After months of stalking the streets of Kharkov with a camera, I proudly present to you this stunning collection:
Kharkov's Finest Graffiti and MuralsIt all began with the colorful brick ruins in Youth Park. The picture below caught my eye on the way to the park. Do you recognize this character?
|Hint: he's saying "Cowabunga"|
I think it's a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! D tells me that this show was also popular here in 1990s. Although we were thousands of miles and an entire language apart, we were both sitting in pajamas in front of the TV, watching the same thing :p
This one is called "The Duel of the Century" and is an alley near the Pushkinska metro station.
|Bender: This is showbusiness, kid. Kenny: MMMM. Beavis: crappuccino.|
|...Alexandr Pushkin, on the opposite wall, ready for a(nother) duel... apparently with Robocop!|
|Pushkin and his ladies.|
|Eternal love. Follow this link to see a couple more local Pushkin murals.|
Finally, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away- oops, I mean, in downtown Kharkov:
I also like finding words scrawled on a wall. It gives me some insight into what people are thinking.
These two pictures were taken near the Botanical Gardens metro station.
|Heroes don't die, enemies die!|
|Shortly after taking this picture, we saw a woman herding goats.|
|Death to people from the Caucasus|
|I saw this word often in Yakutsk...except that the taggers there thought the word was spelled with an a instead of a u, so they'd write things like Fack you!|
|I guess it's universal!|