It was almost strange. She was waiting for me in Athens and it actually took a while before I even noticed her when walking around. It was a slow process. First she appeared only in the background of some of my photos and then she made a full introduction. She was sad. She was beautiful. Her eyes were closed, her head was slightly leaning to the side and sometimes she was dressed in nothing but her curly hair. She seemed to know exactly where I was going in the city and whenever I arrived, she was already there.
After noticing her beauty, she actually began to follow me and I saw her everywhere. Like a siren with her singing, her long sprawling hair was almost hypnotic looking and her endless curls drew me into her ban. Sometimes her hair reminded me of the tentacles of an octopus or the extensive web of a spider, catching the attention of the observer and not letting go again. All of a sudden it was me who was following her, chasing her through the streets and alleys. I was obsessed. I was madly in love with the beautiful curly girl of Athens…
Meet the Street Art Curly Girl
The simple beauty of the Curly Girl was quite compelling, especially because she was all alone in her silent sadness. How did it get to this point and why was this black and white beauty in such a melancholic state of despair?
Beginnings of the Sad Girl
Created by the street artist Sonke after a breakup, the sad-looking Curly Girl with her left tilted head allegedly resembled his former love. Rumor has it that she was drawn crying and with almost straight hair along the ex-girlfriend’s way to work. Eventually her character matured and she grew up, as her hair grew longer. Nowadays the Curly Girl could be found all over Athens, not only alone but even with some company.
The Curly Girl with Company
Although the Curly Girl first appeared to me alone, I later saw her more often than not with some company. Sometimes she was with a boy, sometimes with a girl, but in any event she was mostly naked. But due to her fluid forms she never really looked sexual, she rather seemed pure, simple and innocent.
Usually the Curly Girl looked quite content in her sorrow, but at times she appeared headless, empty hearted or waving her glowing red heart good-bye. If that in itself was not sad enough, sometimes she could even be found in really bad company or in a bad condition as well.
Bad Company and Condition
Occasionally she seemed to hang out with shady characters, grab for a liquor bottle and appear either busted or extremely sexual looking. As a result, the Curly Girl not only had a crazy look on her face as she demanded to be loved, but her curls would sometime take over completely and develop their own evil existence.
Appearance of the Curly Girl
No wonder that the Curly Girl was hiding sometimes. Too much had happened and she tried to forget and move on.
Luckily her friends would stand by her side and they would just float along the face of buildings, almost blending in completely with the shape of the structure.
At times, she and her sisters would cover entire facades, hiding behind their curls and only when one paid close attention they would slowly appear.
Seeing her was truly something special. She was unique and she was everywhere. She was the Curly Girl of Athens. And I was absolutely in love with her…
TIP: Chasing the Curly Girl around Athens is great fun and probably the best way to get to know the city. Be seduced by her, follow her trail of curls and she will never let you go again…
Do you like seeing street art, especially when it’s as beautiful as the Curly Girl?