Monthly Archives: June 2009

Iran Protest and Street Art

The past couple of week’s news video showing election protests and government crackdowns in Tehran, Iran is dramatic and riveting. The country may be at transformational political and societal crossroads.

Street art and graffiti have long been a medium for political expression. We wondered, What contemporary street art scene, if any, is there in the Iranian capital? And to what degree is there a political edge to it?

For a taste, we’ve found the Iranian Graffiti and Street Art group photo pool page on Flickr.

One of the group’s biggest contributors is A1one, whose photostream has some images of the protests, including snaps that show “protest pencil” sticker art in the frame.

Streetsy Meatpacking

Look at this awesome wheat-paste street art. This graphic artwork of a silhouetted penguin can be found near the entrance to the Standard Hotel in New York City’s Meatpacking District. LOVE! IT!

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Angel of Kansai

This street art painting in Minami-Horie, in Osaka, Japan is so funny and cute and creative. The person looks like and angel peeing. 😀 — Posted by Fujiwara

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Monsters Mashup

We’re in Osaka! It’s Japan’s “second city” after Tokyo. Here are some images of street art we discovered in the Minami-Horie neighborhood. This looks like two monsters crashing into each other. — Posted by Fujiwara

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Yeller

Very cool street art painting of a man’s face (he looks African) yelling or laughing in Naka-Meguro, in Tokyo, Japan. This image can be seen from the train on the outbound Toyoko Line from Shibuya Station, so it’s likely that tens of thousands of people see this image everyday. — Fujiwara

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Olympics Branding

Promotional banner flag in Tokyo, Japan for the capital’s current bid as a candidate city for the 2016 summer Olympiad. We like the slogan “Uniting Our Worlds.” — Fujiwara

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