I don’t know about you but I love street art. You can be in the most dull city in the world and come across a beautiful piece of art painted on a building, or some abstract sculptures, and it just brightens up and makes the place more interesting.

Over the years I have collected photos of the street/urban art that I have come across while travelling, way too many to share in one post, but here is a small collection of some of the more recent ones that I have seen.

Street Art from Random Places in the World

Reykjavik in Iceland was a favourite place recently. Walking through a grey, dreary, industrial part of the city you come upon these. The featured photo at the beginning of the post is from the same area.

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Lisbon in Portugal had some pretty cool stuff with a wall of well known animation art.

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Stumbled across this street late at night in Lisbon. With the dark lighting it gave a moody atmosphere.

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Naoshima Island in Japan is a seriously surreal place. The whole island is basically a collection of outdoor artwork pieces and the best way too see it all is renting a bicycle and cycling around.

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Some abstract work in China. It can be very uniform in China, feeling somewhat restrictive. So when you come across some street art it is a nice relief from the norm. There’s a great district in Beijing called 798.

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May the power of the brush be with you comrades!

May the power of the brush be with you comrades!

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London is well known for its street art, with artists such as Banksy being famous. These three here were taken around the Brick Lane area.

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Granada in Spain has very old traditional buildings but that doesn’t stop there being some art on the walls.

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One from Amsterdam. I’m going back there soon and looking forward to checking out the street art scene.

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Penang in Malaysia. I love how simply effective this is.

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You can see how in some of these areas what would normally be a boring street scene is livened up by this  art.

I love how it is being more and more tolerated worldwide and not just regarded as graffiti needing to be washed away.

What about you?

Do you like street art? Anywhere that’s your favourite?

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Jonny Duncan is a travel blogger and freelance photographer. He specialises in adventure and budget travel with over 20 years of experience. He started blogging in 2013 to give advice for other travellers. He has lived in Japan, Amsterdam, Kiev, and more.

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