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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 Link

Michael.jh3

4

Mrzer5

6

Deuce 77

Graffiti8

zevs9

Graffiti10

imminentdisaster11

Graffiti12

Banksy13

Graffiti14
Graffiti15

Marquis Lewis16

Graffiti17

Retna Saber Revok SeventhLetter18

Graffiti19

Mr Mucho

Graffiti20

Gaia21

Graffiti22

Wall Spankers Project23
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.

Reone
Reone

Muck

Graffiti24

obey25

Graffiti26

Lady Pink: Sandra Fabara27
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 Fabara28

Xenz: Graeme Brusby

Graffiti29
Graffiti
Graffiti

SABER30

Saber31
Saber32

6emeia33

Graffiti34
Graffiti35

Vancouver Street Art36

Graffiti37
Graffiti38
Graffiti39
Graffiti40

Collective Graffiti, Chiado, Lisbon41

Graffiti42

Paopao43

44

Jakedobkin45

46

Lois In Wonderland47

48

Wouldpkr49

50

Hammotime51

52

Abigaelarachnid53

54

Newfie Bullet55

56

OMEN57

58

Newfie Bullet59

60

Loupiote61

Stuart Herbert62

63
64

Seetwist65

66

Wickedcliche67

68

Akbar Simonse69

70

Marco71

72

Josepalencia73

74

Tonogayora75

76

Guy Fawkes77

78

Allan Dalla

79

Kekko7380

81

Cloud-TA

Loupiote82

83

Laughing Squid84

85

Further Resources Link

  • Graffwriter86
    Create your custom graffiti artwork
    .
  • Reverse Graffiti87
    Eco-friendly graffiti created by actually cutting through and cleaning up grit to leave a lasting impression.
  • Graffiti finds its place in contemporary art
    A young French graffiti artist who goes by the tag name Teurk, clambered onto the ruins of an old bridge and set to work with an aerosol can.
  • Crookedbrains:Beautiful Graffiti Art88
    Graffiti from the walls of Israel/Palestine,Brazil and Ukranian
  • Rene Gagnon:Post-Graffiti Abstract Expressionism89
    Bridging the Gap Between Urban Graffiti Art and Contemporary Abstract Expressionism.

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Footnotes Link

  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://flickr.com/photos/good_day/211972522/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/arte/2384523583/
  22. 22 http://flickr.com/photos/arte/2384523583/
  23. 23 http://www.wallspankers.com/wsgraffiti.htm
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/1472162045/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunapark/736627237/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunapark/736627237/
  27. 27 http://pinksmith.com/Site%203/HOME%20PAGE.html
  28. 28 http://pinksmith.com/Site%203/HOME%20PAGE.html
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xenz/2373253975/
  30. 30 http://saberone.com/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/2850911367/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/2753065044/
  33. 33 http://www.6emeia.com/
  34. 34 http://www.6emeia.com/
  35. 35 http://www.6emeia.com/
  36. 36 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  37. 37 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  38. 38 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  39. 39 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  40. 40 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/arteurbana/2322890066/
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/arteurbana/2322890066/
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/photos/pao_street_art/
  44. 44 http://flickr.com/photos/pao_street_art/875497692/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/1608225458/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/loisstavsky/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/loisstavsky/2830942763/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wouldpkr/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wouldpkr/2204241711/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hammotime/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hammotime/2308782290/
  53. 53 http://abigaelarachnid.deviantart.com/
  54. 54 http://abigaelarachnid.deviantart.com/art/graffiti-67289428
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/
  56. 56 http://flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/454499990/in/photostream/
  57. 57 http://omen514.com
  58. 58 http://flickr.com/photos/kelp1/492777041/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/
  60. 60 http://flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/454499888/
  61. 61 http://flickr.com/photos/loupiote/
  62. 62 http://flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/
  63. 63 http://flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/394598441/
  64. 64 http://flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/394599967/in/set-72157594587706541/
  65. 65 http://flickr.com/photos/seetwist/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/photos/seetwist/1876817291/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/8295810@N07/
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/photos/8295810@N07/499183955/
  69. 69 http://flickr.com/photos/simeon_barkas/
  70. 70 http://flickr.com/photos/simeon_barkas/1215685094/
  71. 71 http://flickr.com/photos/marco_1970/
  72. 72 http://flickr.com/photos/marco_1970/2198870385/
  73. 73 http://flickr.com/photos/josepalencia/
  74. 74 http://flickr.com/photos/josepalencia/2705960298/in/pool-murales
  75. 75 http://flickr.com/photos/tonogayora/
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/photos/tonogayora/2471548066/in/pool-murales
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/photos/guyfawkes/
  78. 78 http://flickr.com/photos/guyfawkes/2835394529/in/pool-graffiti_art
  79. 79 http://flickr.com/photos/bitzi/2573838782/
  80. 80 http://flickr.com/photos/kekko73/
  81. 81 http://flickr.com/photos/kekko73/372318333/
  82. 82 http://flickr.com/photos/loupiote/
  83. 83 http://flickr.com/photos/loupiote/508915310/in/photostream/
  84. 84 http://flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/
  85. 85 http://flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/407106316/
  86. 86 http://www.graffwriter.com/
  87. 87 http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/18/reverse-graffiti-san-francisco/
  88. 88 http://www.crookedbrains.net/2008/07/art_18.html
  89. 89 http://renegagnonfineart.com/
  90. 90 /2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  91. 91 /2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  92. 92 /2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  93. 93 /2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  94. 94 /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.

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  10. 10

    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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  11. 12

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

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  12. 13

    Absolutely wonderful article !

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  13. 14

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

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

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  14. 15

    Great collection guys, very interesting!
    Thank you.

    1
  15. 16

    What about Keith Haring?

    -1
  16. 17

    Really good and inspirational stuff here.. great!

    1
  17. 18

    Great collection! Really awesome!

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  18. 19

    very good

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  19. 20

    good one

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  20. 21

    primero!!! n___n

    sorprendente…

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

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  21. 23

    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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  22. 24

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

    Thanks SMasH

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  23. 26

    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).

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  24. 27

    Awesome pictures! I like it! wow!

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  25. 28

    Great Artwork… Keep it up SM!!!

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    • 29

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

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  26. 30

    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.

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  27. 31

    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

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  28. 32

    banksy and obey are not the same person…

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  29. 33

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

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  30. 34

    Inspiring as hell.

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