If you’ve been following the news closely, you probably heard about or saw pictures of the giant “Black Lives Matter” mural that was painted on Sixteenth Street in Washington D.C. a few weeks before. The 35-foot tall letters stretched over two blocks and the mural became a significant symbol of the Black Lives Matter movement almost over night. This though-provoking piece of art has even prompted D.C.’s mayor Muriel Bowser to officially rename the area “Black Lives Matter Plaza“.
Soon after the news about the Washington D.C. mural spread, numerous other cities across the U.S. followed suite, and one by one murals began popping up on streets all over the country. From the East Coast to the West, check out all the Black Lives Matter-inspired murals in the gallery below!
It all started with the “Black Lives Matter” mural in Washington D.C.
One day, this guy just kind of figured – “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!
This unusually colorful church now houses the Kaos Temple. That’s the name given to the murals adorning a Spanish church converted by street artist Okuda San Miguel. This 100 year old church had already been converted to a skate park by La Iglesia Skate earlier this year.
The 1912-built church is now built with bright geometric paintings. Verkami describes Okudas work as follows: “His iconic artistic piece Kaos Star represents a colorful and isometric rose of the winds that tries to tell us that it does not matter were you are, or what you are doing, what matters are your own goals.”
The reputation of graffiti is not what it used to be. Once viewed as a nuisance and a sign of crime and social degeneracy, more and more cities are taking a new approach by putting up welcome areas for street art, or commissioning artists who are proficient with spray paint to decorate old buildings with murals. Of course, graffiti varies heavily in terms of complexity and mass appeal, and many argue that by arbitrarily picking what kind of street art is socially acceptable and should be encouraged by the law is simply creating a sanitized version of the traditional form of expression, as even the simplest scrawls have a purpose of expressing an opinion, frustration, or simply affirmation that one exists and wants to be heard.Most of the graffiti in this post falls into the latter category, but with one common feature: the writer put it there just to make the next person laugh, smile, or think.
Scrawls on bathroom walls are a bit different and fall into a category of their own, a phenomenon that has been the subject of entire academic studies. Officially called “latrinalia,” writing on bathroom walls is something that psychologists have suggested we do because of the potential to express things that may be inappropriate without being suspected, as it’s being done behind closed doors in a space where people usually keep to themselves.
It’s almost like posting on online forums. And much like the modern anonymous comments section, the content often tends toward crude and inflammatory, but this list shows that there are some well-wishers who want to brighten their captive audience’s day.
Some people have even used the stereotypical kind of vandalism that city councils hate for material good. Last year saw an epidemic of Brits forcing their local authorities to prioritize road repairs by painting every uninventive tagger’s favorite body part over the offending potholes.
In 2015, one anonymous chaotic good character became infamous for the practice in Manchester, calling himself Wanksy, and apparently the approach that he pioneered has been repeated with success elsewhere. Locals can complain about this method all they want, but they can’t say it doesn’t get the job done.