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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Maria T.
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3 years ago

Cute and pretty! I like it!

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arg
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3 years ago

Two gay skinheads kissing. Cool idea.

Jimmy Dolderer
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3 years ago

Boneheads! The skinhead culture comes from Jamaica. E.x Symarip.

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Cheryl Thomas
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3 years ago

I thought the "Paintback" idea was to incorporate the original lines in the revised version. I don't see that this was done here - some of the lines in the original swastika are completely missing from the revision.

Jasmine Chokshi
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3 years ago

This is the best

Jess Harvie
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3 years ago

It's great how it is everything the swastika is now

Durval Mariano
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3 years ago

Mu fave of course!

Heaven Scott
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3 years ago

ummmm....kind of an optical illusion.

KEREM HELL 36
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4 months ago

get a fuc*ing life bro

KEREM HELL 36
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4 months ago

looks like sh*t lol

dase
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3 years ago

That's just brilliant

Wendy Yim
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3 years ago

Ooh burn

Kjorn
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3 years ago

that's a burn!

Janice
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3 years ago

Not that I don't like the idea but the part where the mouths come together looks very awkward to me.

omas bioladen
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3 years ago

loks more like mexico than Berlin

Alexandra Ionescu
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3 years ago

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First, I thought this is about the ex-president of USA. Sorry, Mr. President!

Jordy Star
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3 years ago

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Ugh

Elise Mon
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3 years ago

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umm .. LGBT

Becca The Bear
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3 years ago

Yeah? So?

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Andy Johnson
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3 years ago

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and two lost souls.

Maria T.
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3 years ago

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This is probably gonna get a lot of downvotes, but why did they have to do such a controversial image, why not something just with "love" or "peace"? Would end up ticking off a lot less people

Gornot
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3 years ago

People don't get ticked off by images of this kind. But (to put it politely) assholes totally do get ticked off.

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makki
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3 years ago

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nice thought behind it but its really weird and kinda gross

Gina Bean
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3 years ago

Your viewpoint on this is gross.

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Maria T.
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3 years ago

Naughty little fly! Get back here!

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arg
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3 years ago

windows > nazis

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Maria T.
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3 years ago

Funny! :)

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#7

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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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arg
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3 years ago

Reminds me of this art book .. I wonder if burne Hogarth also painted over a swastika. 516xVoz5sd...861ade.jpg 516xVoz5sdL_SX382_BO1204203200_-5a563fc861ade.jpg

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makki
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3 years ago

i wonder if anyones going to complete it? xD

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Luna
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3 years ago

Now another unsolvable rubic's cube ;)

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Willow
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3 years ago

Yeah I don't get the blocking out either... artist does a better job with the paint! :D

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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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