150 Street Art Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of street art quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about artist street art.

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The Most Famous Street Art Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Is graffiti art or vandalism? That word has a lot of negative connotations and it alienates people, so no, I don't like to use the word 'art' at all. — Banksy

After pop art, graffiti is probably the biggest art movement in recent history to have such an impact on culture. — Jeffrey Deitch

Bus stops are far more interesting and useful places to have art than in museums. — Banksy

I feel uncomfortable with the term public art, because I'm not sure what it means. If it means what I think it does, then I don't do it. I'm not crazy about categories. — Barbara Kruger

I've never really considered myself just a street artist. I consider myself a populist. — Shepard Fairey

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web. — Pablo Picasso

Graffiti is beautiful; like a brick in the face of a cop. — Hunter S. Thompson

Public art is ephemeral by nature. Google 's new project not only catalogs an artist's work but archives it and allows people to see the art long after it has disappeared. — Shepard Fairey

Conceptual art, for me, means work in which the idea is paramount and the material form is secondary, lightweight, ephemeral, cheap, unpretentious and/or ‘dematerialized’ — Lucy R. Lippard

The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting. — Verner Panton

Short Street Art Quotes

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  • People say graffiti is ugly, irresponsible and childish... but that's only if it's done properly. — Banksy
  • Speak softly, but carry a big can of paint. — Banksy
  • Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. — Banksy
  • Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I'm going to take tomorrow. — Imogen Cunningham
  • There are four basic human needs; food, sleep, sex and revenge. — Banksy
  • A wall is a very big weapon. It's one of the nastiest things you can hit someone with. — Banksy
  • A lot of mothers will do anything for their children, except let them be themselves. — Banksy
  • Become good at cheating and you never need to become good at anything else. — Banksy
  • Think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a f**king sharp knife to it. — Banksy
  • I want to make the world a better place, for women, mainly. — Clare Balding

Street Art Image Quotes

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Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. — Banksy

Street art quote You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, wil
You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, will never forget about you.

Photography Street Art Quotes

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You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved. — Ansel Adams

I believe that street photography is central to the issue of photography—that it is purely photographic, whereas the other genres, such as landscape and portrait photography, are a little more applied, more mixed in the with the history of painting and other art forms. — Joel Meyerowitz

You don't make a photograph just with a camera — Ansel Adams

Street art quote The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.
The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.

I have always felt that a lot of the most interesting work, not just mine but other people's, falls into [the] nether area, somewhere between the worlds of documentary and photojournalism (two very vague words) and the world of art. I think a lot of street photography falls into this nether area. — Alex Webb

Street photography is art and if art is a crime, please God, forgive me. — Thomas Leuthard

Artist Street Art Quotes

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Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss. — Banksy

Some people become cops because they want to make the world a better place. Some people become vandals because they want to make the world a better looking place. — Banksy

You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid. You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation at high speed with total clarity. — Banksy

I mean, they say you die twice. One time when you stop breathing and a second time, a bit later on, when somebody says your name for the last time. — Banksy

The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages. — Banksy

A lot of people thought I got famous as a studio artist, then decided to cash in on it. But it actually was just a matter of survival for many years, and I felt it was really important for me to be able to say whatever I wanted with my street art and fine art. — Shepard Fairey

If you want to say something and have people listen then you have to wear a mask. If you want to be honest then you have to live a lie. — Banksy

Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent, leave the house before you find something worth staying in for. — Banksy

Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little. — Banksy

In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. — Raymond Chandler

Graffiti Art Quotes

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If Graffiti is art and art is a crime then how come piccaso never done time? — Melvin Glover

Graffiti writers will never stop. They'll just evolve. It's interesting what ideas people come up with and how it all extends forward. — Ben Eine

The way I make art, the way a lot of people make art, is as an extension of language and communication, where references are incredibly important. — Shepard Fairey


Graffiti ultimately wins out over proper art because it becomes part of your city, it' s a tool; "I'll meet you in that pub, you know, the one opposite that wall with a picture of a monkey holding a chainsaw". I mean, how much more useful can a painting be than that? — Banksy

I'm an artist. Gardening is my graffiti. I grow my art. I use the garden soil like it's a piece of cloth, and the plants and the trees, that's my embellishment for that cloth. You'd be surprised what the soil can do if you let it be your canvas. — Ron Finley

My mom is a painter, so I've been doing drawings and paintings as early as I can remember. Then there was this gap where I was doing graffiti in high school and making as much [traditional] art. — Alec Monopoly

People who get up early in the morning cause war, death and famine. — Banksy

It's a very frustrated feeling you get when the only people with good photos of you work are the police department. — Banksy

I'd been painting rats for three years before someone said 'that's clever it's an anagram of art' and I had to pretend I'd known that all along. — Banksy

Public Art Quotes

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The designer of today re-establishes the long-lost contact between art and the public, between living people and art as a living thing. — Bruno Munari

The arts of power and its minions are the same in all countries and in all ages. It marks its victim; denounces it; and excites the public odium and the public hatred, to conceal its own abuses and encroachments. — Henry Clay

