Italian Artist Creates Negative Graffiti that Reveals True Colors When Inverted


One of the coolest types of graffiti we’ve ever seen is Gifiti, where an artist paints several slightly different pieces in the same spot, photographing each piece, and then puts the photos together into a final animated piece of street art. It’s downright amazing and the time required is mind-boggling.

But as cool as Gifiti is, we might have just found our new favorite photography-inspired graffiti genre: negative graffiti.

Negative Graffiti is exactly what it sounds like: the artist painstakingly creates the graffiti in negative so that taking a picture and inverting the image produces a color-accurate positive.

The examples below by Italian graffiti artist Cheone are some of the best we’ve found online (and gotten permission to share):



It doesn’t take the same amount of work as something like, say, the largest piece of gifiti in the world did. But negative graffiti takes a whole other set of skills that are equally impressive, if not quite as time-consuming.

The two pieces above are the only negative graffiti tags that Cheone has done, but you can find a couple more examples of the style here and here.

Image credits: Photographs and art by Cheone and used with permission

  • Jeff Ladrillono

    Wow! Mind just blown.

  • Mojo

    The level of creativity that some people have just amazes me. How did this guy even think of something like this?

  • Adc

    I find the use of ‘true’ questionable.

  • russianbox

    photo, photoshop, invert, print, copy

  • Mojo

    Yeah, I’m sure that’s the method he used, but he had to think it up first. You make it sound like any fool would of course think like this.

  • Bill Binns

    Petapixel notes that they got permission to share these photos. I wonder if the “artist” got permission from whomever owns that wall before tagging it.

  • yung beety

    this is art.

  • Bill Binns

    That is for the person who owns the wall to decide. If it was my wall it would be a crime scene.

  • yung beety

    but that wouldn’t mean its not art.

  • bob cooley

    These images look photographic; are they wheat-pastes of the negatives?

  • Eden Wong

    That’s not a stupid and disrespectful tag, it’s a piece of art that took some time to create using a lot of materials, tools, scaffolding/ladders, etc.

    I highly doubt the artist would consider investing the time/money without permission from whoever ownes the wall.

  • Bill Binns

    If someone agreed to have that done to their wall, great, no problem.. My city is full of nearly identical “art”. It’s on bridges, trains, trucks, tunnels, storefronts, walls etc. Very little if any placed with permission.