Gallery: REVERSE GRAFFITI: South African Artists Tag Walls By Scrubbing...


Graffiti is one of the most controversial art forms out there since it defaces public property – but what if graffiti artists actually cleaned up the walls they tagged up by etching their sketches into the grime that already exists on them? The delightful process, called reverse graffiti or “scrubbing” isn’t new – we’ve written about it here and here before – but awesome examples of it keep popping up. Case in point: one band of students in Durban, South Africa who’ve been gracing spaces with works of the subversive street art form in their area.

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  1. smellen January 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Sadly the wall above has been cleaned.

  2. Nick_Dutchink July 18, 2011 at 8:50 am

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  3. Graffiti Art by D.O.C.S... July 24, 2010 at 11:02 am

    […] trompe l’oeil is hardly an artist’s technique you expect a tagger to employ in his graffiti work. But these often, miscalculated and misunderstood artists have a lot to teach the world about style […]

  4. loleary May 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    This is AWESOME!! And I love your wesite!

  5. HowardG March 13, 2010 at 3:27 am

    This ain’t tagging – it’s genuine artistic endeavour!

    Taggers are sociopathic maladjusted, angry misfits who need attantion a the cost of whatever they destroy.

    THIS is creativity – BIG DIFFERENCE!

    Removing the ‘tagger’ title would be truthful. Can do Ed?

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