silhouette of a person's figure and both with words that say you don't have to look like this

below: K2m Cactus is feeling blue – I can Imagine is ici (or is it Incredible Crew of Invaders?) – and someone’s wearing a gas mask.

stickers on an outside wall, two small blue cactus in a plant pot, one is bigger than the other and looks like a sad bald man.  Another sticker says ici which is acronym for I Can Imagine

below: Skateboarder, diva, and 2 lit lighters.  Let’s scream.

a few small stencils together on a wall, a skateboarder, a lit cigarette lighter, an outline drawing of a face with spikey hair

below: Fishman doesn’t seem to like his metamorphosis.  I have questions – how does he breathe?  How does his hair stay in place? 

a black and white drawing on a blue watery background, a scaley fish with a man's head

below: Screaming in anger and frustration “Nothing I do matters while Capitalism exists. “

black stencil of a man with head back and mouth open as he screams the words nothing I do matters while capitalism exists.

below: Comment on the Patriarchy

stencil of a face

below: With a touch of green

stencil of a person sitting, in black except for green of lenses in glasses that they are wearing

below: Mouse with an umbrella or at least I think that it’s a mouse.  Such a ballsy behind.

black stencil of a mouse holding an umbrella as it stands on its hind legs

below: Eyes – blue eyes on red and one eye almost hidden behind a mask and torn paper.

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below: Stickers on blue

a blue circular street sign that has been covered with stickers

below: More stickers and paint on sign

directional sign by the waterfront that has been covered with stickers and some painted graffiti tags

below: Oh my! A sorry yellow ghost – he doesn’t look very sorry does he?

sticker, a ghost with the word sorry, ad advert for sorry tattoo

below: Frauhans

below: Little green happy faces plus translation surprises: Weihnacht hatte angst aber Ostern hat eier!! = Christmas has fear but Easter has eggs.  Why do people choose the words they write?

part of a wall with 4 pieces of graffiti, sticker with green happy faces, a drawing f a man's head in profile, one that is ripped, and one with the words Weihnacht hatte angst aber ostern hat eier,

small black stencil of upper part of person

below: While a blue Rick Astley claims that he’s never gonna give you up others are waiting for something to happen even though something is waiting behind you. 

words written in black marker on a wall along with a little character

below: Forked tongue, sluglike hugs on a pole.   We all need a little TLC.

graffiti sticker on a pole

below: Big theater, little applause.  The curtain drew back and revealed that the world is on the stage.  All the world’s a stage…..

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smaller things in Lodz

Lodz Poland is home to many large murals that have been funded and promoted by organizations such as Urban Forms Gallery (Fundacja Urban Forms). Although not as common as in some cities, there are smaller works to be found – paste ups, stickers, and stencils by a number of artists. These are ones that I saw the day that I was in Lodz back in May 2022.

below: Putin as the devil, a Nazi devil surrounded by skulls and death.

paper pasteup graffiti with image of Putin with Nazi swastika on his forehead, fangs for teeth, and phallic devil's horns on his head.  He is surrounded by a ring of small skulls

below: blue hand grenade

paper paste up on a metal sidewalk box, a large hand grenade made of repeating blue and white geometric pattern

below: Gu-tang Clan dog headed hand grenades plus a 2020 view of Earth.

below: A pasteup on a sidewalk box in Centrum that shares many similarities with the 2020 Earth above.

people walking past on the sidewalk, beside a metal box with a 2020 paper pasteup of a man in black hat, suit and tie, holding a red beating heart in his hands, picture has an elaborate border.  Under it are 2 identical posters.  Also a Lodz Poland street sign, Ulica Stanislawa Moniuszki, in Centrum.

below: This balck and white dog head features on many gu-tang works…

below: …. such as this one.

black and white paper paste up slap of a dog's head with upright pointy ears, a symbol of gu-tang clan graffiti artist or artists

below: A 3fala portrait of Katarzyna Kobro (1898-1951), a Polish sculptor.

a 3fala paper pasteup portrait of Polish sculptor who died in 1951, Katarzyna Kobro,

below: Man with a beard.  More on 3fala (if your Polish is good): TrzyFala

a 3fala portrait of a man with beard and mustache, laughing

below: 3-D mask with a square nose and eyes closed

three dimensional graffiti, a mask attached to a concrete wall.  top part is painted blue with word LAD in white, bottom part painted to look metallic, brassy, eyes closed, square nose

below: A masked swordsman painted on a fence

spray paint graffiti on a wood fence

below: An abstract painting that was pasted to a wall.

