This Street Artist Is Covering Swastikas With Messages Of Peace And Love

January 11, 2018
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With a rising nationalistic fervor in European countries abroad, there is a rising group of racists who feel emboldened to share their horrible world view. You don’t always have the opportunity to punch a Nazi in the face, but there are other ways to undermine their hateful ideology.

Bored Panda reports that a man named Ibo Omari has started a campaign in Berlin to cover swastikas that have become a more frequent sight on city walls in recent years. It’s called #Paintback, and it encourages people to paint over these hate symbols wherever they see them. The group made a short video about their work, which went viral in Germany:

You can see how something starts out as an ugly sign of white nationalism:

And gets undermined by a skilled graffiti artist:

But they also devote time to the whimsical and elaborate:

You can almost forget what’s underneath, though some of the image seems to be mocking the people who were trying to spread their hateful message:

Sticking their tongues out at hate:

Making them into the insects they are:

You don’t even have to be fancy. A few lines and a flower replaces a hate symbol:

But if you do, it can be an incredible contribution to the area:

News media coverage of Paintback has been pretty positive:

And what’s great about it is that literally anyone can pick up a brush and get rid of this hate. 

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