Graffiti and Coffee Beans: Two New World Maps

What do graffiti and coffee have in common? Not much, I suspect, except that the average street artist will occasionally drink an espresso or latte. And that they both formed the inspiration for a world map.

Framed print of a street art / graffiti world map in an urban environment
In an “urban” environment


More or less at the same time, I finished the work on the World Map Graffiti and the World Map Coffee Beans. They’re two maps with a totally different look and feel, and created in rather different ways. They have, however, one thing in common: when I started, I expected to finish them in one or two days, but it took weeks before I was completely satisfied about them.

Below you see me working with a spray can to put the finishing touches on map no. 1: the graffiti world map:

Work in progress by the author on a digital graffiti world map on a wall of ten by five metres
The final touch

Virtual street art

The picture is, of course, fake news, just like the whole piece of street art is virtual. The map is made entirely in Photoshop. In reality, it would cover a wall of ten by five meters.

Virtual street art: graffiti world map on a digital 10 x 5 metres brick wall, created in Photoshop
Street Art World Map


It is particularly unfortunate that street art connoisseur Herman Roelofs, alias @Feyenoordherbie, alias ROE, alias Herminator, will never see this map. Herman was my colleague at VHP for many years. In recent years he made his name as an expert and photographer of graffiti. He traveled all over the place to capture new pieces and he knew many street artists personally. He taught me to see graffiti in a different way.


I’m curious what Herman would have thought of this world map (I suspect something like: nice try, BLO, but now take a real wall …) Anyway, you can not completely exclude the possibility that he’s on a cloud somewhere, listening to Springsteen and giving it a like on an afterlife version of Facebook. I certainly hope so.

Detail of a virtual graffiti world map showing the Caribean and part of North and South America
Cuba and its surroundings


And now for something completely different: the coffee beans world map, shown below. A tribute to one of my favorite drinks; presumably also the favorite of around 80% of the world’s population.

World map of thousands of digital coffee beans on a virtual wooden table top, made with Autocad, 3ds Max and Photoshop
A world map in coffee beans

On this map, the continents are formed by 7614 coffee beans (yes, I counted them!), carefully arranged on a wooden table top. Also these beans are, of course, not real: coffee beans lose their taste quite quickly if they are out of the package and that would be a shame, wouldn’t it?

Forest Pack

These beans were modeled in AutoCAD and then positioned and rendered in 3ds max. I got some help from a plug-in called Forest Pack. Like it’s name suggests, it’s actually intended for visualization of forests and other biotopes, but also suitable for this specific job.

Pushing Beans

Unfortunately, with Forest Pack, I could not get everything exactly right. In the end, I was still pushing beans for many hours. I was planning to make a series: the World, Europe, the Netherlands, Rotterdam. But I’ll take a break and wait how this world map is received.

Detail image of a digital world map made of coffee beans on a wooden table
Coffee beans on a wooden floor


Never has there been a more perfect image to print on a coffee mug than this world map. So here it is: the Coffee Beans World Map Coffee Mug, for sale at my webshop. Click on the mug for more information.

Koffie mug with a print of a world map made of coffee beans on a wooden table
Coffee Beans World Map Coffee Mugs

On the wall

And of course, both the graffiti and coffee beans world map have been added to the ever growing collection in my Art Heroes webshop:

Modern interior with kitchen island, view of Rotterdam, coffee machine and the World Map Coffee Beans on the wall
A kitchen, coffee beans and a view of Rotterdam

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