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Banksy, 'If Graffiti Changed Anything', London

 

 

Street art and graffiti are as old God and the first perfect examples of humanity he graced our fair planet with. It is the understanding of most religious scholars, that Adam pieced the walls of the Garden of Eden with a giant cock and balls, which through the misinterpretation and misrepresentation of  historians, spiralled into the myths and legends about a mystical, evil "serpent", that offended Adam's Dad and in the process corrupted men for all time.  Of course, this only goes back a few thousand years, and the creative manipulation of our surroundings and the symbolising and recording of what we see has been around for at least thirty thousand trips around the sun, from the time when we were living in caves and scratching motifs into the walls – whilst we were still barely distinguishable from apes.

In slightly more modern times, remains of street art have been traced back to stone etchings in the side of Roman buildings encouraging the use of one of mans other oldest pastimes, prostitution. There is still traces of European Viking graffiti, and the Chinese, Mayans, Persians and virtually every major ancient civilisation left traces of uncommissioned expression behind. Even the great Renaissance painters Raphael and Michelangelo felt obliged to leave their mark when they ventured into the ruins of Nero's Domus Aurea.

'Graffiti', used in it's original form, is the plural of the word 'graffito', which is a term used in achaeology to describe "an ancient drawing or writing scratched on a wall or other surface". We've come along way since humans needed to create a word to describe scratches on ancient ruins and now a lot of peoples ideas and ideals associated with grafitti or street art resonate from the epicentre that was New York hip-hop culture in the 1980's. Whilst some of the initial sentiments and intentions are still in effect today, street art has now transcended its archaeological and hip hop roots and has become embraced by the art world as a valid and important means of expression. As an artistic medium it has become  virtually ubiquitous in every city, town or village where there is walls and willing practitioners wanting to express themselves.

Street art is now a world wide phenomenon, with more and more people taking up the pastime every day – utilising aerosols, markers, paint, chisels, stencils, pasteups and virtually anything they can their hands on. The creative energy and resistance to our conditioned state of minds, radiates from all the major creative metropolises on the globe, with New York, LA, Berlin, Melbourne, Buenos Aires, Rome, London, Bristol, Paris and São Paulo regarded as some of the most well decorated, celebrated and influential cities.

The rise of digital photography and the viral nature of the internet has led to a myriad of websites celebrating and perpetuating street art culture.  Unurth.com is our favourite, it constantly features the biggest, most progressive, intelligently political, graphic, intricate, funny and involved examples street art from the world's highest profile, most daring and successful street artists. Run and curated by Sebastian Buck, the website is a categoric and constantly evolving what's what, where's where and who's who of contemporary street art, and unarguably one of the best and most comprehensive collections of street art online.

Here, I featured a mere slice of what the site has to offer, with links back to the artists portfolios on Unurth if you want to further explore some of your favourite artists. Scroll down, absorb, and enjoy the result of over thirty thousand years worth of evolution of one of the most ancient and accesible forms of expression known to man.

 

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Aakash Nihalani, 'Stop Pop + Roll', NYC

Aakash Nihalani, 'Stop Pop + Roll', NYC

 

 

 

Jon Jackson, Adios LA

Jon Jackson, Adios LA

 

 

 

Jon Jackson, Adios LA

Jon Jackson, Adios LA

 

 

 

Alberto de Pedro, 'Eloisa', Spain

Alberto de Pedro, 'Eloisa', Spain

 

 

 

Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Athens

Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Athens

 

 

 

Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Athens

Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Athens

 

 

 

Aryz & Finland, Poland

Aryz & Finland, Poland

 

 

 

 

Aryz & Finland, Poland

Aryz & Finland, Poland

 

 

 

Banksy, Crayon Shooter, Los Angeles

Banksy, Crayon Shooter, Los Angeles

 

 

 

Banksy, Crayon Shooter, Los Angeles

Banksy, Crayon Shooter, Los Angeles

 

 

 

Banksy Around Los Angeles

Banksy Around Los Angeles

 

 

 

Lead Pencil Studio, Non-Sign II, Washington

Lead Pencil Studio, Non-Sign II, Washington

 

 

 

C215, Marseille

C215, Marseille

 

 

 

C215, Marseille

C215, Marseille

 

 

 

Shark Toof (with Case)

Shark Toof (with Case)

 

 

 

Ethos in Los Angeles

Ethos in Los Angeles

 

 

 

Cornelius Brown, Crate Men in Brisbane

Cornelius Brown, Crate Men in Brisbane

 

 

 

Cornelius Brown, Crate Men in Brisbane

Cornelius Brown, Crate Men in Brisbane

 

 

 

Desire Obtain Cherish, Hollywood Billboard

Desire Obtain Cherish, Hollywood Billboard

 

 

 

Emol, Aracaju City, Brazil

Emol, Aracaju City, Brazil

 

 

 

 

 

Escif, Political Buffing, Valencia

Escif, Political Buffing, Valencia

 

 

 

Escif, A Fence Behind A Fence, Spain

Escif, A Fence Behind A Fence, Spain

 

 

 

Escif, Ghosts, Bilbao -  'Transformation of 1 gram of crack into a ghost'

Escif, Ghosts, Bilbao -  'Transformation of 1 gram of crack into a ghost'

 

 

 

Escif, 'Presentation-Representation', Spain

Escif, 'Presentation-Representation', Spain

 

 

 

Ethos in Amsterdam

Ethos in Amsterdam

 

 

 

Fauxreel, Tara, Toronto

Fauxreel, Tara, Toronto

 

 

 

