This is one of the earliest examples of “graffiti” ever found in Europe.
Can you see what is it?
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.
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