RoamingÂ down the narrow European-style streets ofÂ Buenos Aires,Â the only thing my eyes can focus onÂ is the youthful expressiveÂ graffiti. Unlike Los Angeles graffiti, which is full ofÂ blow ups and burners that dominate the river ways and freeways,Â Buenos Aires graffiti is in a class all itÂ´s own.
Mostly made of stencils stemming from ALF, the lovable 1980’s alien, orÂ political messages donned byÂ no one other than Che himself, to freehandÂ pieces of bubbly characters and cursive, these makeshift art pieces not only decorate city streets but send a message. Simple six petal flowers promoting peace, Banksi inspired stencilsÂ of anti-oil messages (a silouhette of a person being strangled by an oil rig) and maleÂ onÂ male kisses can beÂ found onÂ almost every cornerÂ in the downtown district of the Micro Center and the hippie hobo area of San Telmo.Â For an Angelino who sees her streets decorated in names, as beautiful as they are, itÂ is nice to see a different kind of graffiti.Â Here in Buenos Aires the youth have something to say, and they are not shy about letting the world know. Â Â