The atmosphere was busy for midnight. As we searched around for food options in the Chinatown area, we noticed a few art pieces here and there. In the dark, Montreal seemed to be promising. In the daylight, Montreal was a street art jackpot. As we made our way around our original plans were scrapped, and our trip quickly centered around viewing as much street art as we could possibly find.
The last thing I expected to see on our impromptu road trip to Richmond was street art. On top of that, it was some quality stuff. We only got to drive around in a narrow section of the city, so this is by no means a comprehensive report of the whole metro area. My findings were centered on the downtown section, but I would certainly be into driving around other areas of the city in search of more art. I didn’t notice any random tagging which is always nice, but instead I saw well-crafted pieces which are even better. Richmond is an easy drive outside of the DC metro area and one I would recommend making. If you would like to read more about our day trip to the area, check it out here. If you are interested in seeing more street art, you can do so here. Like to reference my Street Art guide, you can do that here.
Budapest is not on par with Paris, Berlin, London or Amsterdam when it comes to street art; however, I did see a little bit of light trying to shine through. While Krakow had a much more serious note attached to its art, Budapest leaned more towards the light-hearted. My exploits to find art on the streets of Budapest were starting to fizzle in a big way; when I finally came across a stencil of a white rabbit. As we all learned as kids, you are supposed to follow the white rabbit. Eventually, I came across some fun pieces and one stencil of a political nature. I had to include some stickers which I usually shy away from, to round out my collection; pickings were rather slim. I couldn’t tell if Budapest was developing a street art scene or diminishing one. I did come across some rudimentary sketches which makes me think they may be growing. Fingers crossed they are in the developing column. If I do return someday, I hope to find some treasures. If you want to see my guide to street art types read it here or check out what we have come across in other cities here.
I have been interested in and capturing Street Art for several years now. I have cataloged various forms of it in many different cities. I even made a guide for types of street art in a previous article on Amsterdam you can read here. From my wanderings in Krakow, I didn’t notice a large variety of types of art. Most seemed to be stencils, this could be due to harsher penalties in Krakow, and stencils are the quickest way to post your art.
It is only fitting that my first post for Street Art is on Amsterdam. After all, Amsterdam is the city that I first became enthralled with Street Art in. On my first visit, I stumbled upon a section of town seemingly devoted to Street Art, and I have been admiring and photographing it ever since. It’s just one of those things that I have always been interested in, especially to see the differences from country to country. I am not a fan of tagging, nor carelessly scrolling your initials on a freeway sign; to me, that feels more like littering than anything. There are a couple of different forms of Street Art, and most of them are paint based. Here is a quick breakdown of the types for you to reference: