If you’re driving or biking around town, gazing out the window on the bus, or taking a leisurely stroll with you dog, when you come across a red and white “STOP” sign, you see a stop sign — no more, no less. But when visually creative people and artists see a stop sign, they see endless possibilities. Here are some of the craziest and coolest graffiti on street signs out there.
French street artist Clet Abraham has sprinkled his work on signs around South London, Florence, and beyond. He has incurred multiple fines for his art.
Artist: Clet Abraham. Do not enter, driver!
Artist: Clet Abraham. Angel and chained worker.
Artist: Clet Abraham. Another angel.
Artist: Clet Abraham. Top hat and flowers!
Artist: Clet Abraham. Sawing the “Do Not Enter” command everywhere.
Artist: Clet Abraham. Pac Man eats anything.
Artist: Clet Abraham. Good ol’ Jesus.
Artist: Clet Abraham. Birds pooping…the scourge of pedestrians.
Artist: Clet Abraham. Heavy load.
Artist unknown, though it seems he/she has something to say about graffiti.
Thank Tim Page for this image of a kangaroasarus. Artist unknown. Location: Bellingen, Australia.
Artist and location unknown, BATMAN.
Artist: TrustoCorp. Location: Second Ave and East 12th Street, New York City.
Artist: unknown. Location: Shoreditch on Holywell Lane.
Artists Guus ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier have added the eraser tool from Photoshop to street signs in London, dubbing the project “Street Eraser.”
Artist: unknown. Location: Portobello Road, Edinburgh. Elderly people are fun!
Artist: unknown. Location: Australia. Is this referring to Australia as an island for refugees?
Artist and location unknown, though there are quite a few of these popping up.
Though many of us find these altered street signs amusing and incredibly creative and cool, not everyone feels the same way. Street artists catch a lot of heat for their pieces. For our sake, we hope they keep up the good work — nothing makes you smile on a crappy day like surprise art.