Is Graffiti Art or Vandalism? Or is it Vandalism done right?

I was always been fascinated by artists who made the dull walls of a mundane city, suddenly full of life, just with a bag full of spray paints & a head full of curiosity! Look at the arsenal required to paint the town- any way you want to!

To me, Art represents POWER.

Street art plays a pivotal role in the public “discussion” of controversial issues.

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Graffiti is the power to bring ones thoughts to life & to communicate with hundreds of people who commute by those very same roads, lanes & by lanes every day. So in this post, I will take on a journey to explore some of the most globally renowned & badass graffiti artists!

Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos, is a Portuguese word meaning the twin. They are identical twin brothers from Brazil & both have left an indelible mark for themselves in the field of street art. They were born as Otavio Pandolfo and Gustavo Pandolfo in 1974.

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When they transformed an AIRPLANE into an ARTPLANE

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Catch this fab duo at work!

If you are mesmerized by their art, then do take a look at this video where Os Gemeos show their creativity in an airplane-

“Test the Rest” by Birgit Kinder

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Birgit, a phenomenal lady, is responsible behind this iconic mural (shown above), which is now a part of the East Side Gallery. The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1316 m long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße

Like every mural, even this one has a story behind it, which completely justifies its placement at the East Side Gallery.

It depicts a Trabant Car breaking through the Berlin Wall.

‘The Trabant’ is an icon of the former communist state East Germany & was also the most common vehicle in those days. After the opening of the Berlin Wall and the German reunification in 1989 many East Germans streamed into the West with their Trabant Cars.

The mural was painted in 1990 and restored in 2009. Over the years the title changed from “Test the Best” into “Test the Rest” as Trabant Cars became very rare over the years.

Eduardo KOBRA- Painting Brazil red, yellow & green… and so much more)

Eduardo Kobra is a Brazilian street artist who is known for exceptional potraitsmade with a technique of repeating squares & rectangles. Unique, isn’t it?

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“Genial Is Riding a Bike” – shows Einstein painted in Kobra’s signature kaleidoscopic style

On the front of the bicycle, Kobra has inserted his own version of the famous Einstein formula (E=MC2) which is translated as: Love= Me + you2.

Now isn’t this guy a pure genius and don’t we love a colorful Einstein?

Shamsia Hassani- the first female graffiti artist of Afghanistan!

This girl has is kicking some solid ass on the streets of Afghanistan. We take a bow to her.

We thank this amazing woman, who has risked it all to bring color to war-torn Kabul with her street art and feminist murals!

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Shamsia is contributing towards bringing positive changes in the mindsets of people & striving to wash away the horrible memories of a long-time war by just one thing- HER ART!

‘I want to colour over the bad memories of war’

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Smates Great White Shark

Smates, a Belgian artist, specialized in photorealistic graffiti. He is best known for his intricate detail of work, of human as well as animal figures, in a colorful way!

In the image shown above, he transforms a concrete motorway pillar into a tank for a Great White shark, which is as eye catchy as it looks in the picture.

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Banksy- A man who prefers to be known for his work than by his face!

British artist Banksy—graffiti artist, activist, filmmaker and all-purpose provocateur got chosen by the Time magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people in 2010. This man was accompanied in the list by Barack Obama, Steve Jobs and Lady Gaga & he gave a picture of himself with a paper bag (recyclable) over his head. Such is the demeanor of this great artist who prefers to live in anonymity.

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Depicting the refugee crisis facing Europe, Banksy stenciled Apple founder and son of a Syrian refugee, Steve Jobs, wall near the refugee camp. (Image- above)

In Britain, Banksy made his presence felt and in a very powerful way with a very powerful message for the world. A mural appeared opposite the French embassy in London depicting a young girl crying with tear gas billowing in front of her from a CS can.

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THE BEST GRAFFITI’S FROM AROUND THE WORLD….

While the above were some of the greatest Graffiti artists with their best works, there are many more such artists who have given the world incredible wall art. Take a look at some of the best graffiti’s from around the world!

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Are you also feeling as colorful as I am? Do share your feedback with me.

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