abstract painting on paper that was pasted to wall and is not peeling and fraying at the corners, in blues, yellows and reds

below: A pink balloon dog crosses the street at the crosswalk. The sticker on the left says “Moje ciato, moj wybor”, or: my body, my choice.

below: A grumpy, angry bald man growling at the world.

small graffiti pieces on the exterior wall of an abandoned building, on plywood covering a door is an eye with legs, three small heads on exposed brick, and a larger painted, line drawing face of a scowling man with no hair

below: A house for a body?  Or a house with legs?  Whatever it is, it seems to be wearing adidas shoes.  It too is angry and letting the world know it.  Random words, win, and sugar.

below: Flower

black marker on white, drawing of a flower, on a metal sidewalk box

below: square happy faces

below: Lodz, No Surrender

black stencil of two people in balaclavas, with text underneath that says Lodz no surrender

below: Small pink happy cat with twinkling yellow heart.

sticker on yellow box, cat shaped with rounded bottom, blue eyes, black whiskers, pink fur, yellow heart above its head

below: A bird? and its shadow

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is a small street in the 20th arr., in the Belleville neighbourhood of Paris.

small stencil on a concrete wall, young girl in red dress with long hair tied back, holding a potted plant in a bucket, walking away with her back to viewer

below: Henry the bear on his scooter. One of the many bears released around the city by #bear_in_mind aka Gil Dassillien. You can see many more on his instagram page (check the link!).

black and white drawing on paper, pasted to wall, a bear on a scooter, wearing a shirt with the name Henry on it, street scene,

below: Amazing! large mural.

large mural with the word amazing written in cursive in yellow, orange and red, tribute mural to brens ody basketball player

below: A kiss in primary colours, a painting by SWeb aka Sebastien

below: Bare minimum white person rejoicing with the birds (or chasing pigeons…), jumping over rocks by the waterfall.

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below: Top right, a street art piece by LOUYZ. A fish out of water bursting through the wall, a Paris fish at that. Above the door – three lost little ones from Pac Man.

exterior wall with graffiti on it, large purple head of a bird with yellow beak and blue hat

graffiti of multicoloured woman sitting

along Rruga Myslym Syri

Rruga Myslym Syri is a fairly busy street in central Tirana, lined with shops and small businesses. Either on this street or in nearby alleys and small streets there is some street art. First, two small pieces by Franko (aka Franko Dinaj), a local artist.

mural painted by franco on a wall in Tirana, of two young boys, backs to painter, one wearing a red jacket with Albanian symbol, the other wearing a blue jacket with yellow Ukranian map on it

mural of a young person with mask partially covering the face mask is made using Ukranian flag, shooting a sling shot

below: Man carrying bike, a mural by Artez with the title: “Mos Paragjyko – Do not Prejudice”

large mural of a man carrying a bike over his shoulder

below: Calligraphy and circles, an artwork by Davide DPA

a Davide mural, calligraphy as element, concentric circles, red background

back part of Davide calligraphy based mural

“Personii ge kam perballe eshte fija e humbur qe me ndihmon ta gjej veten”

below: A big green dog by MOTS

mural of a green dog, sitting

below: Unsinkable stencil with a few famous people like Einstein and Laurel & Hardy, and many not so famous people.

black stencil on white wall with heads of many famous people, Laurel and Hardy, plus word unsinkable

below: Playing basketball on the wall.

black stencil of two people on a white wall
mural of a child riding on the back of a character that is half fish and half submarine

below: A woman in blue

small blue portrait of a woman painted on the side of a metal sidewalk box

below: This woman is probably advertising a women’s hair salon but I liked the look of it just the same.

black and white drawing or painting of a woman with a lot of curlers pins in her hair

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near Picoas metro station – Lisbon

The Cronos Project initiative involved painting murals on the walls of three large abandoned old building on Av Fontes Pereira Melo close to the Picoas metro station.  They were painted  by several international artists including the Brazilian Os Gémeos, the Italians Blu and Erica Il Cane, and the Spaniard SAM3.  Since the murals were painted in 2010, smaller graffiti – both paint and paper –  has been layered over the lower portions.

below: She seems to have a ball of string in her hand and that string goes all the way to the next mural on the corner of the building (out of view in this photo)

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below: She appears to be keeping an eye on that kraken, octopus that has appeared.  Note the string across the picture.

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below: View of two sides of the building

large mural of a white face, male, wearing large gold crown, on three storey Lisboa building

below: He holds the end of the strings in both hands.

