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The Best of Penang's Illegal Street Art

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Updated: 1 May 2018
When it comes street art in George Town, we’re proud of it all — including those not officially endorsed by the Penang Public Arts Review Panel (PARP).
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Our friends here are located along Lebuh Trang, a little street off Brick Kiln Road. Kampung Girl (far right) greets us from a bed of green.

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Genie in a bottle? This one’s out of it, evidently. And not very happy about it either.

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The iconic Afghan Girl makes an appearance in Penang! On a wall to boot. If you don’t know the story of the Afghan Girl, this piece lays it all out.

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Walk further along the street and you’ll find this quirky (and sparkly) duo. The vibrant colors mean they’re still new in town.

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This quirky unidentified street close to Lebuh Trang features a colorful, if angry, gorilla. He may or may not be impatient for PARP approval.

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Kenji Chai’s artistic style can be spotted a mile away, and a mile away from Nagore Square is where you’ll find this noodle-eating pair. This is on a street just off Jalan Gurdwara, next to the Hin Bus Depot, the heart of Penang’s subculture.

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Also next to the Hin Bus Depot, this is a wall that regularly attracts new (and politically engaged) talent. It’s like a Word document here; things get erased, written over, re-sprayed, repainted. You’ll likely see something different every time you visit.

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Here’s a woman who’s inspired a thousand words, and for once, it’s not Helen of Troy. She’s one of many murals who sparked controversy for not being “Penang enough.” You can find her on Jalan Bawasah in Nagore Square.

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This Peranakan woman in Nagore Square has the bling and the bong (we’re kidding, it’s just a cigarette), and if you want to chat her up, the bar stool is real.

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Here’s another one pending for PARP approval. She’s Grecian, she’s got wings, and she’s … not “Penang enough”? She’s also located along Nagore Road.

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Don’t worry, the mural on the left (Carting Likes) is absolutely approved — Iranian-born artist Nafir completed this for the Different Strokes festival held in 2015. It’s the food machine we’re not too sure about.