By Amanda

LifeBuzz Staff

This Guy Is Painting Over Ugly Graffiti With Legible Fonts, And It’s Hilarious.

In most urban areas, at least a small part of the culture is dedicated to street art and graffiti, as controversial as the art form might be. While some think it's nothing more than glorified vandalism, others know that graffiti is an important part of urban expression: It can show us what's really going on inside of communities and how people are really affected by what's happening to them day-to-day.

Much of the street art we're used to is quite similar, but this is one of the artists who is thinking outside the box to create something different and profound. His name is Mathieu Tremblin, and he's taking the traditional look of graffiti and turning it on its head. Though he's unconventional, his work still attempts to question authority and send a message about what's going on in the world around him. Check out some of his best examples below.

Mathieu Tremblin is an interesting artist who lives and works in Strasbourg, France.

From a very young age, Tremblin was intrigued by the idea of graffiti as art.

He got his feet wet by working with urban interventions in specific places, immersing himself in graffiti culture for the last ten years.

His art is original, but it's inspired by the spirit and placement of other art -- typically in urban spaces.

His work does what all serious grafitti art hopes to.

That is, he questions authority and governance through his work.

If you haven't caught on to the pattern with which this artist operates, take a look.

"This intervention is named Tag Clouds," he told Lifebuzz. "The point is not to make tag readable but to turn a hall of fame into a tag clouds. It’s about IRL versus URL experience. It’s about default aesthetic, analog and digital drifting."

He's got plenty to say about his work and process to give you some insight on what he's about.

“Tag Clouds principle is to replace the all-over of graffiti calligraphy by readable translations like the clouds of keywords which can be found on the Internet," he said in an interview.

His work shows the analogy between physical tags (graffiti) and virtual tags (word clouds online).

"I’m not bringing street art to digital age," Tremblin said. The digital age is the reason street art is viral and successful. People don't get in touch with street art in the street but on the Internet! So what I’m doing is actually bringing back the online experience [to] daily life. My work is analog."

Here's an example of what the original work would look like.

And here's the transformation that Tremblin makes to the work.

There is some controversy on whether is work is art or not.

Many feel that it's not worth calling a mural if it's just a re-imagination of the same tags. For Tremblin, none of that matters: It's simply about the relationship between the URL and the IRL.

Sources: Demo de Tous les Jours, Design You Trust

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