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Top 70 Graffiti Trends in 2016

From Depictions of Streetwear-Clad Politicians to Mobile Art Shows

— January 29, 2017 — Art & Design
As these 2016 graffiti trends display, street art is often resurrected to speak to a larger issue, with Pejac's refugee camp mural and Barbara Kruger's large-scale propaganda building piece being just a few examples.

On a lighter note, "lushsux," the same artist who created the famed rendition of Kim Kardashian's iconic nude Instagram selfie, took aim at Taylor Swift in regards to her feud with the business woman and her husband, Kanye West. The mural showed the pop star's portrait, along with the words, "In Loving Memory of Taylor Swift." As it represented much of the discussion surrounding the pop star's revealed knowledge of her mention in 'Famous,' lushsux's piece gained viral traction.

Also included in these 2016 graffiti trends is Bordalo II's trash-made animal art, which considered the impact of ocean pollution. To get a better understanding of how other creatives and brands are engaging the public through art, see Trend Hunter's FREE 2017 Trend Report.
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Activity
Freshness
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Stadium Restoration Projects
Stadium Restoration Projects
Heineken is Campaigning to Revive Miami Marine Stadium
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69
Perspective-Dependent Street Art
Perspective-Dependent Street Art
'Calligraffiti' Freshens Up Cairo's Messiest Community
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68
Digital Street Art Tours
Digital Street Art Tours
'graffitialley.to' on Instagram Captures All of Toronto's Graffiti Alley
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67
Sweetened Pothole Art
Sweetened Pothole Art
Treats in the Streets by Jim Bachor Turns Hated Holes into Beloved Art
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66
Precisely Painted Murals
Precisely Painted Murals
Purdy Creates a Brick Wall Mural by Adding Color Only to the Mortar
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65
Digital Graffiti Sculptures
Digital Graffiti Sculptures
This Holographic Type Sculpture Comes to Life with Microsoft HoloLens
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64
Graffiti Artist-Designed Smartphones
Graffiti Artist-Designed Smartphones
This Special Edition Smartphone is Designed by Futura
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63
Childlike Outdoor Murals
Childlike Outdoor Murals
The Street Artist Yash Has a Youthful Visual Style
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62
Human Puzzle Street Art
Human Puzzle Street Art
This Work of Art Brings Puzzle Pieces to Life
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61
Repurposed Spreadsheet Graffiti
Repurposed Spreadsheet Graffiti
Refinery 29 Used Google Spreadsheets to Create Street Art
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60
Unifying Olympic Street Art
Unifying Olympic Street Art
This Olympic Mural Honors the Rio 2016 Games with Worldly Faces
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59
Olympic Mosaic Murals
Olympic Mosaic Murals
Charis Tsevis Designed Mosaic Murals for the USA House in Rio
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58
Supportive Ecological Murals
Supportive Ecological Murals
Collin van der Sluijs' Graffiti Brings Nature to Urban Streets
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57
Bee Awareness Murals
Bee Awareness Murals
The Burt's Bees Global Headquarters Features Dynamic Bee Art by Matt Wiley
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56
Alliance-Representing Floral Mosaics
Alliance-Representing Floral Mosaics
This Large Art Piece Sits in the Grand Place in Brussels
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55
Typographical Graffiti Projects
Typographical Graffiti Projects
Mathieu Tremblin Paints Over Tags and Translates Them into Type
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54
Satirical Art Installations
Satirical Art Installations
A Mini Border Wall Was Erected Around Trump's Walk of Fame Star
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53
Exclusive Street Art Collectives
Exclusive Street Art Collectives
The Sticker Social Club Helps Emerging Artists Gain Exposure
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52
Graffiti Brand Activations
Graffiti Brand Activations
Street Artists are Painting the Town for a Heineken Party
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51
Graffiti-Inspired Socks
Graffiti-Inspired Socks
These Unique Socks Feature Graffiti Artist Andre's Street Art Characters
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50
Political Building Art
Political Building Art
Barbara Kruger's Propaganda Art Can Be Seen from the NYC Skyline
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49
Avant-Garde Graffiti Apparel
Avant-Garde Graffiti Apparel
Juliëtte Heijnen's Latest Collection is Inspired by Street Art Murals
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48
Miniature Urban Deserts
Miniature Urban Deserts
Slinkachu's 'Little People' Project Expands to Show Desert Scenes in Dubai
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47
Integrated Elephant Artwork
Integrated Elephant Artwork
Graffiti Artist 'Falko One' Uses Locations to Customize His Art
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46
Anime-Transformed Monuments
Anime-Transformed Monuments
A Spherical Statue in Russia Was Painted to Look Like a Huge Poké Ball
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45
Curious Child Murals
Curious Child Murals
These Urban Murals by Millo Depict Enormous Children Learning the City
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44
Luxury Hotel Grafitti Tours
Luxury Hotel Grafitti Tours
The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon Offers Local Street Art Tours
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43
Captivating Avian Street Art
Captivating Avian Street Art
This Brazilian Street Artist Creates Stunning Murals in Brazil
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42
Prolific Street Portraits
Prolific Street Portraits
Christina Angelina Depicts Neglected Places and Faces in Her Street Art
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41
Architectural Mural Photography
Architectural Mural Photography
Damien Tachoires Lenses City Murals That Reflect Urban Settings
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40
Street Art-Celebrating Galleries
Street Art-Celebrating Galleries
Orlando's Redefine Gallery Celebrates Contemporary and Street Art
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39
Graffiti-Inspired Mint Packaging
