Literary Graffiti From All Over the World


Those literary types sure are rebels. Or at least, that’s what we gather from the amount of bookish graffiti that peppers public walls from New York City to London to Yerevan. We published our first collection of literary graffiti around this time last year, but since it just keeps popping up, we figured we’d kick this year off with another sweep — after the jump, find 20 great examples of bookish branding, from the impossibly skillful to the sweetly childish. And do let us know if we missed the literary wall in your neighborhood in the comments!

Photo Credit: Karl Rahder

Jean-Paul Sartre, Yerevan, Armenia.

Photo Credit: Mirgun Akyavas, via Dangerous Minds

Charles Bukowski, Austin, TX.

Photo via A Picture of Politics

Lord Byron’s “She Walks In Beauty,” London.

Photo via Pra Ler

Pablo Neruda, Santiago, Chile.

Photo Credit: Tyler Merbler

David Foster Wallaces.

Photo Credit: Ben Sutherland

Maya Angelou.

Photo Credit: Emily Babb

Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

Photo Credit: sunniednk

Kurt Vonnegut.

Photo Credit: +-X÷

J.D. Salinger, Ann Arbor, MI.

Photo Credit: g2wl2e

Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

Photo Credit: Jacob Siefring

Aldous Huxley, Montreal, Canada.

Photo Credit: Nade

Thomas Pynchon, NYC.

Photo Credit: Jacob Siefring

Charles Bukowskis, Montreal.

Photo Credit: Abode of Chaos

Ernest Hemingway’s eyes.

Photo Credit: Graffiti-Opatija

James Joyce and Vladimir Nabokov.

Photo Credit: Eyes+Ears

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Frankfurt.

Photo Credit: Jean Jacques Terreur

Friedrich Nietzsche.

Photo Credit: majesticmythicalbeast

George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Photo Credit: Abode of Chaos

J.G. Ballard, St Romain, Rhone-Alpes, France.

Photo Credit: LGagnon

The mural at Brattle Book Shop, Boston, MA.