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Who's Blub?

Who's Blub?

When it comes to street art, Florence, Italy is not just about Renaissance masterpieces like Michelangelo's David. It's also home to a vibrant and unconventional street art scene, with one artist in particular who goes by the name Blub. Blub, who has gained international recognition for his unique style, takes recognisable portraits and submerges them underwater. Intrigued? So are we!

So Who is Blub?

Blub is a mysterious street artist who has made a name for himself in Florence and beyond, gaining notoriety largely thanks to his pasted murals from the series “L’Arte Sa Nuotare". His signature style involves painting famous faces, from historical figures to pop culture icons, and placing them underwater. This distinctive technique adds an unexpected twist to his artwork, creating a whimsical and thought-provoking experience for viewers. 


Why Underwater?

So, why does Blub paint his subjects underwater? Well, it turns out there's a deeper meaning behind it (pun intended). By submerging his portraits, Blub symbolises the transient nature of life and the constant flow of time. Just as water is ever-changing, so too are our lives. It's a reminder to embrace the present moment and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Exploring Blub's Art in Florence

If you find yourself in Florence, make sure to keep an eye out for Blub's artwork. His pieces can be found throughout the city, adorning walls and hidden corners. From re-mastered Leonardo da Vinci to Vermeer, Blub's underwater portraits capture the essence of these iconic figures in a truly unique way.

As you wander the streets of Florence, keep your eyes peeled for the distinctive blue frames that surround Blub's artwork. These frames not only draw attention to the pieces but also serve as a nod to the artist's name. It's like a treasure hunt, but instead of gold, you'll discover a world of submerged faces.

The Geo Kid will be in Florence early 2024, and heading out on a walking tour of Florence's vibrant street art scene. We're excited to discover Blub's captivating underwater portraits first hand, and we will make sure to send pics from the streets!

Blub's Influence on Street Art

Blub's unconventional approach to street art has inspired a new wave of artists around the world. His ability to merge classical art with contemporary street art has captivated audiences and sparked conversations about the intersection of tradition and innovation.


At The Geo Kid, we are passionate about celebrating street art and the artists who bring colour and creativity to our cities. That's why we've created a special backpack design that pays homage to Blub and his underwater portraits. Our 'Florence Italy' backpack features longitude and latitude coordinates that lead to one of Blub's artworks in Florence (check it out to see which one), allowing you to embark on your own street art adventure either virtually or in person.

Here are the coordinates for you to drop into Google Maps:

Latitude 43.76425 |  Longitude 11.26221.

Start Your Street Art Collection

Ready to dive into the world of street art? Start your collection with our Blub-inspired backpack from our Street Art Explorers range "Florence, Italy"

So if you like what you have seen here, we encourage you to research Blub further. Dive into the depths of his artistry and uncover the stories behind his submerged portraits. You'll be amazed by the range of characters he has brought to life beneath the surface. 

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your backpack, channel your inner explorer, and immerse yourself in the quirky underwater world of Blub. Let's celebrate the great street artists of the world, one backpack at a time!


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