This quote from Banksy in Goodreads, “Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing,” holds quite true since graffiti, before it was called art, was a product of imagination of the peeps who made the streets their playground. In short, they just scribble anything that they feel like writing. It may be incomprehensible or something of meaning, but whose meaning may only mean something to them. Whew! Quite an explanation yeah?
But before this piece becomes too geeky, this Banksy fellow adds, “And even if you don’t come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they’re having a piss.” Well, making someone smile or feel pleased after seeing the graffiti is not enough reason to call it art, but it could make you smile, right?
So, whatever you may want to call it, graffiti, graffiti art or street art, there are some peeps who are just more imaginative and creative than others. Hence, this 5 + 2 list, which is basically your top 5 list with the other 2 that almost made it to the list was born. Yeah, I know. What the!? is the 5+2?
#5 – Ever and Roa
The separate works of these two artists form an awesome collaboration, using both sides of the wall in Argentina as their canvas for this wonderful mural.
#4 – Aec of Interesni Kazki
Found in the most unlikely of places, this Croatian artist has created an artwork with so much meaning and depth and play of perspective. It’s awesome.
#3 – Crash
New York style street art was a bold mural imbued with pop art and Popeye. This specific mural is located in NYC’s premiere legal mural location. Cool!
#2 – Anthony Lister
West coast, represent! Lister used his paint roller as a primary tool for this amazing mural—in fact, one of the best in LA. It’s not about the details and focuses more on the use of space, creating an awesome ballerina (yes, it is) and her movements caught in paint.
#1 – Mobstr
There’s nothing like giving the power to the people, and that’s exactly what Mobstr did for his peeps in London. This greatly contradicted Banksy’s Advertising Sucks by not telling people how to think but letting them express themselves and letting them form their opinion regarding street art.
And the ones that almost made it to the list are:
MOMO’s Unfinished Work
Found in Girona, Spain, MOMO is a street artist with modern-esque influences with all his low key (or maybe unfinished?) works. This specific mural leaves viewers hanging and wanting more. Who wouldn’t?
Franco Fasoli, or more commonly known as Jaz, is an artist famed for his colorful works. Yet here he shows us that he is more than that. The amount of detail found in the work is spectacular.
Yeah, I know. Some of those that made it to the top 5 list should be in the top 5, right? But hey, art is subjective and you could place it under different eyes for scrutiny if you want. But one thing is clear, it did make you smile Teehee!