If you follow the Tel Aviv graffiti scene you'd eventually start recognizing some of the artists.
A few sign their names, others have a distinctive style.
Allow me to introduce some favorites:
Click on any of the images to see a full size gallery.
I think this is the very first picture of Tel Aviv Graffiti that I took when I moved to the city, in the summer of 2003.
I was walking along King George street, and it caught my eye, in the gap between two buildings.
As far as I know, the Band-aids are Dede's work too. But I need to corroborate this.
I'll update when I know for sure.
Even though they are not always signed, I know this is by Sened for two reasons:
1. It's a Kufsonim graffiti, very easy to recognize.
2. I know the guy, LOL.
There's some real feminism in the Kufso-verse. Lots of powerful female characters. It's one of the reasons I like them so much.
The Kufsonim are Seneds very own original creation.
"Kufsa" in Hebrew means "Box".
"Kufsonim" is the cute funny name he invented for these little boxy creatures.
They are small, often hidden in corners or at the bottom of walls.
They've got quite an extensive universe by now.
In the big picture above is a Kufsonim version of Da-Vinci's Last Supper.
He also depicted David and Goliath, Vikings, and lots of other scenarios.
Take a look at this one again:
See the black "stitch" line at the bottom, partly covered by Foma's paste-up?
That's Sened too.
He told me.
At some point he started drawing these "stitches" all around Tel Aviv.
He has a couple of more marks:
A black drip, in the style of the cloud in the previous picture,
and a dashed-line square, or an arrow.
Look at the bottom of this wall here:
You can see a dashed arrow, next to an unfinished sketch of Kufsonim.
I love knowing this, it's like being in on a little secret :-)
Often, graffiti artists share the same wall.
Here is "Dag Mehir" and MazelTov respectfully sharing a street corner with the playmobils.
Textual graffiti in Tel Aviv is a phenomenon worthy of special attention all by itself.
There are more, of course, these are just so easy to recognize.
Tel Aviv is a bustling city with lots of creative people, who have a lot to say.
If you're visiting the city, I've found this good DIY tour that you can walk in Florentine, on the south end of Tel Aviv.
Here's more of Tel Aviv Street art,
And something else to consider:
There's a lot of Textual Graffiti in Israel.
This needs some explaining, so I've dedicated an article for it here>>
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