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Graffiti Art is Art or is It? The Influence of Street Art.

Updated on October 25, 2015

A Beautiful Building in Berlin

Graffiti comes in many different Forms

This is a building in Berlin, I marvel at how amazing this building looks. Whoever the artist is he has done an amazing job at catching the eyes of the people around that town in Berlin. This spot gets many visits a day from people all over the world and I am fortunate enough to have found this amazing photo to share with you. The colors give off a vibrant feel like no other. The buildings architecture truly stands out, the style of the outside makes you feel as if you're transported back to time, it is an incredible view.

Banksy Loves Ny

Banksy is one of the most controversial artists of our Time

If you haven't heard of Banksy you're missing out! He is known for his amazing stencil art and graffiti work that is all over the world. Major celebrities have gotten tattoos and art work from this artist because he leaves us with breathtaking images. The thing that attracts fans to Banksy is that he remains anonymous meaning that there are no photos of his face and he does his work very secretly meaning that nobody catches him planting his work on the walls of London, New York, or anywhere else.

Banksy is controversial and his art is definitely one that creates conversations among the crowds of people who walk buy it each day. He is the type of artist that property owners approve of to create art on their property because of the value of his work. He stands out from the crowd, he is provocative and his work is admired by people all over.

Check out this incredible video of a street vendor who sells Banksy Artwork for $60 on NYC Streets worth thousands of dollars, bet you wish you were one to have

Mural by Graffiti Artist Kenny Scharf

If you walk along Bowery Street in New York City you will notice a beautiful Mural by artist Kenny Scharf. This art work is bright, colorful, and full of grins. It is thought provoking and makes the viewer think, why are these faces grinning and smiling at me? In my opinion it is quite disturbing but beautiful! I love the cartoonish look of it but also just the way the work blends together.

Will you be taking a visit to Bowery Street in NYC? If you do don't forget to pass by and take some amazing photos of this mural.

Mural by Graffiti Artist Kenny Scharf located on Bowery Street NYC

Graffiti comes in many forms like Paper

I truly wish I could create art work this beautiful. This is an amazing work of art on paper. The Graffiti is classic and stands out with a 3D look. It looks like the art is going to pop out at you. I admire the artist who created this work. I like the grimacing looks on the faces and the colors that make the work stand out it is a piece that feels like something out of a psychological horror movie. If you look closely at the eyes of the characters created in this art you could see a menacing look as if they're mischievous. Many great artist create art because its the easiest way to express themselves so if you're seeing that their characters look angry or mischievous that is because the artist subconsciously feels that way. Art is not only created to evoke feeling but to express feeling as well, it is like a poet conveying his or her thoughts and feelings in their journal, art is the same.

Graffiti on Paper

Alejandro Flores and his Graffiti shoe Design

Flores made so called "Sneaker Heads" (Sneaker collectors) go wild when he came out with his custom hand made graffiti shoe design. These shoes stand out and bring the beauty of urban street life in to gear.

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Art on shoes?

These shoes are custom made, one of a kind and you can see Flores handwork and talent go into these shoes. This shows the diversity of graffiti and how it can be displayed in all kinds of ways. Art on a shoe, would you wear something like this? Definitely not for everybody but an interesting take on the different ways art is created. Comment below and let me know what medium have you seen art created on that I haven't mentioned on this hub.

Graffiti at your Door

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Door Graffiti

Looks amazing huh? This graffiti artist shows his skills and originality by creating art on a door. Now you might be thinking, why did he create those toons kissing? Well my friend the answer is LOVE, it rules all and the artist is in love with his passion for street art.

Graffiti on the Train

Imagine this beautiful train passing you by!

I would love to see a train like this passing me by. The art on this train really stands out, it could also be the red color that enhances the look of it.

Sewer Drain Cover in Japan

Hello are there any Ninja Turtles down here??

Very cool Japanese sewer cap art, it is unique. I picked this photo because I have never seen a sewer cap designed like this before. It is indeed one of a kind and it shows that the expression "Art is everywhere" is true.

Kid's Create Art on Vintage Chair

Now don't go drawing all over grandma's old chair

This is how you make something vintage look really amazing. I love the idea the parent's of these kids had to turn an old chair into a master piece. These kids did an excellent job decorating this chair and giving it a really cool spring/summertime look.

Retro Vintage Woman's Dress

Going to an Art Museum anytime soon? How about you be the Masterpiece

Now I'm not a fashion expert but I must say I wouldn't mind my little old lady wearing a dress like this. This dress would be awesome to wear on a night out to the museum it would definitely stand out and bring a lot of attention to the woman wearing it.

Graffiti Eye by Karl Penguin

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Graffiti is a form of art that is different, stands out and stands tall. According to Study.com "Modern graffiti art can be traced to the late 1960s in the United States. However, the history of graffiti goes much further back to ancient times. " Graffiti art is undeniably one of the most underrated types of art form but every true artist knows that it is one of the most important contribution to the art lifestyle.

