Is Banksy a punk, hoodlum, or vandal?

Is Banksy a punk, hoodlum, or vandal?

“When street artists do it, it’s vandalism,” said one graffiti writer. “When Banksy does it, it’s an art piece. There’s a disconnect there.”

Source: Why Is Banksy the Only Person Allowed to Vandalize Britain’s Walls?

Banksy can do it, so, can you?

Banksy, how do you make everything so pErfEct?

Rémi Gaillard + Dr. LoveYoutube star Rémi Gaillard and artwork by street artist Dr. Love from Upfest in Bristol, England.”EcoMask” by Rémi GaillardYoutuber Rémi GaillardW

Source: EcoMask – Rémi Gaillard and Dr. Love

Rémi might say None of The Above. But might we ask the same question of Rémi?

All things being equal, some artists are just TOO pefFect, are they not?

Is there an artist you like as much, or dare we say it, MORE than Banksy?

stReet aRt #nennin PERFECT 8.12.21

stReet aRt #nennin PERFECT 8.12.21

#nennin stamps Five Sites PERFECT

Welcome to the debut of #nennin PERFECT. This issue stamps two sites for attitude, another site that’s throwing around some labels to pin down graffiti, street art, etc.

Check out the mural that’s not monkeying around and open up your calendar to mark an art show that’ll be here before you know it.

Not every artist with a can of paint has a profound message to share.


Graffiti with a message. Perfect. Or art for the sake of art?

Street-art festivals, the method through which cities offer a legal venue for artistic expression are great, but I find that they seldom result in genuine social expression rather than works that are, for the most part, decorative. There are a few exceptions to the rule, such as the works of Blu, and recently Herakut, and sometimes Os Gemeos, but for the most part, artists tend to treat these festivals as an opportunity to showcase their signature styles or to try out new techniques rather than an opportunity to say something relevant.

Source: Graffiti and street art can be controversial, but can also be a medium for voices of social change, protest, or expressions of community desire. What, how, and where are examples of graffiti as a positive force in communities? – The Nature of Cities

What’s a Debut without some Banksy… perFect.

Perfect because it may be the greatest of all art movements. Whether obvious or subtle, whimsical or serious, urban art is hard to miss.
Street is authentic. Street Art is Super Authentic Some street artists might unapologetically say that street art is the greatest art movement of our time and others could care less what the art community thinks. It’s not for the gallery – it’s for the masses – to entertain, to move, to bring about thought and change.
Source: Street Art Has a Remarkable Attitude, Satire And Creativity

Must all aRt be labelLed?

Definitions and labels. Some artists embrace them others go their own way. Perfect.
It starts with a squiggle on an abandoned building, then another, and another, until the once-blank wall is transformed into a mural. A tag from the author marks the final touch.
Source: From graffiti to galleries: Street vs. public art | CNN
BORDALO II does not monkey around when it’s time to do a show! PERFECT.
By BORDALO II in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by equis007 Trash Artist BORDALO II By BORDALO II in Lisbon, Portugal. By BORDALO II in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo by Stefan Goldschmidt BORDALO II: “This is how our studio looks like when it’s empty, with this piece done in 2017 for my solo show Attero.”
Source: Half Chimp – By BORDALO II in Lisbon, Portugal
Javits Center // September 09, 2021 – September 12, 2021
perfect. Mark your calendar. Hopefully Covid won’t turn it into a virtual event.
Attending the Armory Show has always been an annual “end of winter” art event, a wardrobe challenge as to whether you were going to trample in the March snow or stagger through a rare warm afternoon to Piers 92 and 94 in NY, regardless of seeing some of the most famed and emerging galleries showing standout works.
Source: The Armory Show Is Coming this September to the Javits Center, NYC
Street Art an International Phenomenon

Street Art an International Phenomenon

In the late 60s, graffiti takes off in New York

Discover the roots of the international rage for street art with a timeline evolution of graffiti to urban art starting with writers of the 60’s.

#StreetArtProject – @googleart

Source: Street Art – Google Arts & Culture

Graffiti The Original Street Art

Back to the Seventies and the Rise of Graffiti

Contemporary (or “hip-hop”) graffiti dates to the late 1960s, generally said to have arisen from the Black and Latino neighborhoods of New York City alongside hip-hop music and street subcultures, and catalyzed by the invention of the aerosol spray can. Early graffiti artists were commonly called “writers” or “taggers.”

Detailed history of street art… where it began, the war on graffiti. Graffiti’s transition to an art form. Various forms of urban art that have evolved from graffiti and an introduction to notable artists.

Graffiti artists today draw inspiration from Art History at times, but it cannot be said that graffiti grew directly out of any such canon or typology. Modern graffiti did not begin as an art form at all, but rather, as a form of text-based urban communication that developed its own networks.

Source: Street and Graffiti Art – Concepts & Styles

New York City? It’s the birthplace of street art. It came out of the 1970s, when the city was bankrupt and crime was rampant.

Growing up in that environment, kids from the Bronx and Brooklyn tagged subway cars and buildings even though it was illegal and dangerous. Eventually, their new art form spread around the world and found its way into NYC galleries and museums in NYC.

The top twelve cities for street art in the US.

Emerging on the streets in the 1970s, graffiti started off as a way for disassociated youths to express themselves, but it was seen by many as an act of vandalism. Over the years, graffiti became seen as an art form, with street art now revalent wherever you go, with many cities offering tours.

Street art hotspots, according to social media. 1. New York City, New York – 307,000 engagements Unsurprisingly, the street art hotspot capital of the U.S. is New York, which has loads of hidden gems to discover. However, if you’re short on time and want to visit a couple of highlights, head over to the Upper West Side where you can see Banksy’s ‘Hammer Boy’ (preserved behind plexiglass); or head north of Manhattan to the Bronx, where you can visit the Wall of Fame, featuring the designs of hundreds of artists over the years.

Boston, Massachusetts – 13,600 engagements If you’re searching for street art in Boston, make a beeline to Roxbury, which was the site of the original graffiti movement in the 1970s. The ‘Faces of Dudley’ mural depicts people who come from the area, including Malcolm X, whereas ‘The Lab’ murals by the O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science depicts a large white tiger, with black stripes that feature several graffiti writers’ names.

Source: New York City revealed as the street art capital of the USA

International Contemporary Street Art

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?