Sandino – Warhol style
If you’re familiar with Nicaragua, you’ve heard of Sandino. Augusto Sandino was a rebel leader during the U.S. military occupation of Nicaragua between 1927 and 1933. He became a symbol of resistance and years later the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) claimed his legacy when they led the revolution that overthrew the Somoza government in 1979. His silhouette with an oversized cowboy hat has become one of the most recognized symbols in the country.
While Managua does have some pretty sweet street art (see these posts), a lot of the graffiti is pretty tacky. It’s not even graffiti, just people writing “Viva Daniel” or “FSLN” on every flat surface. But I have to admit, when I see a well-done Sandino tag, it makes me smile. Here’s some of my favorite ones – Warhol style.