One thing that pleasantly surprised me about Istanbul was the amount of street art we found.
Rather than go on about it a whole lot, as I am certainly no art critic, I will just take you on a little tour through my camera lens.
On our fist day, we headed out into the little back streets behind our hotel in Karaköy. I had no idea when we booked, but apparently it’s the hipster district of Istanbul. So of course we felt right at home… (Note: sarcasm).
We did however keep stumbling across really cool street art, so I thought I’d take a record of it.
First we found this alley way that had been strung up with multicoloured umbrellas. If you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen this from another view (shameless plug)
It was very fitting, given it was overcast and rainy our first day. I also love the incongruous location, right above a Honda spares and repairs outlet.
Soon enough, we were stumbling across various slogans. Some hinted at existential crises.
Some provided helpful reminders.
And others, free life coaching. Possibly what your mother would say if you did call her after all.
There were of course the tourist pleasing murals, but done in a far more charming fashion than I’ve seen elsewhere.
And then there were the things which I just…. Any ideas?
Living things were generally well represented, though.
And in fact real living things weren’t safe, either.
Some art was absolutely adorable, whilst others was frankly downright terrifying. Here we have both of the above, next to each other. That face haunted my dreams I swear.
Speaking of scary, I found this girl hanging out in the Topkapi Palace gardens. She is definitely a candidate for the next series of Doctor Who. Horrifying.
Moving swiftly along, we apparently found the rainbow staircase district. First up was this wheeze-inducing climb,
Shortly followed by its slightly smarter neighbour. Perhaps the rainbows are supposed to distract you from your burning legs?
Night time is no exception either, with trees coming alight with all manner of decorations.
And finally, I leave you with my favourite wall in all of Istanbul. It’s just madness and I love it.
How did you enjoy your street art tour of Istanbul? Where’s your favourite street art destination?