If you’ve been in Hong Kong longer than oooh… twelve hours (and that’s a conservative estimate), the sign on the right will be very familiar.
A symbol of Hong Kong’s ceaseless quest for construction, the apologetic workman usually appears overnight on a sign next to a hole in your road. Apparently the touching of helmet is a gesture of apology for the fact that real-life workmen will be ruining your daily bus journeys and attempts at lie-ins for the foreseeable future.
The piece on the left appears to be a clever riff on the sign, in one of Hong Kong’s few examples of graffiti. Adorned with a pair of devil horns and the slogan ‘Sorry we come again’, plus Hong Kong’s international dialling code (the cool kids’ slang for HK itself i.e. ‘Holla! I’m back in the 852!’), it’s hopefully intended as a witty and searing critique on HK’s interminable schedule of building work. Or something like that. What with the stylised stencil-look of the piece, could we have a Hong Kong Banksy on our hands?
If we do, it’s safe to say he ain’t responsible for the “artistry” displayed below.
Pity the poor tourist who asks his taxi driver to pick him up from ‘Stoned Nuttah Lane’ (it should read ‘Stone Nullah’ but they’ve done a quite convincing job). What’s the reckoning this was done by some oh-so-hilarious international school kid en route home from a wild night at Carnegies?
I think I know which type of graffiti I’d prefer.
Update: I think this is the work of Hong Kong street art collective Start From Zero!
Hi I took a photo of the exact same building worker with the devil horns and the slogan “sorry we come again” in Melbourne Australia.
Thanks for commenting! Hmmm… how interesting! Was it altered to have the AUS dialling code? And do you have that ‘bowing’ construction worker on signs there too?!
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Not too far away, but I’ve seen this graffiti in Macau as well, with the 852 area code!
Thanks for the spot Siv! Actually, your comment reminded me to update the post, as I know now who is behind this street art!