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Lately, the graffiti I’ve stumbled upon around Cairo seems to be predominantly faces of pop icons, political figures and cartoon characters, mostly Western references but with several Egyptian icons as well. It’s an exciting and eclectic mix of Ghandi and Batman, Baradei and astronauts.
Some carry messages and others are just there for pure aesthetic pleasure. Most will probably be painted over soon, some already have. That won’t stop the artists from coming back; even if they paint the Sakia tunnel black or whitewash the 26July Street underpass. It’s just fresh, new canvas. That’s another cool thing about graffiti; it’s recycable, resilient and refreshingly cheeky. Yes, I stuck that last r in just for the hell of it. I like to write and stuff.