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Athens Street Art with Nikos Tonga, aka “Rude”

Today I’m taking a break from life aboard The Queen Elizabeth and I’m roaming the streets of Athens.  We’re about to meet up with Nikos Tonga, a graphic designer who paints the walls of this ancient city under his street art name; Rude.  He also does guided art tours for a company called alternative Athens.  He’ll walk us through what’s happening in the alleyways under the acropolis, and fill us in on how the economic crisis has affected the arts scene here.

Our Guest Artist: Athens Street Artists Nikos Tonga, aka “Rude”

Our Host Artist: Carol McQuaid

Our Bar: B Social Cafe Bar in Psirri, Athens Greece

Now let’s head to the B Social Cafe Bar in the Psirri district of Athens and listen in as Nikos and I talk street art from tagging to calligraphy, and what it felt like when he hit his first wall.

 In this episode you’ll hear about:

  • Guiding street art tours with Alernative Athens
  • Creating street art under the name “Rude”
  • Art education in Greece
  • The realities of working as an artist through the economic crisis
  • How the current situation in Greece shows up in street art
  • A giant Durer inspired piece and what it means
  • A few of Nikos’ favourite artists
  • The story of the Riot Dog mural
  • Where to find great street art in Athens

Learn more about Nikos’ art tours on instagram @altathens or at

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About the author, Carol

I love creating big cityscapes in paint and print. I travel around the world painting, teaching and doing art residencies. I meet artists everywhere, and I love bringing their stories to you on “Two Artists Walk into a Bar” podcast.

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