Street art: Paste-ups of Kingston

Mr T street artI’m a fan of street art. I’m not talking about mindless tagging and vandalism of private property, although I’ll admit there’s a fine line between them. I do think it’s possible to distinguish between good and bad however, and what I look for is something that catches the eye, causes amusement, creates a feeling of whimsy or just makes you stop and pause unexpectedly. I guess I see the value it can add to some otherwise bland and somewhat desolate urban spaces.

By way of example I give you these paste-ups of 80s cult icon Mr T, which appeared recently around Kingston shops.

It can’t be denied that it’s a skillfully executed print, and the first glimpse I caught of his big strong face on the brick wall as I went past on the bus brought an instant smile to my face. I don’t know what the space invader in the laptop has to do with it, but it is also kind of cute.

I like how the theme has been carried over to a couple of locations and, discovering the image hidden on the slats of the metal fence as a walked by was an absolute joy. It takes a simple concept to a whole new level. This one is gone now, so I’m glad I got a picture of it when I did.

That’s the other thing I like about street art, it’s ephemeral by nature, especially paste-ups which eventually disintegrate to nothing. Like it or not, there’s always a feeling that I’ve been lucky to see it before it disappears.

4 thoughts on “Street art: Paste-ups of Kingston

  1. Wow, I like the one on the railing. I like street art too. I photographed some murals on our 2013 trip to Europe. Lagos was one area we found some. I was trying to identify them recently and found the street in street view – I know I did from the surrounding buildings but were the murals there? No? I suspect that’s not because they’ve gone so quickly but because the Google camera was there before late 2013. Still … it gave me a start.


  2. Pingback: Street art: Bill Murray paste-up | 36 views of Black Mountain

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