Europe, Krakow, Poland

Street Art And Graffiti In Krakow.

January 31, 2012
Street Art in Krakow.

Krakow is seriously one of the coolest cities I’ve visited to date. The gritty rough exterior of the abandoned buildings, the tragic history, the underground pubs and plethora of art galleries were surely all appealing but I mean … it was really really really freaking cold.

Temperatures hovered around -15 degrees Celsius! It was so frigid that I reluctantly donned a man repelling down filled parka, a pair of ultra sexy long johns and a fuzzy hat that had me looking like Chewbacca’s wife before venturing out to explore.

It also seemed appropriate to sneak in a couple of shots of the local vodka. It helps to keep you warm, really it does.

Camera and Lonely Planet guidebook in hand, I walked around the Jewish district of Kazimierz and Krakow’s Old Town like a cliched obvious tourist begging to be hustled or robbed. As usual, I sought to find something more than the obvious attractions like Wawel Royal Castle or the dragon cave that lies underneath.

I happily found many instances of street art and graffiti.

Street Art and Graffiti in Krakow

Krakow proves to be the perfect setting for this renegade, guerilla artform. Through touring the city’s streets, I learned that local artists have a preoccupation with fascists, love a good Star Wars reference and apparently Reebok shoes!?

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

STAR WARS! Being the sci-fi nerd that I am, this almost blew my mind. This is quite possibly one of my favorite instances of street art ever, ever, ever.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

While the following antifascist stamp isn’t all that remarkable, I love the composition of the photo itself … the red of the paint set against the cracked yellow wall with that seedy bar in the background.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

Street Art in Krakow.

To see even more photos of street art and graffiti in Krakow, check out Street Art Utopia. We have some of the same photos!

To see even more photos of other street art and graffiti I’ve come upon in my travels around Europe, check out my post archives.

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25 Comments

  • Reply Tristan January 31, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    The one above Rebel Love kind of looks like that guy in the movie Machete, doesn’t he?

  • Reply Cheryl Howard January 31, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    @Tristan – Yes, you’re right. I thought so too!

  • Reply Waegook Tom January 31, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Agh I LOVE street art! I’m in Poland right now actually – Wroclaw – but won’t be making it across to Krakow. The fox/human (?) and the pink mouse are definitely my favourites 🙂

  • Reply Cheryl Howard January 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    @Tom – Me too!! And so cool you’re in Poland right now. How is the street art scene there? I like the fox/human hybrid and the mouse too. 🙂

  • Reply Sophie February 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    It’s been 10 years since I was in Krakow, looks like it has a grittier, more urban feel now. Some pretty advanced street art there.

  • Reply Eurotrip Tips February 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    I think my favourite is the pink mice 🙂 Clearly Krakow is inspiring for street artists! I remember seeing a huge tag right by the river that said “Cracovia Kazimierz”. Not sure what it means, but it seemed like it had been there for a while.

  • Reply Laurel February 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I love your grafiti posts. I like the “Rebel Love” one best too.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 2, 2012 at 10:10 pm

      @Sophie – It really felt like a gritty urban city and it completely charmed me!

      @Europetrip Tips – The mouse is pretty cute. Definitely a very inspiring city for street art.

      @Laurel – Thanks so much! The rebel love one is awesome. I love the passion in their kiss.

  • Reply Jarmo @ ArcticNomad February 3, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Great finds Cheryl. Some of the art seems to be politically motivated, which is always interesting. But I might have to also go with the ‘rebel love’, which it’s pretty cool!

  • Reply Sherry February 3, 2012 at 4:09 am

    I’ve always believed that street art is a reflection of the human heart as a means of expression Its fascinating to see their varied ideas on life, love & shoes. Made me a laugh a little – love it!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      @Jarmo – Thanks! I really wish I knew the stories behind the art … and I agree the rebel love one is prob one of the best I’ve seen to date.

      @Sherry – Agree. Like the way you worded that!

  • Reply Jade - OurOyster.com February 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Love this! It is so fun discovering little alley ways and etc with awesome street art

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      @Jade – thanks! Discovering street art is now one of my favorite activities.

  • Reply Stephanie - The Travel Chica February 6, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Lots of stencil art. Very interesting!

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 6, 2012 at 11:34 am

      @Stephanie – Street art spotting happens to be my new favorite activity!

  • Reply Stephen February 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Cool shots! I love checking out the street art in cities I visit. Have to get to Poland one of these days…

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 8, 2012 at 10:25 am

      @Stephen – thank you! Hope you make it there too. Wonderful country! 🙂

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