While some of New York’s best graffiti spots may be hidden or inaccessible, aficionados can still find a variety of artwork, including throw-ups, murals, stencils and wheatpastes, just a short subway ride from Union Square.

East Williamsburg and the outskirts of Bushwick have long attracted graffiti artists who compete to display their work on the side of abandoned factories, vacant lots, and decrepit buildings. The availability of many legal walls have made it possible for some artists in Bushwick to pursue the transition from vandalism to legal painting. Legal walls are a focal point of debate between graffiti enthusiasts and detractors. But whether they discourage vandalism or not, different types of artists, including wheatpasters, jump at the opportunity to paint large murals or stencil pieces on legal sites.

Legal walls are often provided by commercial and industrial owners that want to fill up empty space on the side of their properties. Artists sometimes solicit walls individually after developing a portfolio, and can also be contracted by proprietors through graffiti crews and galleries.

The selection of a good legal wall is important. Graffiti artists, like advertisers, focus on the visibility of the wall and the quality of its surface. Flat concrete walls for instance are much easier to paint and are longer lasting than corrugated metal. Every detail is important because artists use these walls as a large canvas for their most complex pieces.

While on a recent walk through Brooklyn, we found many legal walls and some illegal types of graffiti. Below you will find an improvised tour of some of the most innovating styles in this outer borough. And if you like this tour, check out part I of A Self-Guided Brooklyn Graffiti Tour.

How to get there: Take the L Train from Union Square to the Morgan Avenue Station. Then proceed on foot at your discretion with the self-guided tour of the featured graffiti sites.

Before starting your tour we recommend stopping for coffee or tea at The Archive Café (49 Bogart St., bet. Grattan St. and Moore St.) Aside from their occasional movie screenings and arthouse film collection, they also serve bagels and sandwiches. For lunch we recommend that you have a torta or taco at the Tortilleria Mexicana Los Hermanos (271 Starr St.,) or stop for a salad and soup at the Brooklyn Fire Proof Bar & Café (119 Ingraham St.)

Skewville 1) Artist: Skewville
Location: Corner of Bogart and Harrison, on Bogart
Lord Graffiti 2) Artist: Lord
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on Seigel
Bisc Graffiti 3) Artist: Bisc
Location: Corner of Siegel and White, on Seigel
Hoacs Graffiti 4) Artist: Hoacs
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on Seigel
Leas Graffiti 5) Artist: Leas
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on Seigel
Owns Graffiti 6) Artist: Owns
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on White
ARS Graffiti 7) Artist: ARS
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on White
Sers Graffiti 8 ) Artist: Sers
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on White
Logek Graffiti 9) Artist: Logek
Location: Corner of Seigel and White, on White
Hers Graffiti 10) Artist: Hers
Location: Corner of White and Moore, on Moore
Stres Graffiti 11) Artist: Stres
Location: Corner of White and Moore, on Moore
Skewville Graffiti 12) Artist: Skewville
Location: Bogart and Grattan, on Grattan
Cern and Cekis Graffiti 13) Artist: Cern/Cekis
Location: Corner of Harrison Pl. and Morgan Ave., on Harrison
Jaes Graffiti 14) Artist: Jaes
Location: Corner of Morgan Ave. and Harrison Pl., on Morgan
Wane Graffiti 15) Artist: Wane
Location: Corner of Morgan Ave. and Harrison Pl., on Morgan
Ewok Graffiti 16) Artist: Ewok
Location: Corner of Morgan Ave. and Harrison Pl., on Morgan
Knows Graffiti 17) Artist: Knows
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
APlus Graffiti 18) Artist: APlus
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Keo Graffiti 19) Artist: Keo
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Pez Graffiti 20) Artist: Pez
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Cern Graffiti 21) Artist: Cern
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Zekis Graffiti 22) Artist: Zekis
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Spot 23) Artist: Spot
Location: Ingraham and Kinckerbocker Ave., on Knickerbocker
Imminent-Disaster 24) Artist: Imminent Disaster
Location: Wycoff, bet. Troutman and Jefferson
SP-One Graffiti 25) Artist: SP One
Location: Wycoff, bet. Troutman and Jefferson
Broken Crow Graffiti 26) Artist: Broken Crow
Location: Jefferson and Wycoff, on Jefferson
Read Graffiti 27) Artist: Read
Location: Jefferson and Wycoff, on Jefferson
The Dude Company 28) Artist: The Dude Company
Location: Jefferson and Wycoff, on Jefferson
Bast - Michael Jackson 29) Artist: Bast
Location:  Corner of Porter Ave. and Johnson Ave., on Johnson
Broken-Crow Graffiti 30) Artist: Broken Crow
Location: Johnson Ave. and Gardner Ave., on Gardner
Robots Will Kill 31) Artist: Chris (Robots Will Kill)
Location: Gardner Ave., bet. Johnson Ave. and Ingraham
ECB Graffiti 32) Artist: ECB
Location: Ingraham and Gardner Ave., on Ingraham
Chris-Stain, Billy Mode 33) Artist: Chris Stain/Billy Mode
Location: Flushing, bet. Knickerbocker Ave. and Noll
Cekis and SKope 34) Artist: Cekis, Skope
Location: Wilson Ave. and Noll, on Noll

 

Map of Featured Artwork


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