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?


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


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…


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.


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.


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


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.


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!


Part III will feature: ANIMALS


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