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Illustration in Porto Part 1

September 25, 2017

Hello to you all and a welcome back to me, from a sunny time in Porto, Portugal… did you miss me ? Possibly not, especially as I was only away for 4 nights but I feel like it was a whole lot longer, and I took so many photos that I’m going to be revealing my travels for the next few weeks…. lucky you lol

Today I’d like to talk and show you a section of the illustrations (I struggle to call it graffiti when it was so beautiful) that I’ve captured on the Porto streets.

After visiting Lisbon last year, I’d say that Porto is it’s cultural little brother… not quite as developed but up and coming, give it five years and it will be booming in the tourist industry. Great to see it now when there’s soo much development going on and many buildings are still vacant or in the process of being refurbished.

The airport is extremely space age and retro at the same time… beautifully curvy, I loved it.

As I mentioned there’s so much illustration around of a high standard. This cat was a tremendous feat, since the alleyway was so narrow and tall, the artist must have planned their work meticulously beforehand.

Plenty of really exciting, large-scale work to feast your eyes on.

After a while of graffiti spotting, I started to recognise artists like “Costah” appearing all over the city. Their style becomes familiar and you feel like you’re treading in their footsteps.

Another artist “Chei” who is partial to a little giraffe graffiti, also gets around quite a bit.

Some really stunning pieces in the Art Block area (R de Miguel Bombarda) where the smaller independent art and craft shops can be found.

Wonderful to see how commissioned art can be decorative as well as creative, these flowers are amazing and covered the entire building.

Graffiti for a purpose or with a message too.

From maps to music and more in a few days too. Happy viewing


4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2017 7:26 pm

    Wow Porto looks like my kind of place! I love the graffiti, especially the giraffes – very very cool!

  2. September 26, 2017 9:02 am

    Thanks lizzie, Yes I’m sure you would get a lot out of a visit here and the flights were relatively inexpensive too.. food for thought. More Graffiti to come.. watch this space : )

  3. Cindi L permalink
    October 2, 2017 4:02 pm

    I find myself intrigued by graffiti in my travels too. Thanks for the tour!

    • October 3, 2017 10:28 am

      My pleasure Cindi, I think if you have an eye for illustration and design it would be impossible to walk past most of these. We must have a chat about another blogpost if you have the time ?

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