Tag Archives: stencil

How the Greek economy shares a pie

A boy doesn’t have to go to war to be a hero; he can say he doesn’t like pie when he sees there isn’t enough to go around.

Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937)

Stencil made by Mapet.

Merry crisis

Some photos to “celebrate” the day… This is Christmas 2011 in Greece.

“Naked Christmas” by bleeps.gr (photo by G. Nikolakopoulos)

Season’s Greektings by Greek illustrator Spyros Derveniotis.

Season’s Greektings by Spyros Derveniotis

 Daniel, a British Erasmus student in Athens, sent me this photo – it’s a motto that has been around since the 2008 killing of Alexis Grigoropoulos by a policeman, an assassination that caused a rioting chaos in Athens for more than a month. Daniel took this photo in Panteion University.

Photo by Daniel @ Panteion University

Here’s another photo from the same door (not that it makes more sense, I just found it by chance)

Merry Crisis @ Panteion University

This is a graffiti on the external wall of Athens University’s old building (now mainly used for graduation ceremonies). I think the graffiti has been taken off by now.

Merry crisis @ Athens Kapodistrian University

The motto inspired a stencil artist too. The location is unknown.ste

Merry crisis stencil

If I am not mistaken, this graffiti was on the external wall of the Central Bank of Greece, at Panepistimiou street.

Merry crisis @ the Central Bank of Greece

Here’s a video from the city-sponsored Christmas tree in Syntagma square, back in 2008. Its burning was an unforgettable view. For almost a decade, the city’s mayors were proud of wasting thousands of euros to build “the tallest christmas tree in Europe”. This shallow megalomania that only needed a spark to show the void spirit of our corrupt politicians.

At first, people decorated the tree with garbage bags.

Then the tree was set on fire.

As you can see, that night, riot police used tear gas to disperse the crowd. It was a very moving view.

Finally, here’s a video by Ross Domoney, with a short historical background on the Alexis Grigoropoulos’ assassination and footage from this year’s demo which commemmorated the killing.

Exploring Revolt in Greece from Ross Domoney on Vimeo.

Did anybody see my future?

"Did anybody see my future?"

Photo taken from political zoo.

Graffiti in Athens 03

I have recently come across this stencil. I wouldn’t call it a great job, I think there are too many logos involved in the sprayed chaos.

The logos destructed by the symbol of Anarchy represent (clockwise beginning from top) the IMF, the Euro, the right-wing New Democracy party, the socialist PASOK party and the EU’s stars.

It reminded me of another stencil I have photographed some months ago. It also used the logo of the ruling PASOK party. It’s a kid peeing on the green sun.

The interesting part is the history behind the kid’s gesture. Some 30 years ago, Spyros Ornerakis, now a veteran cartoonist, has drawn a kid peeing on a crown. It symbolized the rejection of monarchy in Greece right after the 1967-74 military dictatorship.

Spyros Ornerakis now runs a school for people who want to study cartoons. When I googled it I stumbled upon a video made by the children’s department. It’s titled “The fall of Mr. IMF”.