As we were wandering through the streets of Paris (desperately seeking shelter from the rain or searching for vegetarian food) we saw some cool street art and graffiti. I always think it looks pretty cool in other countries, it can be really creative and colourful (more inventive than ‘Roger was ere’). Maybe I wouldn’t be so enamoured with it if it was on the side of my house…
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…
Munich was a very clean city but there was a surprising amount of graffiti- I think really there wasn’t that much it just stood out because everything else was so clean and meticulously maintained.
Some of them seem to have been commissioned pieces like the bird top right, and others more spontaneous/illegal like the bird bottom middle. I quite like street art of all forms though, especially when graffiti artist get creative.