From a place where no one ever goes to tattoo a black wall, the first time you ever see one of Aleppo’s famous walls is in a photo on the wall of a tattoo artist.
It’s a photo of a woman standing with her arm outstretched, looking at a white-washed wall.
“You can’t miss the wall,” the woman says, smiling and gesturing to the wall behind her.
The photo was taken in April 2015 and is now a permanent part of Aleppo City Walls’ wall.
The wall itself is a mixture of black and white and covered in a mural, painted by Aleppo City Tattoo, of Aleppo in April of this year.
“I’ve seen it a few times in the past but never one this big,” said Tattoo artist, Ali, after getting a tattoo on his forearm.
You can’t imagine how big the wall is, how big it is, you just can’t find any other places to get it.”
It’s an area of the city that has seen a number of large-scale protests over the past two years and has been the scene of fierce battles.
In 2016, the Syrian government launched an offensive to take control of the area, and on February 25, 2017, a major operation launched by the Syrian army killed more than 400 people.
Aleppo’s walls, however, have been an ongoing focus of resistance from the start, and the artist said that there was one particular wall that he was particularly proud of.
“This wall is really special because it was the first one I did a black and blue mural on, which is a very symbolic wall,” he said.
“The reason for the mural is that I have a lot of black women friends who I know and love, so it’s a big deal for me to have a mural on the walls of Aleppo.”
When the artist first came across the mural, he said that he initially thought it was a prank and did not want to take it seriously.
“But when I started to see the walls covered in graffiti, I realised that it was just one of those walls that I want to put on,” he explained.
“So I decided to do the mural on it.”
In a similar fashion, Tattoo Art is also an artist in love with the wall itself.
“People say I do something for the walls, but that’s not the case,” Tattoo said.
He said that, while he would like to see more walls covered with graffiti, he’s not worried about it.
“No, I’m not worried,” Tattoos answer when asked if he is concerned about the possibility of graffiti being written on the city’s walls.
“When you look at the walls in Aleppo, it’s very interesting.
I see it’s so colourful, so I don’t think that graffiti will be written on them,” he continued.
“There is a certain respect for the wall, there is an art to it, and I hope that it becomes a real art.”
The mural has been painted on the mural wall of the Aleppo City walls, by Aleppo Tattoo.
Source: News.au article