It was Public Art, defined as art that is purchased by experts who are not spending their own personal money. — Dave Barry

The justification of art is the internal combustion it ignites in the hearts of men and not its shallow, externalized, public manifestations. — Glenn Gould

The history of modern art is also the history of the progressive loss of art's audience. Art has increasingly become the concern of the artist and the bafflement of the public. — Henry Geldzahler

If sanity ever returns to our society and we stop taking pretentious elites seriously, one of the signs will be that the public will force the removal of those ugly pieces of twisted metal that are called 'art' in front of government buildings. — Thomas Sowell

The discovery I announce to the public is one of the small number which, by their principles, their results, and the beneficial influence which they exert upon the arts, are counted among the most useful and extraordinary inventions. — Louis Daguerre

The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened. — Thomas Wolfe

The notion that the public accepts or rejects anything in modern art is merely romantic fiction. The game is completed and the trophies distributed long before the public knows what has happened. — Tom Wolfe

It is unhappily true that much insincere Literature and Art, executed solely with a view to effect, does succeed by deceiving the public. — George Henry Lewes

Graffiti Quotes

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Everybody's trying to leave their mark on the world. That's why there's graffiti and babies. — Kristen Schaal

Graffiti doesn't exist unless someone got a photo, because it's gone immediately. — Jeffrey Deitch

Bursts of gold on lavender melting into saffron. It's the time of day when the sky looks like it has been spray-painted by a graffiti artist. — Mia Kirshner

Writing graffiti is about the most honest way you can be an artist. It takes no money to do it, you don't need an education to understand it, and there's no admission fee. — Banksy

One piece of graffiti doesn't mean much. Forty pieces of graffiti might mean something... It's all about connecting the dots. — Kim Rossmo

The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenements halls and whispered in the sounds of silence. — Paul Simon

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Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone. — Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. — Calvin Coolidge

When you can't think of anything else, photograph graffiti, nudes, or plants. — Bill Jay

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Graffiti is a pathetic attempt at anonymous recognition. — Randall Dale Adams

Visual Art Quotes

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The life of a designer is a life of fight. Fight against the ugliness. Just like a doctor fights against disease. For us, the visual disease is what we have around, and what we try to do is cure it somehow with design. — Massimo Vignelli

There is no must in art because art is free. — Wassily Kandinsky

Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language. — Steven Pinker

I mean, making art is about objectifying your experience of the world, transforming the flow of moments into something visual, or textual, or musical, whatever. Art creates a kind of commentary. — Barbara Kruger

The world of visual perspective is one of unified and homogeneous space. Such a world is alien to the resonating diversity of spoken words. So language was the last art to accept the visual logic of Gutenberg technology, and the first to rebound in the electric age. — Marshall McLuhan

Our one goal is to give the world a taste of peace, friendship and understanding. Through the visual arts, the art of celebration of life. — Steven Spielberg

In learning the art of storytelling by animation, I have discovered that language has an anatomy. — Walt Disney

I like photography because it is a reality medium, unlike drawing which is unreal. I like to mess with reality...to bend reality. Some of my works beg the question of is it real or not? — Storm Thorgerson

The style of ancient Egyptian art is transcendently clear, something 8-year-olds can recognize in an instant. Its consistency and codification is one of the most epic visual journeys in all art, one that lasts 30 dynasties spread over 3,000 years. — Jerry Saltz

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves. — Julia Morgan

Wall Art Quotes

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In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it. — Michelangelo

You can create the perfect triceps by just pushing yourself off your wall. — Jean-Claude Van Damme

The Art Snob can be recognized in the home by the quick look he gives the pictures on your walls, quick but penetrating, as though he were undressing them. This is followed either by complete and pained silence or a comment such as 'That's really a very pleasant little water color you have there. — Russell Lynes

People think that computer science is the art of geniuses but the actual reality is the opposite, just many people doing things that build on eachother, like a wall of mini stones. — Donald Knuth

The art of politics is learning to walk with your back to the wall, your elbows high, and a smile on your face. It's a survival game played under the glare of lights. — Jean Chretien

Art is based on emotion, but being macho is based on ego; the wall protecting that emotion. — Miguel

I don't care about truth; I care about art and style and writing and occupying the wall. For me, my writing style is very linked to the fact that it is a work of art on the wall. I had to find a way to write in concise, effective phrases that people standing or walking into a room could read. — Sophie Calle

When you go to an art gallery you are simply a tourist looking at the trophy cabinet of a few millionaires. — Banksy

The silent painting speaks on the walls and does much good. — Gregory of Nyssa

Love is an active power in man; a power which breaks through the walls which separate man from his fellow men, which unite him with others; love makes him overcome the sense of isolation and separateness, yet it permits him to be himself, to retain his integrity. — Erich Fromm

Graffiti Artist Quotes

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Graffiti is like building a career. And there is a dialogue with the other artists out there mostly fellow writers because a lot of people who don't paint just see a blur when they look at it. — KAWS

