Street Artists ‘Erase’ London Through Their Creative Photoshop Street Art


Street artists can be some of the cheekiest people around. Their approach to satire, be it politically motivated or otherwise, is often worth a laugh or two… if not a round of applause. The latest project in London by Guus Ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier is no exception. They’ve taken Photoshop’s erase tool quite literally into the real world to great effect.

Simply called ‘Street Eraser,’ this duo has gone around sticking cutouts of the Photoshop erase tool on objects, leaving behind the instantly recognizable checkered background that you’re left with when you erase something in Photoshop.

As you can see in the images, the effect is extremely well done when used in certain spots, while mediocre in others. But regardless of where it is, it’s a fun and rather unique way to blend the real world with a program many of us are all too familiar with:







To see more of London fade away into checkered transparency, head over to the Street Eraser blog or check out Beek and Sarier‘s websites.

(via Design Taxi via SLRLounge)

Image credits: Photographs by Guus Ter Beek and Tayfun Sarier and used with permission

  • Roob

    Where’s the street “art”?
    It’s just a couple of guys sticking the printed photoshop eraser tool on street like a guy sticking a gum in a park seat.

  • CalTek

    Maybe a sign of the new “lazy” version of street art.

  • Gannon Burgett

    And we’re just people pressing a button on a camera.

  • Nar8iv

    As a street artist I’m aware of the changing laws and increasing paranioa of innercity officials + law enforcement.The game has changed and varied forms of expression become critical.Artists have had to adapt to the level of enforcement in their own cities …become more innovative, undetected.I say respect to street artists who have found new ways to KEEP expressing themselves on the streets.These stickers have a great conceptual quality to them….this hasnt been seen before on street level.Keep up the good work..I enjoyed these ….Nar8iv from Burning Museum Collective

  • Dhaval Panchal

    Is this not vandalism?

  • Gannon Burgett

    It is. I assume they’re using wheat paste though, a common technique used in street art like this. And with their small size, the damage would be nonexistent after washing off with a strong hose. Also helping is that these are all posted in a fairly street art friendly area of London, so it’s more appreciated than anything.

  • Dhaval Panchal

    hmm ok. I still think that the sticker on the no entry sign is a major hazard though.

  • Dhaval Panchal

    IMO it would be an effective anti-photoshop campaign for the airbrushed models that are all over billboards.

  • Roob

    Speak for yourself please.

  • Gannon Burgett

    Believe me. I wake up every day thinking I’m just an idiot pressing the button on a camera, or idiot with a keyboard and internet access. It keeps me humble. It keeps me pushing myself to stand out.

    But to say this isn’t street art is no different than saying taking a photo of a person isn’t photography.

  • Gannon Burgett

    Agreed. That one is definitely a bit on the dangerous side.

  • Adrian S

    Nicely done “covert” advertising. Good job Adobe.

  • dan110024

    I hate graffiti and so called street art, but I pretty much laughed out loud at some of these. It’s an easily removable sticker. Nothing but a bit of harmless fun.

  • Mark Zimmerman

    The eraser tool? Come on, haven’t they moved to layer masks yet?

  • Kynikos

    These “Street Artists” are vandals, nothing more.

  • Omar Salgado

    Can someone help me see where the art is?

  • OtterMatt

    Street art is all about 1) saying something, and 2) make it quick, because if you’re at a spot tagging it with something for more than a minute or two, you’re gonna get bagged by the cops. How should they do it, with a brush and a palette?

  • OtterMatt

    Art is sending a message. As long as someone gets something from it, it’s valid. Doesn’t necessarily make it good, per se, but it’s still an art form.

  • Vin Weathermon

    I am an old guy (54) and I think it’s brilliant. But then I enjoy the sly message, and rebellious natures. I can think of a good number of places I’d put these in our neighborhood.

  • E-Nonymouse A

    It’s always interesting to explore different concepts, important to do it in fact but this one strikes me as a bust. Still it does inspire creative thought and may give new direction to those who are bored with their current way of seeing things.

  • OtterMatt

    Piling on photoshop is popular now, because apparently that will save the world from self-image issues (never mind all those cruel people in the schoolyards who instill feelings of inadequacy before most of us ever open a magazine in our lives, but I digress…).
    That being said, slapping these over billboards and adverts would actually strike me as a really sly way to get a message out at the ad agencies. I would approve of that.

  • Omar Salgado

    I am right now sending you this message, and I hope you get something from it, not necessarily good or bad. I guess this approves as art.

    I have a pair of eyes and a mind. I still don’t see the art in sticking Photoshop-related stickers on graffiti covered walls. All I see is appropriation, clearly a strategy employed to destroy art.

    It is more of an under-cover ad campaign than “art”.