Graffiti is rather seen as vandalism in Hungary, but the increasing number of legal walls giving space to artistic works should slowly shape the general view.
However, there are just a few wall surfaces that everyone can use. The best known such ‘playground’ is found at Filatorigát (Fila) HÉV station since the early ’90s, passed by millions during the year, including hundreds of thousands of tourists arriving to Sziget Festival. The 400 meter long wall – located at a deserted former stocking factory – is considered as the cradle and Hall of Fame of graffiti subculture.
The main attraction on the wall is the art of Taker, who drew attention by his photorealistic paintings and whom I had seen first as a TEDx-guy last year. He is a very humble guy and he works for his own sake. Most of his popular works portrayed global figures like Malala and Steve Jobs, or the Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin (the most popular Hungarian on the internet nowadays with nearly 800.000 Twitter followers).
Whether Taker will paint on the wall again is a question, so is the future of Fila, as plans on building up a gated community threaten the existence of this subcultural heritage.