Madrid shopkeers recruit graffiti artists

Shopkeepers in the Spanish capital have invited graffiti artists to paint the steel shutters protecting their stores to prevent them from being defaced by crude or obscene scribblings.

Over 130 graffiti artists from across Europe, including Bristol and Milan, decorated 140 shutters on Sunday in Madrid’s central Malasana neighbourhood, which has long been the heart of the city’s countercultural scene.

Since painting over another graffiti artists’ artwork is considered a serious insult by street artists, the shopkeepers believe they will no longer find their shutters covered with ugly, and sometimes obscene, drawings that can be expensive to remove.

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