Street Art, also known as graffiti, is pretty much everywhere. We have seen it scrawled on walls, buildings, and just about any flat or available surface you could imagine in a city. Bridges, buildings, mail boxes; nothing is immune. Some of it is ugly and done as a menace or to just be destructive. Some Street Art is politically driven due to discontent, and some of it is to tag someones turf as a warning to their rivals. There’s usually some message or meaning behind it; like a giant ‘urban tattoo‘ created to make some type of statement just as we do with body tattoos. Yet, there are some Street Artists with great talent who go beyond what one would think someone could create with just a can of spray paint, air brush, chalk, or other medium.
During a recent trip to Thessaloniki, Greece graffiti was everywhere. Evidence left behind of the current tense times during demonstrations born from Greece’s difficult economic situation. In an aside comment, I personally I don’t know why ‘they’ created the European Union because it has been very difficult for some countries. I also liked collecting the different coins or paper money from my travels. Selfish thought I know, but we all have our own little quirks. Greece is, and has been, struggling with all the changes and some of the Greek people are making their feelings known.
Here’s a poor statue of Eleftherios Venizelos (Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος) that was tagged with graffiti and to make matters worse, the pigeons have an undisturbed roosting place. As a result, unsightly graffiti and loads of pigeon poop permeate the area.
Graffiti was found in some of the alleyways; a combination of ‘scratch art‘ and some possible ‘budding Street Artist’ talent that was mixed in adding some color and form.
Nothing is immune to the street artists ‘brush’ strokes.
Then there were some better pieces of street art showing some actual talent; in my opinion anyway. I was amazed by the detail of the wrinkles and sneakers in this one. It would have looked nicer in the photograph without the green penis scribble someone added to it though. By the way, my opinion is the penis is an overused object / organ to deface pictures and photographs. But, there’s always a self-proclaimed comedian in the crowd….
This next piece was kind of ‘Tim Burtonish’ to me and I like his work.
Then there was this scooter parked alongside a large Street Art mural. I liked the color of the wall with “Herbie” the scooter accenting it.
Street art is an expression all of its own via the artist to whomever decides to stop just for a moment to take it in and possibly enjoy the work or the message. I am sure through my life travels there will be other pieces of street art that will catch my eye and I will record it yet again to share with you, my readers, who take time out of their day to look at, read, and hopefully enjoy my travel wanderings posts.
Happy and safe travels! :-)