Oakland and graffiti art go hand in hand

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Oakland and graffiti art go hand in hand

Photo by Danny Hanson-Hackett/Contributor

Photo by Danny Hanson-Hackett/Contributor

Photo by Danny Hanson-Hackett/Contributor

Danny Hanson-Hackett,
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  • A close up of the cityscape. I have personally experienced a strong sense of hope, passion and mixed emotions gleaming from the works of the graffiti artists I studied. Oakland is a mecca for beautiful street art and it holds an amazing community of support for those less fortunate or struggling through homelessness - an issue that is prevalent in Oakland, CA. 2976 Market St, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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  • Cartoon characters and more wild-style pieces – art or vandalism? 2976 Market St, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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  • “Kiss My Black Arts” reads on the far left side of this piece. Graffiti art conveys a particular attitude and zeal in West Oakland! 2976 Market St, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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  • A powerful message taken from the Black Panther Party, a piece from the mural. 2976 Market St, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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  • Graffiti finds its way onto every corner, crack and crevice of every open surface in this community. 2976 Market St, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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  • A vibrant mural illuminates the atmosphere. This is likely a collaborative effort of multiple artists as you can see their signatures next to each piece. 2976 Market St, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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  • This wildstyle piece is difficult for the average person to read, but that does not stop the colors and characters from breathing life into the surrounding community. 895 30th Street, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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  • A small truck, transformed into a “Wildstyle” graffiti masterpiece. Wildstyle graffiti is typically 3 or more colors with extremely elaborate design. Usually the letters are interlocking and therefore difficult to read. Wildstyle is the most sophisticated type of graffiti that is a skill of master graffiti artists. San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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  • Another “Throw” piece. The layers of paint behind this piece is evidence of people's attempts to cover up previous artists’ work. 2570 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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  • Mobile objects such as cars and trains are ideal targets for graffiti artists who are trying to have their message(s) spread across multiple cities and communities. This is an example of a slightly complicated “Throw” piece. Throws are generally 1-2 colors and have more style than basic tags. San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA, 94612.

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