A work of street art on the famed Houston Street wall by artist John Matos in New York City.
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“In the wake of the global growth of interest in art in the streets, one form of tourism that may soon be blowing up could be graffiti excursions, street art sightseeing, [and] mural journeying,” Brooklyn Street Art’s Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington recently declared.
A man walks past a mural painted on the ‘5 Pointz’ building on Long Island City neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
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If you are one of the many street art and graffiti enthusiasts who couldn’t imagine a vacation sweeter than galavanting around alleyways and empty buildings, searching for that great piece of urban art, we have the perfect map for you.
We’ve compiled a list of our favorite street art masterpieces in New York City — thanks in large part to BSA’s experts Rojo and Harrington, who walked us through some of their favorite locales to ogle wheatepastes and aerosol designs, from the Bronx to Coney Island.
People walk by a re-creation of an untitled mural painted by artist Keith Haring on the corner of Houston Street and Bowery in Manhattan May 2, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
World famous graffiti artist Inkie got the spray cans out during a visit to the Custard Factory in Birmingham to campaign for the upcoming City of Colours Street Art Festival.
Inkie is one of the most renowned UK graffiti artists to have emerged from the 1980s Bristol Scene – where he finished second in the 1989 World Street Art Championship painting – alongside 3D and Banksy.
From large murals to quirky canvases the City of Colours festival took place across a number of venues to show off what street art has to offer.
The European Central Bank has allowed graffiti artists to use the fence around the construction site of its new headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, as a public gallery where they can share their often politically charged art.
Justus Becker, who helps curate paintings at the site, and fellow artist ‘Bobby Borderline’ recently completed a new work of street art.