Cities will move you, arouse your senses, and spark your desires, each in their own special way. Walk the streets, and New York feels different than Sydney or Paris. Each has its own unique charm. As travelers, we know this to be true. For me, a city’s fingerprints lie in it’s streets and laneways.
New York City, USA
In my opinion, the most epic street art gallery I’ve ever seen can be found in NYC’s Bushwick neighborhood. Here you’ll find the Bushwick Collective, started by Bushwick native Joseph Ficalora. His father was sadly killed in the area in the 90s when the neighborhood was really bad and, being fed up with the violence and sadness of the streets, he decided to create something inspiring. Today it’s over 10 blocks of colorful, typically non-political murals. I actually have a photo tour company, NYC Tours & Photo Safaris, and our guests LOVE being photographed here more than anywhere else!
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires has many colorful murals all over the city. It is one of the big street art capitals in the World. Palermo is a neighbourhood, which is particularly decorated with street art. Murals are created by mostly local and a few international street artists. La Boca, the bohemian part of the city has colorful buildings, statues and some funky street art as well.
Venice Beach, LA, USA
In Venice Beach, art is everywhere. The walls are decorated with colorful graffiti, vendors are selling their art on the street. Many new artists in Los Angeles start out their career by selling their art on the street of Venice Beach. On the buildings, you can notice many colorful murals from artists all over the World, such as Emily Winters, Rip Crock. Venice Beach is a very exciting place for art lovers.
London is one of the best cities for street art lovers. As you walk around the streets of East London, you can find art from some of the best known street artists around the World, such as Banksy, Eine, Ronzo. It is like an open air museum. There is graffiti everywhere on the streets. Art by Banksy is usually protected with a glass. One can even join a graffiti tour to learn more about the artists who display their work around the streets of Shoreditch. Brick Lane is particularly colorful with lots of graffiti by Zabou, Ben Wilson, Stik, Otto Shade and Brazilian artist Pablo Delgado.
Melbourne, Australia is well known for its hidden laneways, full of great cafes and bars. They are also the home to some amazing street art too. Union Lane and Hosier Lane are perhaps the most visited, but if you have time to spend in Melbourne, allow a few hours to get to them all. A huge thank you to all who contributed! Interested in collaborating and sharing your favorite city for street art? Email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Which vibrant work of art speaks most to you?