Tribute To Graffiti: 50 Beautiful Graffiti Artworks

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Street culture and graffiti are well-known for being provocative, appealing, bold and uncompromising. Originally used by gangs to mark their territory in some urban area, graffitis have now become a rich medium for unrestricted expression of ideas and statements. In fact, creative designers and artists across the globe use this form of art to deliver their message and showcase their work.

Probably the most prominent graffiti artist is Banksy1, a famous pseudo-anonymous British artist whose works focus on topics such as politics, culture, and ethics. His art has appeared in cities around the world; it’s worth mentioning that Banksy does not sell photos of street graffiti or mount exhibitions of screenprints in commercial galleries. You can explore Banksy’s works in the Time’s slideshow The World According To Banksy2. However, many different artists explore graffiti in a variety of ways.

In this episode of Monday Inspiration series we are presenting a tribute to street art and graffiti — over 50 examples of beautiful and impressive graffiti artworks. Hopefully everybody will find some inspiration at least in some of the works showcased below. Feel free to explore the works of artists by following the links to their sites.

Graffiti Art

Michael.jh3

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Mrzer5

6

Deuce 77

Graffiti8

zevs9

Graffiti10

imminentdisaster11

Graffiti12

Banksy13

Graffiti14

Graffiti15

Marquis Lewis16

Graffiti17

Retna Saber Revok SeventhLetter18

Graffiti19

Mr Mucho20

Graffiti21

Gaia22

Graffiti23

Wall Spankers Project24
Our goal is to bring together international artists and designers in a collaborative, sharing environment. The website serves as an online gallery showcasing the artists involved in the sticker swap. Currently 4 issues are released.

Reone25

Reone26

Muck

Graffiti27

obey28

Graffiti29

Lady Pink: Sandra Fabara30
Lady Pink is a legend. In the 1980s she made a name for herself as one of the only females capable of competing with men in the graffiti subculture.

