The term Street Art encompasses graffiti, tagging, stickers, posters and stencil art etc... Basically art in public places, usually unsanctioned by authorities.
Street Art is a controversial art form with many detractors and supporters. As a sometime street artist myself I love the form. I created most of my work in the early 80s under the name Dept. of Public Cow Works. Most of it was stencil graffiti but I also pasted street posters, made street installations and did a couple of street performances. (Documentation of some of these works will be posted in 2011).
When I walk the streets I look for and photograph any street art I might spot. New York, London, Berlin, Paris, Athens, Amsterdam... are all covered in excellent examples. In some cities, such as Hanoi and Saigon, it is a rarity.
Today Street Art is widely accepted and admired by many and books, magazines and DVDs are devoted to the form. Some of the artists have left the streets and show in galleries or produce merchandise. However, the streets are still the place to see some of the most exciting works. Although you can view many images in different publications the best way to see it is in situ, on the streets where it was created.
I give credit to the artist(s) where I can but often the works are anonymous. If anyone has any information about any of the pieces I've photographed I'd love to hear from you. The titles I've given many of the pieces below are often arbitrary due to my lack of knowledge about the artists.