Some see it as vandalism, but others simply call it home. Today, street artists show that graffiti is more than rebellious bubble writing – it’s a cultural experiment in urban remodeling. Many homeowners are welcoming graffiti into their private domains to take interior decorating to a whole new (and personal) level.
Aerosol art has already taken S.F. and L.A. by storm, but Graham Oatman here seems to have cornered the market in Vancouver. This piece, part-dinosaur garden, part-cloudscape, is especially cool because you could stare at your wall for hours and always find new shapes. We respect that versatility.
The small tobacco town of Cameron, North Carolina got an unlikely facelift when a group of 25 artists known as The Barnstormers came and painted dozens of barns, tractor trailers, sheds and farm equipment. I’m not sure how the town first reacted to the attention, but it sure livened the place up.
The group must have won Cameron over - the New York and Tokyo-based artists return every year to paint new murals.
Here’s house-painting with a heavier purpose. The Women are Heroes Project aims to spotlight oppressed women of color in African territories by photographing them “in their daily lives and posting them on the walls of their country.”
Graffiti art covers the whole house front of this Brazilian beach property. If eyes are the "windows to the soul," these sunglass-shutters create another level of distance between outsider & occupant. But when they're flung open, imagine the strange and inviting connection made when you've got a whole person where someone's eyes should be.
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