In Playa Del Carmen, even the graffiti is beautiful. You can see dozens of examples of fantastic street art throughout the city. Most of it is spectacularly beautiful.
Unlike other big cities, the street artists are tolerated and even encouraged, or at least it seems that way. And if you want to get a lovely piece of custom street art commissioned for your business or building, (or even your home), it's easy to hire a local artist to create an original piece for you on the cheap.
I loved this artist's vibrant color scheme against the black background. Notice how the artist's canvas is basically a crumbling chunk of concrete wall with rusted rebar sticking out of the top. He turned an urban eyesore into something worth looking at.
Another nice piece, this time with a seal and a whale, swimming through a colorful sea of oranges and yellows. Very pretty at sunset.
I'll admit that this one is my favorite image out of all of them. This painting is so well done, and the anatomy and expression on this child are so perfect, I wanted to make sure that I had a person in the shot so you could at least see that it isn't fake, and also the scale of the image. The artist captures the child's natural wonder.
Very neat little tree frog by another street artist--there are several tree frogs like this throughout the city. It's a popular theme.
Another tree frog by a different artist.
A very neat geometric tropical fish. I like this one a lot because it's very different stylistically from the others. It reminds me of Hawaiian silkscreen images from the eighties for some reason. Very retro and cool. Not sure if that's what the artist had in mind, but I like it.
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