Like most European capitals, Athens has a graffiti problem. I think things went into overdrive the last couple of years, what with the demonstrations and all.
In principle, I’m against graffiti when it involves the destruction of personal property and serves no purpose other than to glorify the ego of the artist — like tagging, for instance — but I understand the impulse behind it.
In practice, I’m a big fan of all the graffiti pictured in this post because it carries a message — political, social, or philosophical — and it was painted on the wall of a construction site, hence no property damage, and it took some real creative juices. Initially, I even liked the way the blue in the Psycho Boys tag played off the blue in the planter, but I learned from the comments that the tag is probably related to Greek far-right nationalist party, Golden Dawn. (I thought the symbol was a Celtic cross.) There is nothing more off-putting to me than a group devoted to hate, even when they use pretty blue colors.
Street art is appreciated. Especially Banksy. I wish Banksy would graffiti my whole house and the homes of everyone I know. If Banksy were a blanket, he’d keep me warm at night..
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