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

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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

66

Loupiote67

Stuart Herbert68

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Seetwist71

72

Wickedcliche73

74

Akbar Simonse75

76

Marco77

78

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

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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

    The 2nd xens piece, I watched him paint it, it was amazing to watch.

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  2. 102

    jojo!! la Cagaron ESTOS PUTOS CABRONES, las imagenes… alucinantes, gracias a quienes nos llevan a otro mundo con su arte!! estoy exitaDO…

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  3. 203

    Optimus Prime’s hands are blue, not red.

    -2
  4. 304

    Nice collection! Love the star wars one

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  5. 405

    That’s Sever not Saber.

    Even though Saber’s roller piece from SD should be in here too.

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  6. 506

    very cool

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  7. 607

    It’s beautiful until someone paints it on the side of YOUR house or in your neighborhood.
    If it’s so beautiful, put it on canvas and sell it.

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  8. 708

    the first piece by Stuart Herbert (bright colours on the dark background) is actually a piece by a Welsh artist know as sadsak,hes brilliant,take a look at his stuff at : http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=2700167

    secondly,obey(sheppards fairy) and banksy could easily be the same person seeing as banksy identity is hidden,and most information on him (such as being a Bristolian) could easily be fake,with not objective source whos to say! (personally i dont think they are,but their central themes and ideas are strikingly similar in some respects so its not that obscure an idea.

    and for those that have posted hate against graffiti (vandalism and graffiti are no the same thing,graffiti is a typographical art form,vandalism is damage of public property,2 very different things), i think youve missed the point one of our human rights is FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, and the governments bad attitude towards graffiti in most countries raises a valid point,personally i dont like like tagging and bombing,but one thing i hate more is waking up to a dull grey city every day,and attempts at brightening it up are more than welcome to me,there are certainly more options and alternatives that could be taken towards graffiti (and vandalism of artistic form), why not have more legal places,in wales the legal places that are here are overrun with graffiti artists asking for more space because they dont want to do illegal work,why not listen people?

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  9. 809

    This is why I hate tagging so much…. if you want to leave a mark, make it memorable and interesting!

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  10. 910

    Lol…. I see that starwars “grafitti” everyday… I thought it was just a commish mural…. we have alot of those around town… >> now there’s a Giant tree on a building down the road. Its cool looking!

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  11. 1011

    Hey…
    You should know this guy ;)
    Keusta.net

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  12. 1112

    As with most of these “best of graffiti” blog posts, the majority of pictures and artists promoted here are NOT graffiti. What you really want to say is “street art”. As someone mentioned in a previous comment, graffiti is a TYPOGRAPHICAL art form that emphasizes stylized roman lettering above all else. Another bit of misinformation here is that graffiti started with territorial gang markings. No it didn’t. A sort of anonymous fame has always been the driving force behind the “graffiti” you’re referring to, which started in Philly and New York in the 60’s and 70’s. Many true graffiti artists wouldn’t take a second look at most of the stuff you’ve posted here if they saw it in real life, because it’s not graffiti. For instance, most writers don’t like banksy, who the public embraces for his artsy social commentary or whatever. These “best of ‘graffiti” blog posts do the opposite of their intention, which i presume to be an effort to raise ‘awareness’ of graffiti as a legitimate art form. These posts only reinforce the idea that this street art stuff is the ‘good’ graffiti (the stuff thats pretty to look at for people who don’t understand it), but those tags on the side of your office are bad and should be condemned. I’d rater see your, and my, office, house and city streets completely covered with handstyles and two-color throw-ups than this art-school-trying-to-acquire-street-cred nonsense ignorant people take for graffiti. Just because it’s on the street and not in a gallery doen’t make it graffiti.

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  13. 1213

    Sebastian Santander Lazo

    September 28, 2008 6:09 pm

    SO fuckin Beautiful, mi art ist not compare, i do kindergarden draw,
    Saludos de Chile

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  14. 1314

    just a reply to jackson (comment 110) banksy is no longer an unknown, he is a millionaire, in fact even one of his close friends from back in the day sold his van (adorned with banksy art on all panels) and set up his whole family.
    to “real writer” i do have respect for some that tag, either those impossible to get to spots (extreme tagging) or those that make a nice looking tag, but lets face it when your on the train and you see the same tag over and over and put over some nice looking street art or whatever it gets real old real quick. and while you may technically be right about graf being only typographical language is an evolving thing and the term graffiti is commonly used to describe street art and as such its official meaning will change to reflect this unless we stop using it in this way – we meaning everyone except you since we are the majority and we own the english language (i so hope your going to point out graffiti is a latin word and as such part of a dead language, cause while technically true this would mean that english has no words since it is a mish mash of other languages)

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  15. 1415

    I’m agree with you PAK, “El niño de las pinturas” (he sign as “Sex”) is really a genius.
    Visit his work on Flickr Flickr or in his Official Web Site Official Web Site.

    Greetings from Granada.

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  16. 1516

    Alex Pardee is missing here.

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  17. 1617

    tristan savatier

    October 1, 2008 2:04 am

    please remove my photos (Loupiote) from your blog.

    those photos are copyrighted and i do not authorize their use on any blog with advertising.

    -t

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  18. 1718

    terbear06.deviantart.com I have a few graffiti posted of what i have found in Hemet, ca. i love graffiti yes i call it that.. does it really matter if i call it STREET ART? I know its art. and so do you. so I will call it graffiti and not be PC.. BY THE WAY this article is awesome!

