Welcome to the world of reverse graffiti, where the artist’s weapons are cleaning materials and where the enemy is the elements: wind, rain, pollution and decay. It’s an art form that removes dust or dirt rather than adding paint. Some find it intriguing, beguiling, beautiful and imaginative, whereas others look upon it in much the same way as traditional graffiti – a complete lack of respect for the law. Reverse graffiti challenges ideals and perceptions while at the same time shapes and changes the environment in which we live, whether people think for the better, or not.
Credit to Linda at Environmental Graffiti for compiling a collection of some of the most incredible works of reverse graffiti and the artists behind them for your viewing pleasure.
Moose: The Original Reverse Graffiti Artist
Real name, Paul Curtis, Moose is the grand-daddy of reverse graffiti. He’s been cleaning the streets of the UK and beyond for around ten years.
Reverse Graffiti Project, San Francisco.
Using detergent and a wire brush, the tools of many a cleaner, graffiti artist Moose works with advertisers to create innovative clean messages and slogans that inevitably turn into works of art.
A nice video by Moose on the origin and inspiration behind reverse graffiti
Scott Wade: Reverse Graffiti on Cars
The one and only, Einstein.
Taking the scribbles of many a budding graffiti artist to new heights, Scott Wade decorates the back of dusty car windows with much more intricate works of art than the usual ‘Wash Me’.
Alexandre Orion – Skulls in Sao Paolo
Etching skulls on the side of the tunnel with nothing but water and a cloth.
Hailing from Brazil, Alexandre sees his art work as a way of getting an environmental message across to those who ordinarily wouldn’t listen.