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This is a photo of a well known graffiti. I took this pic 2 years ago in Coimbra, Portugal.

It just says it all in such a great minimalist way! Anti-Fascism, Anti-Nazism, Anti-Racism...

We must never forget the past.

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A poem by Federico García Lorca

The night is coming.
The moonlight strikes
on evening’s anvil.

The night is coming.
A giant tree clothes itself
in the leaves of cantos.

The night is coming.
If you came to see me,
on the path of storm-winds....

The night is coming. would find me crying,
under high, black poplars.
Ay, girl with the dark hair!
Under high, black poplars.
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Disclaimer: I will try to keep my own political opinion out of this as good as possible. If you agree or disagree because of politics, that is fine. Even though I would have to wonder what you do on deviantArt then.

What we have here is a pretty simple spray of a guy with a huge club chasing a person whose limbs have the form of a swastika. This, when viewed together with the title "Anti-Fascism", makes a pretty clear point about the artist's thought on the fascist ideology. Even though I have to add here that the swastika is not a symbol of fascism, but of national socialism. It is however the most recognizable symbol out of this corner of politics, so I will look over it.

It is simple and its two colors, black and white, give the artwork no real depth to think about. It is what it looks like, nothing more, nothing less: A statement against fascist / ultra right wing movements. But it looks good. The style is interesting, but it is obvious that not much effort went into making it look perfect.

4/5 seems fair to me.

Weeell, it is a drawing on a wall using nothing the world has not seen before. But I liked the idea of the swastika limbs.

2.5/5 is about what I would give this one.


As I said, it is nothing out of the ordinary, black on a white wall, but it works. This picture needs to be rough, as it is not supposed to be the opinion of an artist but of a common man. Maybe I am over-interpreting and the artist was just lazy, but I like the technique a lot for what it is supposed to do.

4/5 again.


Well, there is not much to say about the impact. If you are pro-nazism, you will call this artwork propaganda and if you are not, you will probably agree with the artist on his views how to deal with fascist movements. It makes you think, but it does not leave an impact of its own.

3/5 seems about right.

Well, I hope you found my thoughts insightful, and if you did not, that is fine, too. As I said, I tried to keep my political opinion out of here, but to anyone wanting to know it to see if my review is biased: I would agree with the artist's intentions.
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Luke-The-Spook Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
This is actually quite clever! Kudos to you for snapping this photo! I would done exactly the same thing! 
kubagami Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it
Loki7z Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
In France,it is the candidatures of "Front National" ou F Haine !I don't vote it!
JojoCalavera Featured By Owner Edited Mar 17, 2015  New member
Always remembering the past, somehow, keeps us from going forward.
I think we all should forgive ourselves and go on. But always, always, always, always remembering, practicing and preaching the Doctrine of "Dude. Don't be a fucking asshole to others."
Hedgie2527 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Is't anti-fascism (that have anoher simbol "il fascio")  but anti-nazism
R-R-Eco Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Good message...
even if the swastika isn't a symbol of FascismNo, I disagree! 
MarkARTGD Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
you'r king!Hug 
M-a-x---Q Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
i get the symbolic and what the artist wanted to say with this graphic, of course. and i totally agree with your comment: every human-being should not forget what had happened, and what they´re able to do against each other.
but i still think that violence breeds more violence... .
a masqueraded, armed man is hunting "non-armed" nazi-man for bludgeoning- that´s what i see at second view.
graphics are a very strong medium and sometimes a good intention will be misunderstood or misused for other/bad purposes and feed fanatic organisations (again). in that case it makes the hunter (unfortunately) not an awful lot better and the symbolism in this graffiti is too bold (or as you write: minimalistic) for me.
PeteSeeger Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Student Writer
The next generation of fascists will call themselves anti-fascists.
-Winston Churchill
Titou-Revasse Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Vulpimo Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Oh yeah, not long time ago people weren't so 'brave' about the Nazism.
myaccount1990 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
This is what I see. A pussy trying to hide his face (because he's too scared to show it) and using a weapon (because he can't fight) while running after an unarmed man actually showing his face.
Vulcade Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascism is beautiful
Fusyke Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
albundy-420 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
crack whitey's skull
1997dragonclaw Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
This is cool, but the guy with the club looks as evil or even more evil then the swastika with legs. :stare:
mdude009 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
A swastika is a symbol of Nazism, not Fascism... Just sayin'
Schezki Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Must.Paint.This.On.Every.God.Damn.Wall. IN THE WORLD!
Itysac Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is win
mac1997 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2012
IT'S..................... The Bear Jewwwwwwwwwww.............. O_O
CrimsonHussar Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012  Student Artist
I doodle stuff like this all the time where's my popularity?
HardCoreEv3 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
elemexico Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Isn't this a bit of a contradiction?
someoneabletofindana Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
epic win!
X0HF0X Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
LMFAO........and...serious about that time and the pleople who suffered to escape....
IanBanks Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This graffiti is very expressive! I'm against Nazis and it's very terrible what they have done to the people! This graffiti shows what to do against them - but in a very funny way!
TYCUS Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
imao, this is full of win!
durahanpius Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
hahahaha very funny
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is a wonderful.

Over the summer, we had a Lower Class Brats concert and a friend of mine wore his "Nazi Punks: Fuck Off" shirt. Everybody loved it. Things got awkward, though, when a couple of Neo-Nazi skinheads showed up. Thankfully, no one threw any punches and the show went on without a hitch.

This image shares a very important message.
BustedLip Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
like what echo 1648 said... try again
echo1648 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
This has nothing to do with Fascism at all, this is about Nazis. Try again
Salty-Fish Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Clever design is very clever indeed.
vroxoula Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010
AyamekoAkatsuki Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
You win the internet.
clarashinigami Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Fascists arent all racist =_= Nazism is the bad one not fascism.
volglm Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
featured here: [link]
HaylziiSTFU Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010   Photographer
This is amazing This all your hand made stencil work?
saut Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
H0-SnAp Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Hah, so cool! Great idealistic manifesto!
absurdus666 Featured By Owner May 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
casey64 Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
In your face, Hitler! ;)
DancesWithShadows Featured By Owner May 14, 2010   General Artist
ErinaEatYourBrains Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
This is great!!! Anti-facism all the way!!!! never give in!!!
InoueHotaru Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010
This is great! Run Swastika, run! I mean, this is genius! A guy chasing the swastika (which means good fortune) as it runs away! The good will never disappear!
gianlucaromano Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010
never forget never forgive
antifa for all the life!!!
TheEdaX Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010
Great! Congrats!
mclaranium Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010
never forget the past . .

but about some symbols- we know this main cross does not mean racism or facists .. some people ignore beyond
SergioGonzalez Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
Well captured :)

I really like Portugal, and specially Lisbon, is a city to enjoy urban art. I've never been in Coimbra, ever hope to go there.
mod77 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
Great shot... great stencil...

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