The Issue of Street Art & Graffiti – Part I

The problematic of street art and graffiti has been a heavily discussed topic over the past years. There are two general points of view on these art movements. On one side stand people that admire the various creations of street art and graffiti and who perceive it as a real artistic expression. On the other side stand people that consider it vandalism on private or public property and who are therefore against calling it “real art”. On which side do you stand?


Read the whole article to find out more about these two movements:

 I.            Definition and the difference between Graffiti and Street art
II.            Influence on society
III.            Historical background

It would be illegal ~ Banksy

“It would be illegal” ~ By Banksy ~ Photo: banksy.co.uk

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A Journey Through Europe

Older mural by German artist Dome titled “a journey through europe” in Ioannina, Greece.
The black-and-white artwork combines Dome’s typical surrealistic and realistic elements.

On his website Dome left a comment about this piece:
“Greece i love you. Again good food, nice people and a good organisation too. I’ve used more or less 30 liters white, 4 liters black acrylic and around 18 spraypaints to finish this one.”

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~ By Dome ~ Greece – Photo: domeone.de

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~ By Dome ~ Greece – Photo: domeone.de

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~ By Dome ~ Greece – Photo: domeone.de

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~ By Dome ~ Greece – Photo: domeone.de

What do you think about this mural?

Read more about “Who is Dome?”.


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Who is Dome?

Christian Krämer aka Dome is a German artist from Karlsruhe. Since the year 2000 Dome has been participating in numerous exhibitions mainly in Germany.
His style has developed significantly over the years, mainly in the use (or lack) of colour. In the beginning of his artistic career Dome liked to use a large variety of vibrant colours, however, since 2012 he’s been more into monochrome and keeping the object speak for itself without adding too much colour.
His works are highly detailed, realistic and surrealistic at the same time.

Enjoy his murals!

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~ By Dome ~ Untitled – Sadler’s Wells Theater in London, UK – Photo: domeone.de

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~ By Dome ~ Untitled – Sadler’s Wells Theater in London, UK – Photo: domeone.de

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The Last Flower

Amazing mural by German artist Dome titled “…..and the last flower is for the lady” in Poggibonsi, Italy for the ‪Dots Festival. Dome used acrylics and spraypaint to create this highly detailed 3,6 m x 24 m artwork.

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~ By Dome ~ Photo: domeone.de

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~ By Dome ~ Photo: domeone.de

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~ By Dome ~ Photo: domeone.de

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~ By Dome ~ Photo: domeone.de

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~ By Dome ~ Photo: domeone.de


Have a nice day!

Banksy Primary School

Bridge Farm Primary School gave 5-11 year old kids the permission to rename several of the school’s houses after notable people associated with the city of Bristol.

“Among the winners were “Cabot,” after John Cabot, the 15th century explorer; “Blackbeard,” after the pirate; and “Banksy,” after the infamous, as-yet-unidentified street artist who got his start in the Bristol underground art scene.”
– Upworthy.com

Even the street art legend himself heard the news and wanted to thank the kids.
The kids must’ve been really surprised to find a brand-new piece on the wall of their school building when they returned from holiday break.

He left them this 14-foot (~4.3m) mural and a sweet letter.

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

A really nice letter that encourages the kids to express their creativity.

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo: @jonkay01 on twitter

It is not a new information for many, however Street Art Rat somehow overslept and didn’t publish this one.
Banksy has been and still is a huge inspiration to many.
Here is a little piece of wisdom from his book:

“The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.”
― Banksy, Wall and Piece

Have a beautiful day!

Martin Whatson in Dubai

Norwegian artist Martin Whatson recently visited Dubai, UAE to paint this wall for the Dubai Street Museum. His piece is depicting the traditional art of picking dates from palm trees. Notice how the palm tree is rendered using his signature graffiti style.

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~ By Martin Whatson ~ Dubai, UAE – Photo: streetartnews.net

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~ By Martin Whatson ~ Dubai, UAE – Photo: streetartnews.net

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~ By Martin Whatson ~ Dubai, UAE – Photo: streetartnews.net

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~ By Martin Whatson ~ Dubai, UAE – Photo: streetartnews.net

You can find out more about his work here → Who is Martin Whatson?.


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Happy New Year

May all your dreams come true in 2017!

~ unknown ~ Photo: imgur.com

~ By Karma ~ Photo: revoltriot.com

Thank you for your support in 2016 and for being a street art fan! The New Year is going to bring more interviews with talented artists to Street Art Rat. 

Have a wonderful start into the New Year!

Merry Christmas

Wishing you peace, joy and love!

May this time be about what really matters – spending time with your loved ones rather than focusing on the material gifts – that is what these two pieces are trying to say. The first one is by Bordalo II and the second by KAS. 

Thank you for visiting Street Art Rat and leaving lovely comments, I appreciate it! Have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas surrounded by your loved ones and good food.

Happy holidays!