Whether you live in the heart of a huge and busy metropolitan city like London or New York or in a quieter area, chances are that you might have come across murals painted on unexpected locations.
Highway overpasses, building walls, sidewalks, vacant lots, alleyways, etc. are often decorated with graffiti. On one hand, it is considered an act of vandalism. On the other, it’s an inspiration for brands like OtherLinks.
These paintings and works of art are often classified under the umbrella of graffiti. While graffiti tagging or graffiti writing is already commonly known, let’s take a deeper look at what street art is. This blog will explain the definition of the term and a little bit about its history on planet earth.
First and foremost, we would like to reiterate that unlike the common misconception, street art and graffiti writing are slightly different art forms. While they both have more similarities, there is still a line that separates them from each other.
Street art in its most basic definition is a form of art that is created by street artists on surfaces in public locations. There is no specification to these surfaces. The only commonality is that they have to be somewhere where it catches peoples’ attention.
For instance, sidewalks, big buildings’ exterior walls, billboards, highway overpasses, and tunnels are all common locations where you can find street art. This means that street art is most commonly found in urban areas.
Now, when it comes to the medium most street artists use, spray paint comes to mind. But that is not entirely true. While spray paint is the most common and universally chosen, due to its convenience, there are many different ways street artists create their masterpieces.
One pretty radical one is known as yarn bombing. It is a form of street art where artists cover things in public locations like trees or lamp posts with colorful yarn. Olek, a polish artist, is famous for her yarn sculptures.
Another interesting form of street art is tile mosaic. The famous French urban artist known as Invader uses this technique to create pixilated ‘70s and ‘80s arcade game characters around the world. One of his most famous pieces includes the Pac-man ghosts near the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. He is also known to work with Rubik’s Cubes!
While the medium and canvas may vary depending on the artist and the location, the intent of street art remains the same – to convey a message to the public in a public space
OtherLinks: History of Street Art
If you think about marking on walls, street art can be traced all the way back to prehistoric
times when cavemen scratched drawing on the walls. From Pompeii to Spain, there have been many cave drawings discovered hidden away from the ravages of time.
When it comes to more modern and contemporary street art, it started picking up fame during the late 1960s in New York. During the time of rebellion against societal rules and norms and the peace movement, people started looking for places to portray their beliefs in the public eye.
From then to modern times, street art and graffiti have both been used to convey messages, express points of view and simply add artistic interest to walls. It has gotten quite a lot of attention from brands and the public alike.
For instance, streetwear and urban brands like OtherLinks take inspiration from street art to create clothing lines.