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 letters
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).
Made with paint exhumed by fire extinguisher. Definitely throw-up but different method. You can also see tagging done in the black paint.
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.
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.Mailboxes in Canada are made with graffiti stickers to prevent tagging. If tagging does happen, they can easily replace them.
Murals are graffiti artworks that the general public considers “art”.
Angel is a dedication to a recently deceased person, with an angel halo placed above the person’s name.
Enjoy the rest of the artwork 🙂
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.)
The smiling duck on top jamming to music is the artist Uber 5000’s signature cartoon, and he uses it frequently in his artwork.
I hope she said yes.
And my personal favorite.