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Top 100 Graffiti Art Trends of 2012

From Comical Storage Drains to Mesmerizing Marker Murals

— January 20, 2013 — Art & Design
Many of the top graffiti art trends of 2012 resembled the style or famous street artist Banksy. Included in these were satirical hip-hop hero portraits, blending rappers with comic book characters, and billboard artwork done to reclaim outdoor ad space from large corporations.

Many larger companies also made advertisements intended to look like work done by actual street artists. This was an ironic spin on many artists' attempts to make work that spoke out against these establishments.

Graffiti art trends have become much more accepted over time, and are gradually becoming accepted in mainstream marketing. To learn more about graffiti trends, you can check out our Graffiti Trend Report.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Minimalist Street Shoots
Minimalist Street Shoots
The Andy Jones Series is a Chilly Taste of Realism
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99
Large-Scale Paintball Murals
Large-Scale Paintball Murals
The Sonice Development GMBH ‘Facadeprinter’ Shoots Out Co
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98
Insightful Evolutionary Artwork
Insightful Evolutionary Artwork
The Artistic Group Maentis Parodies the March of Progress
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97
Disturbing Interactive Animal Depictions
Disturbing Interactive Animal Depictions
The ROA Instillation Isn't for the Faint of Heart
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96
Iconic Feline Art Shows
Iconic Feline Art Shows
The Hello Kitty, Hello Art Exhibition Pays Homage to the Cute Cat
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95
Rave-Ready Abstract Artwork
Rave-Ready Abstract Artwork
'Unweave the Rainbow' is a Curation of Weird Neons
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94
Hectic Music Illustrations
Hectic Music Illustrations
McBess Renders Cluttered and Condensed Images
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93
Winding Water Calligraffiti
Winding Water Calligraffiti
Sweeping Beauty II by Niels Meulman Was Made in a Hurry
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92
Hopeful Social Street Art
Hopeful Social Street Art
Beijing Artist ROBBB Encourages Social Change
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91
Sulking Neon Smoke Photography
Sulking Neon Smoke Photography
The Filippo Minelli 'Silence/Shapes' Series is Breathtaking
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90
Timelapse Drawing Films
Timelapse Drawing Films
This Super Mario 3D Chalk Art Jumps Off the Street
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89
Social Statement Surrealism
Social Statement Surrealism
The Alex Gross 'Product Placement' Series Scolds Consumers
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88
Balancing Granite Furniture
Balancing Granite Furniture
Ryan Jongwoo Choi's Co-existence Table Focuses on Harmony
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87
Cheeky Computing Graffiti
Cheeky Computing Graffiti
Street Artist Jilly Ballistic Creates Thought-Provoking Work
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86
Skate Brand Street Art
Skate Brand Street Art
The Shepard Fairey Mural Advertises the Lifestyle of Obey Giant
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85
Street Style Artist Mashups
Street Style Artist Mashups
The Kevin Lyons X MEI Collection is a Culture Junkie's Dream
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84
Intimate Graffiti Documentaries
Intimate Graffiti Documentaries
The Raphael Haddad In Bed with Invader Video is a Street-Art Must
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83
84-Mile String Art
84-Mile String Art
'Letting Go' by HOT TEA is an Interpretation of the Sun
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82
Spraypaint Can Community Art
Spraypaint Can Community Art
The Evan Roth 'Welcome to Detroit' Exhibit Explores Hacking
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81
Blocked Yarn Grafitti Art
Blocked Yarn Grafitti Art
The HOT TEA Artist Duo Design Throughout New York
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80
System-Rebelling Street Art
System-Rebelling Street Art
Pavel Puhov Implements Creative Anarchy into Dull Cities
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79
Animated Street Art GIFS
Animated Street Art GIFS
ABVH Brings to Life Banksy Masterpieces
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78
Surreal Street Installations
Surreal Street Installations
André Muniz Gonzaga Creates Increadible Artworks in Bizarre Plac
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77
Mobile Graffiti Canvases
Mobile Graffiti Canvases
Artist Never2501 Paints Zebra-Like Wasps Onto the Back of a Truck
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76
Arcade-Inspired Graffiti (UPDATE)
Arcade-Inspired Graffiti (UPDATE)
'3D Super Mario Chalk Art' by Chris Carlson is Hyper-Realistic
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75
Cardboard Estate Paintings
Cardboard Estate Paintings
The EVOL 'Repeat Offender' Series is Illusionary and Deep
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74
Neon Light Graffiti
Neon Light Graffiti
The Long Exposure Photography of Jasper Geenhuizen is Incredibly Bright
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73
Surreal Skeletal Captures
Surreal Skeletal Captures
The Darren Pearson Light Paintings are the Real Deal
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72
Sensationally Saturated Sketches
Sensationally Saturated Sketches
Graphic Designs by Alejandro Giraldo are Playful
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71
Vibrant Abstract Graffiti
Vibrant Abstract Graffiti
Street Artist Momo Work Could Be Shown in a Traditional Art Gallery
