38 Marvellous Graffiti Art And Street Art That Will Blow You Away

“People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish. But that’s only if it’s done properly.”

Banksy, an anonymous English graffiti artist.

To the untrained eye, graffiti is the defacement of public property, the end product of street-yahoos making their names known to anybody who walks by. It is unfocused and sprawling, totally unlike the framed works hung in the gallery two streets across the business district, and it ungraciously demands its audience to acknowledge some unknown figure with a taste for omnipresence.

Graffiti, however, is a largely misunderstood art form, if indeed the people will even accept it as one. What’s important is that toys, writers, taggers, and painters (all argot in the graffiti world) are completely uninvolved with people who’d claim themselves to be recognised as legitimate artists.

Intro graffiti

Graffiti is also criticized for being too hard to understand, but certainly this cannot keep graffiti art from being art anymore than the obscurity of abstract art or Picasso's cubism prevents either one of those hard to understand art forms from being considered as art. Its shapes, fonts, richness of colours, and the interaction it has with the environment as well as an arrangement of the elements into structures qualify it aesthetically as being art. Here’s 38 handpicked graffiti and street art images that have inspired me, and I would like to share them with you.  Let your eyes feast!

Graffiti And Street Art Images

Cork Graffiti arist, Cork Corp.

Conorharrington Graffiti

Cork Graffiti

Cork Graffiti

Contest graffiti in Cergy during the 100Contest Festival

Keusta 6pack Stack Battle

Eyegasm graffiti

Keusta 6packeye Years

Underground graffiti

Keusta 370 Dirty Underground

Girl running out of the debris

Keusta Streetlife Graffiti Dance Girl

Cute Sponge Bob character graffiti

Spongebob Graffiti

Graffiti art found in Hasselt (Belgium), artist Hertkore

Belgium Hertkore

Gory graffiti at an abandon place in Berlin

Gory Berlin

Russian Dolls

Russia Made In Ussr Graffiti

Russia 27

Russia Graffiti2

Russian graffiti artists da536, from Essentuky town of Russia.

Russia Graffiti2 Da536

Another graffiti from da536.

Russia Graffiti Da536

Bansky graffiti in Bethlehem

Banksy Bethlehem Graffiti

Miss Van's Graffiti

Barcelona Graffiti

Trees on the background complements street art in the foreground.

Street Graffiti

Graffiti in brighter and colourful shades.

Street Graffiti2

Mirror reflection of car.

Barcelona For Sale Graffiti

Graffiti at Catherine Street near Place des Arts in Montreal.

Montreal Place Des Arts Graffiti

Duesseldorf/Germany

Duesseldorf Germany Graffiti

Colouful graffiti

Graffiti Bright Colours

Ador's graffiti on a car

Ador Graffiti

Ador's graffiti

Ador Graffiti2

Cartoon pigeon graffiti in a littered environment.

Barcelona Bird Graffiti

Banksy's graffiti in London.

Banksy London Graffiti

New York City -  Traffic light in the foreground is camouflaged with the building.

Elizabeth Street NYC Graffiti

Grafffiti in yellow tones

Granada Streetart

Banksy - Hope

Banksy Hope

Banksy - Soldiers

Banksy Soldiers

Graffiti animals - Athens, Greece

Greece Graffiti

Angel - Athens, Greece

Greece Graffiti2

Graffiti for a marketing campaign

NYC Graffiti

Blek's Graffiti

Blekmyvibe Graffiti

Black and white graffiti in England

UK Graffiti

Graffiti of a Geisha in San Fransico

Sanfransico Graffiti

Street Art at Orlando

Orlando Graffiti

Graffiti art in Liverpool

Liverpool Graffiti

Graffiti-Style Snazzy Art in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Graffiti

As you can see from some of the above images, the recognition of graffiti art or street art as art through social, political, and economic influence of the art world helps to increase the awareness and overall understanding of the art form.  This recognition prevents the sweeping generalisation that all graffiti is vandalism and therefore something that always should be removed.

What's your thought of graffiti or street art? Have you seen any other cool graffiti or street art?

Opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of Onextrapixel.