What is the difference between graffiti and Street Art

Street Art: Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield Can graffiti be regarded as street art ever? Does it depend on where it is, artistic value to beholder or materials used? If there is just text does that make it graffiti for example; tags where people just write their name albeit in a stylised way? Or for example NOP which it has been suggested is a gang name or not for profit. Does it depend on what the intentions of the artist is?


Technically street art is art that prior permission has been granted for or has been commissioned. However, some of what is technically graffiti is artistic and on the street therefore surely that then makes it street art? It can of course be considered vandalism if created without permission. I would not want someone’s name scrawled on my house, so agree with that view in terms of functioning buildings. But there are spaces where it seems relatively harmless like underpasses and wooden boards around building sites. I say relatively for example, compared to the vandalism for example;of putting bricks through bus shelters; which I really do not understand.

This article  makes several interesting points about grafiiti and street art including mentions that tagging uses just marker pen or spray whereas street art can use more material such as stenciling, mosaics or even LED light. There is also some great photos of Louieville street art in the post.

Louisville Street Art

An example of an UK artist that uses stencilling is Banksey.

Banksy in Hull?!!

Or what about, this? Surely a face captured this well, is art? By the way, I love the blog this post has come from; it is all all about street art, so if you want to see some fabulous street art, mostly from Toronto, check it out!


For more Sheffield street art, that I have seen, check out these links!

Street art / graffiti???, you decide. If you fancy, let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Anyone in London, seen clitoris street art?

Street art: Brown Street / Sylvester street Sheffield

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate 

The best hot chocolate, I found was at Ivy Bros, served in a white mug with bumpy texture on outside and smooth blue inside. Promisingly it was described on the menu as melting hot chocolate. Indeed it was good pure chocolately drink. The cafe itself is quirky with electric objects which they sell and a shark jaw above the counter. They offer an interesting and tempting range of sandwiches and cakes.

It is at Oudezijds Vootmrburgusal 96HE 1012 GH


Many places serve chocomel . It comes in stylish crockery, but is medicore hot chocolate, being mostly milky. It can be enhanced by baileys.

Wonderwall: Such an appropriate name for a steet artist Mark Walls aka Lushun. His work includes murals of celebs famous selfies like Kim K and recently Beyonce’s pregnancy selfie.


Lushsux – Ffion Gardner Art! https://ffiongardnerart.wordpress.com/2016/10/04/lushsux/


I have seen street artists painting wooden walls but no one tagging…

What inspires graffitti ‘artists’ / street artists. I don’t know for certain, I imagine as with lots of things it is different for different people. I can understand the desire to create / leave your … https://wonderwall360blog.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/what-inspires-graffitti-artists-street-artists/

Years ago when there was board around the former Republic in Sheffield; I remember now I saw it being painted.

Today came across artists on Priestly street in Sheffield. Older than you may imagine. At first just one painting and others stood across road assessing their progress, with music playing and lots spray cans laid out orderly, on mats.

What inspires graffitti ‘artists’ / street artists.

I don’t know for certain, I imagine as with lots of things it is different for different people. I can understand the desire to create / leave your mark / express your self. Not all people who are artistic / who want to express themselves can make a living from their art. Like people who may want to express themselves writing may, write a blog rather than earn a living out of it.

Who has not written their name or a message on a misty window / mirror, in sand or snow? As parents know, children seem to be born with a desire to write on walls, floors and tables rather than paper so maybe we are all born with the gumption to be a graffiti  artist? But some of us grow up or do not dare?

Perhaps we all have it in our genes the urge to write on walls. As this great blog post I read, points out there is evidence of cave  painting and hyreglyphics in Egyptian tombs.

A fascinating post (not mine) about street art.

Writing on walls can be a powerful communication method. Wilkipedia credits the first modern graffiti artist as being Cornbread who as a student in 1967 wrote on walls in an attempt to get a girl’s attention. In Sheffield on a bridge, that is part of the Park Hill flats the sprayed message ‘I love you, will you marry me’  has been immortalised in lights.

Now a days with the internet is possible to get messages across to a large group of strangers; though posts electronic walls, tweets etc… In times gone by expressing political views or making statements about situations has been enabled by writing on walls such as John Lennon’s wall where peace messages were painted during times of communism and the Berlin wall.

Wonderwall: John Lennon Wall Prague

Wonderwalls: Berlin

Despite  enhanced mass communications methods street art can still be used to highlight topical issue /  points of views.

Women’s rights street art

Global warming street art


Some art pieces need a large space and walls provide that space.

Some would argue those who spraypaint their ‘tag’ albeit that it may be a moniker rather than actual name reflecting the risks of tagging illicitly; are not so artistic. Perhaps taggers have different aims.

A quote from the following article (also linked above):

A fascinating post (not mine) about street art.

The article above also speculates the thrill that the taggers get from the process; the cat and mouse game with police. Then there are so called heaven spots, which is where tags are painted in difficult to reach places. it can be a wonder when you spot some colour , high up on a building; how on earth it was painted. Indeed unfortunately  heaven spots are also so called because of the risk to life.

I also wonder whether taggers get a thrill seeing their tag everywhere. I have noticed the Nop tag everywhere in Sheffield and it did cause me to think what it meant,; therefore it has had some impact on myself. It has been suggested the nop tag stands for Norfolk park and it is a gang symbol and that it stands for Not for Profit.

Wonderwalls? NO:P
I also see the word Quiet and initials SCS around Sheffield.

A couple of times in the same writing, I have seen the message ‘keep it real’.

I see the colours and words but never the people creating. So what do I really know?