Aside from its rain and coffee, Seattle is known for many things subversive, from Grunge music to the activist driven WTO riots. This region of America raised the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bruce Lee. Today, there is a culture here that is only represented anonymously in the reclaimed public spaces of the city.
Images dot the urban landscape in the typical street mediums that are used across the globe: spray paint, stickers, paste-ups, stencils, wheatpasting, posters, video projection, art intervention, guerrilla art, flash mobbing, installations, post-graffiti, mosaic tiling, murals, wood-blocking, LED art, reverse-graffiti a.k.a. green-graffiti, cuprocking and yarn bombing.
You will see that these are not commercial enterprises or vandalism graffiti, but individual creative statements... something we can all relate to. Street art as a medium has been popularized internationally by the likes of Shepard
Fairey, Banksy, D*Face, Paul Insect, Swoon, Twist, Neck face, Faile, Space Invader and WK Interact. It can take on many purposes and sometimes involves activism, phenomenology, repetition, attention capture, culture jamming, direct action, guerrilla messaging, propaganda, subvertising, decoration and territory claiming.
The following is a small window into this temporary world that's constantly being revised in a flux of new symbols. It's a snapshot of work on the Seattle streets, a visual capsule in time, not a comprehensive representation of Seattle street art and the people involved over the years. Some of the work only existed for a day before it was written over by other artists or removed by the city... a reminder that nothing is permanent and, control is an illusion in the chaos of a city. Enjoy!
A special thanks for friendship, inspiration and guidance to A. Martinelli, A Hong, A. Borghese, A. Clark, A. Dougherty, A. Harshman, A. McGarrah, A. Milford, A. Miller, A. Sandeen, A.L. Shea, B. Appel, B. Baker, B. Bevell, B. Cotton, B. Hodgedon, B. Johnson, B. Phares, B. Schikowitz, B. Swett, B. Tarantino, C. Abellar, C. Boswell, C. Caliz, C. Chrystal Kubis, C. Cleland, C. Curtis, C. Francis, C. Fagan, C. Floyd, C. Kramer-Wheeler, C. Longshaw, C. Pullicino, C. Robertson, C. Wilcox, D. Ballantine, D. Bloomfield, D. Brown, D. Davies, D. Delaware, D. Drexler, D. Hales, D. Hayes, D. Hoffmann, D. Laky, D. LeCount, D. Nakhuda, D. Nelson, D. Trainer, D. Yacubian, D. Vogel, D. Westermann-Clark, E. Falter, E. House, E. Jones, E. Langholz, E. Moss, E. Thomas, E. Walker, E. Wilson, F. J. Tarantino, F. M. Tarantino, F. Miller, F. Torres, G. Dexter, G. Hansen, G. Lipina, G. Wolfe, G. A. Eckenbom, H. Colelli Barton, H. Golden, H. O'Neill, I. Price, J & J. Laplante, J & M Osgood, J. Bagby, J. Brooks, J. Burke, J. Burkhart, J. Cobbe, J. Demayo, J. Espinoza, J. Fedor, J. Gaume, J. Hallenbeck, J. Hart, J. Kingsley, J. Lieberman, J. Logan, J. Mandell, J. Manning, J. Martin, J. Marzano, J. McCormack, J. Montaperto, J. Morris, J. Murby, J. Ness, J. Ohia, J. Padma, J. Paul, J. Pearce, J. Ray, J. Sessions, J. Siegla, J. Simino, J. Stambaugh, J. Tingley, J.B. Hill, J. W. Fischer, K. Campbell, K. Chilelli, K. Fitzgerald, K. Goodell, K. Hancock, K. Hannan, K. Horwatt, K. Johnson, K. Kelley, K. Khawaja, K. Knight, K. Kruckeberg, K. Luberda, K. Macdougall, K. Marie, K. Taylor, K. Wilcox, L. Barclay, L. Cangeloso, L. Cordova, L. Davis, L. Hunter, L. Nabinger, L. Porto Stockwell, L. Raes, L. Reaves, L. Robinson, L.E.S. Davis, M. Bird, M. Bodane, M. Bou-Samra, M. Brulotte , M. Buckley, M. Carlucci, M. Currier, M. Ehrhardt, M. Foster, M. Gorman, M. Gregory, M. Gum, M. Hadder, M. Halmekivi, M. Intrator, M. Judd, M. Mathews, M. McEntire, M. McLaughlin, M. Ray, M. Richards, M. Salita, M. Savkovich, M. Schuette, M. Shabazz, M. Tarantino, M. Van Delst, M. Wilson, N. Bernard, N. Cash, N. Hirsch, N. Waak, N. Welshans, N. Williamson, N. Wytrwal, N.F. Nichols, O. Mizrahi , O. Schulz, P. Ford, P. Freedman, P. Hauser, P. Kappus, P. Wang, R. Asdourian, R. Corinne, R. Cosio, R. DeMulder, R. Goodhart, R. Gray, R. Hollister, R. Howard, R. Jaxon, R. Layne, R. Mistry, R. Nash, R. Niman, R. Radloff, R. Roberts, R. R. Tanaka, Turner, R. Whitney, R. H. Ward, S. A. King, S. Baillie, S. Cheung, S. Corne, S. Ehrlich, S. Gates, S. Gress, S. Halitzer, S. Laakso, S. Leery, S. Mammen, S. McClatchey, S. McClintock, S. Norklun, S. Oberschall, S. Olson, S. Parker, S. Ricco, S. Tracy, S. Weitzman, S. Wolfe, T. Camp, T. Dauenhauer, T. Dunn, T. Johnson, T. Malia, T. Martin, T. Mcdowell, T. Szalakiewicz, T. Tighearnan, Y. Inoue.
