Day 28: Latin American Street Art

Overland miles: 2837 Tacocount: 48 Days without Tea: 0

We’ve spotted lots of very colourful street art throughout our travels so we thought we’d create a home for some of the best examples we’ve seen on here. We’ll keep adding to this post as and when we see more images that catch our eye so if street art is your thing keep checking back here for more…

Guns are part of everyday life over here. There’s a really big military and police presence on the streets and at various checkpoints on the major roads, and every one of them will be sporting a big ass gun in his (or in some cases her) belt. What’s even stranger is that lots of shops, mostly the 24 hour corner shop chains like the 7-11 and Oxxo, which you will literally see on every street corner in bigger cities, and even some bars, employ private security guards who also tote guns and slouch around the store drinking the hot coffee they sell round the clock. We haven’t seen kids with guns yet but we did spot this slightly Banksy-esque image on the streets of Chihuahua.

What every child wants for Christmas

Not strictly street art but we liked this so thought we’d sneak it in. It’s a lion sculpture by a local artist we saw in the gardens of Chihuahua’s Quinta Gameros gallery.

I am lion, hear me roar

These next shots were taken in Oaxaca, a state that is home to some of Mexico’s most pioneering artists. You can see from the sheer amount and quality of the street art on the city’s streets that they’ve had a massive influence on local artists.

Stern looking revolutionary guy on a wall behind Oaxaca’s Templo de Santo Domingo

An amazingly detailed piece we saw on Calle Allende, just north of Oaxaca’s main square

Jove spotted this one near our hostel in Oaxaca. It’s not to my taste but he insisted I post it up too so readers can make up their own minds

These next few shots were taken in a tunnel under the main road that leads out of Oaxaca to Mexico City. They depict deities from the pre-hispanic Zapotec religion which once predominated in what is now Oaxaca state. There was a folk dance festival called Guelagetzas(haven’t the foggiest how this is pronounced) shortly before we arrived so we think these were painted for it.

We think this is Cocijo, Zapotec god of rain

Pitao Cobozi – the Zapotec goddess of maize

We’re not sure who this deity is but he’s a pretty scary-ass dude

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