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September 26, 2016

Graffiti. Portugal is full of it. But while the travel websites and guide books don’t seem to distinguish graffiti (i.e., tagging or just scrawled words) from street art, I do.

Portugal is full of street art as well as graffiti. And the city of Porto in particular has an abundance of the former.

Below is a sampling. Enjoy!

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Friendly . . . banana? Moon?

 

In Portugal, not only the buildings get the artistic treatment.

In Portugal, it’s not only buildings that get the artistic treatment.

 

Graffiti and street art both

Graffiti and street art side by side

 

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Sometimes the taggers don't respect the artists' work, sadly.

Sometimes the taggers don’t respect the artists’ work, sadly.

 

Hey, don't ask me.

Hey, don’t ask me.

 

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And then there is political art. Stenciled political statements are a pretty popular type of graffiti in Portugal. I saw this one in several different cities.

 

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This is presumably political, given the Nike swoosh, Mercedes symbol and the Mona Lisa. What it’s trying to say, however, I have no clue. But you really have to admire way the artist used the space to created the illusion of continuity.

 

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Monetary graffiti


Call me a cynic, but not only am I fairly sure Rachel no longer <3s Jim, but that she, too, assumed their love would be temporary—given that she put the year and all.