Like the protestors in the 60’s putting flowers in the barrels of guns, some people know that the best way to fight against hate is with love, beauty and creativity.

Ibo Omari is one of those people. Through his NGO Die kulturellen Erben (The Cultural Heritage) he started Paintback, a campaign to turn hateful symbols and slogans on the streets into something fun and artistic.

Based in Berlin, Germany, the Paintback concept has so far covered up several swastikas around the streets of the city, as far-right groups in Germany begin to show signs of increased activity. Using simple designs and templates, the graffiti artists involved in Paintback hope to inspire others to respond to ugly hate messages in their cities, and make something beautiful out of them. Via a short video shared on social media, which went viral in Germany, the campaign has quickly spread to other cities in the country and beyond with others posting their own swastika alterations under the hashtag #Paintback.

Scroll down below to see some of the examples of Paintback at work, be inspired, and don’t forget to vote for your favourite!

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Swastika Transformation Street Art

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Luna
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3 years ago

Walk like an Egyptian....awesome!

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

Now, that's what you call a Contrast! Amazing. Though i dont understand a bit! But for sake of comment let' say its awesome.

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Elise Mon
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3 years ago

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umm .. LGBT

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#4

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

Hahaha...this one is cool!

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arg
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3 years ago

windows > nazis

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

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Swastika turned into cat.. ummm,, i knew cats were evil.. but this is beyond imagination!

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Thundor Fox
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3 years ago

That's amazing I'd have never guessed it was there!

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#8

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Tiny Dynamine
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3 years ago

The unnatural body position emphasises the swastika more!

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#9

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Ladies and Gentlemen
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3 years ago

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Nope, Nope, Nope. No clue what it is?

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Luna
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3 years ago

Now another unsolvable rubic's cube ;)

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Kent Obediah Hayton
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3 years ago

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Does anyone else prefer the original?

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Bored Fox
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3 years ago

Most of these look more like hindu swastikas because the nazi swastika should be always rotated 45 degrees.

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