Iemza, Reims - France

Iemza, Reims – France

 

 

 

Isaac Cordal, 'Electoral Campaign', Berlin

Isaac Cordal, 'Electoral Campaign', Berlin

 

 

 

Jana + JS, Strasbourg - France

Jana + JS, Strasbourg – France

 

 

 

Jana + JS, Paris

Jana + JS, Paris

 

 

 

Jana + JS, Paris

Jana + JS, Paris

 

 

 

JR in Los Angeles

 

 

 

JR in Los Angeles

JR in Los Angeles

 

 

 

Kaid Ashton, Taiwan

Kaid Ashton, Taiwan

 

 

 

Kaid Ashton, Taiwan

Kaid Ashton, Taiwan

 

 

 

Klone, In.And.Out, Tel Aviv

Klone, In.And.Out, Tel Aviv

 

 

 

Laguna, Spain

Laguna, Spain

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leon Reid IV, 'Identity Theft', Brooklyn

Leon Reid IV, 'Identity Theft', Brooklyn

 

 

 

Ludo, GreenBerry, Paris

Ludo, GreenBerry, Paris

 

 

 

Luzinterruptus, Literature Versus Traffic, NYC

 

 

 

Luzinterruptus, Literature Versus Traffic, NYC

Luzinterruptus, Literature Versus Traffic, NYC

 

 

 

Mesa, Spain

Mesa, Spain

 

 

 

Moneyless, San Francisco + Oakland

Moneyless, San Francisco + Oakland

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt W. Moore, Cincinnati

Matt W. Moore, Cincinnati

 

 

 

Nomadé, Los Angeles

Nomadé, Los Angeles

 

 

 

Os Gémeos + Blu, Lisbon

Os Gémeos + Blu, Lisbon

 

 

 

Os Gémeos + Blu, Lisbon

Os Gémeos + Blu, Lisbon

 

 

 

Os Gémeos + Blu, Lisbon

Os Gémeos + Blu, Lisbon

 

 

 

Os Gemeos, Los Angeles

Os Gemeos, Los Angeles

 

 

 

Os Gémeos, Don't Believe The Hype, San Diego

Os Gémeos, Don't Believe The Hype, San Diego

 

 

 

Os Gémeos, Don't Believe The Hype, San Diego

Os Gémeos, Don't Believe The Hype, San Diego

 

 

 

Over Under, Brooklyn

Over Under, Brooklyn

 

 

 

Philippe Baudelocque, Fox, Paris

Philippe Baudelocque, Fox, Paris

 

 

 

Phlegm, Abandoned School, Sheffield

Phlegm, Abandoned School, Sheffield

 

 

 

Pixel Pour 2.0, NYC

Pixel Pour 2.0, NYC

 

 

 

Quel Beast, 'Bruises Fade, Lightning Aches', San Francisco

Quel Beast, 'Bruises Fade, Lightning Aches', San Francisco

 

 

 

 

ROA, 'Four Horses', Newcastle

ROA, 'Four Horses', Newcastle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roa @ Salton Sea, California

Roa @ Salton Sea, California

 

 

 

Snyder, Shark in Carlsbad

Snyder, Shark in Carlsbad

 

 

 

Snyder, Urban Garden, Los Angeles

Snyder, Urban Garden, Los Angeles

 

 

 

Simple, Gothenburg, Sweden

Simple, Gothenburg, Sweden

 

 

 

Slinkachu, 'Boys Own Adventures', London

Slinkachu, 'Boys Own Adventures', London

 

 

 

Slinkachu, 'The Last Resort', London

Slinkachu, 'The Last Resort', London

 

 

 

Specter in Chicago

Specter in Chicago

 

 

 

Stinkfish, San Andres Island - Part II, Colombia

Stinkfish, San Andres Island – Part II, Colombia

 

 

 

Stinkfish, Ninia Kukul, Bogota

Stinkfish, Ninia Kukul, Bogota

 

 

 

Stinkfish, San Andres Island, Colombia

Stinkfish, San Andres Island, Colombia

 

 

 

Stinkfish, San Andres Island, Colombia

Stinkfish, San Andres Island, Colombia

 

 

 

Stinkfish, Bogota

Stinkfish, Bogota

 

 

 

Sy, St. Petersburg, Russia

Sy, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

 

 

Aakash Nihalani,  'Clouded', Brooklyn

Aakash Nihalani,  'Clouded', Brooklyn

 

 

 

Vhils, Crono Project, Lisbon

Vhils, Crono Project, Lisbon

 

 

 

 

Vhils in Moscow

Vhils in Moscow

 

 

 

Vhils in Kentucky

Vhils in Kentucky

 

 

 

Vhils in Berlin

Vhils in Berlin

 

 

 

Jetsonorama, Arizona

Jetsonorama, Arizona

 

 

 

Judith Supine @ New Image Art, Los Angeles

Judith Supine @ New Image Art, Los Angeles

 

 

 

Klone, 'Don't Sleep!', Tel Aviv

Klone, 'Don't Sleep!', Tel Aviv

 

 

 

Rub Home Kandy, Anamorphosis II, Rome

Rub Home Kandy, Anamorphosis II, Rome

 

 

 

Rub Kandy, Corner The Mirror, Rome

Rub Kandy, Corner The Mirror, Rome

 

 

 

Rub Kandy, 'Cross The Mirror', Rome

Rub Kandy, 'Cross The Mirror', Rome

 

 

 

Felice Varini, Spazio Fendi, Milan

Felice Varini, Spazio Fendi, Milan

 

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