I just got back from Riga, Latvia, and am putting together my photographs. But I’ve got a few I can show you quickly of interesting Rigan graffiti.
First is the graffiti in our apartment block. We went Air BnB, and stayed in a real, creepy, Soviet era apartment. The actual flat inside was fine but the corridor and stairs were a bit grungy. Anyway, it was covered in ‘modern communication tactics’, you really can’t say they were ruining the wall.
We headed out to Miera Ielas or Peace Street, so named because there is a cemetery at the end (and there used to be a hospital at the other so you started and ended your life on peace street). Now it’s full of hipster bars, although only on one side of the street, the other side just seems quite derelict. The gentrification of the area has not been lost on our street artist friends.
On the side of a pizza place where we had lunch was some cute rainbow, liberal graffiti with messages of love and unicorns. It made me think Riga must be some liberal bastion but then it’s more likely that this is a reaction to more common right-wing conservatism. Well I dunno, I was there for four days…