Date
22 September 2017
Workers clean the graffiti off a Tsim Sha Tsui street. Photos: Facebook/MitSui Tnsk, popnews.hk
Workers clean the graffiti off a Tsim Sha Tsui street. Photos: Facebook/MitSui Tnsk, popnews.hk

Hong Kong graffiti artists join Pokémon GO frenzy

They’re everywhere in Hong Kong, lurking in parks, bus stops, behind your back — even painted onto streets.  

Pokémon GO is so pervasive it inspired graffiti artists to commit the monsters to the concrete canvas.

The result was a collage of Pokémon characters in a Tsim Sha Tsui street, from Pikachu to Charmander and Dragonite with Poke Balls thrown in.  

Passersby quickly warmed to the street art, taking selfies and admiring the work of its anonymous creators, news website hk01.com reports. 

Some said it’s just what Hongkongers need to keep them from taking themselves too seriously.

Others said there are better places to show this form of artistic expression. 

Still, no one knows who to praise or to blame.  

The graffiti surfaced overnight Sunday, without a trace of the artists.

The only certainty is that the monster craze which took Hong Kong by storm when it debuted last week is spreading into many facets of daily life.

At 11 a.m. on Monday, a netizen wrote on Facebook that government workers were busy removing the graffiti with water and sponge.

Writing Graffiti in public places is illegal in Hong Kong. Offenders are liable to a fine of HK$500.

But that’s not going to dampen the Pokémon GO spirit. After all, the monsters exist only in cyberspace.

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Dragonite, Snorlax and Charmander greeted Pokémon GO fans in the streets — literally — on Sunday. Photos: popnews.hk


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