The votes are in, and people on all sides of the political debate are still feeling those post-election blues. Now what are we going to argue about on Facebook? Regardless of your politics, it’s hard to deny that President-elect Donald Trump is a controversial character. During the election campaign his devil-may-care attitude and eyebrow-raising comments made headlines all over the world. Love him or loathe him, these weird and wonderful graffiti murals should make you smile.
20. Trump and Putin smoking marijuana, Vilnius, Lithuania
Keule Ruke BBQ restaurant in Lithuania went viral after adding a six-foot mural of Trump and Russian president Valdimir Putin sharing a kiss, in homage to the famous Berlin Wall image of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker doing the same. After the original piece was vandalized, the owners repainted it with a pro-marijuana message.
19. The Dongald, Melbourne, Australia
Controversial Aussie artist Lushsux was behind this two-story high mural of The Donald posing naked. Based on a piece by Los Angeles artist Illma Gore, Lushsux was in fact kind enough to give Trump a bigger endowment. However, not one to take political sides, he then came under fire for painting Hillary Clinton in a leotard.
18. Donald Dump, New York City
New York street artist Hanksy certainly wasn’t shy about expressing his feelings on the Republican candidate. Speaking about the inspiration behind this piece, he tweeted, “I started with the fact that Trump kinda rhymes with dump.” This wasn’t Hanksy’s first “treatment” of Trump, though: the artist had previously painted a spoof campaign poster of Trump wearing a “Viva Mexico” sombrero.
17. Pottymouth-elect, Paris, France
The Rolling Stones-themed urinals at Belushi’s bar in Paris, France, went viral after Donald Trump’s face appeared on the wall behind them. Although this is the nifty work of a Photoshop wizard, the President-elect has been popping up in real urinals, too. The Adelphi pub in Dublin, Ireland, in fact, added a photograph of him to theirs, as did Raglan Road in Nottingham, England.
16. Egg Donald Trump, London, England
When street artist Furia painted his Trump mural in the trendy London district of Shoreditch, he wanted it to be interactive. The piece is accompanied by the slogan: “Democracy, when even an idiot has a say.” And the artist encouraged passers-by to have their say, too – by throwing eggs at the painting.
15. Donald Tramp, Vienna, Austria
So now we know what he’s wearing behind that podium! This spraypaint-and-stencil piece was created by Tabby, the Austrian answer to Banksy. With the subtitle “anything for attention,” this piece is probably about Trump’s ability to make headlines with his outrageous comments.
14. Portrait of Trump, Lyon, France
Following a spate of terror attacks in the summer, Trump managed to annoy the French by saying, “I wouldn’t go to France, France is no longer France.” But this black and white image in Lyon is actually quite elegant (and, unlike the other murals in this post, we think the future POTUS might approve!)
13. When Pigs Fly, Miami, Florida
The president-elect was transformed into a real swine for this mural by Florida artists Ivan Roque and Rei Ramirez, who said that they were inspired by current politics. Ramirez told Miami New Times, “I found it really odd that the character of Donald Trump could get to be a potential president.” Because of a vandalism threat, the mural was removed from the wall of its Miami building.
12. Statue of Liberty, Miami, Florida
Artists from a group known as the Bushwick Collective created this Batman-inspired depiction of Donald Trump as The Joker gripping the Statue of Liberty’s throat. It covered a building in the Wynwood area of Miami, Florida, before the US elections. Fun fact: the mural can be seen in Jeezy and Lil Wayne’s video for “Bout That.”
11. I’m with her, Melbourne, Australia
You’ve guessed it: this vision of mini-Trumps on his wife Melania’s chest is another brainchild of street artist Lushsux. It appeared on a wall in Melbourne, Australia in the summer. Lushsux is also behind controversial murals of Kim Kardashian and Hillary Clinton.
10. American Gravity, Barcelona, Spain
With big teeth, coiffed hair and a stars-and-stripes tattoo, this mural of Donald Trump certainly paints the president-elect as the quintessential “ugly American.” It appeared in the city’s Poble-Sec area, where the open walls attract some of Spain’s most popular street artists.
9. When Donald met Boris, Bristol, England
While the United States prepared for its presidential election, the United Kingdom was getting ready for Brexit. And the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union had its own headline-baiting blond in the form Conservative politician Boris Johnson. Another tribute to the Berlin Wall mural, this one was designed to encourage Brits to vote to “remain” in the referendum by showing how the States’ and Britain’s so-called “special relationship” might develop.
8. Rape Trump, Tijuana, Mexico
In answer to Trump’s comments about building a “beautiful wall” along the border between Mexico and the United States, the American art collective indecline subsequently decided to decorate the existing border fence in Tijuana: by painting this tongue-in-cheek (or ball-gag-in-mouth?) mural. It soon became a tourist attraction.
7. We are migrants not criminals, Tonatico, Mexico
Mexican artist Luis Sotelo painted this mural as part of the “Stop Trump” movement. In English, the title means “We are migrants, not criminals.” The mural appears to show the Statue of Liberty frowning as Trump ignores her message of amnesty in order to go to war.
6. We’re All Immigrants, Tijuana, Mexico
Unsurprisingly, Trump has been a favorite subject for artists south of the border since his comments about Mexicans. During his campaign, the president was caricatured on T-shirts and piñatas as well as in murals. This one, however, shows Trump along with a selection of foreign faces (including a Muslim woman, an Asian woman and a Hispanic girl). The English title is “we’re all migrants”, an interesting point considering Trump’s mother was in fact a Scottish immigrant.
5. Keep America Great, Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania
When cafe owner Joe Davis commissioned this satirical mural of Trump being punched by the Statue of Liberty, it sparked quite a bit of controversy. Indeed, an enraged Trump supporter even threatened to hold a rally at the cafe. Davis said Trump supporters were more than welcome to air their point of view, “as long as it’s respectable.”
4. Puppet on a string, Los Angeles, California
This mural in Downtown Los Angeles shows a hooded Ku Klux Klan member behind the scenes, operating Donald Trump like a marionette while he speaks to CNN camera crews. Trump’s opponents point to the fact that he garnered support from the KKK during his campaign and was endorsed by a leader of the white supremacist organization in April.
3. Teletrumpies, Copenhagen, Denmark
In Copenhagen, Denmark, the children’s TV show Teletubbies was reimagined by street artists Defx and Welin. Unsettlingly, the screens on Tinky Winky and Dipsy’s bellies display illuminati symbols while the receivers on their heads have been transformed into a dollar sign and a cross. Perhaps scariest of all, though, is the fact that the sun’s baby face has been replaced by The Donald.
2. Kiss of death, Melbourne, Australia
Lushsux is at it again, this time using the kissing trope to make a controversial statement about Trump’s relationship with Hillary Clinton. While the candidates pulled no punches during the campaign, photographs of the two schmoozing during Bill’s presidency were making the rounds on social media – along with a photo of the Clintons attending Trump’s wedding to Melania.
1. Don’t Feed the Trolls, Vienna, Austria
Artist Tabby riffs on the internet catchphrase “don’t feed the trolls,” which encourages people to ignore troublemakers instead of rising to their bait. The artist implied that giving Trump airspace strengthened his campaign, noting, “the more that people get angry and talk about him because of it, the more known and stronger he becomes.”