Then and Now: Kings of Spray Cans and Graffiti


Spray cans are their weapon of choice and the whole urban landscape is their canvass. Graffiti has always been here and the people who create them are in a talent class different from the conventional art category. See more of their tags after the cut.

There’s no denying it, art can’t be confined in a single space or medium. It is everywhere we look and go. The feeling of being surrounded by art is just overwhelming and the artists or writers that bring them to us continue to scale new heights literally and figuratively.

Photos via Ricky Day blog, The Remains of the Web, Graffiti Alphabeto, Jersey Joe Art

Although many consider graffiti as a form of an illegal activity, it continues to be a form of self expression and a way of pouring out social and political sentiments through the end of a spray can’s nozzle. Notable artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Dash Snow (aka Sace) started from painting walls and continued to go on with their art using different styles and media. The fact remains that this form of street art is still being used and recognized today.

Photos via Askew, Only Burners blog, Optical Spy, Rudy Tees, The Nerd Filter

As a way to vent out political and social overtones, graffiti artists use the streets as their studio to reach out to audiences and not just merely tag walls to proclaim it their turf. The gritty urban scene of cities old and new has been their greatest audience as well as their critic. Fact is, you can’t really get to show your art without people having to say their two cents about it – even if they are graffiti writers themselves.

Contemporary street writers like Banksy, Kemr and Askew paint the streets to show their signature style in colors, images and in bold fashion. Though some of the more active and prominent artists shroud their identities in mystery, their statements about self expression, government and everything in between will continue to find their homes in the walls for unsuspecting audiences to marvel on. Graffiti artists will never run out of space in the urban scene as long as there are audiences to wow and walls to empty their cans on. Our community has its own graffiti inspired photographs as well.

Credits: sobetion, gotoarizona, lakandula & af-capture

All information used in this article were sourced from Juxtapoz, Ricky Day blog, The Remains of the Web, Graffiti Alphabeto, Jersey Joe Art, Askew, Only Burners blog, Optical Spy, Rudy Tees, The Nerd Filter.

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written by cheeo on 2013-10-17 in #lifestyle #graffiti #street-art #paint #then-and-now


  1. gibri
    gibri ·

    I love Graffiti

  2. cheeo
    cheeo ·

    @gibri i love graffiti, too. it's just one of those art forms that isn't confined within the walls of a gallery or exhibition

  3. gibri
    gibri ·

    @cheeo sure, because isn't for somebody..but for everybody

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