Street Art in Toronto

Beginning in the 80s from the NYC Graffiti movement, Toronto has evolved into a city filled with graffiti. Reasons why include strong-minded artists who believe Toronto’s size is ideal to spread ideas and former Mayor Robert Ford’s war against graffiti in the early 2010’s. Here’s what I learned from my walking tour + photos of some of the graffiti I spotted along Graffiti Alley and elsewhere on the streets.

Throw-up occurs when an artist writes his/her name in two colors in big bubble lettersIMG_9712

A piece is a work of art that incorporates at least three colors with 3-D effects and shadows. Usually seen by artists spelling out a word or phrase (maybe even their street names). IMG_9704

Made with paint exhumed by fire extinguisher. Definitely throw-up but different method. You can also see tagging done in the black paint.IMG_9718

Throw-up and tagging over murals (or pieces) is a big no-no in the graffiti world. If someone figured out who disrespected the mural, he or she would write the artist name and tag so everyone in the community would essentially shun and/or disrespect the art made by that artist.IMG_9721

The pieces up top are known as “Heaven” spots because their height makes it difficult for artists to reach. Plus, if you fall, you just might go to heaven.fullsizerender-171.jpgMailboxes in Canada are made with graffiti stickers to prevent tagging. If tagging does happen, they can easily replace them.IMG_8913

Murals are graffiti artworks that the general public considers “art”. FullSizeRender 24

Angel is a dedication to a recently deceased person, with an angel halo placed above the person’s name. img_9717.jpg

Enjoy the rest of the artwork 🙂


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By Bacon, a famous Toronto graffiti artist who trolls Toronto like Banksy trolls the world. (Okay, not that dramatic, but Bacon is pretty well-known within Toronto.)FullSizeRender 28

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The smiling duck on top jamming to music is the artist Uber 5000’s signature cartoon, and he uses it frequently in his artwork.FullSizeRender 15FullSizeRender 18

I hope she said yes.FullSizeRender 5

And my personal favorite.FullSizeRender 8

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