You don’t have to be trained in arts to make creative urban interventions: French street artist OakoAk says he’s just a “pen pusher” by day, but his clever street works can be found all over St. Etienne and other cities in France. We’ve already shared some of his clever street art examples with you last year, but now he has lots of new works to share.

OakoAk carries on with his style of not intervening too much with the way things are on the street, and upgrades them with just a little unexpected touch. By only adding a couple of lines and few colors, OakoAk gives the cityscape of his native St. Etienne this element of surprise that street art is all about:

“I wanted it to look nicer. It was an industrial city with many coal mines; now it’s in regeneration and still quite poor. But it’s easily travelled by foot with awkward aspects ideal for art. I saw shapes everywhere, and wanted to realise them,” he explains.

Maybe you’ve also spotted some of these while prancing somewhere in France?


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