Lady Pink: Sandra Fabara31

Xenz: Graeme Brusby32

Graffiti33

Graffiti34

Graffiti35

SABER36

Saber37

Saber38

6emeia39

Graffiti40

Graffiti41

Vancouver Street Art42

Graffiti43

Graffiti44

Graffiti45

Graffiti46

Collective Graffiti, Chiado, Lisbon47

Graffiti48

Paopao49

50

Jakedobkin51

52

Lois In Wonderland53

54

Wouldpkr55

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Hammotime57

58

Abigaelarachnid59

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Newfie Bullet61

62

OMEN63

64

Newfie Bullet65

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Loupiote67

Stuart Herbert68

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Seetwist71

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Wickedcliche73

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Akbar Simonse75

76

Marco77

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Josepalencia79

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Sindios6981

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Tonogayora83

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Guy Fawkes85

86

Allan Dalla

87

Kekko7388

89

Cloud-TA90

91

Loupiote92

93

Laughing Squid94

95

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.banksy.co.uk/
  2. 2 http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1678584,00.html
  3. 3 http://flickr.com/photos/michaeljh/
  4. 4 http://flickr.com/photos/michaeljh/394245529/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrzero_cfs/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrzero_cfs/2538514696/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/groups/422469@N20/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/433708849/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/2140742518/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/2140742518/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/tags/imminentdisaster/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/2116173487/
  13. 13 http://www.banksy.co.uk/menu.html
  14. 14 http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/horizontal_1.htm
  15. 15 http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/horizontal_1.htm
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord-jim/441174957/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord-jim/441174957/
  18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/1352257955/
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/1352257955/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/cloudfather/
  21. 21 http://flickr.com/photos/good_day/211972522/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/arte/2384523583/
  23. 23 http://flickr.com/photos/arte/2384523583/
  24. 24 http://www.wallspankers.com/wsgraffiti.htm
  25. 25 http://www.wallspankers.com/wsgraffitireone.htm
  26. 26 http://www.wallspankers.com/wsgraffitireone.htm
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/1472162045/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunapark/736627237/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunapark/736627237/
  30. 30 http://pinksmith.com/Site%203/HOME%20PAGE.html
  31. 31 http://pinksmith.com/Site%203/HOME%20PAGE.html
  32. 32 http://www.xenz.org/
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xenz/2373253975/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xenz/2259689731/
  35. 35 http://www.xenz.org/
  36. 36 http://saberone.com/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/2850911367/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/2753065044/
  39. 39 http://www.6emeia.com/
  40. 40 http://www.6emeia.com/
  41. 41 http://www.6emeia.com/
  42. 42 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  43. 43 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  44. 44 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  45. 45 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  46. 46 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  47. 47 http://flickr.com/photos/arteurbana/2322890066/
  48. 48 http://flickr.com/photos/arteurbana/2322890066/
  49. 49 http://flickr.com/photos/pao_street_art/
  50. 50 http://flickr.com/photos/pao_street_art/875497692/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/1608225458/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/loisstavsky/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/loisstavsky/2830942763/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wouldpkr/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wouldpkr/2204241711/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hammotime/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hammotime/2308782290/
  59. 59 http://abigaelarachnid.deviantart.com/
  60. 60 http://abigaelarachnid.deviantart.com/art/graffiti-67289428
  61. 61 http://flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/
  62. 62 http://flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/454499990/in/photostream/
  63. 63 http://omen514.com
  64. 64 http://flickr.com/photos/kelp1/492777041/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/454499888/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/loupiote/
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/
  69. 69 http://flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/394598441/
  70. 70 http://flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/394599967/in/set-72157594587706541/
  71. 71 http://flickr.com/photos/seetwist/
  72. 72 http://flickr.com/photos/seetwist/1876817291/
  73. 73 http://flickr.com/photos/8295810@N07/
  74. 74 http://flickr.com/photos/8295810@N07/499183955/
  75. 75 http://flickr.com/photos/simeon_barkas/
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/photos/simeon_barkas/1215685094/
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/photos/marco_1970/
  78. 78 http://flickr.com/photos/marco_1970/2198870385/
  79. 79 http://flickr.com/photos/josepalencia/
  80. 80 http://flickr.com/photos/josepalencia/2705960298/in/pool-murales
  81. 81 http://flickr.com/photos/sindios69/
  82. 82 http://flickr.com/photos/sindios69/2541049958/in/pool-murales
  83. 83 http://flickr.com/photos/tonogayora/
  84. 84 http://flickr.com/photos/tonogayora/2471548066/in/pool-murales
  85. 85 http://flickr.com/photos/guyfawkes/
  86. 86 http://flickr.com/photos/guyfawkes/2835394529/in/pool-graffiti_art
  87. 87 http://flickr.com/photos/bitzi/2573838782/
  88. 88 http://flickr.com/photos/kekko73/
  89. 89 http://flickr.com/photos/kekko73/372318333/
  90. 90 http://cloud-ta.deviantart.com/
  91. 91 http://cloud-ta.deviantart.com/art/Graffiti-style-Leon-S-Kennedy-83985089
  92. 92 http://flickr.com/photos/loupiote/
  93. 93 http://flickr.com/photos/loupiote/508915310/in/photostream/
  94. 94 http://flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/
  95. 95 http://flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/407106316/
  96. 96 http://www.graffwriter.com/
  97. 97 http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/18/reverse-graffiti-san-francisco/
  98. 98 http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/05/31/arts/rcartstreet.php
  99. 99 http://www.crookedbrains.net/2008/07/art_18.html
  100. 100 http://renegagnonfineart.com/
  101. 101 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=3379017
  102. 102 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  103. 103 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  104. 104 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  105. 105 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  106. 106 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/

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  1. 1

    Thanks for the link to the article at Designflavr.

    We also have a collection of unique Melbourne Street Art

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  2. 2

    I love the fact that the title is 50 Beautiful Graffiti Artworks and not ’50 most beautiful’ which you guys featured earlier on some other articles that i found were very subjectives. What a way to start my monday. SMASHING!

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  3. 3

    thanks for these sm…i really loved some of ’em…

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  4. 4

    nice post, but where are the REAL legends??? can2, daim…etc.

    they are the real oldschool m’fakaz in this business.

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  5. 5

    50 entries and nothing about mode2 or daim you must be kidding me!?!

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  6. 6

    I really love the drain bunny, cute.

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  7. 7

    Awesome set! A lot of inspiration for web designs here too! Did I see a photoshopped one in there?

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  8. 8

    wt a surprise show, I love it

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  9. 9

    If you all like this post- make sure to check out http://WoosterCollective.com – It’s a celebration of street art and documents street art world wide.

    -2
  10. 10

    the “unknown” artist is flickr. com/ photos/ gaiastreetart/

    -2
  11. 11

    Absolutely wonderful article !

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  12. 12

    Great list by my all time favourite was not on that list….

    Here he is, Mode2 – http://www.mode2.org/

    -1
  13. 13

    Great collection guys, very interesting!
    Thank you.

