Graffiti

Graffiti is an art form in which artists use spray paint and markers to apply decorative imagery to public environments, such as mass transit, buildings, bridges, etc. This highly radical form of contemporary art is often referred to as aerosol art, subway art or spraycan art.

Although it is thought of to have prehistoric or classical antiquity roots, the term graffiti gained coinage in the 1970s in the aftermath of the 1960s’ wild trend of defacing, decorating, and painting the urban settings — mainly in Philadelphia and New York City metros— by using markers and aerosol spray paint.

Graffiti artists use all kinds of spray paints, stencils, or markers, and their canvases include billboards, subways, abandoned industrial complexes and public walls.

What tools do graffiti writers use? Martha Cooper & others show you

HKwalls’ Tools of the Trade was the first thematic public exhibition held in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, between 8th May and 6th June this year (2021). It tried to give the public an insider’s peek at the very secretive circles of modern graffiti and street art. A wide array of tools commonly used for creating …

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What do you think about Dash Snow’s controversial polaroids? (NSFW)

Dash Snow’s work just hits you right in the head despite anything. The polaroid trend has come and gone, but his work creates a lasting impression on all regardless of the taste. Dash Snow could only live 28 years, but in his short span of life, his polaroids gave us all an insight into what …

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Barry McGee’s tag murals – Walls covered with hundreds of red tags

When the iconic gallerist Jeffrey Deitch swapped the East Coast for West Coast, many wondered about the state of street art in New York City. Granted, the newer generation of gallerists such as Joshua Liner and Jonathan Levine had become preeminent curators with their fresh take on street art. However, with his unlimited resources, Deitch …

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Revs & unusual graffiti: 200+ diary pages painted in NYC subway tunnels

Those who grew up or lived in New York during the late 1980s and early 1990s must have seen the famous four letters that would be seen on walls all over the place; Revs. Everywhere you looked, on trash cans, telephone booths and poles, the distinct graffiti had dominated the city. Revs was at the …

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Os Gemeos painted this entire Boeing planet

In 2014, the dynamic duo Os Gemeos covered the Brazilian national soccer team’s jet for the world in their enthusiastically colorful, signature designs that blend folk art with street art. Covering nearly every inch of the jet’s exterior surface, they spray-painted the airplane with colorful characters with brown and yellow faces meant to represent the …

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Christopher Morris: How the New York Subway looked in the 1980s

22-years-old at the time, Christopher Morris was working as an intern at the photo agency Black Star and was determined to make something of himself as a photographer. According to the agency, the recently rediscovered photographs “provide a window on a long-gone New York, a metropolis that once pulsed with a very different energy—a frenetic, …

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Bruce Davidson’s sexy & scary subway photos

Bruce Davidson was born on 5 September 1933 in Oak Park, Chicago. He began taking photographs when he was just ten years old after his mother built him a darkroom. He was got hired at Austin Camera as a stock boy. Davidson learned technical nuances of photography from Al Cox, including lighting, printing, and dye …

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Martha Cooper shows her subway art photos in exhibition

About the exhibition This Saturday, the exhibition of Martha Cooper and Nils Müller opened. The exhibition is running until the 8th of January, 2011. From Saturday, 3rd December 2011 to 8th January 2012, photographers Martha Cooper (US) and Nils Müller (DE) showed works at The Gallerian INC. in Bochum, Germany. Both are well-known for taking …

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What is the Senseless Drawing Bot? By Takahiro Yamaguchi & So Kanno

The Senseless Drawing Bot by the two Japanese Takahiro Yamaguchi and So Kanno explores the relationship between machine and art and was shown at the exhibition “UTOPIA no OSHIRASE” in Tokyo in October 2011. The Senseless Drawing Bot is a self-propelling device on a skateboard that sprays abstract linework on a stretch of a wall …

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Jazoo Yang (양 자주) created these uncommon murals in South Korea

Who is Jazoo Yang? Jazoo Yang is a South Korean artist who lives and works in Beijing and Seoul. She uses her paintings and installations to document others’ solitude, often in interesting ways. Her paintings, which she creates by using brushes or knives, are usually not finished so that the surface becomes the infinite space …

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