|This face, stenciled on|
walls across Bogotá, belongs
to a friend of the
Their names - Toxicomano and Lesivo, are defiant labels showing off their flouting of societal norms. 'Toxicomano' seems to mean something like 'toxic hand,' and 'Lesivo' something like 'lesion.' But they are nice guys. And if they flout the rules, they do so in a constructive way.
Bogotá has a lively graffiti culture, including lots of political graffiti, particularly in the National University.
|The newly decorated block of Calle 20.|
|Painting meaningless letters beside the image of Jose, the Rapper of La Jimenez.|
|One of the grafiteros told me this image was inspired by reports that in the poor Choco region, poor people still earn a few pesos by carrying the wealthy on their backs.|
|'Exploitation ruins life.'|
|Money, money, money, man.|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours, which offers graffiti tours.