Artist ‘Vandalizes’ The Streets With His Fun And Unique Pixel Art (30 Pics) Interview With Artist

It’s sad to see that youthfulness and playfulness often disappear when you grow up. Everything becomes kind of bland. We stop enjoying the little things in life. But what if those simple things were a little bit more playful and fun themselves? Let’s take the streets, for example. We walk through them almost every day and they’re usually pretty meh. But what if they had hidden Easter eggs that would make your day a little brighter?

That’s what Johan Karlgen has in mind when he creates his street art. The Swedish artist creates pixelated art pieces that make bland locations much more interesting. They almost always interact with their environment and even though they are not realistic, they blend in very well. His themes usually range from video games to movies to other pop-culture references. Johan went viral on Reddit recently because of his transformed concrete barriers in a parking lot. He made them into a Toblerone chocolate bar.

Johan has been featured on Bored Panda before, click here and here to see the previous articles.

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Danish Dynomummy2 days ago

This is hilarious and Well done! But where is the Bear in the mountains?26ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

We got an interview from Johan Karlgen and asked him what the main goal of his street art is and how he got into art: “To make myself and other people happy. It’s been a lifetime love story. I studied arts in high school just to be able to go to another city to live and skateboard. But in the end, creating stuff with my hands and mind ended up being my calling.”#2 

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Ms.M.2 days ago

Calvin and Hobbes always get an upvote from me 🙂17ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

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TheAnimalLady1 day ago

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We asked the artist what the most difficult part of creating his art pieces is: “The craft in creating Perler creations is the ironing part. That’s what you can get really good at.”#4 

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daking2 days ago

“shut up and take my money!”13ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#5 

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Ivo H2 days ago

That’s really creative!7ReplyView more comments

Johan shared what topics he likes to create about: “Anything that makes me feel something. It could be anything from childhood memories to politics or people doing awesome stuff that I wanna interpret.” The artist also mentioned that the style of his street art is quite playful and fun: “I don’t really choose what to create. My work is sprung from playing, and I’ll try to go with the ideas that come up in my head.”#6 

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TheAnimalLady1 day ago

 Nice form, that’s a strike!6ReplyView more comments#7 

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daking2 days ago

any other legend of zelda fans here?17ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“I started doing this in 2015 or something. I got tired of shooting my stuff in my studio and moved outside. I’ll continue till I run out of ideas.”

Johan tells us what keeps him inspired to create: “The fun of it. Since it’s a hobby that got out of hand, I promised myself to only chase the fun of it. Luckily I’ve got people supporting me cause my kids can’t eat likes.”#8 

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Ms.M.2 days ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! 15ReplyView more comments#9 

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Kookamunga2 days ago

I got two turntables and a microphone!12ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“I’ve never had a bad experience in the streets. I call my street art ‘civil disobedience with a conscience’ meaning, for example, that I don’t paint on people’s private property but focus on weird, broken (often ugly) things in the streets. And that’s probably why no one minds.”#10 

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Kookamunga2 days ago

“All I have in this world is my balls and my word, and I don’t break ’em for no one!”9ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

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𝔓𝔲𝔯𝔭𝔩𝔢 ℜ𝔞𝔢𝔑1 day ago

Looks a LOT like Lego to me.11ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“Make things that make you happy,” said Johan when asked what advice he would give to artists that are just starting out.

The artist gives us some facts about himself and his life: “I’m a father of four who loves gaming and skateboards every now and then. My wife has come to terms that I’ll never fully grow up.”#12 

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TheAnimalLady1 day ago(edited)

Very beautiful and very creative7ReplyView more comments#13 

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Pearl2 days ago

Wow wow wow!5ReplyView more comments#14 

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R Carson2 days ago

Well done4Reply#15 

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Night Owl1 day ago

Tweety is an alien2ReplyView more comments#16 

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I love the 80’s1 day ago

From a level on Super Mario, right?4ReplyView more comments#17 

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Abhinc2 days ago

You shall not pass !!!17ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

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Coffeecat2 days ago

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𝔓𝔲𝔯𝔭𝔩𝔢 ℜ𝔞𝔢𝔑1 day ago(edited)

Beatles’ album is to “Abby Road,” as TMNT is to Splinter Road.4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

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karla Meixnerová2 days ago(edited)

Careful with that, or this guy will sue you… 😀32ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#21 

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daking2 days ago

toad is a canibial?9ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

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TheAnimalLady1 day ago(edited)

RUN INDIE, RUN5Reply#23 

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𝔓𝔲𝔯𝔭𝔩𝔢 ℜ𝔞𝔢𝔑1 day ago

“Droopy.”4ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

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Lorali Srygley2 days ago

Hey-a! A get-a out-a!! Ima taking a bath over here-a7ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

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BasedWang23 hours ago

Get out there Bellsprout.. See the world!2ReplyView more comments#26 

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Lorali Srygley2 days ago

When I see a hot perler bead girl5ReplyView more comments#27 

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Exkaper Kcip1 day ago

Hahaha duuueee geeeeennn!!!!!2ReplyView more comments#28 

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extio loves1 day ago

Lend me your energy!! So I can throw this in 30 min….3ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

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Mallory m. Brewer1 day ago

This should be higher!4Reply#30 

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TheAnimalLady1 day ago

Off With Her Head2Reply

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