STREET ART AROUND THE WORLD
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:
San Francisco – artist Hyde
Granada – artist unknown
Cordoba – artist unknown
New York – SinXero
Sao Paulo – artist unknown
Bristol – artist unknown
Bristol – artist Astek
Antwerp – artist unknown
Lakeside – artist Brave
Stockwell – artist unknown
Gottingen – artist unknown
Paris – artist Ludo
Seville – artist unknown
Italy – Verbo
Asia / Africa
Senegal – artist Run
Cambodia – artist unknown
Hong Kong – artist Xeme
Malaysia – artist Ernest Zacharevic
Melbourne – artist unknown
Melbourne – artist Dvate
Melbourne – artist unknown
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 BeatsShare