As expressed in my Wynwood Art District write-up, “It’s funny how graffiti was shunned in the past and now it’s considered art. It seems like only a “certain group” of people can dictate what’s positive and popular even though we’ve been dictating POPULAR art, culture, fashion, and music by merely expressing our talents.”
I have developed a love for wall art. Now when I visit various cities, I try to look up their local street art. Street art not only creates a beautiful backdrop for the most Instagram worthy photographs, but wall art evokes special memories of growing up in NYC during the 80s and 90s. Graffiti, once deemed unrefined and distasteful, is now commanding thousands of dollars from the same people who in the past, pushed their noses-up in disgust towards creative inner city artists and their work. These artists were once labeled vandals and now they are creative geniuses! Blank walls in downtown neighborhoods have become a canvas for street artists to legally create and flourish. I love it! I support it! I encourage it!
Art can be therapy for many. The right art that sends the right message can truly be life changing for both the artist and the consumer of the artwork. The beautiful colors along with the imagery can inspire the masses and bring light to a dim community that lacks culture and enrichment. Giving street artists a platform to share their talents is a blessing to both the artist and the community the artist serves.
Graffiti Alley is a local treasure. The art is beautiful. It’s like a small world you’d be eagerly willing to travel far to visit. The colors, the skill of each artist, the collection of work; it is just a really cool place to vibe out. The Alley is small so expect it to be crowded with people. This popular location is often a Baltimore hot spot for regular photo shoots. It is a high traffic space so get there at a reasonable time to avoid big crowds. There is an interactive art museum in the Alley that you can visit for a fee. If you are in the Baltimore area, and a lover of street art like me, definitely prioritize Graffiti Alley on your itinerary.
1820 North Charles Street
(At North Ave.)
Baltimore, Maryland 21218