Graffiti and Street Art

Great design doesn’t just happen on paper. The history of street art stretches back to Pompeii, and it continues to have a prominent role in the political upheaval of the 21st century. Print is dedicated to finding amazing street art and graffiti art from New York City to Cairo. Covering the history of street art, we also look at stencils, posters, and more great DIY design.

Real Street Art in Ljubljana

The real street art in Ljubljana (or any city for that matter) is not the cool graffiti and stickers (although there’s plenty of that) but the markings on the street rendered by the anonymous workers in the local departments of traffic and highways. Boulevards, avenues, and streets are increasingly painted and stenciled with letters...

Street Sketchbook: Journeys, Reviewed

Bristol, England-based author and designer Tristan Manco is back with a followup to his 2007 original book Street Sketchbook, which opened up the sketchbooks of several international artists working most visibly in the street. This followup, Street Sketchbook: Journeys, does much the same but offers a greater scope of work by each of the...

Arte Para Todos, Seville, Spain

I just got back from a two week project/spraycation in Seville, Spain.  The idea, dreamt up by organizer Peter Claesson, was to bring together around 35 muralists from 20 countries and set them loose in the Poligono San Pablo, a working-class neighborhood of Seville.  I had a blast with old and new buddies from...

Today's Obsession: Minimal Graffiti

Over at Coolist, there’s a little gallery of some of the hottest graffiti I’ve seen in ages. The artist’s name is CT, and he tags like whoa. The work is minimal, tinged with op and pop, and meshes just beautifully with the rustic, weathered walls of his hometown of Torino. There’s a short interview...

Rustoleum's New Cap and the Demise of American Spray Paint

Spray paint dates to about the 1920s, but in its familiar form, the history of the spray-paint can begins in the early 1960s. By the early ’70s, it was an art medium in the hands of New York kids, who quickly figured out that swapping out the factory nozzle for one from a can...

The Dafen Village Mural Project in Shenzhen, China, Part 2

The reproduction oil painting neighborhood of Dafen, in the boom city of Shenzhen, China (this history is covered in part 1), posed an interesting question: What do you do in a boom city when its artist district, as it has organically formed, produces art that the art world sneers at? Since 1979, Shenzhen has...

Inside Mike Shine's Surf Shack

Bolinas, California — A  haven for a spirited community of surfers, artists, and musicians located 30 miles north of San Francisco. A concrete ramp with graffiti-covered sides leads you down to the beach, and those in the know will recognize the art of Mike Shine on these walls. Bolinas is the home of Shine’s...

The Worst Designs in the World? Welcome to "The Eddies"

In the August “Rants + Raves” issue of Print (on sale now!), 11 designers dish on the things they love about the current state of design, and, juiciest of all, the things they hate. To follow up on this conversation, we thought it would be fun to set up a new forum where the...

The Dafen Village Mural Project in Shenzhen, China

I just got back from a mural project at the Dafen Art Museum in Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen is just across the river from Hong Kong, and it’s one of China’s mainland boom cities. Since 1979, when it received a special designation from Deng Xiaoping as a “Special Enterprise Zone,” it’s grown from a collection...

Faile Erects a Ruined Temple in Lisbon

Last month, street art collective Faile finished a public installation in conjunction with the Portugal Arte 10 festival in Lisbon. The duo’s creation, Temple, is a full-scale, half-demolished wreckage of a church constructed in Praça dos Restauradores Square. Here’s how the collective describes the concept: Temple marks the duo’s migration from a more strictly...