Cat Graffiti Is a Real and Beautiful Thing


I was taking a bike ride through an industrial area of Queens, New York City, the other day when I came across an imposing warehouse building spruced up with vivid graffiti murals all over it. As I stopped to snap some pics, I noticed a small homage to that most artistic of forms, the feline, nestled in the corner.

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The piece was tagged with the name of Cernesto. After a quick search through the artist’s Instagram account, I realized that cat graffiti was a real thing — and, thanks to the wonders of hashtags, it’s a cinch to browse through a photo stream of giant cat murals, coy cat stencils, and off-kilter depictions of cats.

Here are 10 of the best examples of cat graff that I discovered.

1. Coffee cat

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I’m not one of those people who cannot function without their morning cup of coffee. Still, I’m pretty sure seeing a large cat sneaking sips from a cup of coffee would perk up even the grumpiest java fiend on his way to work.

2. Big kitty

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This ginormous and dynamic-colored kitty can be found in Toronto. It’s the brainchild of the artists Sewp and Jonny Cakes. Let the record show that the woman in the picture is not me.

3. Zzz …

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This small stenciled kitty can be found in Boulder, Colorado. I’d like to think there’s not a city in the world that would not be improved by the addition of graphics of cats napping on the corner every few blocks.

4. A feline down under

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Hailing from Melbourne in Australia, this spirited depiction of a feline incorporates all sorts of otherworldly imagery and philosophical inferences. Also, our hero looks like she’s wearing a headdress made of fruit.

5. Wu-Tang is for the cats

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This patriotic white-and-black chap has been captured doing his duty and putting up the Wu-Tang Clan’s famed W logo. He’s also part of the #IFoundYourCat hashtag movement, which is definitely worth investigating further.

6. Hop along

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While the size of this mural from Bristol in England is impressive, I’m still on the fence about whether it’s actually meant to show a cat or a rabbit.

7. Snow joke

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As anyone who’s ever attempted to let their cat experience the frosty charms of a fresh snowfall knows, the feline form is not exactly enamored with the idea of strutting around in cold snow. Our orange friend here says it all.

8. A lesser-spotted sight

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Behold the hairless Sphynx cat, a very rare sight in the world of graffiti and street art. The artist behind this mural is Findac.

9. Edutainment

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Why, this is nothing less than the entire and unabridged history of art as told in the form of cats. What is not to celebrate here?

10. The grumpster

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The work of an artist called Crayone, this foreboding image of a particularly grumpy cat can allegedly be spotted all around the Bay Area. Don’t antagonize her.

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About the author: Phillip Mlynar writes about cats, music, food, and sometimes a mix of all three. He considers himself the world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats.

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