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Kochi is suddenly covered in incredible graffiti

Kochi is suddenly covered in incredible graffiti
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Draping the walls of the quaint little town of Kochi in the southern tip of India in an eccentric styled stencil art graffiti is an anonymous artist going by the pseudonym ‘Guess Who’. The uniqueness of the graffiti lies in the juxtaposition of modern western icons with traditional Indian imagery.

Draping the walls of the quaint little town of Kochi in the southern tip of India in an eccentric styled stencil art graffiti is an anonymous artist going by the pseudonym ‘Guess Who’. The uniqueness of the graffiti lies in the juxtaposition of modern western icons with traditional Indian imagery.

An anonymous artist – or a group of artists – simply known by the moniker GuessWho, has been decorating the Fort Kochi region of Kochi with some amazing graffiti artwork

Taking a walk down Kochi’s lanes one may come across pop cultural icons like Mr Bean, Marilyn Monroe, Mona Lisa Michael Jackson and even Karl Marx in Indian avatars. Wall art has often been used as a tool by ‘underground’ artists to protest against various forms of repressions during times of war.

 The artwork recently popped up on this reddit thread, and was an instant favourite

The English graffiti artist who works under the pseudonym ‘Banksy’ is known for a similar style of satirical street art, drawing inevitable comparisons; the Kochi artist is being referred to as the Indian ‘Banksy’. The work of the artist spread through an online post on the website reddit.com.

Most of the masterpieces have widespread pop-culture appeal

Specifically, they combine traditional Indian tropes and imagery with more modern, western characters and symbols

The artwork recently went viral and was an instant favourite

Here are more photographs of the super cool, thought-provoking artworks

Tinkle tales- Shikari Shambu puckering up with Shupandi. The masterpieces have widespread pop-culture appeal

Re-imagining popular and iconic images is not really a new tradition in street art. But giving it a twist including the local culture is the interesting bit

Could Mona Lisa get a better traditional make-over?

Graffiti can play a significant role in the cultural landscape and consciousness of a city

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