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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Banksy and the EU in England

In case you’ve missed the big news: a few weeks ago, the mysterious street art legend Banksy unveiled his brand new piece in Dover, UK – located next to the busy A20 motorway on York Street.

This mural is one of Banksy’s largest artworks to date and shows a massive European flag with a stenciled worker removing one of the European flag’s 12 stars. Located next to Dover’s ferry terminal, the British artist once again created a perfectly timed piece with the UK’s future exit from European union and an uncertain future concerning Europe.

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo and info via streetartnews.net

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo and info via streetartnews.net

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~ By Banksy ~ Photo and info via streetartnews.net

Have you seen the mural yet?


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PS: Sorry for the long silence, life is crazy atm and finals are ahead.
Thanks for understanding and have a nice day!

Luca Ledda in Brazil

Italian artist Luca Ledda just finished working on his two new murals created for a project called “Latinta Mural”, which is an art residency developed inside the favelas of ”Serra Dourada” and “Inhanguetà” in the city of Vitoria, Espirito Santo, Brazil.

Luca stated that the goal of the project is to involve the people of the district to approach art in a different way. “Both of this favelas gave me the inspiration to create a wall project, first mural theme is ‘Sleepy city’ and the second one is ‘Power of the nature’.”

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~ By Luca Ledda ~ Photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Luca Ledda ~ Photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Luca Ledda ~ Photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Luca Ledda ~ Photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Luca Ledda ~ Photo via streetartnews.net


Have a great day!

Interview w/ Murdoc

Murdoc is a talented Sydney-based artist who focuses mainly on stencil street art. He kindly answered my questions regarding his street art journey and shared his exciting future plans with Street Art Rat.
Enjoy the interview!

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~ By Murdoc ~

Where were you born and how did you start doing graffiti/street art?
I was born in Australia and spent most my life living in Sydney.
I started writing Graffiti around the age of 14 or so, I knew some older guys in a crew that everyone loved in our area. I really liked what they were doing and I got hooked.

How did your work develop? I see that nowadays you focus almost exclusively on stencils.
My transition from traditional “graffiti” to “street art” was mainly a way to portray a stronger message in my art. I got sick of writing my name(s) on a wall, and stenciling sped things up in the street. I was never the quickest at painting so I decided to switch things up.

Have you been criticized for your street art, since you often portray social and political issues?
Not really, everyone has responded pretty well. I try not to get too deep on that side of things, but I definitely still try to talk about or question things I don’t agree with. As everyone should.

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~ By Murdoc ~

What or who inspires you?
Some big inspirations of mine would be Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, Blek Le Rat, Banksy, Basquiat just to name a few. Anyone doing inspiring things and not driven by identity or ego.

What do you think about Banksy and his work?
I think he is great, very clever with how he controls his image and the art he creates, he is a big inspiration of mine. I guess my only problem with the “Banksy Phenomenon” is the die-hard fans boxing stencil artists together and calling them copies, without taking a look at Blek Le Rat and other Pioneers. Not to take anything away from Banksy, he is one of the greats and always will be.

Do you have any favorite street artists?
I really like Pejac, Kidult, Os Gemeos, Lister, Lush sux. These probably would have to be my favorite as of late, they are all doing great things and are very talented.

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~ By Murdoc ~

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Pastel in Oslo

New mural by Argentinian artist Francisco Diaz aka Pastel covering a wall of a public ‘Trosterud Skole’ school in Oslo, Norway. The piece is featuring his signature floral imagery.

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~ By Pastel ~ info and photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Pastel ~ photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Pastel ~ photo via streetartnews.net


Have a nice day!

Copenhagen Street Art

Amazing mural by Conor Harrington seen on Tullinsgade street in Copenhagen. His mural is depicting two men fighting one another, their clothes suggest they belong to the Renaissance period.



I am currently here in Copenhagen, more street art from this beautiful city is coming soon, as well as more regular posts.

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Shepard Fairey in Seoul

Shepard Fairey aka Obey Giant just completed his new piece entitled “Peace & Justice” at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea.

The mural was painted at the Hangaram Art Museum where the American street artist currently has an exhibition named “Peace & Justice Seoul” which will be on display until the end of April.

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~ By Shepard Fairey ~ Photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Shepard Fairey ~ Photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Shepard Fairey ~ Photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Shepard Fairey ~ Photo via streetartnews.net


Have a peaceful day!

Interview w/ KAS

KAS is a talented Portuguese street artist born in Porto who currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. His passion for art began at a young age. His father – also a painter – had big influence on him. KAS started painting classic graffiti lettering in the streets of Porto in 1999, he is a self-made artist, but he has learned informally from some of the greatest graffiti artists in Portugal.
KAS kindly agreed to answer my questions (not only) regarding his work.
Enjoy the interview!

Allegedly, you first got into graffiti by tagging all over the streets and then gradually progressed into street art and photorealism. How do you view tagging now? Do you see it as vandalism?
Yes, I started with classic graffiti and tags but evolution is a part of life so I developed my work in a different direction. But nowadays, I still look at tags in the same way as 15 years ago…The same message, the same style, the same adrenaline and sometimes I do the same. 😉
Of course I hate tags on monuments!

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~ By KAS ~ The Final Sunset – Bali, Indonesia

Do your murals have a hidden meaning or do you mostly create them for enjoyment?
I always have a meaning in my murals. I believe that street art is a power media and I use it to pass a message or an idea.

What or who inspires you?
All around me is a reason to be inspired. In the last 2 years I’ve started to mix photorealism with puzzle patterns and I like to play with the pieces and create some 3D effects.

Do you have any favourite street artists?
Yes a lot of them. It is difficult to choose the favorite artists because nowadays the list is quite large.

What would you like to achieve in the future/what are you currently working on?
I just want to continue my work and be better than yesterday. At the moment I have a couple of different projects on the way all around the world.

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~ By KAS ~ Smiles don’t use skin colors – Brussels, Belgium

Have you ever been caught by the police while painting?
Yes I’ve been caught and I ran away from the cops a lot of times.
Normally I say: if you never run from the cops you don’t know what graffiti is!

Do you have a motto or anything that you would like to share?
Do what you love and you will be happy forever…

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~ By KAS ~ Dubai, UAE

Finally, here are a few quick questions.

What do you see in front of you?
A wall that needs to be painted 😉
What did you have for lunch today?
Spray paint!
Most recent travel destination?
I was in Dubai painting for Dubai canvas 3D art Festival.
Your dream job?
I already have a dream job.
What superpower would you like to have?
I would like to have the power to stop the hunger in the world and the suffering of children in the war.

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Check out KAS’s work on his website and Facebook.

Thank you again for the inteview KAS!


Have a beautiful day!

Brothers in Buenos Aires

Argentinean street artist Ever Siempre just finished working on his latest large scale mural titled “Brothers” in the La Boca neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

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~ By Ever Siempre ~ Photo via streetartnews.net

On his Facebook page, Ever shared the story behind his mural:

“The neighborhood of “La boca” is born in the margin of Riachuelo, Buenos Aires. This neighborhood has the highest percentage of poverty of the city, also “La Boca” is the neighborhood with the highest percentage of renters in the Capital Federal, due to these social conditions there are also several community kitchens in the neighborhood where grandmothers and mothers takes care of children of other fathers and mothers.

More than 20 children eat in the community dining room ‘Comedor Communication pancita llena corazòn contento de la boca’, these children are called among them “brothers” are a big family that take care of each other.
Brian and Araceli are from different families but they take care one of each other. On the right you can see a graphic representation that compares the number of people who rents contrasted with the amount of owners.
This is a tribute to the present of the neighborhood and the future of “La boca”, an uncertain future conditioned by the gentrification of it.
If you want to contribute with the Shelter “Pancitas llenas corazon contento” follow this link, they need our help!”
– Eversiempre on Facebook

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~ By Ever Siempre ~ Photo via streetartnews.net

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~ By Ever Siempre ~ Photo via streetartnews.net


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