Hit The Streets

Hit The Streets

The Street Art Movement

Street art, guerrilla art, urban art, or graffiti has become a mainstream style. The POLITICS of the art style takes an anti establishment stance with artist messages that range from mocking politics and consumerism to raising awareness of environmental issues. Often thought provoking, created to be accessible not hidden, many pieces are eagerly sought by collectors and celebrities fetching high prices.

Banksymania and The Banksy Effect

The Banksy phenomenon, he’s a household name but no one knows who he is.

From austere beginnings out of Bristol England in the 1990’s to inclusion in Time Magazine 2010 World’s 100 Most Influential People List just about everyone knows his name.

Exit Through The Gift Shop

REVIEW: Fake, real, some weird combo. It doesn’t matter much, which is… unique -thesubstream 10 May 2010


Exit Through the Gift Shop, the first film directed by reclusive street art legend Banksy, is a little puzzle-box of a documentary. It’s perfectly designed and pitched to be enjoyable on multiple levels: on one as an entertaining, illuminating mini-history of “street art” and on another – one entirely more convoluted and entertaining – as a light-hearted “up yours” to both street artists and their patrons.


“I always appear behind a mask. As such, I can visit my own exhibitions without any visitors knowing who I really am even if I stand a few steps away from them.” 

Street Art Blogs

Street art encompasses a variety of art forms. Guerrilla art, urban art and graffiti are all “street art.” You can’t call it underground because it’s created in public spaces for public viewing, but there’s definitely an underground vibe to appreciating the influence it has on the art scene.

What began as graffiti and vandalism has evolved into guerrilla art produced to make a statement or to beautify an area, typically urban. Despite the risks and challenges of installing art in public spaces, creating art in this manner enables artists to reach an audience beyond the guardianship and closed doors of the gallery world.

Street art goes beyond graffiti’s spray paint with expression in other media like stencils, stickers, tiling, even LED art. Sometimes the jolt of street art is delivered by where it shows up as opposed to what it may say.

Isn’t it ironic that art is always eluding restriction? Keith Haring a New York City street artist from the 80’s began putting up works on an unattended wall in the Bowery. Other artists followed, as well as the fame of the wall. The wall later became privately “managed” open to artists by commission or invitation only.

These days there are artists who have become well known for their work with international acclaim making the transition from the street to the mainstream. Famous artists like Shepard Fairey are huge commercial successes working closely with corporate designers in high profile commercial projects. Funny how the rebels have come full circle, isn’t it?

Thanks to Banksy you now have a great reason to visit Europe, to take a street art tour! People want to understand and appreciate the art form. Go for it. There’s much to appreciate. Learn the history of the various styles, the artists, where their works can be found, where it’s all going, and the $64,000 question, where can I buy some, and how much is it!?

Graffiti can be cryptic with symbols and wild letters converging in a kaleidoscope of color with hidden messages. Street art wears the white hat with messages that appeal to all. Despite the differences, the objective of gaining recognition is a common denominator.


Street Beat Presents Urban Art Legends

Street Beat Presents Urban Art Legends

Legends of Street Art

Urban guerilla artists, with roots in the street, create art for the people by the people in unconventional mediums that include stickers, spray paint, stencils and posters (wheat paste).

Graffiti once considered an annoyance at best by those who don’t understand it, is now highly sought after mainstream art commanding high prices.

Graffiti | Guerrilla Art | Street Art is typically an unauthorized, creative art piece displayed in a public space to create awareness, make a statement, jolt, mock or evoke whatever sentiment the artist wishes to provoke.

Stenciled images, pasted up stickers and posters, big letters made with spray cans, that’s the stuff we’re talking about.

Street Beat presents a list of legendary artists of street art style. 

ATOME -Australian writer attributes the advantages of developing his writing style beyond the influence of  the graffiti artists in the NYC scene. 


Overrated(?) international man of mystery and street artist.

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“A lot of people never use their initiative because no one told them to.” -Banksy

Ben Eine at work 16

English artist born in London known for his alphabet lettering and a variety of lettering styles. Founded a screen printing company Pictures On Walls (POW) with Banksy.

One of Eine’s pieces was presented to Obama as a gift from Britain’s Prime Minister.

Blek le Rat - Sleeping man

Originator of stencil art in Paris featuring rats. Banksy claims to be inspired by 3D but the rat themes are similar. Influenced by NYC graffiti after a visit in 1971.

In 2006 began a series to call attention to the plight of the homeless.

Carolina Falkholt 2013

Describes her art as “grafitta.” She grew up in Sweden, later moved to Sweden where she began to paint graffiti (grafitta). 

Moved to NYC in the 90’s where she painted with different crews for record companies. Today, back in Sweden, her works often include vibrant arrays of endless circles with inspiration drawn from the body.

Cope2 / Bruxelles - 6 sep 2018

Cope2 is an underdog of street art.

Coney Island - Coney Art Walls: Collide-A-Scope by Daze

70’s graffiti artist out of NYC who has transitioned from the streets to the galleries to numerous museums.

Doze Green
Henry Chalfant

Lady Pink
Mode 2

Nick Walker
Robbie Conal

Sane Smith
Stephen Powers
T-KID 170
Tracy 168

Pacman Guggenheim

International liberator of space invaders from their video consoles.

shepard fairey

Obey. Obama. ICA… you probably own a couple of his t-shirts, right?