Street art in Indonesia: Yogyakarta

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Graffiti in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I’m always interested in finding the alternative districts and areas of the cities I visit (like Kreuzberg in Berlin, or Silom in Bangkok), so when Jimmy from Strange-Lands.com contacted me about Yogyakarta in Indonesia, I was curious to hear more. Check out their photos and information about the authentically artistic Indonesian city of Yogyakarta. The street art & graffiti in Yogyakarta just seems incredible. Some serious color…

Photos & text by Jimmy McIntyre

Yogyakarta, a veritable hub of politics and Indonesian art, is my new home, and will continue to be my home for the next six months.

‘Jogya’ feels like it’s a living, breathing organism sometimes. The roads vibrate with life, the people are quick to smile and wall after wall is coated with lively graffiti.

Graffiti in Jogja seems to be less about tagging, or nonsense scribbling and more about the street artist actually saying something.

Our road, Jalan Affandi (fittingly named after a famous Indonesian artist), is a canvas that graffiti artists have enjoyed covering for a while it seems. And by the looks of it, the government has encouraged this by placing special areas for artists to display their art.

Walking the streets, camera in hand, I enjoy hunting out new street art. I hope you enjoy it too.

Graffiti in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

This guy claimed to be the artist. His laugh here was kind of a ‘okay you got me’, when I jokingly called him a liar.

Graffiti in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The words in the picture are: Iptek  = science and technology, Kemauan = will or desire, kemampuan = ability. You work out the rest.

Graffiti in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Graffiti in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

A scene reminiscent of the wonderful book Fahrenheit 451.

Graffiti in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Graffiti in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Graffiti in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Not graffiti but I love some of the old cars still in use here.

Jimmy McIntyre and his wife are full time travel writers. Jimmy has proficiency in 4 languages: Spanish, French, Indonesian, and Italian. He is also an avid user of HDR photography. You can read about their journey at Strange Lands Travel Blog, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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5 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. That guy might not be the artist, but he is certainly standing there like he is!

  2. Those are some lovely HDR photos! Looks like an interesting place to explore too.

    • Yeah – totally piqued my interest, too!

  3. These pics are so cool and have a cartoon look to them – especially that last one with the funky car! I always look out for street art in the cities I visit :-)

    • Couldn’t agree more with you, Alison! I absolutely fell in love with Jimmy’s photo with the red car — stunning!

      I think the old style of the car helps it to come across with the cartoon look…

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