I started off as a graffiti artist in the South Bronx. My tag name was 'Loco' because I would go crazy and tag anywhere I wanted, in the weirdest places. — Swizz Beatz

The grumpier you are, the more assholes you meet. — Banksy

I used to tell everyone I met to be an artist..... I don't do that any more. — Banksy

But there's no way round it-commercial success is a mark of failure for a graffiti artist. We're not supposed to be embraced in that way. When you look at how society rewards so many of the wrong people, it's hard not to view financial reimbursement as a badge of self-serving mediocrity. — Banksy

Take two paintings by the same artist, one has a signature and the other doesn't. The signed picture is generally more valuable. The signature is almost graffiti or a tagging system, yet it can become more important than the subject. — Gavin Turk

In Afghanistan I was doing street art because it was more open, but when I had a show, only men would come. I said, I'm an artist not only for men, but for women too. So that's why I like graffiti. — Malina Suliman

Law breaking, graffiti artist, dumb jock that I am, I'm pretty socially conscious. — Duff Goldman

Hip-hop is a competition culture. It's based around, "My DJ is better than you. My graffiti artist is better than you." — Ice T

This book blew me away. Kelly Parra writes with the keen eye of an artist. Graffiti Girl is warm, gutsy, and true-to-life - an unflinching, honest portrayal of young adults. A seamless and impressive debut. — Anne Frasier

Street Photography Quotes

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My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport. — Steve McCurry

The whole point of taking pictures is so that you don't have to explain things with words. — Elliott Erwitt

Be yourself. I much prefer seeing something, even it is clumsy, that doesn't look like somebody else's work. — William Klein

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Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. — Aaron Siskind

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Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

When you photograph people in color you photograph their clothes. When you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their soul! — Ted Grant

Since I'm inarticulate, I express myself with images. — Helen Levitt

I love the people I photograph. I mean, they're my friends. I've never met most of them or I don't know them at all, yet through my images I live with them. — Bruce Gilden

Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

I photograph to find out what something will look like photographed. — Garry Winogrand

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More Street Art Quotes

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Art must not be concentrated in dead shrines called museums. lt must be spread everywhere – on the streets, in the trams, factories, workshops, and in the workers' homes. — Vladimir Mayakovsky

I am for an art that tells you the time of day, or where such and such a street is. I am for an art that helps old ladies across the street. — Claes Oldenburg

A certain administration which I won't call by name took the arts out of the schools, and that left the brothers out on the street with nothing, so they went to the turntables and started rhyming. Then they had a way to express themselves, and that's the birth of hip-hop. — Isaac Hayes

Fashion is in the sky, in the street. — Coco Chanel

The arts can play a vital role in revitalizing neighborhoods, using and improving vacant space, bringing new jobs and new sense of opportunity, and improving public safety by generating more foot traffic and more eyes on the street. — Gavin Newsom

In New York, the impact of these concentrated superskyscrapers on street scale and sunlight, on the city's aniquated support systems, circulation, and infrastructure, on its already tenuous livability, overrides any aesthetic. ... Art becomes worthless in a city brutalized by overdevelopment. — Ada Louise Huxtable

I hate the idea of street art. With music, I just needed my brain and my voice, which didn't cost anything. — M.I.A.

Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets. — Oscar Wilde

Online media is the future, and younger feminists are already instrumental in using social media and multi-media platforms on the web to document street harassment, archive and critique the media, and create art. — Jennifer Baumgardner

Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art. Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country. Know how to meditate not only when you have a book in your hand but when you are waiting for a bus or riding in a train. — Thomas Merton

I know street art can feel increasingly like the marketing wing of an art career, so I wanted to make some art without the price tag attached. There's no gallery show or book or film. It's pointless. Which hopefully means something. — Banksy

Hong Kong is a nice playground for my street pieces as the architecture is very different from my home city. It's also a great opportunity to take place in a dynamic city of the global art scene. — Invader

I don't know if street art ever really works indoors. If you domesticate an animal, it goes from being wild and free to sterile, fat and sleepy. So maybe the art should stay outside. — Banksy

Perhaps there lives some dreamy boy, untaught In schools, some graduate of the field or street, Who shall become a master of art, An admiral sailing the high seas of thought Fearless and first, and steering with his fleet For lands not yet laid down in any chart. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is a significant symbol that street art is gaining increased attention and credibility in the art world and that's a good thing. — Invader

I love jazz because it's so American; you know it's our Only Original Art Form. It just goes against the greed of corporate America and the Wall Street Banks that are destroying our economy. — Bernie Sanders

Jack Sturtzer, one of my cousins, had gone to art school and suggested that I might be interested in a private school called the Art Institute of Buffalo, and in fact that is what happened. So upon graduation in 1948, I then went to stay with my cousins on Seventeenth Street and enrolled in the program at the Art Institute on Elmwood Avenue. — Paul Smith

In everything that can be called art there is a quality of redemption. It may be pure tragedy, if it is high tragedy, and it may be pity and irony, and it may be the raucous laughter of the strong man. But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. — Raymond Chandler

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