Why European Street Art Is Better

It’s a fact. Street art in Europe is so much cooler than here. And I think I’ve figured out why. Exposure to street art begins at a young age in Europe. In addition to playing Mozart and other classical tunes to babies, I bet Europeans pass on the typical baby picture books for some visuals of ancient Pompeii graffito and Banksy. Here in the States, kids seem to get into street art when they’re in high school; but European children seem to know the tricks of tagging even in primary school—as you can see from the latest Street Art Colouring Book.

Street Art Colouring Book

According to Media Bistro:

As any child with a fresh Crayola 64-pack will tell you, a good coloring book is hard to find. Turns out one just has to look across the Atlantic, where kids are mastering grafitti writing styles with the help of the Street Art Colouring Book, created by Londoner William Warren and his street art collective Vopstars. The book features 20 large-format photographs of tagged walls to color. Graffiti students begin with basic “bubble” lettering and advance to the more freeform “wildstyle” before getting a blank wall to adorn as they choose. Along the way, they can read the musings of the artists who created the original works. One Vopstars member compares his style to bubble gum “that you blow up until it bursts on your face.” Available stateside from The Spoon Sisters.

I’ve always been a fan of grafitti art, and I’m thinking that I could probably learn the basics of street artistry with this book. So if any of you would like to buy me a present, please feel free to send this book to me. Perhaps after a few lessons, I can go tag the walls of my house.

[The photo above (with Hitchcock) was taken in Paris, France back in November. It’s a picture of Jef Aerosol’s work. Aerosol (cool name) is a French artist. See his Alpha Series—it rocks! To the left, a photo of the Street Art Colouring book cover.]