2012 – The best graffiti and street art

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.

Beginning in Cardiff and some random heart balloons taken around the alleyway leading to the Cardiff City Stadium.
New Year Grafitti taken with Samsung Galaxy SII and Vignette

Throughout the whole year Enta continued to update her artwork opposite Chapter Arts in Cardiff. I think the weather has been so rubbish that it hasn’t been updated as often as last year!
Enta work opposite Chapter Arts, Jan 2012.Enta art opposite Chapter Arts Centre

The shutters of local shops were been brightened up with artwork from local artists in the Canton area of Cardiff.
Commercial street art-FalafelCommercial street art-Sizzle and Grill

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.
Bagel Gorf grafitti in CantonBagel Gorf grafitti in Canton

The ever popular Elm Street legal wall had updates with some cartoon characters and the motto ‘Thats all folks!’ from Cruel Vapours.
Thats All Folks street art in CathaysThats All Folks street art in Cathays

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!
Lembo graffiti
Lembo graffiti

Cartoon characters seem to feature quite heavily this year with more appearing around Hailey Park and beyond. Can you name the classic characters shown here?
Haileypark Boilerhouse GraffitiHaileypark Boilerhouse Graffiti
Haileypark Boilerhouse GraffitiHaileypark Boilerhouse Graffiti
Haileypark Boilerhouse GraffitiHaileypark Boilerhouse Graffiti

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!
Wales Sticker Combo 2012Wales Sticker Combo 2012
Wales Sticker Combo 2012Wales Sticker Combo 2012
Wales Sticker Combo 2012
Wales Sticker Combo 2012

In April a visit to New York unearthed this amazing work by Robots Will Kill deep in the industrial part of New York. Just a small selection here!
Robots Will Kill Street Art, New York.
Robots Will Kill Street Art, New York.Robots Will Kill Street Art, New York.
Robots Will Kill Street Art, New York.Robots Will Kill Street Art, New York.
Robots Will Kill Street Art, New York.

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.
GRAFITTI-Manhattan, New York
GRAFITTI-Manhattan, New York
GRAFITTI-Manhattan, New YorkGRAFITTI-Manhattan, New York
GRAFITTI-Manhattan, New YorkGRAFITTI-Manhattan, New York
GRAFITTI-Manhattan, New York
GRAFITTI-Manhattan, New York
OBEY GRAFITTI-Manhattan, New YorkOBEY GRAFITTI-Manhattan, New York

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!
5Pointz Graffiti Centre, New York.
5Pointz Graffiti Centre, New York.
5Pointz Graffiti Centre, New York.
5Pointz Graffiti Centre, New York.
5Pointz Graffiti Centre, New York.5Pointz Graffiti Centre, New York.

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.
Leake Street, London graffiti
Leake Street, London graffiti
Leake Street, London graffitiLeake Street, London graffiti
Leake Street, London graffitiLeake Street, London graffiti
Nightmare on Leake Street, London graffiti

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!)
Paul Don Smith Graffiti, Shoreditch, LondonPaul Don Smith Graffiti, Shoreditch, London
Graffiti, Shoreditch, London
Graffiti, Shoreditch, LondonGraffiti, Shoreditch, London
Graffiti, Shoreditch, London
Graffiti, Shoreditch, London
Dscreet Graffiti, Shoreditch, LondonPez Graffiti, Shoreditch, London
Stik Graffiti, Shoreditch, LondonGraffiti, Shoreditch, LondonRoa Graffiti, Shoreditch, London
Graffiti, Shoreditch, LondonMobstr Graffiti, Shoreditch, LondonStik Graffiti, Shoreditch, London

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.
Grafitti at Cathays Community Centre
DWC DMC Grafitti in RoathDWC DMC Grafitti in RoathDWC DMC Grafitti in Roath
Lembo Street Art in Cathays
Northcote Lanes Grafitti in RoathStreet Art in CathaysStreet Art in Cathays
Coca Cola Kills GrafittiDWC DMC Grafitti in Roath
Lembo Cat in Cathays
Lembo I love grafittea