A. Jackson of Outer Edge Studio, Monterey, CA
A. Menconi of SOS Outreach, Vail, CO
A. Gerkin & crew at SnoCon Seattle, WA
B. Phillips & crew at EVO, Seattle, WA
K. Nelson at Bluestocking Booksellers, San Diego, CA
Left Bank Books, Seattle, WA
M. Mouser at University of Washington Bookstore, Seattle, WA
R. Harriman at Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
S. Hoffman & crew at Spacecraft, Seattle, WA
T. Croghan & crew at 35th North Skateshop, Seattle, WA
Seattle Galleries: 619 Western, Art/Not Terminal, City Art Hostel, Echo Echo, Flatcolor, Gilt Edge Society, Greenwood Collective, Roq La Rue, Bherd, Tasty, The Piranha Shop, Twilight Artist Collective, Urban Light Studios & Vain
And the artists: 13fngrs, 2H, Aaron Winnenberg, ABot, Above, Acept, Addison, Aerub, Ajar, Alexandre Orion, Alive5, Andre, Angel179, Ant, Antiuser, Antonia Gerstacker, Argus, Arobk, Arrex, Ash, Ask, ATTO, Avant, Avoid pi, B.N.E., Baldheadmanwatching, Banksy, Beautiful Angle, Betso, Biker, Blek le Rat, Blink, BTM, Cansr, Carlos Aguilar, Cartrain, Ces53, Cha, Chanoir, Charms, Chek, Chickenkid, Civilian, Claudius Phaedrus, Coal Train, Coats, Comfy Monster, Cones, Cope2, cRaig, ctrl+z, Cutup, D*Face, Daki, Damion Hirst, Dan Witz, Dane, Dcups, Dead Red, Demo, Dent, Dlux, Doc Rot, duckfooted, Durag, El Bocho, El Xupet Negre, Ellis Gallagher, Emek, Enter, ERA, Escape, Esm-Artificial, Exist, Faile, Fatboy, Feebs, Festek, Few & Far, Flownr, Foes , Fone, Fred Fowler, Freesheep, Frend, Geist, Googly Eyes, Graffiti Research Lab, Gravy, Greed, GYMB, Ha-Ha, Hbak, Heck/Hek, Henry, HepC, Hera, Hiez, Hindue, Hughes, Ikeru, Infoe, Iser, J'mes, Jaxun, Jef Aerosol, Josh MacPhee, Just1, Kade, Karl Addison, Karoe, Kato, Katsu, Kaws, Keaps, Kiloe, Kinoko, Kinsey, Knitta, Kostco, Krane, Ksra, Large, Lcl, Letgo, Maggie, Mantisart, Mark Jenkins, Mark Miremont, Matamuros, Meek, Melanie Stimmell, MeOne, Meow, Merlot, Miller, Mini Graff, Mosef, Mr. Brainwash, Ms. Elmar, Myst, Narboo, Nayser, Neckface, Nerf, New Mystics, Newo, NKO, No Touching Ground, NoGo, Noisy, Nsumi, NTG, Oddis, Olek, Os Gemeos, Osgood, Ouch, Ovo, Oz, Panic, Parm, Pars, Paul Insect, Pest, PEZ, PGEE, Phen, Phibs, Posterchild, Prism, Priz-one, Psalm, PSK, Pubs, Pugsly, Reaps, Resist, Ron English, Roniz, RX skulls, Saber, Sakes, SAMO, Searius, Seen, Semer, Sence, Sensei23, Serenity, Shepard Fairey, Shitbarf, Sirkullay, Six Stickx, Sixten, Skam, Sleep, Slightlynorth, Smurf, Sneke, Space Invader, SPECSONE, Spud, Stage2, Starheadboy, Sufi, Swoon, Sync, TAKI 183, Task, Tbone, TCK (Taggers CreationKru), Team Nerd, Thca, The Lost Cause, Tiny, Tiso, Tnglr, Toner, Tred, Tsang Tsou Choi aka King of Kowloon, Twist, Twit, Two-tailed Dog Party, Tyrant, UAC (United Artist Crew Underground Among the City), Undenk, Vexta, Video, Vnek, Vrhs, Vts, Waffle, Ware, Wchs, Weirdo, Winston, WK Interact, Wuh?, Xavier Lopez, Zeel, Zine, plus the unknowns, artists, crews and friends that I missed. ~ A. Tarantino