When you think of Melbourne, you might think of shopping, lattes and football. But stroll along Hosier Lane and this Victorian capital is going to blow you away with some of Australia’s best street art. Positioned right opposite Federation Square in Melbourne’s city centre, this laneway is home to some of the world’s most iconic urban art, created by leading artists, including Ha-Ha, Psalm, Meggs, Vexta, and Civilian.
When your coveted sneakers the likes of Air Jordan 3, Adidas x Jeremy Scott Denim Wings or Ewing 33 Hi ‘Red Suede’ lands in the hands of L.A-based artist Freehand Profit (Gary Lockwood), they may be taken apart and turned into amazing gas masks, and sometimes with an extra shoulder harness to protect you from harm. And it’s all because ‘the gas mask is the mask of our times; it represents atrocities at war, civil unrest, environmental damnation and works both as a symbol of fear and of protection.
There was a time when the subway trains of New York were covered in vibrant graffiti, inside and out. Sadly that time is past and now advertising companies pay premium dollar for the same privilege that has made graffiti artists outlaws.
Banksy, the master of hiding your identity while simultaneously maintaining global fame, has caught the media spotlight once again. Several more of the elusive street artists works have cropped up around The UK, one of which in particular has caused quite a stir.
It’s hard to believe, but Houston-based creative Anat Ronen is a self-taught artist and up until five years ago, was working in admin fields. It took a leap of faith for her to quit her day job and enter into the art field full-time. And I personally think she made the right decision! Ronen now […]
There seems to be an emerging trend within the graffiti world. Where priority use to be focused on making the artwork shout out loud, some street artists like Polish artist Natalia Rak, Lithuanian artist Ernest Zacharevic and French street artist Vinie Graffiti take into consideration what’s occupying the site they have in mind and how […]
Graffiti legend Banksy joins us as we mourn the third anniversary of the Syria conflict by speaking up and reworking his famous ‘Girl with a Balloon’ stencil masterpiece. In the recreated piece, he depicts a young girl, just like the one before, but this time it’s a young Syrian refugee who has probably lost her family to bloodshed.
You know the saying, ‘when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade?’ For street artists, it goes something like, ‘when life gives you a condemned New York City apartment building, you make a secret illegal art show’. Surplus Candy was an illegal art show organized by the street artist Hanksy. Together with 43 artists, they […]
Every year we look forward to seeing the photos of the most beloved street art photos discovered by Street Art Utopia. Here is a selection of street art photos from around the world, each with different social messages and graphic styles.
Santiago is street artist ESTOY’s playground, and boy, does he play well. Just from looking at these pictures, we can’t help but be drawn in to his intricate and whimsical works that often contain tribal motifs too.
Nowadays, everyone calls the paintings and writings done in the streets generically ‘street art’ and no longer ‘graffiti’. But it´s time to go back to the roots and to take a closer look at the original graffiti style. The term was officially established during the 1980s and characterized artworks mostly done illegally and with spray-paint.
Banksy’s latest installation smells of resentment. He wrote an article for the New York Times about the new ‘One World Trade Center’ project being ugly. Actually, he called it “vanilla” and “something from Canada”. The article was supposed to be another installment in his daily ‘Better Out Than In’ graffiti series. But predictably, his article was rejected. And like a sulking kid, he went ahead and made a big stink about it with this mural instead. Go Banksy. His work never ceases to make me smile.
Charlene Weisler’s urban photography is inspired by the transience and impermanence of street art. Concentrating on the evolving nature of layered, decaying graffiti, Weisler’s art captures a timeline of competing efforts and messages eroded by weather and time. Notably, the photographs are “as-is” – as she finds them on the streets – and are not […]
It all started out when Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank found a powerful RGB laser on Ebay for 600 bucks and decided to point it at the canyon walls outside LA. Unfortunately, the light show scared the whits out of an elderly man who happened to also be in the area (the middle of nowhere, to be precise). […]