It's sad to see that youthfulness and playfulness often disappear when you grow up. Everything becomes kind of bland. We stop enjoying the little things in life. But what if those simple things were a little bit more playful and fun themselves? Let's take the streets, for example. We walk through them almost every day and they're usually pretty meh. But what if they had hidden Easter eggs that would make your day a little brighter?

That's what Johan Karlgen has in mind when he creates his street art. The Swedish artist creates pixelated art pieces that make bland locations much more interesting. They almost always interact with their environment and even though they are not realistic, they blend in very well. His themes usually range from video games to movies to other pop-culture references. Johan went viral on Reddit recently because of his transformed concrete barriers in a parking lot. He made them into a Toblerone chocolate bar.

Johan has been featured on Bored Panda before, click here and here to see the previous articles.

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Danish Dynomummy
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11 months ago

This is hilarious and Well done! But where is the Bear in the mountains?

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We got an interview from Johan Karlgen and asked him what the main goal of his street art is and how he got into art: "To make myself and other people happy. It's been a lifetime love story. I studied arts in high school just to be able to go to another city to live and skateboard. But in the end, creating stuff with my hands and mind ended up being my calling."

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Ms.M.
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11 months ago

Calvin and Hobbes always get an upvote from me :)

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TheAnimalLady
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11 months ago

🎼🎶Spiderman🕷Spiderman🕸Does Whatever a Spider Can🎵🎶

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We asked the artist what the most difficult part of creating his art pieces is: "The craft in creating Perler creations is the ironing part. That’s what you can get really good at."

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daking
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11 months ago

"shut up and take my money!"

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Ivo H
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11 months ago

That's really creative!

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Johan shared what topics he likes to create about: "Anything that makes me feel something. It could be anything from childhood memories to politics or people doing awesome stuff that I wanna interpret." The artist also mentioned that the style of his street art is quite playful and fun: "I don’t really choose what to create. My work is sprung from playing, and I’ll try to go with the ideas that come up in my head."

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TheAnimalLady
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11 months ago

🎳 Nice form, that's a strike!🎳

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𝔓𝔲𝔯𝔭𝔩𝔢 ℜ𝔞𝔢𝔑
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11 months ago

Looks a LOT like Lego to me.

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"I started doing this in 2015 or something. I got tired of shooting my stuff in my studio and moved outside. I’ll continue till I run out of ideas."

Johan tells us what keeps him inspired to create: "The fun of it. Since it’s a hobby that got out of hand, I promised myself to only chase the fun of it. Luckily I’ve got people supporting me cause my kids can’t eat likes."

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Ms.M.
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11 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! 😭

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TheAnimalLady
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11 months ago (edited)

Very beautiful and very creative👏🐺👍

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"I’ve never had a bad experience in the streets. I call my street art 'civil disobedience with a conscience' meaning, for example, that I don’t paint on people's private property but focus on weird, broken (often ugly) things in the streets. And that’s probably why no one minds."

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Kookamunga
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11 months ago

"All I have in this world is my balls and my word, and I don't break 'em for no one!"

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Kookamunga
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11 months ago

I got two turntables and a microphone!

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"Make things that make you happy," said Johan when asked what advice he would give to artists that are just starting out.

The artist gives us some facts about himself and his life: "I’m a father of four who loves gaming and skateboards every now and then. My wife has come to terms that I’ll never fully grow up."

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daking
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11 months ago

any other legend of zelda fans here?

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Pearl
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11 months ago

Wow wow wow!

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R Carson
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11 months ago

Well done

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Night Owl
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11 months ago

Tweety is an alien

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I love the 80’s
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11 months ago

From a level on Super Mario, right?

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Coffeecat
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11 months ago

Luigi lui-go

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Abhinc
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11 months ago

You shall not pass !!!

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TheAnimalLady
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11 months ago (edited)

😱RUN INDIE, RUN🏃‍♀️

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𝔓𝔲𝔯𝔭𝔩𝔢 ℜ𝔞𝔢𝔑
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11 months ago (edited)

Beatles' album is to "Abby Road," as TMNT is to Splinter Road.

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𝔓𝔲𝔯𝔭𝔩𝔢 ℜ𝔞𝔢𝔑
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11 months ago

"Droopy."

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karla Meixnerová
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11 months ago (edited)

Careful with that, or this guy will sue you... :D

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TheAnimalLady
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11 months ago (edited)

🌱The Grass is Always Greener..."I am Groot."🌴

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daking
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11 months ago

toad is a canibial?

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Lorali Srygley
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11 months ago

Hey-a! A get-a out-a!! Ima taking a bath over here-a

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extio loves
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11 months ago

Lend me your energy!! So I can throw this in 30 min....

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Mallory m. Brewer
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11 months ago

This should be higher!

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Exkaper Kcip
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11 months ago

Hahaha duuueee geeeeennn!!!!!

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TheAnimalLady
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11 months ago

👸Off With Her Head🦰🦱🦳

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Lorali Srygley
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11 months ago

When I see a hot perler bead girl

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