|A fat frog and a psychedelic girl, behind the Central Cemetery.|
But graffiti artists, called grafiteros, work on the edge of the law, often painting on city- or privately-owned walls, and doing their work furtively. Because many graffiti artists are young and male, into drugs and alternative politics, and probably don't work in suits and ties, they often get branded as criminals. That's sad, since their work does a tremendous amount to brighten up this grey city and make it citizens think and reflect. Some graffiti, of course, is just ugly and visually polluting.
|Diego Felipe Becerra, graffitero killed by police.|
|Becerra with a creation.|
The case has, at least, received attention. Vice President Angelino Garzon has even committed his own staff to investigate the killing.
Investigators have reported that Becerra did not fire a weapon, as a police officer had claimed, and the policeman who shot Becerra has been suspended pending the investigation's findings. Meanwhile, other grafiteros have marched demanding justice in the case.
|A piece of wall art in La Candelaria reportedly made by Becerra.|
|Camilo Torres, the martyred priest, in the National University.|
|Bogotá's most famous mural, Che Guevara in the National University.|
|Leftist leaders, in the National University campus.|
|Near the red light district, a mural celebrates equality and dignity for women.|
|A colorful mural on Jimenez Ave.|
|On Carrera 4, 'No Graff, No Life.'|
|Tagging under a bridge in central Bogota.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours, which offers graffiti bike tours on request.