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below: A closer look at the man with the gold crown and the bendy straw.  Whatever he was drinking has been painted over.

large mural of a white face, male, wearing large gold crown, on three storey Lisboa building

below: A large silhouette in the darkening sky.

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below: Painted windows make a starry sky while wrought iron railings speak to a past elegance.

part of a mural on a Lisbon building, black silhouette of a man's head, windows painted night sky blue, balconies with wrought iron railings

below: A silly yellow cat on the balcony

abandoned building in Lisboa covered with murals and graffiti

below: A large green crocodile (alligator?) clumsily crashing through the building.
large abandoned old building on Av Fontes Pereira Melo in Lisboa that is covered with street art including a large green crocodile or alligator, a yellow cat on a balcony and large birds that cover one side of the building
close up of a green crocodile's head in a mural on an abandoned building
behind the rusted bars of an old gate is graffiti as well as weeds and small trees with no leaves

below: A cute little couple, paste-up by Costan with a wolf (fox?) prowling in the background.

a black fox or wolf stencil on the bottom of a gate, along with a paste up of two people, a girl and a boy holding hands

below: Wakeup! to a bright green alarm clock.

picture of a green and white alarm clock paste up on a wall with the letters ekup

below: seeing triples, stencil featuring Elton John by A.L. Tony

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below: Rui Veloso, Portuguese singer, another stencil by A.L. Tony

a pasteup of man's face in black and white, three copies of the same photo, on purple, behind bars of an old gate, stencil of singer Rui Veloso by A L Tony

old rusted gate on an abandoned building, with purple graffiti, some pasteups in black and white

below: The Costan couple again, still with their hands forming a heart, along with some black stencils by Dalaiama – black birds in flight and two euros.

below: Another Costan, this time a cat with a hat.

painted yellow graffiti dog with a black cat beside a paper pasteup cat by costan in Lisbon

an old gate with graffiti behind it and around it

a black and white tag graffiti on a stone wall with some small green alien type figures stencil on top

little stencils seen around Cuenca

Stencils on the walls of Cuenca, January 2018

below: Lucha Social, Siembra (social struggles or fight)
graffiti stencil in black of a man with fist upraised and open mouth, words lucha social

below: Adagio = something done slowly, with a lethargic tempo
portrait of a woman, stencil in black, eyes closed, head tilted, round head of hair, words say adagio, also a stencil of a dressmaker's form

below: The outline of a bull

black stencil graffiti of the outline of a bull

below: Equating Mickey Mouse, and Disney, with death

blue stencil of mickey mouse but with skull-like face with the word death under it, disney equated with death

below: Girl with a balloon

dark grey stencil of a giirl holding a balloon

below: Pigs can fly!stencil graffiti of the outlines of two pigs with wings, flying pigs

stencil graffiti of a black rabbit, also of the letters G S F

Keeping Mary Company

Like many corners in Rome, this one in Trastevere has a religious picture on the wall.   Here you can see  Mary, Jesus, and a couple of angels as well as ‘Ave Maria’ above the picture in what looks to be neon lights.  This Mary is accompanied by the words  Ricordo Delle Missioni Imperali Borromeo, Marzo MCMXLIX (i.e. 1949).  Ricordo delle meaning “I remember”, or more loosely, In memory of”

Mary now has a lot of company.

wall in trastevere rome with graffiti on it as well as a picture of the virgin mary .

below: Crying but still punk Eiknarf sticker as well as a “Volti Spenti” soulless man on his phone, or no face no ego, by Luther Posca

two slaps on a wall, one is a frog standing upright with a bottle in one hand and the words crying punk, by artist eiknarf. the other is a black stencil of a man with blank face taking a selfie on his phone. Instead of facial features he has the words volti spenti which are Italian

below: A black stencil of a woman with long hair and a red Thauma at the tip of what looks like a long green tail with little suction cups on the bottom.

a long green lizard tail graffiti with a picture of a woman thauma beside

below: A Jesus face, tifa toro on his cheek, and a cat by Guaro

black and white cat poster paste up by guaro and a jesus head with the words tifa toro

below: Paste-ups and wheatpastes don’t last forever.  1. In the top right corner are two drawings by LUS57 of women doing things.  One of them is vacuuming the universe – Saturn and the stars should be quite clean.  2.  Little Qwerty pieces fun to find – this one with the yellow hoodie doesn’t seem like much but I think the bottom half is missing.  3. Last, the little red balloon is the top of a tiny Exitenter painting.

