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.

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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2 months ago

Love 3-D painting!

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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.

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TheReader19
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2 months ago

This is brilliant, looks like CGI

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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2 months ago

SO cool!

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But wait, there's more depth to it than that. Literally. His other signature skill is his ability to draw from a perspective to create an in-depth optical illusion where the object seemingly pops out of the wall. I, for one, would die of a heart attack if I saw a dinosaur of his in an abandoned building. His 3D drawings are so lifelike, it makes one forget that dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago.

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TheReader19
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2 months ago

When people can see your inner demons

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Hunter
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2 months ago

SCALES NO!!!

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The artist even kicks it up an extra notch by striking often-hilarious poses that complement and play along with his drawings, making it real Instalicious eye-candy. It enhances the whole experience even more: it's one thing to take a picture of your work, and another to have fun while doing it. He even dresses up accordingly for them.

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TheReader19
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2 months ago

So I told you not to over feed the cat

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Hunter
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2 months ago

CRIKEY MATE ITS A CROCODILE

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Apart from his insane skills, this too must be the reason why his 120k followers on Instagram aren't just an optical illusion. If you like them, check out his other works on his social media pages above. And if you go for a walk along the streets, make sure you appreciate all of the good works of art that are out there for everyone to see for free.

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Harley 1.0
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2 months ago

I can't upvote this one enough! Upvote x 1,000!

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Not Marsha
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2 months ago

His own legs are painted!

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The artist has also opened up about what his quarantine experience was like: "Quarantine hasn't changed my daily life much when I'm in my little town in france. Apart from the many staggered trips, I continued to paint alone in my abandoned factories. And if not I worked some painting on canvas, and I drew a lot. I am in my artistic bubble every day."

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Hannah Burbridge
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2 months ago

Those teefs tho..

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May Day
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2 months ago

Fantastic!

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divydumdrop hello
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2 months ago

I love how it curves in and out of the walls!!

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Silke
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2 months ago

My precioussss. Where has he hidden it? In that pocket? Yessssss The coup de gras is the "shadows" on the artist's shirt - yesssss

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Squirrelflightisawesome
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2 months ago

I'd be the idiot to walk into the wall just to go inside 😂

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Hunter
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2 months ago (edited)

This is my pet his name is rexy

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Jennifer Gould
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2 months ago

Breaking Bad Albert!?

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Jiwoo Chang
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2 months ago

spider man is so confuesd

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Hunter
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2 months ago

did i tell you about my pet his name is scales

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Bone Daddy
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2 months ago

Where the fuck is his hand.

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Ed Martin
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2 months ago

He is one amazing man as well as a great painter, just hope he stays safe to continue his beautiful paintings.

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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2 months ago

Cat will win, hands down!

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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2 months ago

Don't care if the honey is cheap, the "salesperson" is too scary for me...

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TheReader19
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2 months ago

So do you believe those stories about crocs in the sewers?

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Collin Edward
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2 months ago

Great Scott, Marty!

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
Community Member
2 months ago

swim away, swim away dont look back at the jaws of death just keep swimming, just keep swimming

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Janine Hunt-Jackson
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2 months ago

Does he paint on air too?

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Demongrrrrl
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2 months ago

In space, no one can hear you scream.

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tuzdayschild
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2 months ago

Just give it to him.

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tuzdayschild
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2 months ago

Yes!

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Silke
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2 months ago

You didn't really want to keep that hat, did you?

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