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: ‘LOVE TATTOO” by TOXICOMANO, DjLU, & LESIVO

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The mural above is on the side of the building facing Septima.

7OCT12. The Chapinero, Bogotá, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART: CAPITALISM IS THE ENEMY by CRiSP

I found some more work from Australian artist, Crisp. This is located around Septima y Calle 52 or so…I don’t think it’s Obama necessarily that Crisp is raging against. Rather, I think it would be any U.S. President or Western leader. They all seem to represent the problems with the world: debt, war, hate, greed, pollution, and fraud. The indigenous people pictured next to the evil capitalist, are the people who essentially started this world. They’re the ones who respect the earth and approach the world with purity. The powers that be have ruined the simplicity and destroyed the opposing forces of monetary balance, peace, love, generosity, clean air, and truth. Notice two things: First, Crisp has his name with the proper ideals on the clothing of the indigenous people, while obviously Obama is cloaked in the opposite. Secondly, someone has tagged an “L,” I’m assuming for “Loser,” on Obama’s head and I’m pretty sure that wasn’t Crisp. But, I could be wrong. I’m awaiting verification.

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7OCT12. Septima y Calle 50s. Bogotá, Colombia. 

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA: “IT SHOWS ON YOUR FACE”

I thought these were striking. Unfortunately, I don’t know who the artists are. On Calle 19. 29SEP12. Bogota, Colombia.

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BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA STREET ART: BASTARDILLA

Bastardilla (“Italics” in English) is one of the leading female street artists. She’s known for doing very large murals depicting women experiencing different forms of isolation or sadness. This one on a huge wall facing a children’s playground, shows a woman inhaling daggers. She has murals all over the world including Madrid, Guatemala City, and Boston. Sadly, there’s a story that Bastardilla was raped in Bogotá when she was younger and that experience has served to influence her paintings of women. 29SEP12. Bogotá, Colombia.

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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. 

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: 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.