Montreal is a special place. It’s dark, subversive, and yet gayer than a swan riding a rainbow. This is reflected in the city’s graffiti.
Here’s some photos I took of graffiti in Montreal. I’ve divided it into six categories: creepy graffiti, angry graffiti, defacement of politicians’ campaign signs graffiti, cool graffiti, anarchic graffiti, and of course, Panda graffiti.
A dog licking Spongebob Squarepants.
Would you go down this alley?
A boy wearing Mickey Mouse ears and with his legs chopped off. He also has a CCTV camera stuck in his eye, in case you missed that.
This door is disappointed in you.
I appreciate its sentiment, but this graffiti creeps me out as well.
It’s some guy carving letters into… another guy’s… body? The graffiti is located above a headstone carving company, so that explains the carving at least.
Get to the exit door!
Fuck white people, and, er, don’t worry about money either.
This is a Montreal postbox. A very bad person has written “va chier” on it, which means “go fuck yourself” in French. Nice.
Defacement of politicians’ faces
This billboard originally said “Pour le Québec”, which means “For Quebec” in French. But someone has added a few letters so it reads “A pourrir le Québec” instead, which means “Let’s let Quebec rot”.
It was the glasses.
The demon shows its true face!
I took the photo when the painter was adding the finishing touches. If you go to Montreal in early August, you too can see artists painting murals. (It’s called the Under Pressure festival).
Raccoons fighting their mortal enemies, birds.
‘rob this house’
Simple yet effective.
Someone likes pandas.
Someone really likes pandas.
Other crazy and creepy shit
I also have photos of non-graffiti stuff. Take a look:
I saw this kid on a poster for a play. I always crack up at his exaggerated expression.
These scary doll people can be found in the weekly offers catalogue of a supermarket called IGA. I’m sure the illustrator had good intentions, but these bug-eyed bitches fall too far into uncanny valley for my liking.
This sinister rabbit was in a store’s window display.
I’ve seen dozens of Harry Potter covers, but this one wins the award for being the most basic. It doesn’t even have a proper title! It’s simply called “Sorcier”, which means “Wizard” in French.
A store selling “Dove pain”. Before you complain to the RSPCA, note that ‘pain’ means ‘soap bar’ in French.
“Wanna see my COQ?” An interesting advert for a company called Coq Events.