Straight off the streets of Paris comes the fight of the century: Ryu vs. Mohammed Ali. Who could imagine a better fight– one that brings both nostalgia and reverence to the hearts of capcom devotees, video gamer fanatics, and boxing enthusiats alike? Apparently, only one mysterious, unseen, street artist could imagine such a thing.
Under the alias of COMBO, the italian tagger who created this imaginative and innovated image chooses to remain anonymous towards his work. While little information can be found about Combo, it is known that he hails from the Vatican City, and is no stranger to graffitti. His work can be seen throughout many major european cities with Paris being his main target for the summer of 2011. His images, while lively and childish, are often alarming, for they are usually tinged with a discrete socio-political message. As a result, his murals, which habitually feature cartoon characters cleverly blended with easily recognizable pop images, leave the viewer feeling extremely sentimental and slightly uncomfortable. Combo write that he aims at creating portraits that showcase the world “for what it is: a cartoon where everyone must play its role”. Check out his other images from Paris 2011 here.
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