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  19. 1819

    it sucks, a waste of time

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  20. 1920

    El de “Marco” esta demasiado brutalll…

    (EN) “Marco” it’s the most AWESOME…

    En Caracas (Venezuela) tambien hay varios demasiado buenos…

    (EN) In Caracas (Venezuela), there is also very good..

    SALUDOS de Venezuela

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  21. 2021

    Dont forget about Craola…

    Craola Artist Spotlight

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  22. 2122

    With the exception of a few most of those were Legals, Which other than being on the street does not make them street art. Alot of those pictures make me sick because they are painted by yuppie beatniks who have some half baked reason for wanting to express themselves and choose to mooch off the graffiti culture to get there. for those of you who want real street art go to youtube and search Above1, Doug, or any Stompdown video. Peace. Dose, KSB BPB repin the midwest

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  23. 2223

    >> “vandalism and graffiti are no the same thing,graffiti is a typographical art form,
    >> vandalism is damage of public property,2 very different things”

    Correction; vandalism is damage of PROPERTY, whether public or private.
    To deface a surface against the owner’s wishes IS vandalism. Calling it an “art form” does not get you off the hook.

    >> “one of our human rights is FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION”

    And another of our human rights is to possess a thing without anonymous strangers secretly spraying paint on it.

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  24. 2324

    Excellent Arts..

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  25. 2425

    Not one mention of Vancouver Street Art’s blatant rip-off (not to mention copyright infringement) of Roy Lichtenstein’s comic book artwork ( http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/21/pop-art-is-alive-classics-and-modern-artworks/ )? Being a copycat is lame enough…being a crappy copycat is blasphemy.

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  26. 2526

    very good this gallery!
    has a selection of typography and graffiti here: http://a-ham.com/typograff/

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  27. 2627

    Any who know what does “PAK” stand for? Have seen it everywhere but no explanation as to what it means.

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  28. 2728

    @Manup: if you see it often, it can either be the name of an artist or the name of the crew (group/team) this artist is a part of.

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  29. 2829

    Theres just one problem with the list. Most of these are not graffiti. They are mostly legal street art. These have little to nothing to do with graffiti.

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  30. 2930

    These are gorgeous. I wish there was graffiti like this closer to me, I miss seeing amazing pieces like this in person.

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  31. 3031

    the “unknown” above has been variously attributed. As it is a paste-up drawn with a very distinctive hand, my guess would be to attribute this one to Swoon or someone very much emulating her style.
    Like street art? Take a glance at juxtapoz mag. Even the mainstream print media is catching on to the low brow aesthetic. Witness recent major section or cover art by Gary Taxali in the Sunday NYT and on the cover of Newsweek.
    Bring on the Baseman, I say.

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  32. 3132

    i really liked it

    1
  33. 3233

    Yes. The K.E.L.P picture is a painting in Santiago from graffiti writers: Cekis and Ayslap (both from Chile). KELP.cl is a latinamerica-based webportal which showcases only the crème de la crème on urban art. It´s slogan is “graffiti meets design”.

    We invite you to visit it to get to enjoy, explore this amazing world of graffiti style.

    Saludos
    KELP

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  34. 3334

    What can i say? The art work is freaking dope!It’s 2009 and looking at all this masterpieces is really inspiring. How i wish i was somewhere nearby to witness the artist at work. It’s a new year and i want to do something out of my normal league. I saw this job posting

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  35. 3435

    ***Alot of the flickr links are not credited correctly. They are for the photographer’s username and not the actual artist.***

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  36. 3536

    There are some Bad-A drawings up there, man! Makes me want to Tag again.

    Newfie Bullet and Lady Pink’s Lettering is just sick.

    1
  37. 3637

    Great collection of pieces… I used it as inspiration for my site destroybeforereading.com !… Thanks you !

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  38. 3738

    where is DAIM? He’s the best for me. Banksy is too commercial, everybody talks about him, but so many other artists got actualy better skills…. good list anyway.

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  39. 3940

    amazing!!!
    i wish your tatoo on my back!

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  40. 4041

    There’s a great Danish graffiti artist called ‘Husk Mit Navn’ (Remember My Name), he has been beautifying the streets of Copenhagen for many years now.

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  41. 4142

    extremely amazing

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  42. 4243

    tank you,they are cool

    1
  43. 4344

    Not so quick! There are people who have been missed and should have well replaced some people on the list.

    1
  44. 4445

    I have photographed a very nice collection of graffiti and street art.
    You can view them here http://www.alinga.com.au/?p=361

    Regards

    Adrian

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  45. 4546

    Does anyone know AMAZING graffiti artists in San Diego?

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  46. 4647

    THATS AMAZING

    THANKS TO WHOEVER TOOK ALL THESE F0T0Z AND PILED THEM TOGETHER FOR US TO SEE!!!!!!!!!
    THEIR AMAZING
    I REALLY LIKE THE GORILLA ONE WITH THE RED EYES ITS AWESOME

    THANX AGAIN FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DO THAT

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  47. 4748

    Amazing!

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  48. 4849

    That is a great collection. Did you know that some of the street artists you featured are from Bristol, Banksy being one and the other Xenz (Graeme Brusby) lived in Bristol for nine years. The Bristol graffiti and street art scene is really strong, I’ve recently put together a collection of photos from Bristol which you might find interesting.
    http://www.bristol-street-art.co.uk

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  49. 4950

    wowwww, very nice

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  50. 5051

    excellent gallery

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