The Joker on the Streetart-Run in Tehran

In Teheran geht der Joker um und crosst Pieces von Streetartists. Die sind natürlich nicht besonders angetan, denn der Joker bricht eins der ungeschriebenen Gesetze der Streetart (man soll keine Pieces übermalen), das ich ja schon immer ein bisschen albern fand: Ich persönlich mag grade das Spiel mit Vergänglichkeit durch Überschreiben von Arbeiten, vor allem, wenn dadurch etwas neues entsteht – so wie hier. But that's just me.

The Joker has been running around Tehran spraying on other people's graffiti and stencils, violating the biggest unwritten rule of street art: Don't mess with another artist's work. Several works around the city have been defaced with a his trademark red smile painted on top of existing faces, with the word's "Joker" scribbled next to it. The effect looks like lipstick, similar to the way Joker from the comic books would have written his name.

What makes the Joker's work more mysterious isn't just what he does, but how quickly he does it. In a city where street art can last for just a few days before city workers paint over it, the Joker has been able to get to and deface some pieces before city officials find out where the pieces are.

Inside Iran: The Joker Strikes Again (via Leo)