Knit Graffiti and Yarn Bombing, An International Movement

Yarn BombingYarn bombingyarnbombingyarnstormingguerrilla knittingurban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.

Yarn Bombing is one of the coolest forms of urban art I’ve ever seen. It has become an international movement, adding brightness and color in a non-destructive matter to cities around the world.

 

a tree in germany

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“Wooly Bully”- the bull statue on Wall Street, New York, NY covered in yarn by Olek, the most famous yarn artist.

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a bus in Mexico City, Mexico

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a London telephone booth

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a World War II tank in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Juliana Santacruz Herrera patches up cracked streets in Paris, France

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a yarn bombed train seat in California on the Berkeley-San Francisco BART

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statue in Bali, Indonesia

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For more pictures, here’s a tumblr dedicated to yarn bombing.

FYI, yarn bombing is considered illegal, just like graffiti. Even though it is able to be removed, it is destruction of public property.

Amsterdam Street Art

Amsterdam- a city packed with some trippy people and some trippy street art. It’s funky and filled with wild colors. While being aesthetically pleasing, Amsterdam’s graffiti is also filled with political messages. Currently, the Amsterdam municipal government has attempted to decriminalize graffiti and make it more socially acceptable by creating legal opportunities to paint in specially designated areas. An example is Project ASA.

Look for the political slogans and faces in some of these pictures.