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.
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.
The words in the picture are: Iptek = science and technology, Kemauan = will or desire, kemampuan = ability. You work out the rest.
A scene reminiscent of the wonderful book Fahrenheit 451.
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.