Street Art Around The World – JuiceGodBeats

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     Street art and graffiti has existed for many millennia, and examples have been found in societies from times of Ancient Greece, Egypt, the Roman Empire, Vikings and Mayan civilizations when graffiti was scratched onto surfaces with sharp objects, chalk or coal. The word ‘graffiti’ is attributed to the Italian word ‘graffiato’ which translates to ‘scratched’.

Cultural Differences With Graffiti

     Early forms of graffiti offer insight to past lifestyles and languages from different cultures. Graffiti was used to depict emotions, poetry, literature, social and political ideas.

     In the modern day, media, music and politics greatly influence street artists. Gangs commonly use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities.

     In the U.S, political phrases and hip hop imagery have seen urban art bombed all over subways and bridges.

     In Japan, graffiti artists often feature calligraphy, kanji, and manga characters in their works. Common images in Japanese street art are sumo wrestlers, samurai warriors and geisha, because these characters play huge parts in their culture.

     In the United Kingdom, student protests and the influence of punk rock created huge upsurges in graffiti from the 1960’s onwards.

Graffiti And Hip Hop

Within hip hop, graffiti has evolved alongside hip hop music, b-boying and other elements.

     In the 1970’s, graffiti artist Lee Quinones and Fab 5 Freddy were given a gallery opening in Italy by an art dealer and this created exposure for graffiti outside of the U.S. From then on, films like Wild Style and Style Wars fueled a global interest in hip hop and graffiti.

Street Art Controversy

     There is huge controversy and debate about graffiti and urban art. Some people consider it vandalism; some people see it as modern art and expression.

     It’s true that there are awesome works that show talent, creativity, cultural, social and political views. However, the controversy exists when the material is obscene, badly done and/or offensive.

     Controversy will always surround street art with massive disagreement amongst city officials, law enforcement, and artists who wish to display their work in public locations.

Crossing Into Different Industries

     The line between what began as unpaid urban expression is becoming more blurred through the years.

     Street artists realise there is money to be made from their art with income from licensing, corporate partnerships and commissioning works.

     Sotheby’s Auctions have sold graffiti-inspired work, Absolut Vodka recruited a Mexican graffiti artist for the design of a limited edition bottle, and luxury brand Hermes chose a French graffiti artist to design several scarves for them.

     You can even stay in a hotel in France with artistically-decorated rooms including a graffiti-inspired room. Check it out here

     Now that we’ve given you a run-down of crazy facts you didn’t know about street art, here are some examples of works around the world:

North/Central/South America

San Francisco - Hyde


 San Francisco – artist Hyde

Granada - Unknown

Granada – artist unknown

Cordoba - Unknown

Cordoba – artist unknown


New York – SinXero

Sao Paulo - Unknown

Sao Paulo – artist unknown 



Bristol – artist unknown

Bristol - Astek

Bristol – artist Astek

Antwerp - Unknown

Antwerp – artist unknown

Lakeside - Brave

Lakeside – artist Brave

Stockwell - Unknown

Stockwell – artist unknown

Gottigen - Unknown

Gottingen – artist unknown

Paris - Ludo

Paris – artist Ludo

Seville - Unknown

Seville – artist unknown

Italy - Verbo

Italy – Verbo 

Asia / Africa

Senegal – artist Run

Senegal - Run

Cambodia – artist unknown

Hong Kong - Xeme

Hong Kong – artist Xeme

Malaysia - Ernest Zacharaveic

Malaysia – artist Ernest Zacharevic


Melbourne - Unknown

Melbourne – artist unknown

Melbourne - Dvate

Melbourne – artist Dvate

Melbourne - Unknown 1

Melbourne – artist unknown

Auckland - Berst, Askew, Mark Henare, Haser, Deus, Dager,  Benjamin Work , TMD crew

Auckland – Berst, Askew, Mark Henare, Haser, Deus, Dager,

Benjamin Work , TMD crew

Sources: Wikipedia, Flickr, Invurt, Unurth

Blog notes: We have done our best to credit the artists where known. All of these examples have been included for the purpose of journalism only, we don’t intend to sell or profit from any of these artworks in this article. Let us know if you can add an artist credit we are missing! Thanks, Juice God Beats

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