A Rockin Tribute to Melbourne’s Food Graffiti
Though Alicia Keys touts that New York’s “big lights will inspire you” in Empire State of Mind, which has since become the unofficial NYC anthem, when it comes to Melbourne, we hum to a more subtle tune. I mean, we may not have the endless New York skyline or the glitter of Times Square, but our unique food culture, our street art and in particular, our walls filled with astounding graffiti art WILL inspire you. It inspired me to write this post and share it with you. And I’m not talking about pointless scribbles or ‘tags’, I’m talking about intricately crafted and unbelievably detailed murals of delicious food from stacked up burgers to dancing cupcakes.
As I wander the streets of Melbourne, I’m reminded of the many reasons why I love this city. My city. I was raised here and like a fine wine, I’ve come to appreciate it even more in my adult years.
Above: The good old lamington and humble meat pie with sauce outside Waldies Bakery Map and directions click here
Whilst gnawing on a deliciously sinful hot waffle from the friendly Frenchmen of Waffle On within the laneways of Melbourne’s CBD and venturing out to the suburbs10 km short of the city, I came across a few graffiti-ed gems that made me stop and say “DAY.EM, that should be in an art gallery homeboy!” And when it came to the food graffiti, my friends, my eyeballs stood still. Like time didn’t exist. So focused, so beady eyed and fixated. Then it hit me. I was as addicted to food art, as I was with actual food and I guess it makes sense since they’re so intrinsically linked.
There are so many talented street artists that have managed to turn a dodgy looking laneway into a whimsical entrance into a restaurant. Take Movida’s Hosier Lane for example, that tempts you with impressive array of sprayed on fish, rabbit and squid to whet the appetite.
Above and below: Hosier lane, CBD leading to Movida Map and Directions here
The rabbit has H & L tattooed on his back. I could hear it saying ” YO, this is my hood..” Although, I have my suspicions about those magic mushrooms. *cough*
Above and Below: outside Waldies Bakery in Seddon Map and directions click here
I came across this mural in the back streets of Seddon. The burger has it goin on with those olive eyes and the happy toastie seems to be checking out the burger’s rear end.
Above and below: cupcakes being served at Waldies Bakery Map and directions click here
This is quite the saucy cupcake lady! I can so hear her saying “Hello boys, I just made you a batch of my special cupcakes.” LOL
Talk about representing our addiction to junk food. The cola can and the burger seems to be looking down on the poor little old coffee saying ” Hey, you with all that steam coming out, get the hell out of our town. You don’t go well with meat!”
Mr Skinny Cap stands his ground.
Above and Below: giant sea lurkers decorate the wall of the seafood market in Footscray
Below: a chirpy feline representing the Asian culinary delights that make up Footscray outside the railway station
If you have a spare few hours next weekend, like any fine art, I would definitely recommend seeing the above artworks in person. They’ll blow your taste buds away! Now, I’ve since seen a few other gems around town during my many train rides to work but am way to lazy to jump off the train to take a photo…
p.s. don’t forget your camera and a waffle from Waffle On OR if you’re in the west, grab a hot jam doughnut at the iconic Olympic Doughnuts van located next to Footscray station.
This goes out to all the incredibly talented Melbourne street artists out there. Thank you for letting our eyes feast on your rockin artwork.
So um, have you seen some tasty food graffiti in your hood? Where?
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