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70
Child-Like Cartoon Graffiti
Child-Like Cartoon Graffiti
Nicolas Barrome Depicts Whimsical Fantasy Scenes on Walls
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69
Robotic Graffiti Autos
Robotic Graffiti Autos
The 'Chevy Street Artist Car' Creates Beautiful Murals
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68
Guerrilla X-Ray Graffiti
Guerrilla X-Ray Graffiti
SHOK-1 is a Doctor of Street Art
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67
Cheeky Commentary Graffiti
Cheeky Commentary Graffiti
The Mobstr 'Playing with the Buff Man' Series is Rebellious
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66
Masterful Camo Murals
Masterful Camo Murals
The RJ X Liu Bolin Collaboration is Illusionary and Fun
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65
Giant Pencil-Sketched Posters
Giant Pencil-Sketched Posters
The 'Elephants' Mural by Adonna Khare is Astounding in Its Intricacy
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64
Xeroxed Graffiti Art
Xeroxed Graffiti Art
Office Supplies Incorporated Renders Oversized Collage Murals
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63
Graffitied Denim
Graffitied Denim
Attitude Magazine January 2012 Presents 'Ten Jackets by Ten Artists'
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62
Humanimal Street Art Stickers
Humanimal Street Art Stickers
Rafael Suriani Creates Humanized Animal Portraits
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61
Cyberpunk Graffiti Artists
Cyberpunk Graffiti Artists
Emanuele Ronco Expresses Creative Inspiration Through Vibrant Murals
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60
Sensually Defaced Editorials
Sensually Defaced Editorials
'Entropy Parade' by Slava Mogutin and Brian Kenny is Surreal
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59
Storm-Activated Graffiti
Storm-Activated Graffiti
Adam Niklewicz Creates Captivating Rain-Stimulated Artwork
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58
Shoe Street Art Festivals
Shoe Street Art Festivals
Off Canvas Graffiti Festival by Converse to Grow Following in China
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57
Ghoulish Gobbling Graffiti
Ghoulish Gobbling Graffiti
Ro and l'Homme Pendu Devoured by Creepy Street Art Creatures
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56
Chromatic Paint Sprinklers
Chromatic Paint Sprinklers
The Liquid Rainbow by Edwin Deen is an On-Demand Paint System
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55
Child Star Street Art
Child Star Street Art
Italy-Based Zibe Tso Paints Graffiti Images of Gary Coleman
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54
Gore-Infested Surrealism
Gore-Infested Surrealism
The Smithe One 'Brick and Meat' Collection is Drenched in Guts
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53
Trippy Silicone Armchairs
Trippy Silicone Armchairs
The Alessandro Ciffo 'Iperbolica' Series Pays Homage to Great Artists
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52
Graffiti-Adorned Beach Boards
Graffiti-Adorned Beach Boards
SkimBeam Produces Customized Skim Boards
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51
Graffitied Hollywood Femmes
Graffitied Hollywood Femmes
Andrea Michaelsson Stencil Art Has Old School Glamour
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50
Silly Sidewalk Tags
Silly Sidewalk Tags
The Carmichael Collective Urban Plant Tags
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49
Personality Filled Facades
Personality Filled Facades
These Living Walls by Nikita Nomerz Give Life to Decaying Structures
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48
Fecal Monstrosity Murals
Fecal Monstrosity Murals
The Collaborative Mural 'TexAss Centipede' is Delightfully Disturbing
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47
Abandoned Vintage Automobiles
Abandoned Vintage Automobiles
The Palermo Viejo Series by Eduardo Fialho is Rusty and Beautiful
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46
Rainbow Graffiti Papercraft
Rainbow Graffiti Papercraft
The New Mademoiselle Maurice Urban Origami Installations are Crafty
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45
Typographic Video Game Graffiti
Typographic Video Game Graffiti
Artist Tilt Hides Words in Images of Super Mario Bros. Cast
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44
Vividly Vandalized Wine
Vividly Vandalized Wine
The Invivo Wines Graffiti Packaging is Edgy and Modern
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43
Iconic Street Art Memoirs
Iconic Street Art Memoirs
The Seven Years With Banksy Book Unveils the Man Behind the Stencils
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42
Interactive Skateboarder Installations
Interactive Skateboarder Installations
2new4streetview's Interactive Street Art Gets People Active
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41
Paper Cut-Out Graffiti
Paper Cut-Out Graffiti
The Miriam Londono Artwork Layers Paper Words to Create Textiles
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40
Wall Climbing Illustrations
Wall Climbing Illustrations
Become Immersed by the Charles Munka for Joyce Exhibition
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39
3D Super Mario Chalk Art
3D Super Mario Chalk Art
Chris Carlson Creates Nintendo Characters That Pop Out of the Ground
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38
Surreal Grafitti Galleries
Surreal Grafitti Galleries
A Preview of the Os Gemeos 'Miss You' at the Prism Gallery
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37
Angled Word Street Art
Angled Word Street Art
Boa Mistura Creates Bright Colored Wall Candy
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36
Street Art Allusions
Street Art Allusions
The 'You are Not Banksy' by Nick Stern Series Brings Graffiti to Real-Life
