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Thursday, May 28, 2009

San Francisco's Head-Turning Q-Bert, Donkey Kong Jr. Graffiti Finally Given Its Due

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 8:59 AM

click to enlarge I TOLD you he was real!
  • I TOLD you he was real!
Anyone of a certain age riding an F-Line trolley or bus on Market toward Van Ness can be forgiven for wondering if they've hallucinated, projecting a vestige of their childhood onto a passing wall. Many riders probably conclude that's the case; blink and it's gone.

But those walking past Market and Brady know it's true: There's a professional-grade graffiti mural composed of Donkey Kong Jr., Q-Bert, and, a treat for the careful onlooker (again, of a certain age) Ghost Monsters from Pac Man.

The San Francisco 1980s nostalgia wall was tagged on the videogame-centric Web site Pixelated Geek in a feature highlighting worldwide videogame-related graffiti. We are self-admitted San Francisco chauvinists, but we couldn't help but chuckle at the following, spotted in Halifax, Canada:
click to enlarge The San Francisco treat...
  • The San Francisco treat...
Here are some more good ones:

click to enlarge The San Francisco treat...
  • The San Francisco treat...

click to enlarge Melbourne, Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
click to enlarge Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan

click to enlarge C'est Mario et Luigi en Montreal!
  • C'est Mario et Luigi en Montreal!

Halifax photo   |
Montreal photo   |   via
Melbourne photo   |   via
San Francisco photos   |   Salim
Michigan photo 

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" is a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly, which he has written for since 2007. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers... more


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