25 August 2014

From Paris with love

My eyes have been licking the walls of Paris. I needed that so much, a break from it all. Of course once you start the hunt for street art, it is a little bit like going to work. Walking on blistered feet, in the wrong shoes (when will I ever learn?). You almost get to the point of "f*ckit, it isn't worth it", when you strike gold. And then it is. Totally. I am going to start with the best, my first Kashink spotting. It was love a first sight.

Izo-Kashink, Paris 
My heart was racing, this is right up there with German street artists Various and Gould, to me. 

Izo-Kashink, Paris

In a collaboration with IZO.

Izo-Kashink, Paris

From that moment on, all I wanted was to find more Kashink. Nothing else mattered.

Kashink

Here is a collaboration with Bault, in another part of town. I read up on Kashink, a female French street artist painting fat, gay men. Humorous and colorful in support of the basic human rights for gays, like marriage. In the Bastille area I spotted some of "The Johns", paste up heads with small messages.

A John by Kashink

Oh come on dude!

Detail of a John by Kashink

A John detail, by Kashink.

It turns out she was just interviewed by Jaime of the Brooklyn Street Art Blog, isn't that classic? Like surfing the same wave, oceans apart. Another yummy discovery was AMOUR. Psychedelic stuff.

AMOUR
 
AMOUR

With something that I consider a pretty accurate street art portrait of me. Ha.

AMOUR

A lot of these were caught in Vitry sur Seine, as the writing on the wall there says:

The city is an open air museum

The city is an open air museum.

It was only once I started researching the artists, to be able to credit them properly that I realised how many of my favorites were female. So varied, so raw and so wild. It makes me oddly happy. Here is a piece by Céleste Java.

Céleste Java, Paris
  Céleste Java, Paris

Céleste Java, Paris

Konny Steding below. 

Konny Steding

Tell me about your fears. Tell me what you want.

It was not until I saw all this that I fully realized what we miss in Copenhagen. Street art have become so scarce here, perhaps because it thrives in quarters with mixed income inhabitants. The poor and low income households have so much to offer a city, but they are systematically being cleaned out. The currency they pay in, is not accepted or appreciated in Copenhagen, by those in charge.

They don't know what they are killing, by overlooking this. Street art is a sign of a healthy and creative city, the total absence of it should be a cause for concern.

Street art of Paris

Bikes in street art. I can't make out the signature, let me know if you recognize the artist!

Street art of Paris

And a big, wild one by Belgian ROA, oh!

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ROE?

A toad in his natural habitat.

So much to learn from Paris, and more to come. I just need to breathe before I go to work on the next one.

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6 comments:

  1. What a great way to see my city Sandra! Those are gorgeous and most of the time i don't even see them... Got to get my eyes open. Thanks, xoxo

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    1. Oh, yes please open your eyes, it will make you so happy! Of course a lot of them are hiding in places you may only find if you go looking for them. And they change constantly, mmmm I love your city so much. : )

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  2. "My eyes have been licking the walls of Paris". I love that line... I can actually picture it :) Great pics- thank you for sharing them!

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    1. Haha, it's true they were. And you are welcome. : )

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    2. The crow and the toad reminds me a lot of work done in Doels, Belgium: http://www.fatcap.com/graffiti/42870-roa-doel.html

      OH! I just noticed that it is!!!!! Very cool- I love it!!!

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    3. Please bring this to Copenhagen, I find it very hard to breathe without it.

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