BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART: WHO’S GOT A GRENADE?! by DjLU

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On the side of a  building that sits on Calle 20. Santa Fe/La Candelaria.

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Both pictures: 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART: “HELD BACK,” by GOUACHE, DJLU, TOXICOMANO, & LESIVO

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Gouache, first part

There are four parts to this wall. The first part shows a poor man carrying a rich man on his back (something customary in the past) and in another way it symbolizes the man being held back, not able to be released, in the same way that he can’t release the doves.

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Part 2, DjLU

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Part 3, Toxicomano

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Part 3 continued, Toxicomano

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Part 3 continued, Toxicomano

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Part 4, Lesivo

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The Finale: Lesivo

29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: RODEZ

The artist Rodez is considered a legend on the streets of Bogotá. He’s in his late 50’s-early 60’s and he is a published children’s book illustrator/designer when not painting on the streets. Keeping his passion all in the family, he paints with his two sons, Nomada and Malegria. The three of them are from Colombia, but are based in Buenos Aires. Here are some highlights below:

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29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: RTZ

RTZ is one of the newer street artists emerging in Bogotá. He has three quite prominent murals stationed in La Candelaria. 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia.

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On Carrera 4. La Candelaria.

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Some of his signature symbols are big alligators and frogs. In the Plaza off of Carrera 2.

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This is in honor of an upcoming festival celebrating indigenous culture. Prior to last week, an APC Crew (the largest group of artists in Latin America, includes Stinkfish) mural had been up for several months. No one knows if RTZ was given permission to put this up, or if he’s too green to realize whose mural he covered up. 156 All Starz is a crew out of New York and RTZ must have allowed them to put their tag on it. La Candelaria.

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: A.P. C. CREW

The A.P.C. Crew, whose acronym can stand for almost anything beginning with “Animal,” is the largest crew in Colombia, boasting 40 artists. The crew includes men and women and it may actually be the biggest crew in all of Latin America. Its most famous member is Stinkfish. Pictured below are fragments of a beautiful wall they have claimed on Carrera 4 in La Candelaria. 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. (Canon 550D, Canon Lens EF 28mm)

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Stinkfish has a unique style. He usually takes pictures of people he sees on the streets of Bogota and then stencils them.

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BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: DJLU & LESIVO

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Gun Shooting Hearts

DjLu Stencil. On Carrera 3. La Candelaria. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect) Girl with Dynamite

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Lesivo. Carrera 4. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect) Dynamite

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DjLu. Juegasiempre + Woman + Grenade. Outside of planetarium, off of Carrera 7. Bogota, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: PICTURES OF YOU

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Man with a Camera

I love this. It’s on the wall of a big indoor market in La Candelaria off of Carrera 2. AUG12. Bogota, Colombia. (iPAD, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect)

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Girl on a Lamppost

This mural is painted on the bottom of a lamppost on Carrera 7. AUG12. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect)

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Einstein’s Love Equation

I can’t remember where I saw this, but I was glad I did. Somewhere in La Candelaria. AUG12. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram Lo-Fi aspect)

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This piece is on Carrera 2 in a very mural-laden area. AUG12. Bogota, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: IMAGES OF RESISTANCE

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Brand spanking new! This must have been put up within the past few days because for the longest time, this wall had a completely different mural. I was very excited to see this today. “Imagenes de Resistence” means “Images of Resistance.” This is a snippet of a much larger mural. I think it represents the indigenous people of Colombia. 25SEP12. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect)

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Batman Loves Robin

Say whaa?! I hadn’t noticed this before and it’s on the street (Carrera 3) in La Candelaria that I walk up and down every day. No idea what it means. I mean, other than the obvious. 25SEP12. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect)

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Flower Child by Stinkfish

I take a picture of this one every time I walk by it. On Carrera 4 in La Candelaria. 25SEP12. Bogota, Colombia. (iPOD Touch, Instagram, Lo-Fi aspect)

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: DEMENTED SPACE BIRDS

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This is a crazy, colorful birds gone wild in the universe mural! It was my first time to see it and I don’t know the artist, nor what it means. Standing so close to it getting a picture, did not do as much for me as getting home and looking at it with more perspective. 23SEP12. Bogota, Colombia.

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Another one that I unfortunately don’t know what artist (#ASER) to give credit to…I walk by this guy every weekend on Calle 20 and he never changes. He’s always up to no good. Plus, he seems to know what I’m thinking. 23SEP12. Bogota, Colombia. (Canon 550D Canon Lens EF 28mm)

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART: “THE STORY OF EDDIE” by TOXICOMANO

Toxicomano used to be a band, but now they are an art collective comprising of an artist, a publicist, a sociologist, and an A/V producer (bogotagraffiti.com.) Their prevalent themes are anti-imperialism/anti-capitalism. From what I understand, the punk boy character is named Eddie…he’s a drug addict, a lost soul. Then I believe, the older conservative character you also see, is Eddie all grown up. This has yet to be confirmed. See below:

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Take notice of Eddie covering his eyes. He can’t “see.”

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Eddie, dressed conservatively behind the woman with the T.V. head, is blindfolded…still can’t “see.” Then, the blindfold is off, only the woman’s hands are covering his eyes, and the T.V. screen says “Now I can see!” The skull and crossbones on the front of her dress indicate that this isn’t necessarily a good thing for Eddie, who seems to be compromising his past ideals…

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It appears that once Eddie “sees,” the woman is horrified by what she had a hand in doing, and he either begins to die, or becomes an evil capitalist…the creation of a monster.

All Pictures: 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia.