There's a reoccuring theme on my blog; street art. It differs from city to city and is representative of the people who live there.
In Colombia during the 1960's and 70's, public walls were canvases for messages of government resistance. The political statements evolved into poetic graffiti which evolved into free expression that focused more on skill-set rather than a cause. Today, Colombian business owners seek out commissioned artists to decorate their store fronts.
Toxicomano (Toxic Hand) is a band turned street art crew consisting of an artist, a publicist, a sociologist, and an A/V producer. Their (often anti-capitalist) graphics cover the streets of Colombia in Bogota, Cali, and Medellin.
|A stencil by the ex-rockers. In this case, spray paint > drums. |
If you like to know the story behind the art, opt for a guided graffiti tour of Bogota. This one is in English and practically free.
|I spy with my little eye a PEZ wall.|