As lockdowns loosen, people start venturing out into the streets. We can once again appreciate fresh air, open spaces, and hopefully, some good graffiti on a wall rather than bad ones. I know for sure that there's at least one person that tips the balance of good-and-bad graffiti to the better side. He goes by the street name of scaf, or scaf_oner, on Instagram. What's more, he isn't a mere vandal: "I love to paint in all of these abandoned places. Above all, I like abandoned houses, manors, castles and factories." By doing so, he transforms them and adds extra value to them, rather than the opposite.
The French street artist's trademark is his extremely detailed and realistic style. He portrays all sorts of animals like dinosaurs and snakes, skulls and bones, robots, and other cool stuff. By the time scaf is done, his work looks picture-perfect, as if he glued a print of a photo. Everything is there: details, shadows, highlights, gloss, and flair.
It makes one wonder where he acquired sick skills like that. One would assume that he went to art school, or something similar. It turns out his background is "the school of street," as he jokingly said in his exclusive interview for Bored Panda. "I did not study art. I started 18 years ago in abandoned factories and the street. It was a school friend who transmitted this passion to me," he told us.