Urban artist Falko One brings life and color to the streets of South African towns. After thirty-two years as a graffiti artist, Falko has played a significant role in the development of South Africa’s graffiti scene by leaving his marks on lonely walls. The artist’s awe-inspiring murals often resemble local wildlife which also cleverly interacts with various elements of the buildings, such as windows, pipes, or air conditioners.

In 2010, Falko started a project called “Once Upon A Town,” where he painted his way across South Africa, turning poor neighborhoods into open-air galleries that attract tourists. Vivid elephants in all shapes and forms are his most common and recognizable artworks. Scroll down to check his most incredible spray-painted creations!

More info: Instagram | twitter.com | Facebook | falkostarr.wixsite.com

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Bianca Küper
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2 months ago

whow :-D

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Falko One's career goes way back, he explained his background. “I started doing graffiti art in 1988 through my involvement with hip hop (very, very early days in our development) here in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s all I do to this day. The elephants in particular I started doing in 2014. I was in Dakar, Senegal when I did the first one." 

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Zanjero Johnson
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2 months ago

Incredible work.

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Bianca Küper
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2 months ago

that is beautiful

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The artist explained the motivation of the elephants and why he started drawing them. "In short, the people of the village weren’t happy with me painting chickens (‘cause that’s what I painted for a while before). The chickens caused quite a few problems. In that moment, and not wanting to waste the trip, I took a risk and painted what I thought would be ‘neutral’… And hence the seed was planted. Now my work has evolved into using air cons, windows, and trees… Basically, I’m trying to incorporate my works into society non‐intrusively,” the artist told Bored Panda.

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beja flor
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2 months ago

A centaur, how wonderful!!

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Monika Soffronow
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2 months ago

Neat use of the various elements of the building

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Falko makes a beautiful case for non-intrusive methods of painting so that graffiti doesn't clash with the environment, or with the locals, for that matter. Sometimes the graffiti may look great by itself, but it isn't responsive to the environment. Falko's work shifts this notion and coexists with the background. What are your thoughts, pandas? If you like the artist's work, you know what to do—show support and follow him on his social media links above.

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Winnie
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2 months ago

Please be careful little kiddo.

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Your Mother
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2 months ago

Really awesome! but can you show a pic of the light turned on?

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Zanjero Johnson
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2 months ago

That is gorgeous. soothing colors

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Sawdust
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2 months ago

Do not tune.

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beja flor
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2 months ago

Oh wow. Such a great integration of the house's details and great painting!!

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beja flor
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2 months ago (edited)

🐘 amazing bright colors, such a creative idea

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Maryam Siddiqui
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2 months ago

so beautiful

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Monika Soffronow
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2 months ago

South African Jazz & Afro-Pop Collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRWWcIL6rDg

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ⱤØ₵₵Øˡᵒᵛᵉ ʸᵒᵘ
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2 months ago

ok this is creepy

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Jurassic luke
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2 months ago

Pretty please with a cherry on top!

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ⱤØ₵₵Øˡᵒᵛᵉ ʸᵒᵘ
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2 months ago

BEST EVER IDK HIS IS THE REAL ART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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b l a n c
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2 months ago

haha! this ones pretty cool

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Up All Night
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2 months ago

Look at them little fluffy dogs

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2 months ago

this picture has broken my eyes lol

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bastillee
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2 months ago

I love this concept.

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Demongrrrrl
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2 months ago

What an amazing imagination, to be able to look at both the structure and landscape and envision a work of art.

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Mimi777
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2 months ago

This would be cool painted on a nursery school or something

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Monika Soffronow
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2 months ago

This made me smile very broadly

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Kesam
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2 months ago

Melman broke his neck.

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SoozeeQ
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1 month ago

The child in the doorway is adorable. (And the elephant's pretty cute too - I'm half-expecting him to toss that lightbulb with his trunk).

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Flower Boy
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2 months ago

i love this

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pei meow
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2 months ago

Cocka doodle fish!

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beja flor
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2 months ago

Wow

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Bianca Küper
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2 months ago

Wonderful

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Your Mother
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2 months ago

Get out of my lawn you trunks. (Punks)!

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Phunny Philosopher
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2 months ago

Incredible. The blending is amazing.

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Amy Gannon
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1 month ago

The burning bush looks so real!

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Zanjero Johnson
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2 months ago

image reflection nice

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DforDorothy
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2 months ago

<3

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Spring Fisk
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2 months ago

So very sorry

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beja flor
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2 months ago

Powerful

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Monika Soffronow
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2 months ago

With the same spectacular energy in the lines as you find in cave paintings!

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Up All Night
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2 months ago

Don't you say that trash bag will stay there forever for the sake of the graffiti

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Marlene Ricker
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1 month ago

This really brightens up their drab neigbourhood.

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Flower Boy
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2 months ago

i showed this one to my brother (who's favorite animal just happens to be sharks) he approves! said that is was amazing uwu

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