For people living in the city we take graffiti art for granted and underestimate the important influence it has on our world and that is creativity. Creativity is something we are all born with but as we grow older the mundane tasks of life start taking over our minds and become attached to us like leeches.

We must not forget that any type of art form is an expression of something and expression and signs are important. One of the worlds most ancient and famous philosopher Confucius once said “Signs and Symbols Rule the world, not rules and law” and this is true just look at the world around us. We use symbols for everything, iPhone apps and company logos. Graffiti is underestimated but overly beautiful don't forget to share your thoughts in the comment section below. Thank you for reading!

-Rabadi

In Doyle, Belgium (Where Time Stands Still)

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Another Beautiful Piece in Doyle, Belgium

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The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti
The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti

Painted murals first appeared in Latin America in the early 20th century; in the 1950s, spray-can graffiti associated with Latino gangs followed, notably the “cholo” graffiti of Los Angeles. Today, street art has traveled to nearly every corner of the globe, evolving into a highly complex and ornate art form. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti is the definitive survey of international street art, focusing on the world’s most influential urban artists and artworks. Since the lives and works of urban artists are inextricably linked to specific streets and places, this beautifully illustrated volume features specially commissioned “city artworks” that provide an intimate understanding of these metropolitan landscapes.

Organized geographically by country and city, more than 100 of today’s most important street artists—including Espo in New York, Shepard Fairey in Los Angeles, Os Gêmeos in Brazil, and Anthony Lister in Australia—are profiled alongside key examples of their work. The evolution of street art and graffiti within each region is also chronicled, providing essential historical context. With contributions by the foremost authorities on street art and graffiti, this landmark publication provides a nuanced understanding of a widespread contemporary art practice. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti emphasizes urban art’s powerful commitment to a spontaneous creativity that is inherently connected to the architecture of the metropolis.

 

Is Graffiti Art or Vandalism? A very thought provoking video on Graffiti Art

Should Graffiti be considered as a form of Art?

Do you believe that graffiti should be considered as a form of Art?

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      jgshorebird 

      2 years ago

      Nice hub. I would have to agree that graffiti is art. But if someone painted 'art' on my house, without permission, I'd have him (Bansky) arrested. That's why criminals wear hoods.

    • Rabadi profile imageAUTHOR

      2 years ago from New York

      Thank you Lady Guitar Picker :)

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      stella vadakin 

      2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Some of the graffiti is very beautiful. Near the University of Fl. in Gainesville there is much art to be found. There is a very large mural the students painted and the colors look great. The downtown has much graffiti.Wonderful hub, really enjoyed it.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Rabadi,

      Amazing work. I give this a 10, if you had a voting slot. Loved the art and how you laid this out. Loved it. Keep up the great work, my friend.

    • Rabadi profile imageAUTHOR

      3 years ago from New York

      Thanks for sharing Susan :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Beautiful examples of graffiti here - I like the boots! Recently, the city near us held an event where artists painted pictures on several downtown buildings. The artwork is absolutely remarkable and beautiful and makes such a statement for the downtown area. The graffiti event was very successful and I feel sure they'll do it again. I hope they do!

    • Rabadi profile imageAUTHOR

      3 years ago from New York

      It really is thank you for checking out my page Peg!

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      Peg Cole 

      3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Most of this work is incredibly beautiful. We were stopped at a railroad crossing recently and I noticed the cars had some fascinating graffiti art painted on them. This takes real talent to create.

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      JeffreyW 

      3 years ago

      Absolutely interesting article and perspectives of graffiti as a controversial type of art! I believe a fine graffiti is super stunning and appealing to the audience as the pictures above, but definitely not the random tagging on public properties.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Except for the chair, I love it all. I do recognize that anything -- even something beautiful -- that is unwelcome name particular place and time, however, may be considered a nuisance rather than art. Great hub!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Except for the chair, I love it all. I do recognize that anything -- even something beautiful -- that is unwelcome name particular place and time, however, may be considered a nuisance rather than art. Great hub!

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      Mel Carriere 

      3 years ago from San Diego California

      Whether one likes or approves of it, it is undeniably art, and really good stuff too. Thanks for compiling these beautiful images. Great hub!

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      Larry Rankin 

      3 years ago from Oklahoma

      Some graffiti is beautiful.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      All of it is admirable; but except for the dress I'd say it's a little bit crazy for me. I'd love to look at it and then walk away. Your article, though is a pleasant and informative read. Thank you.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      3 years ago from South Carolina

      Welcome to HubPages Rabadi,

      Interesting article about a controversial topic. These examples are very beautiful and artistic and I love when murals are commissioned by the owners of the buildings. However, graffiti is neither solicited or sanctioned so in that case, I believe the owner's rights should take preference over the artists' designs.

      That said, I like programs that fund public murals which is a win win situation for everyone.

      Thanks for posting this.

      Happyboomernurse

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