Roving Gang of Grannies Tag Blighted Buildings With Amazing Graffiti

After learning the finer points of spray paint art, these grandmothers took to the streets to show off their newfound skills.

Say the word “Grandma,” and you’re probably not going to think street art. While traditions vary by culture, the art form hasn’t been historically embraced by the grandma community, but some artists want to change that. So Lata 65, a group of Portuguese artists, decided to organize a team of volunteers to teach senior citizen women how to make their own street art.

The artists came together and taught workshops before taking the women to the more blighted streets of Lisbon, Portugal. There, using their own stencils, the grandmas tagged themselves on crumbling industrial facades. Their work feels colorful, energetic, and alive—atypical adjectives for a population traditionally associated with bingo and napping. It’s a brilliant rebranding of both a people and a city. You can see their work both here on their Facebook page and below.

pic by _ Rui Soares // Photography

Posted by LATA 65 on Friday, July 25, 2014\n

pic by _ Rui Soares // Photography

Posted by LATA 65 on Friday, July 25, 2014\n

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