In Newcastle passersby have grown very familiar to street art by Mobstr, especially his arch-nemesis: the city’s buff man who paints over the graffiti. Rather than getting frustrated, Mobstr has incorporated the buff man into his work to tell a story on Jerome Street. Starting with “Once upon a time…” he told The Story one line at a time as soon as the previous was covered up by the buffer. From message writer to message remover, this paint battle tells a beautiful story.
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Like all of our favorite narratives, this graffiti story finishes with “the end.” and one more buffing job, giving the buff man the last laugh, but that’s just this story and there are many more walls in Newcastle. To some the buffed out graffiti is also a form of art, as you will see the excerpt from The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal directed by Matt McCormick at the bottom of the post. Check out more work by Mobstr on his website.
The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal. Directed by Matt McCormick