Parisian Street Art: Beware the Kraken

All across Paris you find street art by the same artists so that, even after just a few days, you start to recognise the works even if you don’t know who’s behind them. One artist, who we saw almost everywhere, draws distinctive images of that terror of the world’s oceans, the Kraken. This is less Beware the Kraken and more Love the Kraken, the artist signs some of his or her works, Kraken Je t’aime, or with a love heart.

The artist behind Kraken Je t’aime remains a mystery. No one seems to know who they are, or why they take inspiration from a legendary but mythical sea monster that was the terror of the oceans, dragging ships and their crews to the crushing briny depths of the sea. For someone who remains such an enigma, their work is pretty prolific.

Kraken – Je t’aime, Street Art, Paris, France
Kraken – Je t’aime, Street Art, Paris, France
Kraken – Je t’aime, Street Art, Paris, France

This selection of Parisian street art was mostly spotted around the Le Marais or Sainte-Avoye. So rich is the street art scene that you can see works almost everywhere in Paris. We saw more work by Invader, who must be one of Paris’ more frequently spotted artists, small pixellated ghosts, potted plants, and much more appear all over the place. There were more works from Fred de Chevalier, as well as more wheatpaste art and posters. Enjoy…

Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Invader, Street Art, Paris, France
Invader, Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France
Street Art, Paris, France

I’m not sure if this toilet was intended as street art, it’s hard to tell. It seemed to add a certain something to the street as we walked down it so I’ve included it.

Toilet, Street Art, Paris, France

14 thoughts on “Parisian Street Art: Beware the Kraken

  1. great post!! some weeks ago I was in Paris and took some photos of the local street art 🙂 regards PedroL

  2. Very good. You and I posted the same shot (different angle) by Agnès B. (4th from top). I think it’s in my last post. I also posted a discarded loo as an “Hommage” to Duchamps. 🙂

    1. It’s a lovely piece of street art, I think I like your angle better Brian. Amazing how well the background of the boards works with the face.

      1. They do, though I like your angle too. Now what is amazing is how so many of us follow in the same footsteps. Different time slots, but same spaces. 🙂

        1. I love seeing the ‘same’ city through the eyes (and camera lens) of others, different but always familiar. I’ve visited places just because of photos I’ve seen. Once, when young and foolish, I went to Albuquerque because of a line in a Prefab Sprout song (‘hot dog, jumping frog, Albuquerque’). Don’t remember much about it, except the lovely German couple who ran the local diner.

        2. Well, then you must visit Alabama. (Sweet home Alabama!)

        3. PS. I also went to Chattanooga, tennessee, because of the song, Chattanooga, choo, choo. Major disappointment.

        4. I’ve been to Chattanooga, the only memorable thing about it (other than the rain and freezing cold) was a home-made model of the Battle of Chattanooga in the museum. It was a pretty miserable experience.

        5. I bet it was. Again another place where we set foot in parallel universes. Have a nice week-end Paul. (Chattanooga choo choo!)

  3. thesweatergiraffe November 24, 2016 — 8:55 pm

    I love this! There’s quite a bit of the pixellated old timey video game style ones around, I’ve been noticing. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for a kraken!

    1. Paris is pretty good for street art spotting. I’ve not seen the kraken anywhere else, but I bet it’s to be found somewhere!

      1. thesweatergiraffe November 25, 2016 — 8:11 am

        Do you mean other cities?? I live in Paris ha ha

        1. Yes, in other cities. I often see street art by the same artist in different cities – I was in Australia recently and saw a Belgian street artist’s work in, of all places, Perth.

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