Artist Mathieu Tremblin recently took to the streets of Rennes, France with a bit of an odd mission: to make the graffiti scribbles a little more legible. His educational background in graffiti culture and fine arts, along with his past work with site specific urban interventions and branding, provided Tremblin with the perfect springboard to this quirky and humorous project.
After documenting the “before” shots, Tremblin went to work, mimicking the size, coloring, and layering of each tag in his own crisp hand-sprayed font—so crisp, in fact, it almost looks like computer typography. While not exactly “cleaning” up the vandal's work, nor creating a more pleasing aesthetic, Tremblin draws attention to the pleasure of words. He reminds us that simple words like “Zoob,” “Flexo,” “Norse,” and “Frisk” can be considered art.
Scroll down to see Tremblin's before and after transformations, in different locations across the French city.