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5 Types of Street Art

Updated on October 20, 2012

Street Art

Street art to include; graffiti, stencil, mural painting, graphics, wheat paste, and other techniques( often illegal) bring forward a different perspective on our society.

While destruction may appear to be the only effects of this so called "art", many street art artist hold a different agenda.

Today I will be displaying just a few of the many talented street art artists which will force you to question your belief on graffiti and what it stands for. As you will be able to tell, not all street art is the same. Every artist I have chosen is known for breaking through your traditional form of street art, graffiti tagging.

Riot Flowers
Riot Flowers



Artist: Banksy

Perhaps the most famous stencil artist in the world, Banksy has created a subculture of its own in the street art field. Not only does his work include many powerful images, which are often controversial, but they may also be seen through-out the internet as viral images.

Method: Stencils

Often multi-layered stencils or combined with other media sources such as spray-paint or just about anything found in the streets like street signs.

Reason: Very little is known about this artists, since he refuses to be interviewed and keeps his identity low-key. However, his work of art is often satirical and combine dark-humor with graffiti.


How to Make a Stencil

Obama Poster
Obama Poster

Stickers and Posters

Shephard Fairey "Obey"

Artist: Shephard Fairey "Obey"

What once was only found within the skater community can now be seen through the world in various forms of propaganda parodies. Not only has Mr. Fairey managed to turn around

Method: Stickers, Posters, Wheat Paste, and Murals.

Reason: Often created for a simple rebellion against the norms of society. In fact, he believes "street art is political by nature, because it is an act of defiance." He also sees art as " a powerful tool of political speech and social commentary" and often tries to use his art to stimulate a constructive dialogue.


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Assault by Camera
Assault by Camera

Wheat Pasting


Artist: JR

This artist combines powerful social statements through large portraits and murals. Not only has he won a TED Prize in the past, but he is also often compared to other politically charged art works. His art work is just one simple wish to change the world one step at a time.

Method: Wheat Paste, gigantic mono photographs

Reason: His work of art brings forward common everyday materials to the light. Often introducing those who are unfortunate in the world and others who are often overseen.

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Artist: Vhils

This man believes that destruction is a form of construction. You read that right. As crazy as it sounds he has found a very impressive method and that is by etching, scratching, carving and even exploding walls! Of course, much graffiti can be labeled destructive, but his work is truly pushing the boundaries.

Method: Etching and Carving

Reason: Growing up, Vhils was born in Portugal which was deeply affected by the revolution at the time. It was then that he witnessed much destruction and the effects of the war on the walls. He believes change is necessary to communicate with the mass public, and this includes society.


Roa Mural
Roa Mural



Artist: Roa

One's love for animals could not be more noticed than our artist Roa. This mysterious Belgian street artist has created hundreds of murals through Europe expressing this love for animals. He often combines life, death, and life after death in his murals.

Method: Spray paint, Acrylic Paint

Reason: He has an obsession for animals and uses this obsession to paint for inspiration. Roa uses native animals based on the location he is painting in. Other than that, simply paints to paint- no other reason.

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      Attrox 2 years ago

      Yea really surprised when I had to do research on street art!

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      I am amazed at the different types of street art-never knew until now

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      Vimural LM 5 years ago

      I couldn't agree with you anymore! Street art can be amazing, and out of the norm.

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      CristianStan 5 years ago

      Street art is so amazing and it's so less boring than the boring, formal gallery arts that are so overrated.