Street art, graffiti, tagging, whatever you call it, we call it beautiful. We believe that graffiti walls enhances the cities natural environment and beauty and is a value-add to the surroundings. Houston has been very busy making the city even more beautiful recently by implementing well-placed street art with the Mini Murals, but what about those graffiti arts that are put on walls that were painted in the middle of the night? Not all of them are commissioned and paid for by the city, and J-Vibe decided it was time not just to find graffiti walls around Houston, but what we considered to be the most inspirational graffiti walls around the city.
The History of Graffiti Art
Graffiti began when art was scratched and carved into walls, but the graffiti that we think of that involves tagging and spraypaint on exterior walls started in Philadelphia in the late 1960’s. Graffiti began with artists like Cornbread and Cool Earl writing their names all over the city, which was called ‘bombing.’ This became widespread and moved through Philadelphia and into New York City. As the popularity of bombing grew, graffiti artists started to become more and more creative with their writing and tagging, by adding flourishes and symbols to distinguish themselves from other artists. It’s important to note, that tagging is not an art form or about expressing oneself. Tagging is considered any unauthorized marking, etching, scratching, drawing, painting or defacing of any surface of public, private, real or personal property.
It has taken years for street art and graffiti walls to catch up to each other and become one, but now, graffiti artists are recognized for their work and commissioned to paint their visions on the sides of buildings to bring beauty to the neighborhood and interest to the surroundings. Houston is no exception. We are a city that has several famous and well-known graffiti artists and even a street arts mural festival that takes place yearly. Yes, we’ve come a long way!
10 Most Inspirational Graffiti Walls in Houston
On a beautiful day, when you wander any neighborhood in Houston, take a look around, and you will discover graffiti art on the walls in the least likely places. We have chosen what we think are the top 10 most inspirational graffiti walls in Houston. We aren’t going to tell you where they are because we want you to go and find them, take pictures of them and tag us in them on Instagram and Facebook! This is the #InspirationalGraffitiChallenge! Who knows, there could be something great waiting for the person who can find them all! In the meantime, do you have any inspirational street art that you love that we missed? Let us know!