Graffiti-Inspired Mint Packaging
This Packaging Concept Features Colorful Graffiti Art
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38
Intercultural Political Murals
Intercultural Political Murals
Kamea Hadar's Obama Art Mural Transcends Cultural Influences
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37
Historical Hip Hop Activations
Historical Hip Hop Activations
Netflix Paints Graffiti in Toronto for Its Series 'The Get Down'
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36
Architectural Cartoon Furniture
Architectural Cartoon Furniture
Nightshop Offers Stylish Movables With Prints of Drawn Buildings
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35
Crumbling Beauty Murals
Crumbling Beauty Murals
This Street Art Project Reflects the Value Society Places on Beauty
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34
Streetwear-Clad Republican Posters
Streetwear-Clad Republican Posters
Kidult's 'Pax Americana' Project Shows Donald Trump in Supreme
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33
Refugee Camp Street Art
Refugee Camp Street Art
Street Artist Pejac Has Created Art on the Walls of a Refugee Camp
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32
Beating Heart Murals
Beating Heart Murals
Street Artist Lonac Created an Anatomically Correct Living Mural
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31
Vibrant Empowerment Murals
Vibrant Empowerment Murals
Jasper Wong's 'Designed on Surface' Mural Uplifts Young Generations
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30
Dystopic Pop Exhibits
Dystopic Pop Exhibits
Ron English's Art at the Allouche Gallery Shows Warped Pop Culture Icons
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29
Artist-Decorated Data Centers
Artist-Decorated Data Centers
The Data Center Mural Project Turns Big Buildings into Works of Art
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28
Poignant Street Art
Poignant Street Art
This Graffiti Artist Captures Uniquely Touching Images in His Work
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27
Gravity-Defying Street Art
Gravity-Defying Street Art
These Installations Put a Twist on Commonly Seen Street Clutter
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26
Cross-Stitched Murals
Cross-Stitched Murals
This Woven Street Art is Integrated into the Sides of Buildings
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25
Interactive Feminine Murals
Interactive Feminine Murals
Sean Yoro Has Expanded His Stunning Series of Water Murals
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24
Controversial Rapper Murals
Controversial Rapper Murals
Lushux Created a Famous Mural to Honor Kanye's Iconic Celebrity Video
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23
Painted Parking Spaces
Painted Parking Spaces
Seniors at West Orange High School Get to Paint Their Parking Spaces
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22
Stunning Science Fiction Murals
Stunning Science Fiction Murals
Alexis Diaz's Detailed Artwork Depicts Bright Otherworldly Beings
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21
Branded Basketball Court Graffiti
Branded Basketball Court Graffiti
Artist Kaws' Murals Cover Two Courts for Nike's 'New York Made'
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20
Pop Art Bus Murals
Pop Art Bus Murals
Algis Kriščiūnas' Unique Art Brightens Up This Lithuanian Transport Service
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19
Pop Culture Dissections
Pop Culture Dissections
'IKON' Series Artwork Features Otherworldly Anatomy Pieces
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18
Graffiti-Inspired Timepieces
Graffiti-Inspired Timepieces
The RM 68-01 Tourbilion Cyril Kongo Boasts a Colorful Watch Design
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17
Multidimensional Kaleidoscopic Murals
Multidimensional Kaleidoscopic Murals
Hoxxoh's Colorful Art Mural Uses Entrancing Geometric Shapes
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16
Fake Memorial Murals
Fake Memorial Murals
'lushsux' Depicted the Internet's Response to the Recent Taylor Swift Feud
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15
3D Typographic Murals
3D Typographic Murals
Nase Pop Transforms Font Typefaces into Protruding Pieces of Street Art
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14
Striped Street Murals
Striped Street Murals
This Striped Art Was Painted onto a Building to Liven Up the Area
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13
Anti-War Street Art
Anti-War Street Art
An Artist Painted a Haunting Image of an Injured Syrian Boy
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12
Mobile Art Exhibits
Mobile Art Exhibits
The 'Truck Art Project' Uses Trucks as a Canvas for Beautiful Artwork
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11
Suspended Origami Street Art
Suspended Origami Street Art
Mademoiselle Maurice Outdoor Installations are Made Using Paper
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10
Iconic Art Graffiti Renditions
Iconic Art Graffiti Renditions
Aaron Kai Created a Wavy Mural for 'The Hundreds' Warehouse
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9
Citywide Street Art Events
Citywide Street Art Events
POW! WOW! Long Beach is a Beautiful Art Festival for the Community
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8
Politically Surreal Street Art
Politically Surreal Street Art
'Trump X Magritte' Mixes the Politician into the Surrealist's Ouvre
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7
Spray Painted Abandoned Homes
Spray Painted Abandoned Homes
Katharina Grosse Converts Deserted Beach Abodes into Vibrant Artwork
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6
Trash-Made Animal Art
Trash-Made Animal Art
Bordalo II's Immaculate Wildlife Sculptures are Made from Junkyard Scraps
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5
Portable Egg Lights
Portable Egg Lights
This Handheld Lamp Called 'Eggie' is Water Resistant and Rechargeable
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4
Abstract Multidimensional Murals
Abstract Multidimensional Murals
These Stunning Murals in Italy Were Done by Manuel Di Rita
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3
Graphic Tunnel Art
Graphic Tunnel Art
The Lasco Project Features Graphic Street Art Thanks to a Group Effort
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2
Graffiti-Inspired Active Apparel
Graffiti-Inspired Active Apparel
This Collection of Clothing for Yoga Celebrates Street Art
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1
Expressive Dark Street Art
Expressive Dark Street Art
Dolk Lundgren's Simple Graffiti Considers Many Subjects Cynically
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