Moving onto Las Vegas and a trip to their ‘Art District’ with the flavour of the graffiti being of a Las Vegas and Gambling theme – also a few token cartoon characters too!
GRAFFITI-Las Vegas


GRAFFITI-Las Vegas

In August there was a ‘Last Supper’ themed piece of street art near Temple Meads station in Bristol, UK.
GRAFFITI-Temple Meads, Bristol
GRAFFITI-Temple Meads, Bristol
GRAFFITI-Temple Meads, BristolGRAFFITI-Temple Meads, BristolGRAFFITI-Temple Meads, Bristol

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?!)
GRAFFITI-Stokes Croft, BristolGRAFFITI-Stokes Croft, Bristol
GRAFFITI-Stokes Croft, BristolGRAFFITI-Stokes Croft, Bristol
GRAFFITI-Stokes Croft, BristolGRAFFITI-Stokes Croft, Bristol
GRAFFITI-Stokes Croft, BristolGRAFFITI-Stokes Croft, Bristol
GRAFFITI-Stokes Croft, Bristol

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!
GRAFFITI-Williamsburg, New York
GRAFFITI-Williamsburg, New York
GRAFFITI-Williamsburg, New York
GRAFFITI-Williamsburg, New YorkGRAFFITI-Williamsburg, New YorkGRAFFITI-Williamsburg, New York

Another trip to Bristol for the Balloon Fiesta and a chance to capture some pieces from the Bedminster side of the river and a few more Banksy’s on the way.
GRAFFITI-North Street, Bedminster, Bristol
GRAFFITI-North Street, Bedminster, BristolGRAFFITI-North Street, Bedminster, Bristol
GRAFFITI-North Street, Bedminster, BristolGRAFFITI-North Street, Bedminster, Bristol

Back in Cardiff and the doors opened on Cardiff’s Fashion Quarter opposite Cardiff Castle sporting some great street art from locals and people further afield!
Street Art-Womanby Street Cardiff
Street Art-Womanby Street CardiffStreet Art-Womanby Street Cardiff
Street Art-Womanby Street CardiffStreet Art-Womanby Street Cardiff

In October international artist Shepard Fairey came to London as part of his Sound and Vision exhibition – this wasnt just held in an art gallery but at locations around the city aswell.
Shepard Fairey Street Art and Exhibition 2012
Shepard Fairey Street Art and Exhibition 2012Shepard Fairey Street Art and Exhibition 2012Shepard Fairey Street Art and Exhibition 2012
Shepard Fairey Street Art and Exhibition 2012

In November and a new street art venue was launched in Cardiff – The Trackside Studios off Richmond Road. Brightening up a dreary back lane with great faces of the famous – more for you to guess.
Street Art at Trackside, CathaysStreet Art at Trackside, Cathays
Street Art at Trackside, CathaysStreet Art at Trackside, Cathays
Street Art at Trackside, CathaysStreet Art at Trackside, CathaysStreet Art at Trackside, CathaysStreet Art at Trackside, Cathays
Street Art at Trackside, CathaysStreet Art at Trackside, CathaysStreet Art at Trackside, Cathays
Street Art at Trackside, Cathays

Also in this area was a huge display on a curved wall by artist Colour Doomed – words cannot describe how I felt when I discovered this one!
Cathays Street Art and Graffiti
Cathays Street Art and Graffiti
Cathays Street Art and Graffiti

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.
Malark Graffiti in Shoreditch, London
Malark Graffiti in Shoreditch, LondonMalark Graffiti in Shoreditch, LondonMalark Graffiti in Shoreditch, London
Malark Graffiti in Shoreditch, London

4 Responses to “2012 – The best graffiti and street art”

  1. Reblogged this on The Cardiff Gallery and commented:
    Loved this post. Great to see a compilation of street art from all around the world.

  2. What an amazing collection!

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