Tagging Up Venice

SAF x Ease x Chiste x Twist One et al (photo by Luna Park)
The Italian city of Venice is something of a living museum, with historic buildings and monuments almost everywhere one looks. I had been warned there was next to no graffiti and had set my expectations on that front low. While it was true that I saw no productions or burners – with the exception of a piece that zipped past on an Trenitalia train on its way out of Venezia Santa Lucia train station – I was surprised to see a lot of tags I recognized, some of which had been running for over 10 years. Within minutes of leaving the train station, I picked up a trail of shiny, silver Twist tags that marked the path to San Marco Square.

Twister (photo by Luna Park)
Twister et al on the Rialto Bridge (photo by Luna Park)
Sticker Spot (photo by Luna Park)
SAF x Twist x Unknown Street Artist (photo by Luna Park)
SAF x Twister (photo by Luna Park)
Chiste x MyMo x Twist x Pet (photo by Luna Park)

Winding my way through the city’s narrow alleyways, I scanned all surfaces as usual. A pedestrian city geared heavily towards tourists, the shutters and gates of Venice’s many shops were a popular target. The astute eye will spot KR and Espo tags.

Espo x KR x Cope2 et al (photo by Luna Park)
Crushed Gate (photo by Luna Park)
Mr. Andre x Espo x KR et al (photo by Luna Park)
Faded Espo (photo by Luna Park)

The duo that makes up UR New York was also well represented on the street.

2esae x Ski (photo by Luna Park)
All City Crew (photo by Luna Park)

So much for there not being any graffiti in Venice.

Stopover in Ancona

On our recent whirlwind drive to the Fame Festival down the entire length of Italy and back, we randomly stopped in Ancona for the night. Imagine my great surprise and delight to come across a massive WK Interact installation on the town seawall on the way back to the autostrada the next morning!

wk interact

wk interact

wk interact

the good life

wk interact


Apparently the wall was done as part of the second PopUP! festival earlier this summer. Turning back to the car after having admired the WK wall, I looked over the harbor towards the Adriatic, only to discover yet another large-scale art invention: two silos beautifully adorned with a nautical theme by Blu!

message in a bottle

Totally unexpected moments of discovery like this are what continues to fuel my enthusiasm for street art…

Already Famous

For the second year in a row, the sleepy Italian town of Grottaglie recently welcomed some of the world’s most renowned street artists to the Fame Festival. Although I was only in town briefly, I already know I will make an effort to return next year. An enormous, abandoned monastery on the outskirts of town provided not only a perfect setting, but also an incredible atmosphere for viewing art – I can honestly say the experience bordered on the mystical. Here are a few impressions of David Ellis and Blu’s massive collaboration in one of the monastery’s courtyards, all that remains from the work they put in to create the animation below.

combo by david ellis + blu

combo by david ellis + blu

combo by david ellis + blu

combo by david ellis + blu