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Greatest Works of Reverse Graffiti

“In the environmental movement, every time you lose a battle it’s for good, but our victories always seem to be temporary and we keep fighting them over and over again.” David Suzuki.

Photo © Alexandre Orion

Photo © Alexandre Orion

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.

We thought we’d compile a collection of some of the most incredible works of reverse graffiti and the artists behind them for your viewing pleasure.

Big Brother Eye etched on to road sign, Leeds, UK

Big Brother Eye etched on to road sign, Leeds, UK

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.

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.

Reverse Graffiti Project, San Francisco.

Reverse Graffiti Project, San Francisco.

One of Moose’s more recent works, the Reverse Graffiti Project, was on San Francisco’s Broadway tunnel in conjunction with Green Works, to promote a plant-based cleaner.

Reverse Graffiti Project in San Francisco by Moose.

Reverse Graffiti Project in San Francisco by Moose.

Reverse Graffiti Project in San Francisco by Moose.

Reverse Graffiti Project in San Francisco by Moose.

The one and only, Einstein.

The one and only, Einstein.

Scott Wade: Reverse Graffiti on Cars

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’.

Mona Lisa as you've never seen her before.

Mona Lisa as you’ve never seen her before.

Scott Wade lives very near a dirt road covered in caliche – a mixture of limestone dust, gravel and clay – which, when driven over throws up a fine, white dust, covering the cars which he then decorates using plain, ordinary artist brushes, and the effects are amazing.

Final version of Poker Dogs by reverse graffiti artist Scott Wade just about to be washed away by the rain.

Final version of Poker Dogs by reverse graffiti artist Scott Wade just about to be washed away by the rain.

The child trapped in the car is reverse graffiti artist Scott Wade's daughter.

The child trapped in the car is reverse graffiti artist Scott Wade’s daughter.

Pets go crazy by reverse graffiti artist Scott Wade.

Pets go crazy by reverse graffiti artist Scott Wade.

Source: http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com

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