Graffiti – Street Art or Vandalism?

One thing I have noticed out and about in Fremantle is a predominant graffiti culture. It’s not really mentioned in any guidebooks but round every corner or down every dingey alleyway is an artwork waiting to be uncovered. I know graffiti can often be divisive, but I personally love it, especially when its done well. I’m not a fan of tagging – where’s the talent in writing your name on a wall? But lots of the graffiti in Freo is intelligent, can be tinged with a bit of a political message or is just really aesthetically pleasing. I at least am of the opinion that they are art and not vandalism, as long as its designated (the owner of the building is ok with it), its not offensive and it clearly has had some thought gone into it. A guided tour of my faves below… hopefully you like them as much as I do!

 

By the Tattoo Parlour - Ah the old Cardboard Box Knight on a rockinghorse scenario. I didn't say you had to understand it!

By the Tattoo Parlour – Ah the old Cardboard Box Knight on a rockinghorse scenario. I didn’t say you had to understand it!

Outside Fremantle Markets - I think (think!) its a Numbat. Whatever it is, it looks awesome.

Outside Fremantle Markets – I think (think!) its a Numbat. Whatever it is, it looks awesome.

The seagull makes it.

The seagull makes it.

Down the alley next to the Fishing Shop - The most sophisticated sailor you will ever meet bar Johnny Depp.

Down the alley next to the Fishing Shop – The most sophisticated sailor you will ever meet bar Johnny Depp.

Big crazy fish in the carpark opposite the Train Station in Fremantle.

Big crazy fish in the carpark opposite the Train Station in Fremantle.

My favourite part of this is the zigzags. They look as if they are on another wall underneath, but they aren't.

My favourite part of this is the zigzags. They look as if they are on another wall underneath, but they aren’t.

The Woolstores - Looks like another poster, but is actually graffiti. "Your Decay is a Fertiliser" - I love this one.

The Woolstores – Looks like another poster, but is actually graffiti. “Your Decay is a Fertiliser” – I love this one.

The Old Woolstores - Where most of the best graffiti is. (And Simon on a bike).

The Woolstores – Where most of the best graffiti is. (And Simon on a bike).

The Old Woolstores - One word: Colour!

The Woolstores – One word: Colour!

See what they did there, eh eh?

See what they did there, eh eh?

The Old Woolstores - Ok so technically not graffiti, but clever enough to warrant mention: "Dem belly full - but we hungry".

The Woolstores – Ok so technically not graffiti, but clever enough to warrant mention: “Dem belly full – but we hungry”.

Woolstores Again - and once more not technically graffiti art but I like it - so its being included ;)

Woolstores Again – and once more not technically graffiti art but I like it – so its being included 😉

The Old Woolstores - Kill Bill anyone?

The Woolstores – Kill Bill anyone?

Woolstores - Freo Docks and residents.

Woolstores – Freo Docks and residents.

Woolstores - Nice to see Gandhi popping up wherever I go. Even with a big tag on his face he looks happy.

Woolstores – Nice to see Gandhi popping up wherever I go. Even with a big tag on his face he looks happy.

The Woolstores - Often inhabited by skaters, it seems only right that there be some skating graffiti too.

The Woolstores – Often inhabited by skaters, it seems only right that there be some skating graffiti too.

The Woolstores - FREO.

The Woolstores – FREO.

The Woolstores - Aussie Ariel.

The Woolstores – Aussie Ariel.

Over and out amigos,

Liv xxx

 

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