Top 10 Cities with Great Graffiti

Top 10 Cities with Great Graffiti

Mostly illegal activity is however legal in some places and cities, that open their doors for creative people to express themselves. After all, we all have to watch stupid advertisements all around the town and the corporations don’t really ask our opinion. So we have picked ten hotspots to go search for graffiti art.

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. The colorful rugged surface of the walls and ceiling gives a surreal impression of flaming space.

Why to go there?

90 of 100 stations exhibit paintings of almost 150 artists. The initial goal was to bring art to public by using the public space. The idea worked out very well and today this might be the most popular metro station in the world.

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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.

Why to go there?

A hip city has an abundance of art, music venues, museums and friendly locals.

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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.

Why to go there?

Berlin is one of those place that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. The Berlin Wall is a popular attraction. Meanwhile the paintings on it are usually not only pretty to look at, but also convey political atmosphere.

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7. Buenos Aires, Argentina

The city is famous for having a truly versatile and rich graffiti scene. There are even tours, that take visitors around the best murals. It is also a chance to support the street art community and learn about the local urban customs from within.

Why to go there?

The beautiful city has so much to offer. From romantic evening at a tango cafe, to hip urban scene, that can be explored for days.

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6. Sao Paulo, Brazil

The megacity has the most exciting nightclubs, where champagne and luxurious liquors flow freely, where people do some serious dancing like samba, bossa nova, salsa and more. Thousands of bars, restaurants and venues make it a cultural hub. Meanwhile, it probably has the best graffiti scene in entire Brazil!

Why to go there?

Sometimes it seems that no one knows how to have fun as Brazilians do. Here artists express their political views, that have quite a sharp angle.

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5. 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.

Why to go there?

It is always a good idea to go to Paris. Meanwhile, on an urban tour you can discover the corners that casual tourists and even locals are unaware of.

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4. 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.

Why to go there?

Discover LA, which is unlike any other city, where one can find sparkling celebrity life, sandy beaches as well as darker artistic scene.

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3. Bogota, Colombia

There are a lot of parts in the city, where graffiti art is legal. So artists can express their creativity freely. Its rich historic heritage also provides a soil for young aspiring artists to come here and explore their talent.

Why to go there?

It is said, that Bogota has a truly vibrant artistic scene, which is however overshadowed by Mexico and Brazil. Therefore you can expect to find unexpected there.

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2. Melbourne, Australia

The town is a graffiti capital in Australia apparently. Recently it has been attracting the world-wide attention to its street art: the city attracts people from all around the globe, therefore they develop a really unique style.

Why to go there?

A blend of various cultures is evident on the murals around the town.

Whenever you go to Hosier Lane you will find somebody taking a photos of this unique area, including Rutledge Lane as well. It is a square of about 200 metres, you walk around and you see just graffiti, some awesome ones as well as some less impressive ones, however overall a great place to visit. This is not by any mean a secret spot. The only suggestion I can give is to visit it off peak time, which is either in the night or in the early hours of the morning, just after sunrise, otherwise your photos will be including many other photographers :D

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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.

Why to go there?

You must visit the Big Apple at least once in your lifetime. Discover its versatile and rich art stage, which inspired thousands of artists that come here.

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