Tampere Graffiti

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Tampere, Finland

So far in Finland I feel like I have met so many amazing people that really understand the interesting things to do in a city: Tanja from FoodSightSeeing, Peter from Bistro Sinne and my new friends in Porvoo.

This trip hasn’t been about seeing typical things and so when Ville asked if I wanted to see  Tampere graffiti, even though it wasn’t on my official itinerary I jumped at the opportunity.

I knew there was graffiti in Tampere, I read about it on Kash’s site and other photographers had posted work online, but you definitely need a local to take you here as it involves ducking under fences and crossing railway tracks to find an abandoned building.

As soon as we saw the building Ville explained a very important piece, the week prior DJ Nuori Seppa was found dead; an unknown street artist paid tribute within days. He knew of the DJ and was a bit emotional about seeing something so soon. It was obvious Nuori touched many people.

nuori seppa
nuori dj

Inside, there walls were covered in paint. We met two artists who were happy to talk to us and said photos were fine as long as it didn’t show their face.

The police seem to have turned a blind eye to this location, but they do come by occasionally to take photos and make note of certain artists styles to ensure they aren’t painting in other places.

tampere graffiti
tampere graffiti
tampere
graffiti artist
tampere

As we left Ville showed me something to look out for traveling, there was a 1UP tagging on the building in one of the more difficult places to reach.

Started in Berlin, it means One United Power and whether you like graffiti or not they have a pretty interesting documentary about the Berlin crew.

Disclosure: I was a guest of the Finnish Tourist Board as part of a Navigate Media Group project. They did not request that I write a favourable review or download the One Up documentary after seeing the Tampere graffiti.

Join the Conversation

  1. Awesome way to explore the raw underbelly of a city – love it!

  2. A Montrealer Abroad (@amontrealer) says:

    That is so cool. I love discovering sights like these when I travel – a nice change from churches or museums!

  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures says:

    Awesome! I’m a huge street art fan!!!

  4. Wow, incredible. I absolutely love seeing street art and it’s even better when you have somewhere who can explain the meaning behind it.

  5. Cheryl Howard says:

    Gorgeous photos! I really wish Toronto would encourage more street art … it’s really so beautiful.

  6. Pete @ HeckticTravels.com says:

    I was wondering what the 1UP meant in Berlin, going to check out that documentary now.

  7. I love the line on the memorial piece, “Rest in Paradise…” I might have to adopt that!

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