    1
  14. 14

    What about Keith Haring?

    -1
  15. 15

    Really good and inspirational stuff here.. great!

    1
  16. 16

    Great collection! Really awesome!

    1
  17. 17

    very good

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  18. 18

    good one

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  19. 19

    primero!!! n___n

    sorprendente…

    i must not copy what i see on the simpsons jajaja XD

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  20. 21

    Hey,

    here’s some awesome graffiti / street art, from my home town (Southern Most City in the World), Dunedin New Zealand.

    http://heatherbilly.wordpress.com/

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  21. 22

    Awesome and Inspirational, I’ve been waiting for a graff article for a while!

    Thanks SMasH

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  22. 24

    Nice post, thanks for sharing. I had seen a few before but most were new and some were amazing. Thumbs up NOT because you asked at the top of the page but because it was a good post (ie: no need to ask upfront).

    -1
  23. 25

    Awesome pictures! I like it! wow!

    -1
  24. 26

    Great Artwork… Keep it up SM!!!

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    • 27

      puedes darme una letras graffity para mi es q qiero una letra mara tela de alianza lima

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  25. 28

    Cum* nice stuff from Belgium.
    If you walk in Ghent (BE) you can see some of the work “Cum In The Streets” on several buildings.

    -1
  26. 29

    Actually the one with two bottles attributed to Kekko73 (that in this case is just the photographer) is from Bros, a well-known italian writer. Source goes to brosart.com

    -1
  27. 30

    banksy and obey are not the same person…

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  28. 31

    Skvělé! Jde o opravdu pěkné kousky. Grafiti mi svým způsobem ani nevadí, pokud jsou legální a neničí majetky.

    -1
  29. 32

    Inspiring as hell.

    -1
  30. 33

    great post.
    Growing up in NYC, I have always been a fan of graffiti and found it to be an artform that taps in to the social heart of inner cities.
    Its kind of like the Mayans or Egyptians that left their stories on walls and stone.
    awesome.

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  31. 34

    Hey awesome article to come in to work and read for the cloudy Monday morning here in San Diego. Very talented individuals you chose to showcase here. Cities should support graffiti art such as this because it helps with the arts and culture and is a true representation of the public’s feelings, not some authorized piece by a committee of out of touch politicians.

    On that note I wanted to let you all see something I just found out about last week. Its great inspiration for web developers and artists a like. Graffiti Archaeology. This guy put together a flash piece to show how certain graffiti hot spots change over time. Such an amazing idea.

    Thanks again for the great inspirational start to the week. You all rock.

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  32. 35

    umm, you can correct me if i’m wrong; but i’m pretty sure banksy and obey are the same person. but other than that, great collection.

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  33. 37
  34. 38

    excelent!
    fantastic art of Marco

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  35. 39

    I did my art exam about Banksy, some of his work is fantastic!

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  36. 40

    amazing!

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  37. 41

    that is some pretty impressive artwork, i love the sewer drain ones.

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  38. 42

    Bookmarked to send around anytime idiots say graffiti is vandalism and not art.

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  39. 43

    Ok where you listing the Artist or the person who took the photo. The top photograph is from a Birmingham Graffiti Artist Spider i think. oh the location is Walsall Skate Park.

    Thanks

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  40. 44

    the first picture is sadly no longer existing. it was on the skate park in walsall (about 3 miles away from where i am) but the skate ark was recently knocked down to make way for a big apartment building. always enjoyed looking at it though… shame it had to go :(

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  41. 45

    They are so beautiful my head is spinning. Really.

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  42. 46

    Sory, but there is Daim ?

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  43. 47

    Nice collection.
    While visiting Cuba last year I found this wonderful piece of art in Centro Habana:
    O Silêncio de Musica
    It is made by the well-known “Os Gemeos” (the twins) from Brazil.

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  44. 48

    This is art! Great job.

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  45. 49

    LOL, the smoking and the bunny manhole covers are totally awesome. Cool stuff.

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  46. 50

    Great scetched wall art!!

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  47. 51

    the -Unknown- artist you listed is Gaia — http://www.flickr.com/photos/gaiastreetart/

    Also, I liked the selection overall, but I echo the other commentors… no Diam! There is a great amount of beautiful graffiti that doesn’t get photographed and uploaded to flickr… all the more reason to get out there and find that great art!

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  48. 52

    Hey i just wanted to say that this is some of the coolest art work i’ve seen lately. really cool

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  49. 53

    what about Bumblebee?

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