Why is Street Art Inspiring?

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Why is street art inspiring? Characters, signs, and symbols are the foundation of street art because they have an illustrative, adaptable, recognisable visual language. Writing on graffiti is an activity that is entirely dependent on the tag. Whether you like it or not, we must acknowledge that tags are essential to graffiti, and without them, a writer would not be able to create original works of art. When examining studio-based graffiti artworks in institutional spaces, it is crucial to consider the semiotics, norms, and hierarchies of traditional graffiti in addition to the basic aesthetic codes.

Street Frog by Barrie J Davies 2019, mixed media on canvas, 25cm x 30 cm, unframed. Barrie J Davies is an Artist - Pop Art and Street art inspired Artist based in Brighton England UK - Pop Art Paintings, Street Art Prints & Editions available.

Accessibility and Inclusivity

Street art is available to the public. Graffiti was once solely available to a select few who could read the writing; today, art collectors and experts consider the commercial worth of studio-based graffiti artwork. Because of the ideological differences between graffiti and the institution, it is especially difficult to make a connection. Graffiti evolved its own urban modes of communication and qualitative criteria of style and aesthetics, emerging entirely outside of the established and institutional art system.

Street Wrong Bear Print by Barrie J Davies 2021 - unframed Silkscreen print on paper (hand finished) edition of 1/1 - A2 size 42cm x 59.4cm.

Social and Political Commentary

A common and effective medium for social and political commentary is street art. Reclaiming public space “for the people” is a fundamental principle of street art, with roots in social and political activity. As a rhetorically effective activist tool, street art frequently conveys a message that both reveals and conceals information. Street art that is socially or politically motivated is rarely neutral; it frequently takes sides or stands up to the "other." Street artists display ambivalence because they recognise their function as cultural mediators. They bemoan the increased commercialization and privatisation of public space, the resulting class inequality, and the uprooting of local communities, but they applaud the growing urban canvas and the employment opportunities that accompany urban growth. Street art and graffiti provide fleeting messages about identity and territorial claims. These messages frequently take many different forms, such as subversion, irony, comedy, protest, commentary, critique, intervention, individual or group manifestos, or just an affirmation of one's own existence.

Charlie by Barrie J Davies 2018, mixed media on canvas, 20cm x 25cm, unframed. Barrie J Davies is an Artist - Pop Art and Street art inspired Artist based in Brighton England UK - Pop Art Paintings, Street Art Prints & Editions available

Navigating Urban and Digital Spaces

Urban areas that are dull and neglected can become lively and active places with the help of street art. Photography of street art has grown in popularity. In cities, a lot of people are always trying to catch the newest street art pieces first. Occasionally, an unofficial rivalry arises to post the first images of new work on the internet before everyone else. The widespread fascination in street art causes norms and power dynamics to be rethought on both a local and global scale. Central bloggers, street art photographers, and Facebook page admins present themselves as authoritative figures, gatekeepers, and opinion leaders in the street art community.

But it's crucial to keep in mind that street art photography and blogging were first bottom-up endeavours. The proliferation of smartphone technologies has contributed to a notable growth in the number of street art photographers in recent years. A phone these days allows anyone to become a "photographer." Through platforms or websites that promote user interaction, this movement has helped to restore balance to the previously imbalanced dynamics.


Personal and Emotional Connection

Street art can elicit powerful emotional reactions due to its personal aspect, which is often made with passion and purpose. Positive feelings associated with street art include pleasure, delight in the shared practice, and pride in the recognition of their work. Although they are expressed less frequently, discontent and boredom are also associated with street art. Ego and emotions are related, and the ego functions as a tool for artists to assess their own and other people's artistic output. Artists are also motivated to study more and advance their craft by their emotions. To use the term "extrinsic motivation," anyone can learn certain aspects of street painting. These cover technical details like the type of paint to use, special methods, or specific styles. Street art techniques can also be picked up through experimenting, peer collaboration in a crew, internet video watching, and observation of others.

Street art and heritage

Cultural heritage forms the visible or narrative basis of the psycho-social connection that exists between an individual and their immediate environment. It is intimately associated with location and community identity. The application of street art, especially wall paintings, to urban rehabilitation projects serves as an example of both the advantages and disadvantages of such endeavours. Because it is affordable, has a great visual and communication impact, appeals to the aesthetic tastes of the creative class and young people, and is intuitively strongly associated with urbanity and territorial vitality, street art is extensively used.

The transience of artworks is a feature of the commons legacy that contributes to the process of giving the heritage its meaning; nevertheless, authorised aesthetics' removal and destruction of artworks also contributes to exclusion and a tainted interpretation of the past. Working in tandem with other urban features, street art is an essential component of the urban atmosphere. A street art community, neighbourhood, or location may lose its social, emotive, and atmospheric value if artworks are removed due to a lack of awareness of this dynamic interaction.


Street art is more than simply a visual feast; it is a powerful source of inspiration that upends conventions, breathes new life into places, and fosters interpersonal connections. It takes oppositional movements that oppose and disrupt approved aesthetics rather than material preservation to defend the rights of regular people and stop the destruction of some street artworks. Thus, rather than concentrating on the flawless preservation of individual pieces of art, attention should be paid to how to counteract the negative connotations associated with illicit imagery, oppose approved aesthetics, and engage in more equitable, rational, considerate, and thorough analyses and practices involving street artworks and their urban and material environments. Preserving intangible cultural assets can enhance neighbourhood conditions, encompassing the well-being and financial standing of inhabitants. Urban areas' intangible cultural values are strongly linked to people's sense of self and community. Processes for urban renewal that are more inclusive and successful can result from an understanding of their psychological connections.

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