Street Art Cities.
Updated: May 8, 2018
Having grown up in Southern California fresh graffiti on the freeway, a building, a passing train, was a normal occurrence. The Los Angeles, Inland Empire, San Diego, the Bay Area, were all places I spent a lot of time in my life growing up or as an adult. Part of why I love doing hair is expression of creativity, and the art I'm creating through the medium of hair. Some of the worlds most renound street artist come from land of palm trees and sunshine. People view it as an act of frustration, expression, passion, destruction. Famous artists such as Banksy, C215 and CRO have brought an already popular medium into the everyday conscious and inspired many other artists to showcase their work.
“The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages.” ― Banksy, Wall and Piece
Urbanism - is the study of the characteristic ways of interaction of inhabitants of towns and cities, with the built environment. It is a direct component of disciplines such as urban planning (the physical design and management of urban structures) and urban sociology (the study of urban life and culture).
This can be represented in many ways, most traditionally through architecture and anthropology, but city life is now most commonly being showcased through the red-headed step child of art; street artists. Not only are they creating cultural movements, but they are influencing other forms of expression such as hair, clothing, accessories, and more!
"To sculpt a head of hair with scissors is an art form. It's in pursuit of art." - Vidal Sassoon
Hair and art have always been synonymous. Many artists get into the business of cutting hair as an added outlet for their imagination. I was never a good artist, but a good designer yes. I couldn't draw worth a damn, but I could color the shit out of a picture lol. Yes I just used an 'lol'. I laugh at my own jokes, don't you? Ok back to what I was saying, after a recent visit to Los Angeles for LA Art Week, and the LA ArtShow I was rejuvenated heading back to the shop. I was excited to use angles and shapes I had seen, colors I saw, and most inspirationally the STREET ART! Since the universe didn't bestow upon me the talent of drawing, that certainly doesn't mean that I don't love to appreciate it or incorporate it into what I am good at.
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"Huge, overwhelming paintings on buildings get our blood pumping! It’s a gust of fresh air in cities dominated by concrete, glass, and corporate ads. Some murals demand us to just stop and gaze... To let it all sink in." www.streetartcities.com
TOP 10 Cities to find street art and the passion it inspires.
10. Stockholm Metro Station, Stockholm, Sweden
Unofficially known as the „world’s longest art gallery“, the metro station has some exciting paintings. First underground painting was painted in 1970s.
9. Bristol, UK
The native town of world famous graffiti artist Banksy, Bristol attracts young creative people from all around the world. In summer Europe’s largest festival takes place in the city, where artists are invited to paint live in the neighborhoods of Bedminster and Southville.
8. Berlin, Germany
The capital is a hub for the artists. And of course there is plenty of space for the painters: what is left of the Berlin Wall is open for the artists to express their creativity. The practice is not unusual in Germany – even in the smallest towns you could find a wall, which is being constantly painted and repainted by the artists.
Montreal plays host to a Mural Festival every June, but the local arts community keeps producing work year round, even in the coldest days of winter. Much of the work has a political bent, calling attention to decaying buildings, speaking up about community issues like poverty, or making fun of politicians.
6. Paris, France
It looks like glitter and glamor in the heart of the city, but there is a vivid urban scene as well. As you know, French are probably the most revolutionary and rebellious people around. So no wonder that you can find some sharp political criticism in the local street art.
In the Alcantara district, near Ponte 25 de Abril, there is a vast underground passage, which serves as a street art gallery. The fantasies of Lisbon’s artists cover every wall and concrete column. In bohemian Barrio Alto the artworks are usually carefully thought out to compliment their surroundings.
4. St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
There are murals to be found everywhere in the compact downtown area. You can stop into Florida Craft Art Gallery for a map and to view work from local artists. Then hit the streets and alleyways to soak up the Florida sunshine and great art.
Iceland's relatively relaxed graffiti laws have enabled local artists to get creative with their outdoor expression. You can walk down just about any street in central Reykjavik (we recommend strolling down trendy Hversvigata as a starting place) and find a bright, diverse range of work from a variety of artists.
2. Los Angeles, USA
Another city, which has a darker side behind the glamorous surface. Hollywood is only a small part of the city, which is home for various groups of people. Art encompasses far beyond the silver screen and enters the underground, which is evident in colorful and strong graffiti art.
1. New York City, USA
The cultural center of the world – the town produces the latest trends, genres and styles, while the rest of the world follows. So you can bet that you can find some of the most exquisite and unique street art in here.