Welcome to Global Street Art!

Global Street Art is a very small team, two of us based in London, and two working remotely. Over the course of our lives we want to build a permanent, museum dedicated to street art and graffiti - both online and in bricks and mortar. Yep, seriously. 

We’re starting our journey by building a global photographic archive of street art online. Over the past few years, somewhat obsessively, we’ve taken around 50,000 graffiti and street art photos in some 20 countries!

We’ll soon start putting lots of photos online, coupled with interviews with artists and writers, many of whom we’ve had the pleasure to meet in person, and many more who’s walls we’ve stood in front of in awe.

We think the World is slowly starting to wake up to the relevance of art outside. Its an expression, a discussion about how we use public space and, of course, the largest participant art movement in history. Over the past decade the public has become more accepting of both graffiti and street art even the authorities are starting to work more with artists. To us this suggests the future will be painted.

There is a huge informal community of bloggers and photographers following and supporting graffiti and street art and an even larger community of casual fans of both graffiti and/or street art. This website is dedicated to artists, the photographers who document them and the fans who support them. 

We’re huge geeks are working feverishly on building online platforms and tools to help the street art community. We will be involving our community in the development of these tools. Exciting times!

Check out our walls project, based in London, where we’re finding new spaces for artists to paint. Let’s up the amount of art in our cities!

If you’re an artist or photographer and you’re interested in contributing, or if you’d just like to say hello or give us some suggestions then you can email us at dudes@globalstreetart.com.

You can also like or follow us on Facebook and twitter.

Lee

Lee’s Global Street Art’s first photographer and took the photos that started the archive. Lee used to bboy (breakdance) for the UK and still reps his crew the Soul Mavericks (check this clip from 2005).

On top of that Lee’s got a PhD in maths and evolution, the principles of which were applied to classifying the Global Street Art archive. The idea is that you should be able to explore street art and graffiti through different themes, including places, techniques, artists and a lot more.

James

James is a poet and freelance writer from London whose work has been published in a variety of magazines and websites. In 2008 he graduated with a Masters in Poetry from the University of East Anglia; since then, he has been travelling and working in Europe, India and South East Asia. He is currently travelling through the Americas, interviewing artists and documenting street art.

He is interested in taking art out of its comfort zone and unleashing it on the unsuspecting public. You can read more of his work at The Illegible Bachelor.

Dan

Dan cut his teeth building websites at the BBC, for TV and Radio, before working on apps like Papa Sangre, an iPhone game.

Dan is also a huge supporter of teaching kids to code and design their own apps, organising youth hackday Young Rewired State 2009-2011, and working at Apps for Good last year in a team coordinating mobile app design courses run in UK high schools. 

Mitchell

Mitchell has been practicing design and website development since 2002, and has helped build many web start-ups in the UK and abroad.