Defo Deffro

A name not too familiar in street art circles in Cardiff but one that has instantly made an impact here already.

Deffro is an artist based in Cardiff and in his own words describes himself as ‘creating weird visuals and using art for a cause.’

So it was great to follow a trail of his work stretching from Cardiff Bay upto Cathays plastered on numerous facility boxes throughout the winding route.

The first piece of work was discovered on Bute Street in the Cardiff Bay area of city.

Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff

Recently a large amount of so-called ‘radio active mud’ was being dumped off the Cardiff coast after being excavated from around the new Hinkley Point reactor in England – just a short hop across the Bristol Channel.

Deffro here has played on this and coloured each character in protective outfits in a striking vibrant yellow. He has also titled them ‘Geiger Bay’ rather than the affectionate and famous name of the area ‘Tiger Bay’

Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, CardiffDeffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff

The radioacative theme continued with a very strange, but familiar looking mouse. Looks like a mutant version of Mickey Mouse!

Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff

Located further up Bute Street and heading towards Cardiff City centre is another piece from Deffro this time in monochrome featuring a man sat on the streets, with a sleeping bag wrapped around him whilst he lights up a cigarette.

This is strategically placed in front of the Salvation Army shelter and nearby Huggard Centre which both offer hundreds of beds each night for the homeless in Cardiff.

Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff

On each of the artist’s Instagram posts there have been some words of wisdom plus some figures highlighting how bad homelessness is in Cardiff.

Between 60 and 80 people sleep rough on Cardiff’s streets, double the amount the year before.

Ignoring the homeless does not solve the problem

There’s a world hidden on our streets, where the less fortunate eat and sleep.

3,987 people applied for help with homelessness in Cardiff over the past year. Something needs to change.

Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff

Another homeless person is depicted on facility boxes on both Lloyd George Avenue and on Charles Street as the hunt continues.

Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff
Some of these stickers and pasteups have lasted quite a long time whereas others have only lasted a few days before disappearing.

Deffro street art, Cardiff
Deffro street art, Cardiff

Deffro street art, Cardiff

Such a fantastic set of images with multiple messages – here’s to more for 2019!

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