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La Bodeguita del Medio bar graffiti in Havana Cuba

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Graffitied wall of La Bodeguita del Medio, Old Havana, Cuba

The graffiti in this fine-art photographic print is from La Bodeguita Del Medio in Havana, Cuba. La Bodeguita Del Medio is the most famous bar in Havana, established in 1942. I love the random chaos and detail in this brightly-covered wall. You can search for hours and uncover new messages and symbolism. Creates a compelling conversation piece and a graphically impactful image art print.

Origins of the signatured graffitied wall

The outer wall with signatures and dedications, La Bodeguita del Medio bar, which is famous for the Mojito cocktail and being a favorite drinking hole of Ernest Hemingway, is located at the Plaza de la Catedral in the historical old town of Havana.

For the first 20 to 30 years, the establishment was a regular restaurant frequented by Cubans, but now it is a popular tourist attraction. But when did the tradition of signing the wall begin?

Legend has it that one regular patron, local journalist and writer Leandro García, signed his name on the restaurant’s walls. With the notoriety of being a favorite hangout for famous American writer Ernest Hemingway, the tradition of adding signatures (and graffiti) to the walls continued for decades.

But sadly, the signatures on its walls, which made the bar stand out from other tourist spots in Cuba, have been deleted during a recent renovation.

© Dan Kosmayer, 2017

All images are original and have been taken by Dan Kosmayer.

All my fine art prints are available as limited edition prints ONLY, professionally printed on Hahnemuhle fine art - archival museum grade paper. Each artwork is limited to 50 editions in each size, signed and numbered on the reverse of the photograph. And it is also accompanied by a signed Certificate of Authenticity. Print only (unframed).

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