Graffiti snails roaming London


Shell shock: One snail has shell graffiti

Most people have to shell out to give their homes a makeover – not so for these multi-coloured mollusks.

The flashy snails have had their drab shells given a paint job for nothing – and they didn’t even have to move a muscle.

A London artist, known only as Slinkachu, has used the molluscs’ shells for a series of designs dubbed ‘Inner City Snail – a slow-moving street art project’.

One was given a graffiti-style urban revamp complete with a new name – John – spelt out across its shell. Another had the Tube logo painted on as well as acquiring a couple of unexpected passengers.


Shell shock: One snail acquired some surprise passengers

Slinkachu was keen to point out that non-toxic paints were used.

The 28-year-old said: ‘No snails were harmed – they just had their homes vandalised.’

And, with their long lifespan, don’t be too surprised to see a brightly-coloured snail making its way down a street near you.

In a previous project, Little People, Slinkachu photographed tiny plastic figures apparently going about their lives in the capital, from Tube travel to sightseeing.


Slime off: One snail makes its escape, leaving behind a treacherous pool of gunge to foil the mini urban cowboy and his spraycan

He left many of the figures dotted around the capital for their larger, human equivalents to discover.

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