Monday, October 19, 2009

Decorated Shutters

Tattoo shop, Scali delle Cantine, LivornoDecorated shop shutters aren't common here, they are usually painted a drab grey, with some recent exceptions: a tattoo shop in “Scali delle Cantine”.Newsstand, Scali Saffi, LivornoA newsstand on a corner of the “Mercato Centrale”, probably worried to avoid worse offences...Seafood shop in Borgo dei Cappuccini, LivornoA seafood shop in “Borgo dei Cappuccini”. The street is called after the friars, not the popular coffee drink. The “cappuccino” takes its name from the friars, because it is the same color of their habit.

27 comments:

Per Stromsjo said...

Whatever the grammar, it's a great coffee drink. But I have a hard time finding a good cappuccino when not in Italy.

Jacob said...

Hmmm...methinks you have been invaded by very strange people who carry brushes or markers or whatever along with gallons of paint or ink or whatever and paint stuff on your buildings...

I don't see that kind of thing much here in Ocala, or other sites close by...maybe in Miami?

Like you suggest, maybe the owners contract with the Mafia to have their place painted so they don't have some enforcer come along and break their legs or burn down their shops.

Maybe?

Well, hell, I was just guessing.

Hope you have a fun week!

White Oleander said...

I love Nemo! A great cartoon with an amazing lesson.

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

these look great. such color and detail. true artists.

Luis Gomez said...

I like them all. I think it is a wonderful way to bring color to a city if it is used well.

Leif Hagen said...

Very artsy way to paint some usually grey and boring shutters, newsstands, etc! The seafood shop painting takes the award!
Check out the goats I spotted on my family vacation on my Monday posting!
Ciao!

James said...

I like the bottom one.

"The “cappuccino” takes its name from the friars, because it is the same color of their habit."

= Very interesting I didn't know that.

B SQUARED said...

Have to love the Nemo characters.

cieldequimper said...

Just goes to show that some graffiti can look good. The first one I mean. And Nemo of course. The second one looks more like an unwanted graffiti to me...

Hilda said...

Oh hey, that's an interesting fact about cappuccino and the Capuchin friars! I've always wondered about the similarity of the name but never thought there really was a connection.

I like these airbrushed shutters, though maybe not the second one very much. Better designed and done on purpose than get yicky-looking graffiti.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Some really beautiful and fantastic shots !! The shutters are looking amazing !! Nice post..Unseen Rajasthan

joo said...

I feel always a bit ambivalent about this kind of art (since it's art probably), but those here look nice, especially the last one with friendly shark:)
have a nice week!

Julie said...

I would hope that a tattoo shop would be more original than drab grey.

We have this sort of public art in Sydney, too. We lso have extensive ugly graffiti.

I like this style much better!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Absolutely adore this street art-- in moderation!

Ilse said...

Totally excellent! I have seen similar shutter art in Barcelona. Funny, now that I think about it, we don't have those steel shutters here in Boston that much.

Ellie said...

They did great job getting rid of the gray.

Rob said...

Livorno is really full of artists, it seems!

Gunn White said...

My favorite is the BLUE fish ART!! :-)

amatamari© said...

L'ultima è davvero bella!

:-)

tapirgal said...

I do like the nemo blinds, although I think the gray looks al little more "normal" with Baroque and Renaissance buildings. Per can come try some of our cappuccino in Oregon. I know one place that's very good. I also found a good one in Boston, but it was owned and run by Italians.

Vogon Poet said...

@ tapirgal - I shall deny this in public, but I have never tried a cappuccino. I drink my rare espresso dark, without any sugar or milk.

Stine in Ontario said...

Interesting, It looks quite similar to Canadian grafitti.

Andreea said...

I like the Nemo shutter, nice idea.

Cezar and Léia said...

I like this kind of urban art! A fabulous idea and the city can be coloured and nice!
Cool!
Léia

JM said...

Great set of cool shutters!

Tinsie said...

These decorated shutters are really cool!

Ellie said...

Nice new header!