Art of the Street: Part II “The Womenfolk”

This is one of the earliest examples of “graffiti” ever found in Europe.

Can you see what is it?

Courtesy: Live Science

It’s a woman’s hoo-haa. (Yeah, I can’t really see it either).

That was 37,000 years ago on the roof of a rock shelter in southwest France.

Europeans still like to graffiti their walls with womenfolk, but it looks a little bit different these days.

Starting in Berlin…

Three women feature in this busy paste up in Mitte district. All of them are faceless, possibly headless?

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A classic stencil. Red, black, white. I really get the sense that I know her from somewhere.

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This one, I adore. There’s something so pure and innocent and simple about it. It’s like a sweet afterthought amid the riot of Berlin graff. And I appreciate it even more because it’s chalk – she won’t survive the next rain. I can’t help but wonder who drew her…

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In contrast to the one above, this piece obviously took a lot of time and energy to design and execute. Is it the Virgin Mary? It’s by an artist called Alaniz. See more work here.

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These ladies were in a funky bar in Berlin, where they played Planet of the Apes on repeat and we drank too many vodka sours. Not sure if it qualifies as “street art”- but it’s my blog, so whatever.

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Moving on to Paris now, in Montmartre. I believe this says: “Fred the Knight. We embrace the moment like an unlikely treasure.” Cute!

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Out of Europe – I spotted this young girl hidden in the souks in Marrakesh. This artist is prolific in Berlin, so it was cool to catch one in Morocco too.

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And finally…

Every street artist has a different motive, be it to challenge the social norm, defy the authorities, or purely for aesthetics. Some people just need to leave a mark. It was the same case 37,000 years ago!

I’m just glad I live in an age when the depictions of women are, as far as I’ve seen, quite beautiful!

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Part III will feature: ANIMALS

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