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35
Invasive Hand Graffiti
Invasive Hand Graffiti
Joseph King Places Fingers All Over the World
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34
Eyeballed Urban Fixtures
Eyeballed Urban Fixtures
Eyebombing is the New Photo Fad in Town
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33
Avian Record Graffiti Art
Avian Record Graffiti Art
Kesa Vinyl Silhouettes Capture Birds and Bats in Flights of Freedom
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32
Billboard-Defiling Doodles
Billboard-Defiling Doodles
The cARTographyTO Street Art Hacks Into Sidewalk Ads
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31
Comical Storage Drains
Comical Storage Drains
6emeia Artists Hit the Streets to Brighten Up San Paulo
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30
Decomposing Disney Artwork
Decomposing Disney Artwork
Jannis Markopoulos Transforms Classical Favorites Into Skulls
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29
Small Hand Installations
Small Hand Installations
Mary Whalley Uses Tiny Gifts to Spread Love on the Streets
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28
Yarn-Tied Shoe Installations
Yarn-Tied Shoe Installations
The Chiharu Shiota 'Breath Of The Spirit' Has Sole
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27
Life-Size Board Games
Life-Size Board Games
The Street Artist Bored 'Monopoly' Plays on the Streets of Chicago
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26
Rainy Day Paintings
Rainy Day Paintings
Karin Kneffel Illustrates Rainy Windows with Life-Like Precision
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25
Festering Satirical Street Art
Festering Satirical Street Art
French Street Artist Dran Illustrates Foreboding Images of Darkness
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24
Sunny Graffiti Furniture
Sunny Graffiti Furniture
Jthree Concepts Pairs With Post Living to Create Badass Bedside Tables
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23
Designer Graffiti Displays
Designer Graffiti Displays
The Louis Vuitton RETNA Installation is Unconventional
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22
Girly Graffiti Installations
Girly Graffiti Installations
Mademoiselle Maurice Rainbow is Beautifully Bold Street Art
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21
2D Superhero Film Crossovers
2D Superhero Film Crossovers
Billy Butcher's Marvel Comics' Mashup Brings Spandex into Movies
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20
Street Art Sauvignons
Street Art Sauvignons
The Piece Wine Packaging Dresses Premium Drinks for a Youthful Demographic
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19
Butterfly-Bombed Street Art
Butterfly-Bombed Street Art
Tasha Lewis Butterfly Installations Swarm Indianapolis
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18
Hip-Hop-Inspired Illustrations
Hip-Hop-Inspired Illustrations
Przemek Blejzyk Renders Rapper Character Covers
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17
Color-Flooding Street Art
Color-Flooding Street Art
Ryan Dineen Renders Striking Graffiti Portraits and Murals
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16
Recycled Aerosol Art
Recycled Aerosol Art
CanLove Uses Discarded Cans to Create Ornate Flower Vases
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15
Satirical Spraypaint Galleries
Satirical Spraypaint Galleries
The SPUD 'Censored' Exhibit of Rob Ford Graffiti Opens in Toronto
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14
Handmade Colossal Movie Posters
Handmade Colossal Movie Posters
150ft The Dark Knight Rises Ad in Manhattan Generates Mad Hype
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13
Mesmerizing Marker Murals
Mesmerizing Marker Murals
Charlotte Mann Creates Wall Art with a Simple Black Marker (UPDATE)
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12
Robotic Street Artistry
Robotic Street Artistry
Aditya Permadi Illustrates Androids with an Urban Stylistic Edge
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11
Sharply Sarcastic Street Art
Sharply Sarcastic Street Art
Street Artist Faif Uses His Austere Works to Make a Statement
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10
Half-Graffitied Hotel Suites
Half-Graffitied Hotel Suites
Panic Room by Tilt is Split Right Down the Middle
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9
Geological Street Art
Geological Street Art
Geode by Paige Smith Brings 'Natural' Wonders to Urban Settings
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8
Peregrine Pop Art
Peregrine Pop Art
Mr. Brainwash Art Show 2011 Brings Mainstream Culture to Mindblowing Colors
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7
Hip Hop Hero Portraits
Hip Hop Hero Portraits
The Alter Ego Exhibit Showcases Great Pieces by SmugOne
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6
Compassionate Alien Street Art
Compassionate Alien Street Art
David Zinn Sluggo Chalk Art is Adorably Altruistic
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5
Artistic Environmental Sidewalks
Artistic Environmental Sidewalks
Jody Xiong Creates a Green Crosswalk to Spread Awareness
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4
Comicbook Graffiti Murals
Comicbook Graffiti Murals
D*Face Takes Over New York
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3
Anti-Advertising Street Art
Anti-Advertising Street Art
The 'Brandalism' Billboards Reclaim UK Outdoor Areas
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2
Paint-Bleeding Portraits
Paint-Bleeding Portraits
Street Artist Dain Fuses Mixed Media, Wheatpasting and Collage
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1
Wall-Bending Graffiti
Wall-Bending Graffiti
The TSF Crew Will Make Your Eyes Think in a Different Direction
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