When I went for my first proper San Telmo walk 5 weeks ago, not nocturnal for once but in hard, bright sunlight, I didn’t know what to look at, the lovely old buildings, the people or th blue sky.
What grabbed my attention most forcefully in the end was the Graffiti. Here is a sample for you.
My ignorance is still astounding. I don’t know if these are two old tango or mionga legends or Juan & Evita Peron.
(Maybe one of my Argentine friends could enlighten me ?) But this small but brillaint stencil was sprayed onto and on top of a much
larger, previous work, of a brilliantly toothy, big, blue pig. The blue triangle, coming into the frame above, is his ear.
Toothy Blue Pig…. and bright orange Bin.
Toothy Blue Pig…. and bright orange Bin, in context, wide shot.
Mysterious, chiaroscuro girl.
Stick-legged Beetle boy, holding a beer bottle
(Is that excess aliteration?)
San Telmo spray-can, NY subway style.
I have no idea what this guy represents, he looks vaguely sinister, like a storm trooper or someone clearing up atomic mess. but I liked him.
Saw him around quite a lot, in various manifestations, including T-shirts.
Here he is again, in his corner home.
Quiet and sweet Japanese(?) girl, on a nice purple ground.
Same image, in wide shot, by way of context.
The same purple colour is the giveaway. This is the other side of the same shopfront. Another tradition or school of Graffiti tho, NY rather than Stencil Euro-style.
Lurid and garish, and a bit scary the ways the eyes seem to get jabbed. But then i am very squeemish about anything to do with eyes.
Ditto this cat, garish, although with a good face.
I think the blue street numbers compliment the pinks and greens.
The bananas within the shop make the colours outside sing even better.
Here’s where those greens and pinks come from. The full pull-down grate.
Stick leg beetle beer boy, again. Because It is invidious to choose, but I think he was my favourite.
You have to admire the little doors or hatch in his torso, and how he seems to think of opening the door.
In his full and glorious domain.