Street art has always intrigued us at Design Instruct. It is an art form that can really only exist on the streets, getting in everyone’s faces, just waiting for you to see it. We can’t help but love that.

Street art, whether it’s graffiti or murals — both commissioned or “non-commissioned” [read: illegal] — is an art form that goes beyond content. Street artists invade public spaces as the ultimate statement of the artist’s presence and their intent to express themselves whether the public wants to see them or not. Street art is the epitome of making a mark. Whatever your opinions may be regarding street art — you may love it or hate it — the one thing you won’t be able to do is ignore it.

By no means do we condone vandalizing or the destruction of private property. However, as an art form, street art and the artists behind them often are able to shed light into the darkest corners of our culture. No longer are street artists just about having the most prominent tags (although that can still be a part of it). Street artists are indeed now — more than ever — also being recognized for their skills, politics, perspectives, and as serious commentators on contemporary urban life. Once seen as a bane to society and as producers of eyesores to urban vistas, street artists throughout the years have slowly built some serious credibility not just in the streets but also in the “high-brow” art and design world.

Here are just some of our favorite street artists. By no means is this list exhaustive as there are literally hundreds more artists doing great work out there!

We encourage you to visit their portfolios to get inspired and learn more about their work.

RIME

image_01_rime

image_02_rime

image_03_rime

Conor Harrington

image_04_conor_harrington

image_05_conor_harrington

image_06_conor_harrington

Pipsqueak Was Here!!!

image_07_pipsqueak

image_08_pipsqueak

image_09_pipsqueak

Julia Benz

image_10_julia_benz

image_11_julia_benz

image_12_julia_benz

James Reka aka REKA

image_13_rekaone

image_14_rekaone

image_15_rekaone

Blo

image_16_rblo

image_17_blo

image_18_blo

Dface

image_19_dface

image_20_dface

image_21_dface

Sten Lex

image_22_stenlex

image_23_stenlex

image_24_stenlex

Hiroyasu Tsuri aka Twoone

image_25_twoone

image_26_twoone

image_27_twoone

Broken Fingaz

image_28_brokenfingaz

image_29_brokenfingaz

image_30_brokenfingaz

ROA

image_31_roa

image_32_roa

image_33_roa

The Yok

image_34_yok

image_35_yok

image_36_yok

David Hooke aka Meggs

image_37_meggs

image_38_meggs

image_39_meggs

Aryz

image_40_aryz

image_41_aryz

image_42_aryz

Ludo

image_43_ludo

image_44_ludo

image_45_ludo

Tell us about your favorite street artists in the comments section below!

 

Author:

Isaac is the Co-Founder and Chief Editor of Design Instruct. He has experience in various design and art related fields including design, illustration, and photography. He's in charge of making sure that Design Instruct publishes high quality content that professional designers and digital artists demand and expect. Get in touch via email and on Twitter as @designinstruct or @IAMTHEGUBE.