Time to look back and see what amazing pieces have been created for our enjoyment on walls across the world. These are just a small selection of the many thousands of original pieces that created yearly. I’m sure it’s becoming more commonplace for large murals to be adorning walls on all major cities on every continent.
The shutters of local shops were been brightened up with artwork from local artists in the Canton area of Cardiff.
Local graffiti artists Bagel and company went on a bit of a painting spree in Pontcanna and Canton – paying tribute to Gorf whilst splashing it all over residential and commerical properties.
Early in February these wonderfully colourful cats started appearing around Roath and Cathays and really brightened up the streets and lanes courtesy of Lembo. The one outside Home Bargains didn’t last long!
In March a new event was created called The Biggest Wales Sticker Combo 2012 and resulted in hundreds of well designed stickers being applied to an old garage near The Atrium in Cardiff. Loads of local artists and contributions from further afield too created this interesting tapestry! Another great selection of cats from Lembo too!
Moving back to Manhattan Island and walking the streets in various neighbourhoods with loads of great stuff adorning the walls everywhere. What a city of art New York really is! Great to unearth my first Obey and Atak pieces.
And lastly onto the world famous graffiti centre called 5 Pointz in New York. (Rumour is its being shut down, knocked down and turned into flats!) Was great to experience it and see what a wonder it was. On my visit Whitney Houston had just died with a tribute already being blacked ready for the next piece!
Back in the UK and my first visit to the famous (well famous for the setting of umpteen episodes of The Bill and other tv progs) a road that goes under Waterloo Station but doesnt actually go anywhere now! Leake Street has been granted status as a legal graffiti area – and boy has every inch been ‘decorated’!! The road tunnel features also features alot of cartoon characters and pasteups from locals and other artists from aborad.
Next up in the Summer a trip to the ever popular Brick Lane in Shoreditch, London to discover whether it lived upto the hype I’d read about online – oh it didnt disappoint! Around every corner was some amazing piece of street art, whether on a door, a shutter or a whole wall! Totally awe inspiring! (if a little bit creepy the tribute to Whitney Houston!)
In May the Roath and Cathays areas of Cardiff had some new tags to offer, a tribute to MCA and a few more goodies from Lembo including his trademark cat taking pride of place next to the ‘Cardiff Blob Whale’ by Spades. Also prior to The Olympic Games in London and The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee a lot more political art appeared aswell.
I had not frequented Bristol that much so was intrigued to find out what the Stokes Croft and St Pauls areas of the city had to offer. It was a wealth of amazing street art adorning the high street from famous names like Banksey and a lot of other lesser known names like Sweet Tooth, CK One, Phlegm and Stinkfish! (great names eh?!)
Back in the Williamsburg and Bushwick districts of New York there was the traditional tags, names and characters but also some cat faces and some other striking pieces of art. Everything was really laaarge!
On my travels around the trendy and fashionable area of Shoreditch in London – I kept coming across a certain striking bit of street art adorning many shutters and doors all around the Brick Lane area from an artist and illustrator called Malark.