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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 Banksy. 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.jh2

3

Mrzer4

5

Deuce 76

Graffiti7

zevs8

Graffiti9

imminentdisaster10

Graffiti11

Banksy12

Graffiti13
Graffiti14

Marquis Lewis15

Graffiti16

Retna Saber Revok SeventhLetter17

Graffiti18

Mr Mucho

Graffiti19

Gaia20

Graffiti21

Wall Spankers Project22
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

Graffiti23

obey24

Graffiti25

Lady Pink: Sandra Fabara26
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 Fabara27

Xenz: Graeme Brusby

Graffiti28
Graffiti
Graffiti

SABER29

Saber30
Saber31

6emeia32

Graffiti33
Graffiti34

Vancouver Street Art35

Graffiti36
Graffiti37
Graffiti38
Graffiti39

Collective Graffiti, Chiado, Lisbon40

Graffiti41

Paopao42

43

Jakedobkin44

45

Lois In Wonderland46

47

Wouldpkr48

49

Hammotime50

51

Abigaelarachnid52

53

Newfie Bullet54

55

OMEN56

57

Newfie Bullet58

59

Loupiote60

Stuart Herbert61

62
63

Seetwist64

65

Wickedcliche66

67

Akbar Simonse68

69

Marco70

71

Josepalencia72

73

Tonogayora74

75

Guy Fawkes76

77

Allan Dalla

78

Kekko7379

80

Cloud-TA

Loupiote81

82

Laughing Squid83

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Further Resources Link

  • Graffwriter85
    Create your custom graffiti artwork
    .
  • Reverse Graffiti86
    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 Art87
    Graffiti from the walls of Israel/Palestine,Brazil and Ukranian
  • Rene Gagnon:Post-Graffiti Abstract Expressionism88
    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://flickr.com/photos/michaeljh/
  3. 3 http://flickr.com/photos/michaeljh/394245529/
  4. 4 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrzero_cfs/
  5. 5 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrzero_cfs/2538514696/
  6. 6 http://www.flickr.com/groups/422469@N20/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/433708849/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/2140742518/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/2140742518/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/tags/imminentdisaster/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/2116173487/
  12. 12 http://www.banksy.co.uk/menu.html
  13. 13 http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/horizontal_1.htm
  14. 14 http://www.banksy.co.uk/outdoors/horizontal_1.htm
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord-jim/441174957/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord-jim/441174957/
  17. 17 http://flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/1352257955/
  18. 18 http://flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/1352257955/
  19. 19 http://flickr.com/photos/good_day/211972522/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/photos/arte/2384523583/
  21. 21 http://flickr.com/photos/arte/2384523583/
  22. 22 http://www.wallspankers.com/wsgraffiti.htm
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/1472162045/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunapark/736627237/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunapark/736627237/
  26. 26 http://pinksmith.com/Site%203/HOME%20PAGE.html
  27. 27 http://pinksmith.com/Site%203/HOME%20PAGE.html
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xenz/2373253975/
  29. 29 http://saberone.com/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/2850911367/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24293932@N00/2753065044/
  32. 32 http://www.6emeia.com/
  33. 33 http://www.6emeia.com/
  34. 34 http://www.6emeia.com/
  35. 35 http://www.designflavr.com/resources/The-infamous-Vancouver-Street-Art-i112/
  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://flickr.com/photos/arteurbana/2322890066/
  41. 41 http://flickr.com/photos/arteurbana/2322890066/
  42. 42 http://flickr.com/photos/pao_street_art/
  43. 43 http://flickr.com/photos/pao_street_art/875497692/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluejake/1608225458/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/loisstavsky/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/photos/loisstavsky/2830942763/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wouldpkr/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/photos/wouldpkr/2204241711/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hammotime/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hammotime/2308782290/
  52. 52 http://abigaelarachnid.deviantart.com/
  53. 53 http://abigaelarachnid.deviantart.com/art/graffiti-67289428
  54. 54 http://flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/
  55. 55 http://flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/454499990/in/photostream/
  56. 56 http://omen514.com
  57. 57 http://flickr.com/photos/kelp1/492777041/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/
  59. 59 http://flickr.com/photos/newfiebullet/454499888/
  60. 60 http://flickr.com/photos/loupiote/
  61. 61 http://flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/
  62. 62 http://flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/394598441/
  63. 63 http://flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/394599967/in/set-72157594587706541/
  64. 64 http://flickr.com/photos/seetwist/
  65. 65 http://flickr.com/photos/seetwist/1876817291/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/photos/8295810@N07/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/8295810@N07/499183955/
  68. 68 http://flickr.com/photos/simeon_barkas/
  69. 69 http://flickr.com/photos/simeon_barkas/1215685094/
  70. 70 http://flickr.com/photos/marco_1970/
  71. 71 http://flickr.com/photos/marco_1970/2198870385/
  72. 72 http://flickr.com/photos/josepalencia/
  73. 73 http://flickr.com/photos/josepalencia/2705960298/in/pool-murales
  74. 74 http://flickr.com/photos/tonogayora/
  75. 75 http://flickr.com/photos/tonogayora/2471548066/in/pool-murales
  76. 76 http://flickr.com/photos/guyfawkes/
  77. 77 http://flickr.com/photos/guyfawkes/2835394529/in/pool-graffiti_art
  78. 78 http://flickr.com/photos/bitzi/2573838782/
  79. 79 http://flickr.com/photos/kekko73/
  80. 80 http://flickr.com/photos/kekko73/372318333/
  81. 81 http://flickr.com/photos/loupiote/
  82. 82 http://flickr.com/photos/loupiote/508915310/in/photostream/
  83. 83 http://flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/
  84. 84 http://flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/407106316/
  85. 85 http://www.graffwriter.com/
  86. 86 http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/06/18/reverse-graffiti-san-francisco/
  87. 87 http://www.crookedbrains.net/2008/07/art_18.html
  88. 88 http://renegagnonfineart.com/
  89. 89 /2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  90. 90 /2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  91. 91 /2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  92. 92 /2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  93. 93 /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.

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  15. 16

    What about Keith Haring?

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  16. 17

    Really good and inspirational stuff here.. great!

    1
  17. 18

    Great collection! Really awesome!

    1
  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).

    -1
  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

      carlos alfredo

      March 18, 2010 9:34 am

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

      1
  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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  31. 35

    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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  32. 36

    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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  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

    Mr Colour Drunk

    September 15, 2008 10:45 am

    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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