Graffiti on the streets of KL

Graffiti on the streets of Kuala Lumpur

Last week, when I went to Petaling Streets of Kuala Lumpur with my colleagues to have our lunch, on the way to the restaurant, we saw a lot of new graffiti appeared in many corners. It is really surprising and happy to see them appeared and some of them are meaningful, so I decided to grab my camera and capture some of them.

There are quite a lot of graffiti in streets of Kuala Lumpur actually, from stencil graffiti, throw ups to magnificent masterpieces. The stencils mainly describing the kids with messages like “Rape the wall, not the kids”, “Kidnap cars, not kid” … It reflected the current social issues that happened in Malaysia currently, because brutal rape and kidnap cases was happened frequently which is very sad.

Graffiti on the streets of Kuala Lumpur
“I want to go home”

There are some other messages like “I want to go home” and “Love me” can be seen too. It is like the voices from the kids so that their parents to love them more and take care of their kids more. Parents’ love and care to their children are one of the factor to prevent the sad cases from happening right?

Graffiti on the streets of Kuala Lumpur
“Rape the wall, not the kids”

Graffiti on the streets of Kuala Lumpur
“Kidnap cars, not kids”

There is a huge drain near the Kuala Lumpur KTM station and Central Market. When it’s not flooded with water, you can see a very long colorful graffiti works on the walls of the drain. You can see it clearly at the Pasar Seni LRT station. The graffiti here has not much social issues but purely artists creativity expression in my opinion. Well, it actually following the trend for example the Transformers graffiti, which appeared when the Transformers movie is hot on air.

The picture below is just one part of the graffiti works that expanded approximately 500m long? Thats just a wild guess, but it is just long. And it’s getting longer with new masterpiece adding up the length. I must go and take a look if I go to KL to see whether have new stuff or not.

Graffiti on the streets of Kuala Lumpur
Optimus Prime in KL!

Besides, there is a hilarious graffiti i would want to talk about. Although it is simple and can’t associate it to “art”, but the graffiti (the nose and the mouth) was blending with the architecture (the window), the result is a weird looking dude. This is quite hard to spot and only can be seen clearly on the other side of the road, like the picture shown below. Unfortunately, the day I take the shot, the damn banner interrupted partially of the face.

Graffiti on the streets of Kuala Lumpur
Weird and funny looking dude on wall

It is so nice to see artists actually using the public space as canvas. For me, I won’t see graffiti as crime or defacing the street but pure form of self expression. A city is alive with all these doodles that appears in nowhere. Hope to see more graffiti in the future, to balance out the flooded billboard and ad banners.

Last word, if you want to see more pictures, go to my KL graffiti photo set at Flickr. šŸ˜€

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