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Thursday, May 28, 2009

San Francisco's Head-Turning Q-Bert, Donkey Kong Jr. Graffiti Finally Given Its Due

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2009 at 8:59 AM

I TOLD you he was real!
  • I TOLD you he was real!
Anyone of a certain age riding an F-Line trolley or bus on Market toward Van Ness can be forgiven for wondering if they've hallucinated, projecting a vestige of their childhood onto a passing wall. Many riders probably conclude that's the case; blink and it's gone.

But those walking past Market and Brady know it's true: There's a professional-grade graffiti mural composed of Donkey Kong Jr., Q-Bert, and, a treat for the careful onlooker (again, of a certain age) Ghost Monsters from Pac Man.

The San Francisco 1980s nostalgia wall was tagged on the videogame-centric Web site Pixelated Geek in a feature highlighting worldwide videogame-related graffiti. We are self-admitted San Francisco chauvinists, but we couldn't help but chuckle at the following, spotted in Halifax, Canada:
The San Francisco treat...
  • The San Francisco treat...
Here are some more good ones:

The San Francisco treat...
  • The San Francisco treat...

click to enlarge Melbourne, Australia
  • Melbourne, Australia
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan

C'est Mario et Luigi en Montreal!
  • C'est Mario et Luigi en Montreal!

Halifax photo   |
Montreal photo   |   via
Melbourne photo   |   via
San Francisco photos   |   Salim
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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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