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

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Jakedobkin51

52

Lois In Wonderland53

54

Wouldpkr55

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Hammotime57

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Abigaelarachnid59

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Newfie Bullet61

62

OMEN63

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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

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Marco77

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Josepalencia79

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Sindios6981

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Tonogayora83

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Guy Fawkes85

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Allan Dalla

87

Kekko7388

89

Cloud-TA90

91

Loupiote92

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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
  2. 202

    wue… toh ezztan zuculentozz pero zolo uno m ghuztu….feliziitazionezz a loz grafiiteroz d gran valentiia…. :)…!!!!

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  3. 604

    This was GREAT! COOOL! :)

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  4. 805

    The men who are drawing that are simply: Superman!
    Loock here:

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  5. 1006

    Great graffitties!

    -2
  6. 1207

    i love graffiti so much…good graffiti good in our world….Thanks

    -2
  7. 1408

    obey is shepard fairey

    -5
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    Sean Shockley aka: the Shockster

    January 18, 2011 10:12 am

    Thanks so much for making my Day! Always been a fan of Graffiti, This is some amazing work!

    3
  10. 2011

    Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s really informative. I?m going to watch out for brussels. I?ll be grateful if you continue this in future. Many people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

    -2
  11. 2212

    Ok list could be better you should follow naste magazine got alot of graffiti posts.

    BTW: read some of the tutorials great magazine keep it up.
    ciao

    1
  12. 2413

    banksy and obey are definitely not the same person but they are both massive sellouts. where is shok one on here? that bloke is far more original than any of this

    1
  13. 2614

    Looks like, your trackback doesn’t work. Can I ping your site?

    3
  14. 2815

    It’s onerous to find educated individuals on this subject, but you sound like you already know what you’re speaking about! Thanks

    3
  15. 3016

    Snapclicker does some great graffiti shots around London, its mixed in with his other work, definitely worth checking out http://snapclicker.com/index.php?page=personal

    3
  16. 3217

    THIS WAS F***ING AWESOME PICTURES!! THANKS TO THEM WHO HAVE BEEN PAINTING THEM! P’Z

    4
  17. 3418

    i will not copy what i c on simsons
    i will not copy what i c on simsons
    i will not copy what i c on simsons

    -5
  18. 3619

    xtreem dodger

    May 5, 2011 4:47 am

    wow, this site rocked me!!

    3
  19. 3820

    thank you
    enjoyed the journey

    3
  20. 4021

    i really got inspired by these wonderful art works i am planing to paint on this scale with the colorful composition illustration will speak it self,or any artist can do must be abundance of ideas around,cheers

    -3
  21. 4222

    sweeeeeeeeeeeeet
    stay up stay live stay tuned
    1

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  22. 4423

    Thank you so much for posting these. You represented a LOT of beautiful and unique styles. I see commenters mentioning omitted artists like Daim…I love Daim’s art, too, but I understand it’s impossible to fit every artist. How did you all decide to choose these photos? :)

    2
  23. 4624

    Dude, these people are CRAZY talented. I’m not even kidding i was totally blown away and still am! i can draw really good and people say im so good i should become a professional artist and design t-shirts and stuff like that and if i practiced and studied what these people do, i could definetly accomplish drawings like this. People just do this without even thinking about it. I’m only 15 but i can do it with art supplies, a piece of concrete and imagination.

    5
  24. 4825

    Absolutely brilliant!!!
    Real talent and real artists!
    I would love so much to be able to share this page on facebook, but i don’t see any option for that. Please let me know if I can do so.

    2
  25. 5026

    ossam,minblowing too good. i have never seen this type if art before.

    2
  26. 5227

    graffiti is my world

    2
  27. 5428

    Really eye catching. Here is some more
    http://goo.gl/zfntE

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  28. 5629

    awsome!!!..really great job of art…it will be my first ispiration of art…you get it!!!now I gonna grafiting my bedroom wall just like you all…really nice huh..

    2
  29. 5830

    Hi i am aidee ocampo i am a student at valley high school i seen your work online and i would like to say that i love your work its gorges and bueatiful and i would love for you to come one day to our school and draw i would love that but thats if you can.I am aidee ocampo at valley high school and i am in 9th grade hope you get to read this and i dont have an email. i have my myspace email so i hope you write back(:

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  30. 6031

    First off you guys have no idea what you’re talking about. Graffiti did NOT orifinate from gangs. Graffiti came about from the experimentation of two Philidelphia kids that practiced writing their names on the walls in the early seventies. then, the famous “taki 183″ took it to a whole new level, advancing the system and handstyle of tagging until newspapers noticed him and wrote an article about his work. once this interview was puplished, graffiti migrated to new york and took root, as kids wrote their names everywhere in their own unique style to become heroes in their own communities. THAT’S how it started. not when some little bitches decided to throw up their gang name. why don’t you do a little research before you say stupid shit like that.

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  31. 6232

    WoW this really changed my view 2 graffiti it is so beautiful nd emotional I love it

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  32. 6433

    U gat da real thang. Hope 2 get some tips from u

    3
  33. 6634

    I’m a massive fan of street art (I’ve even written an article about it: Banksy’s Graffiti Art). I just love the way that political messages are woven into some pieces. I guess that’s why I’m such a fan of Banksy.

    3
  34. 6835

    I am not a graffiti artist myself, but however I do support the art of graffiti to certain extents and I am writing an essay on it as well. These graffiti tags are great!

    3
  35. 7036

    There is an awesome ibook about the history of New York City Subway Graffiti. Check it out here:
    http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/14/art-elevated-henry-chalfants-archives/?_r=0

    3
  36. 7237

    Hello everyone I’m a graffiti artist out of Fresno ca. After looking at the pictures and reading the comments it makes me happy to do what I do so thanks to everyone for your support

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