BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: PEZ & RANDOM FRIENDS

I’m in the process of streamlining my blog and it’s forcing me to revisit my past – the many places I’ve been…whilst sitting here in lockdown. A flurry of emotions…Gratitude & Wanderlust…

This is a classic smiling Pez – his character has evolved over the years, but this is one I snapped early on in Bogotá back in 2012.

Bogotá, Colombia. October 2012.

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART & GRAFFITI: PEZ!

Pez translates to ‘fish.’ His tag has evolved into a smiling fish character. He’s from Barcelona, Spain, but is based here in Bogotá. However, he continues to travel the world, painting. Pictured below are some of this legend’s trademark murals in the La Candelaria area:

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Smiling & Backpacking in Bogotá

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Considered an ‘elitest bloodfest’ by many, bullfighting in Colombia is as controversial as it is popular. The season lasts from January to February and something like 600 bulls will meet their painful, gory demise in that period of time. Tickets are expensive, so regular wage-earning Colombians can’t get in. The idea of the powerful, wealthy elite making their ways into the stadiums to embrace the slaughtering of bulls for sport, just adds to the animosity and great divide between the upper and lower classes in Colombia. Most street art in Bogotá reflects this attitude.

All Pictures: 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia. 

VIENNA, AUSTRIA: EINBAHN

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St. Stephens Cathedral in all of its Gothic Glory

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Wustenrot is an insurance company that happens to be housed in a gorgeous architectural wonder in the city center. The statue in front is of Johannes Gensberg, a.k.a. Gutenberg, the inventor of the modern printing press.

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Mozarthaus, Mozart’s House 1784-1787

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Josef is a political prisoner who was jailed in 2014. He was arrested in an anti-fascist demonstration against the right-wing group Akademikerball. 

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He lives!

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It’s not just Vienna. It seems like just about every city throws up this slogan somewhere. 

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Mozart lived in this building between 1784-1787

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Older piece from Puerta Rican artist Alexis Diaz, standing the test of time off of Favoritenstrasse.

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From Colombian street artist, Stinkfish.

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A Space Invader spotted up high

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The wear and tear brings even more character to this piece by Miami-based Evoca 1.

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Happy Pez next to a brooding image.

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11&12Sep2017 Vienna, Austria