Best underground cities for spotting street art [pictures]

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Here’s our pick of the five cities that have the fiercest underground street art movements right now

New York (see our post on New York street art!), London, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo and Melbourne may be considered the best the places to see street art (graffiti), but that doesn’t mean other cities aren’t getting in on the act. Here’s our pick of the five cities that have the fiercest underground street art movements right now.

Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Believe it or not, this isn’t London but Mexico City. Photo by thefuturistics

Mexico City

Thanks to the political murals of Diego Rivera and the intricate cultural artistry of Nuezz, Mexico is no stranger to fantastic murals and street art. Despite such heritage, Mexico City has only just legalised street art. Artists like Pixel Pancho, Saner, and the Moz Crew have all been quick to leave their marks in its streets.

Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Rio de Janeiro. Photo by aleξ
Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Rio de Janeiro. Photo by narghee-la
Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Rio de Janeiro. Photo by BR > FBC !
Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Rio de Janeiro. Photo by tsc_traveler
Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Rio de Janeiro. Photo by MAClarke21

Rio De Janeiro

In 1999 Rio launched a campaign, “Don’t Tag, Graffiti” to encourage a more artistic approach to street art. Ten years later the city went one step further, sanctioning a new law allowing street art as long as it was done with consent from the owners of the building. This liberal approach has fostered an incredibly strong graffiti scene in the city.

Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Barcelona. Photo by Lyfetime. Art by Irue.
Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Barcelona. Photo by aikijuanma

Barcelona

Having been Gaudi’s muse, Barcelona is no stranger to avant-garde art. The creative expression of the past seems to have inspired graffiti masters like Pez in streets all across the city. A maze in itself – with topsy-turvy alleyways and cobblestone streets – Barcelona’s the perfect place to wander and stumble upon graffiti works. Have a look at our Barcelona image gallery – 20 colourful mosaics.

Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Ghent. Photo by FaceMePLS
Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Ghent. Photo by samdecle
Underground cities spot street art graffiti
Ghent. Photo by samdecle

Ghent

Better known for its Flemish architecture, Belgium’s fourth-largest city has seen a huge increase in graffiti art exposure in recent times. For example, the now internationally renowned artist Roa hails from Ghent. Established artists and up-and-coming talents benefit equally from the pact offered by the city, where it pledges to provide designated areas for graffiti as long as the artists keep their artwork within the confines of that area.

Lisbon

In May 2010 Lisbon launched the CRONO Project which sought to transform dilapidated buildings into artwork using local artists. Massive murals have brought a fresh face to edifices around the city, adding to Lisbon’s urban character. This along with the already thriving undercurrent of street art in Portugal makes Lisbon a top spot for catching some colourful masterpieces.

We have a great post on the best graffiti art in Paris, have a look!

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Best underground cities for spotting street art [pictures] was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (631 posts)

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