some old faded and partially torn wheatpaste paste ups on a grey wall

below: These are in better shape.  1. A papaya by Per Dispetto whose art centers around that fruit.  2. A large red and white cat mouth open wide and eating an origami cat whole by Krems.  3. The tree with its light green flowers was created by stelleconfuse.  4. Zeta’s little man in gold and black has a post-it note on this torso.. it’s bent so it’s not easy to read by the words ‘sempre’ and ‘indefinable’ are there and it was signed by someone called Jenny (I think!).  Zeta’s instagram shows many variations on this man theme. 5. The little cat is “signed” but I can’t read the writing very well; it looks like BZQueen? and Confused Cat.  6. The two animals in the top right corner are a mystery.

many slaps on a grey wall

below: 1. Mr. Minimal, superhero in his blue underpants and flowing cape.  2.  A character out of science fiction or just outer space…?, by Winston Smith. 3. And last, Lovers by K2M.

a black and white picture of a spaceman as well as a lovers paste up by K 2 M.

below: Two more ladies hard at work by LUS57.  Above them, God wants to undo his creation work in a play on Michelangelo’s famous painting on the the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

graffiti on a wall. one is a poster of Michelangelo's sistine chapel creation where god points finger at man, but this time, ctrl + z is written on top, the computer shortcut for undo. There are also two little drawings by L J S 57, women working, women in old fashioned clothing, one is sorting straw and the other is sweeping

old fashioned like poster of a woman in an orange top with words zoom and vroom

The next few are small pieces that I saw nearby but not on the corner with the above.

black and white stencil on a wall looks sort of like a face made of rounded shapes, with word namea or nanea

a red stencil on a concrete wall of a man with goatee

below: A dog stamp.  A play on the Romulus and Remus symbol/statue that you see around Rome.  Is there significance to the XXX?  This is the work of Gu Tang Clan

motorcycles parked in front of 2 poster street art pieces. one is a play on Romulus and Remus wolf statue and it is by Gu Tang clan. it is made to look like a postage stamp

looking across traffic to a curved wall on a corner with graffiti on it

The previous blog post was also about graffiti in Trastevere.  You should be able to find it by scrolling down.   If not, this is the link: Trastevere slaps

Revolution Wall 2

The other day I posted some pictures of the art on the boards around the United Nations ESCWA building in Beirut (Feb 20, Let Lebanon Live).  The pictures in this blog post are from another Revolution Wall, by Art of Change, in the same neighbourhood.

on a grey wall in red letters, Revolution Wall Art of Change, peace written as a tag,

below: A rotten orange by dew (Ali Kadado) & renoz (renozoner).

On blue background, a young man holding up a large rotten orange, holding by the stem, street art by Dew and renoz

graffiti and street art on a Beirut wall

below: Wings of Freedom

wings of freedom graffiti

below: Close to a real heart

graffiti on a wall including a large heart that is anatomically close to real

metal and concrete barricades beside a wall covered with tags and graffiti

on a city street, low rise goldish brown stone buildings with graffiti and street art around the bottom layer

below: The count down is upside down

street art and protest graffiti on a wall, exterior

below: An archer fires red hearts in a painting by Lea Bou Habib

graffiti, an archer in blue top and shorts shoots a red heart from a bow

below: Stencil by markghsoub aka Markus

blue circle, red vertical stripe, black stencil of doves and other things in black

blue circle, red vertical stripe, black stencil of doves and other things in black along with a woman with a teal coloured bandana over the lower part of her face, a woman with long hair trying to hold onto a dove, all stencils

below: Throwing dice in a painting by Zein. street art of a hand throwing a pair of dice

grey wall in front of office building, with street art on the wall, Beirut

a woman's face with hair half blue and half pink, a large blue mouse that is screaming

below: Two pink mice

two pink mice painted on a wall in Beirut

below: Protesters throwing red hearts, not just any hearts, but hearts with the Lebanese cedar tree.

graffiti of a yellow circle with black silhouette of a person with a gas mask on, throwing a red heart
metal and concrete barricades, three white metal panels with graffit on them, a D, R and S on the panels

below: A Lebanese flag with the red stripe made of hearts, Our love for this country will overcome your greed for the green. street art of a Lebanese flag with the red stripes made of hearts, also the words Our Love for the country will overcome your green for the green

below: Three panels of bulls, cows, and words by Selim Mawad

three panels of drawings of cartoon bulls and cows by Selim Mawad

below: Close up of the middle panel

close up of a middle panel, work by Selim Mawad, black and white cows and bulls with Arabic writing

Scroll down to the previous blog post for more of Selim Mawad’s work.