A faint waft of incense fills my nostrils and the streets are alive with activity. This vibrant and creative countercultural district hosts young people of all sub-groups socializing in the streets with their crazy outfits, wide rimmed glasses, vintage t-shirts and leather satchels. They all relax and drink beers bought off some ethnic minority that is trawling the streets with a trolley full purchased from the local supermercado. The vibe is unpretentious and the diversity of surroundings is surprising.
Malasaña district is known for it’s vintage shops, used bookstores, comic outlets and fancy pastry places. It should also be named the capital of those little “closet-type-bars” that are built upon the passion of a group of friends and erected in an extremely small place for just that group of friends to hang around in (like Friends?). You know, the unconventional kind with the mismatched furniture and strange installations.
The reason for my little venture however, was after hearing a rumour of the street art that lives on the walls here. Local merchants who were sick of street ‘artists’ scrawling their little tags around like a dog spraying his fowl scent in the streets, decided to give an opportunity to those who were actually creative geniuses and collaborate with them for store-front pieces. Merchants and artists partnered upon common interests and together conspired for original works that were both visually appealing, and non-offensive.
Only venturing in a two-block loop from the Tribunal Metro, here are my discoveries. If you’re the alternative type that’s into this kind of thing then it’s worth a stroll.
More Street Art and Graffiti can be found here: http://anoceanaway.net/2013/01/04/a-change-from-oppression/