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Published January 14th 2020
Find graffiti art by Catman on Whitstable's streets
Catman has been called the Banksy of Kent. His graffiti art is becoming widely appreciated and his original works on canvas are being snapped up by art collectors. Catman graffiti art can be seen for free on the streets of Whitstable. It brings visitors to the area.
Catman studied at UCA in Rochester in Kent where he learned Architectural Model Making. He went on to study Fine Art at UCA in Canterbury, just a few miles from Whitstable. Combining the skills he acquired he creates stunning street art with a message.
Shop Local by Catman
This is the first of the graffiti pieces you'll see as you drive into Whitstable from the A299. It has been painted on the railway bridge that crosses the main road. It has started to fade now, but it can still be seen.
Shop Local by Catman graffiti artist in Whitstable
The Mona Lisa by Catman
On the corner of Clifton Road, on the wall outside of Wareham's Antiques, the Mona Lisa can be found. She has been painted carrying her own frame and wearing a split-to-the-thigh dress. The image of the demure woman inside the frame contrasts dramatically from the woman underneath.
On the wall outside Wharehams Antiques is the Mona Lisa by Catman graffiti artist
On the corner of Terrys Lane, on the outside wall of the charity shop is the latest of Catman's pieces. Painted poignantly on David Attenborough's birthday, it depicts a message about the plastic issues damaging the world. Time is quickly running out, squeezing the life out of planet earth.
On the wall of a side road off of Harbour Street, called Victoria Street, there is a small boy blowing bubbles into the air. The bubbles spell out the word Whitstabubble - a play on the seaside town's name.
Whitstabubble street art along Victoria Street in Whitstable
There was a further piece of graffiti art called 'Drink Local' showing a fisherman holding a pint of beer. This has been painted over. Street art does fade and gets washed away, so see it while you can.
Enjoy a free activity in Whitstable and see if you can spot all of them. Walk the length of the town and you will be able to find each one.