If you follow my Instagram, you can’t have failed to notice that I’m a fan of street art. While most people walk past the scribbles and the sprays, oblivious to the colourful creations across the walls of the cities, I often stop and snap a pic.
It’s more than just graffiti to me – it’s about talent, passion and, for the most-part, risk. Street artists will go to great lengths to bring colour and personality to areas that are seemingly grey and boring. In some areas street art is ubiquitous, but others it’s a surprise – light at the end of a tunnel.
My interest in the art form stems back to a street art walking tour I went on in 2014, around London’s east end. We saw some great pieces, both unsanctioned (aka illegal) and commissioned, from the likes of Banksy, Roa and Phlegm.
Since then, I’ve always been on the hunt for street art, wherever I go. Throughout my travels I’ve seen some amazing pieces, in New York, Oslo, Brussels and Bogota. Some of my favourite artists include Roa (who climbed to the top of the favourites list after I found a piece of his early work in Ghent), Stik, Exit Enter and Barcelona’s own Pez – which is in the photo at the top of this post.
On our recent trip to Barcelona I saw loads of magnificent murals and colourful characters painted, stencilled and sprayed across walls, doors and railings.
Here are some of my favourites (including a piece by the Belgian artist who paints crayons everywhere – I don’t know his name, so if anyone has an idea, please comment below):
I definitely want to get back to Barcelona, maybe even later this year – there was so much that I didn’t get to see in this amazing city. And I’ve since seen that there are quite a few street art walking tours that you can do there. I’ll be booking myself on one of these when I go back.