Graffiti and Street Art in Perth and Fremantle

Fremantle street art opposite Clancys fish restaurant and bar
Fremantle is Western Australia's city of ART ans culture and freedom of thought. Fremantle street art opposite Clancys fish restaurant and bar photo by Ruby Shakir

Graffiti and Street Art in Perth and Fremantle.

Graffiti and Street Art in Perth and Fremantle A vivid mural or a piece of street art is ready to capture your eye as you walk through Perth and Fremantle’s city centre. New urban art pieces sprout throughout the city as our urban art movement develops, bringing life to the streets and enhancing the overall experience. A few of the pieces will only be up for a brief period before being painted over or replaced by something else.

Photos by Ruby Shakir

In recent years, the city has attracted attention from across the globe due to the presence of street art by some of the world’s top street painters on its buildings and in its alleyways.

Graffiti and Street Art in Perth and Fremantle

Street Art and Graffiti Origins

It has been shown that graffiti goes back to prehistoric and ancient times through the Lascaux cave paintings in France and other historical discoveries across the globe. Graffiti is defined simply as writing, sketching, or painting on walls or surfaces of a building. It’s thought that the images of hunting scenes found at these places were either a way to remember past hunting victories or part of rituals meant to help hunters be better hunters.

It is believed that modern graffiti first appeared in Philadelphia in the early 1960s and reached New York by the late 1960s. People started putting their names, or “tags,” on buildings all throughout the city in the 1970s, and the new art form caught on like wildfire.

Fremantle street art
Fremantle street art

Graffiti and Street Art in Perth and Fremantle. The Following Are the Top 10 Graffiti Styles:

  • Tags or Tagging

Tag – Stylized signature done quickly in many areas and surfaces. This is the most basic form of graffiti; a writer’s signature can be used with a marker or spray paint. It is the writer’s logo or brand—their stylized personal signature.

  • Heaven or Heaven-spot

Heaven spot’, or ‘heaven’ in short, is a graffiti term which refers to graffiti pieces painted in places that are hard to reach, such as rooftops, overpasses and freeway signs, thus making them hard to remove—maximum annoyance to authorities and a great way to send a free message.

  • Stencil

Stencil graffiti is a form of graffiti that makes use of stencils made out of paper, cardboard, or other media to create an image or text that is easily reproducible. The desired design is cut out of the selected medium, and then the image is transferred to a surface through spray paint or roll-on paint.

  • Poster or Paste-Up

A composition on a paper, board, or other backing is applied to a wall or object using wheat paste. This technique allows street artists to put up detailed images quickly for obvious reasons.

  • Sticker or Slap

Sticker art (also known as sticker bombing, sticker slapping, slap tagging, and sticker tagging) is a form of street art in which an image or message is publicly displayed using stickers. These stickers may promote a political agenda, comment on a policy or issue, or comprise a subcategory of graffiti.

  • Throw Ups
‘Throw-up’ or ‘throwie’ is a widely referenced graffiti term, most commonly used to describe tag-like drawings of bubble letters designed for quick execution (to avoid being caught) of graffiti words, and usually consisting of the artist’s name and only two colours are used.
  • Blockbuster

The blockbuster style is large murals of sprayed letters done quickly and sometimes with paint rollers. Blockbuster graffiti aims to cover an ample space as soon as possible.

  • Wild-style

Wild-style is an intricate form of graffiti and is often complicated. Often, this form of graffiti incorporates interwoven and overlapping letters and shapes. It may include arrows, spikes, and other decorative elements, depending on which technique is used by the writer.

  • Piece

The graffiti term ‘piece’, short of a masterpiece, describes a large, complex, labour-intensive graffiti painting, usually painted by skilled and experienced writers. This often takes a lot of time to produce the work.

  • 3D Graffiti
3D graffiti is a genre that is characterized by a lack of solid outlines and the sparing use of black and white. A lot of graffiti can be considered 3D; this particular form results in a highly realistic depth that appears to be tangible.

Graffiti and Street Art in Perth and Fremantle

What Are the Benefits of Street Art and Graffiti, and Why Should You Do It?

Street art is intriguing, inventive, and free in terms of location and style. Art in the streets is an enormously broad and varied trend, one that is rising in popularity as the scale, style, and sheer talent of the work being shown in the streets continue to improve and rise in popularity. Every angle from which you look at street art reveals its diversity. As mentioned, there are many different styles of street art, ranging from paste-ups to murals, stencils to tags, and a plethora of others.

Due to the influence and inspiration received from a diverse range of cultures and artistic forms, street artists can be found in virtually every nation globally, creating a diverse and expanding body of urban art that can be found all over the world. Every second, a new piece is added to the puzzle, as other pieces are taken away or erased. You’d never be able to keep up with the changes!

Tours of Perth and Fremantle’s Street Graffiti and Art

The street art in Perth is amazing! Perth is rapidly establishing itself as Australia’s second street art city, with amazing murals adorning walls throughout the city and suburbs, from hipster neighbourhoods to suburban homes in the suburbs. 

Throughout Perth City, you’ll come across a diverse range of beautiful street art, including many murals, which depict a variety of themes, highlighting the city’s color and diversity. And because of the city’s convenient location, you’ll never be too far away from a cup of coffee while you’re out and about exploring.

Graffiti and Street Art in Perth and Fremantle. During a guided walking tour of Fremantle’s street art culture, you’ll be on the lookout for some eye candy. Explore some of the city’s most famous artworks, from large-scale commissioned installations to the ever-changing face of illegal street art culture, with the help of your tour guide.

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