You may not know but I’m actually an Art Director by trade (shock stunner), and one of the things I love about travelling is getting to see the different design, architecture and art a place has to offer. Going to Switzerland recently was really exciting as Swiss Design is always so meticulous and something I spent months studying. Spoiler alert – everything was just as beautiful as my research books described. When my sister travels she always hunts for street art, not tags but more exquisite, colourful walls. I remember her visiting me in NYC and we ventured out to Bushwick in Brooklyn and found a few blocks of the most intense graffiti – futuristic dinosaurs, aliens, really graphic cartoon-style. I think people get so obsessed with seeing the guidebook recommended spots that they don’t necessarily explore and come across these unique ‘live galleries’ (wow that’s a terrible synonym). Therefore I thought a little, up and Adam post could be had on the wonders of the spray can.
Some graffiti can actually become famous, just look at Banksy or Shepard Fairey. The top photo is of Jeremiah the Innocent frog by Daniel Johnston. It’s a famous mural in Austin, TX that’s based on the album cover by the same guy (multi-talented musician and artist). It has since becoming its’ own phenomenon with celebrities wearing the little guy on t-shirts including Kurt Cobain. Getting to see it in person was really cool as I love how graphic and simple he is (and he’s stinking cute). Below on the silos is another piece I really love by OSGEMEOS in Vancouver. I have been a fan of the twins for a few years now as I love how colourful and fun their work is. The characters they make are always a mixture of dorky and adorable. I didn’t know they were working on something there so when I was walking around and spotted it I freaked out. The silos are huge and the amount of time and planning to do this must’ve been exhausting.
The other images were taken in Zurich, Lisbon and Brussels. I am not sure who the artists are but the anonymity of it appeals to me. Art of course is universal and although you can go to these world-renowned museums and galleries, sometimes if you just get a little lost and walk through the backstreets you’ll see something jaw-dropping (or an awesome backdrop for a cheeky Instagram).