There’s A Genius Street Artist Running Loose And Let’s Hope Nobody Catches Him

Tom Bob is not your everyday kind of graffiti artist. Instead of vandalizing urban landscapes, he’s making cities come back to life.

From rain pipes to air conditioners and vents, from manhole covers to random objects, like tactile pavement, poles, bumps, rods, bins, and fire hydrants, everything is really one giant canvas for Tom. And this is where his signature cartoonish creatures find their home.

Initially starting with the streets of New York, the artist has since hopped from city to city, leaving their streets and corners way more colorful in return. No wonder he’s built quite a fanbase with 258k devoted Instagram followers, and many more waiting for his street artworks to pop up in cities around the US.

So scroll down, upvote your favorite ones, and make sure to check out our previous posts here and here with Tom Bob’s brilliant works that perfectly immerse into the concrete jungle.

More info: Instagram#1 

Love Snakes

Love Snakes

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Man with nice beard1 month ago

Snek!16ReplyView more comments#2 

Close Your Eyes, Breathe, Relax

Close Your Eyes, Breathe, Relax

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Suzy the observer1 month ago

Nice Throwback!2ReplyView more comments

To find out more about Tom Bob, the artist behind this amazing transformative street art, Bored Panda reached out to him for a quick interview. Tom said that “Bored Panda was a major influence in promoting my work to a worldwide audience back in 2017.” It turns out, “This exposure gave me the opportunity to travel globally and make pieces in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America, and throughout the United States.”

Tom Bob was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, USA and moved to New York City in his early 20s. “I had not come from a traditional street art background and started later in life. I loved the DIY approach to it and saw how important it was as a worldwide art movement and I wanted to be part of that.”

Living in New York City for 30 years afforded Tom Bob “the opportunity to see all the great gallery and museum shows along with all the amazing graffiti and street art during that time.” This became a great source of inspiration for his work.#3 

Davy Jones

Davy Jones

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Random Ruocen1 month ago

hold my hose17ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#4 

Verified Light My Fire

Verified Light My Fire

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SoozeeQ1 month ago

Oh very clever. A firefly.6ReplyView more comments

Tom Bob looks for common everyday objects like manhole covers, electrical meters, standpipes, and vents and transforms them into what he calls “fun, whimsical characters.”

“I had made a few murals, but I was attracted to the three-dimensionality of street objects. I didn’t have to make sculpture, it already existed.”Most importantly, Tom Bob hopes that his work is seen as “a quick, easy-to-read image, like a graphic road sign creating the emotion of happiness.” He concluded that “I want to be of service as an artist, putting positive energy out into the world.”

The street artist Tom Bob grew up in northeastern Massachusetts and he moved to New York in the ’80s, where he discovered his interest in art. But he only got into street art later in life and he’s been pursuing his colorful projects for 5 years now.#5 

Gnome Down!

Gnome Down!

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Random Ruocen1 month ago

this is what happens if u get too big headed10ReplyView more comments#6 

Gator Sighting

Gator Sighting

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Easily Excitable Panda1 month ago

This is genius! It deserves more upvotes.19ReplyView more comments

Tom Bob explained, “The emotion I try to create is happiness. That’s my focus. And the thing which I love about street art is that it’s the most democratic art form, the most world-wide, expressive art form in the last 15 years. And it’s for everyone to see.”

The artist who became famous in NYC, after spreading his colorful artworks in cities across the US, believes that the fact street art is available for everyone is what really makes it so special. “So this kind of person is walking down, who’s not going to a gallery, and it just kind of puts a smile on his face.”#7 

Roller Coaster

Roller Coaster

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로희1 month ago

Only works for certain amount of time but I like this one the most!42ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#8 

Toasty

Toasty

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chillchillpill1 month ago

That’s pretty good!11ReplyView more comments#9 

Homer Simpson Donut

Homer Simpson Donut

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ᑭIᗰᑭᒪE ᖴᗩᑕE1 month ago

Amazing! How is this possible? Makes me feel like I’m on am acid trip…18ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Contrary to much street art, Tom’s street pieces are not static, nor isolated. On the contrary, they’re deeply transformative as they create new meanings and fresh perspectives to mundane things that people don’t take a second look at.

Tom Bob belongs to the wave of American street artists who have been working on colorful and large-scale murals that helped to legitimize street art as an independent form of art. Meanwhile, graffiti evolved in several directions; some artists were using stencils to create more intricate drawings, and others used spray paint to put up murals around their cities. 

The latter is also called tagging, and is thought to be a primitive and often badly regarded form of expression. In many countries across the world, tagging streets even goes against the law.#10 

Lue Bird Of Happiness

Lue Bird Of Happiness

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Zoltán Gyovai1 month ago

imagine when light turns on and the bird seems puking a ray of light right onto the ground19ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

Nurses Always Looking Out For Us

Nurses Always Looking Out For Us

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Zzz1 month ago

when fire dpt connects the hoses21ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

Bee Kind

Bee Kind

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SoozeeQ1 month ago

I don’t know what those pipes/valves are for, but this great! He hasn’t interfered with their functionality at all, and made them look so much better.26ReplyView more comments#13 

Rack’em Up!

Rack’em Up!

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あんぱんまん1 month ago

but what if someone takes those….11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

Love Birds

Love Birds

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zims1 month ago

Is that a mooring? If so, this will look pretty different when those birds get some ropes around their necks.30ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

Star Wars

Star Wars

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ᑭIᗰᑭᒪE ᖴᗩᑕE1 month ago

I love Star Wars :)9ReplyView more comments

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