America’s Top Graffiti Halls of Fame
As time moves forward, further away from the 70’s, the ever growing graffiti movement takes new forms and tackles new grounds. With huge events like Pow Wow, Mural Festival and Art Basel, to name a few, we’ve come a long way from neighborhood scribbles to masterful murals that span the length of a 30 floor high-rise.
For a lot of writers, the sweet spot is somewhere in the middle. Whether you’re a legal eagle or a hardcore bomber, most will appreciate rocking a good spot or Hall Of Fame on a nice sunny day with a few beers and some familiar beats blasting from the speakers.
Though many legendary places like Five Points have succumbed to modern urban development, there are tons of really fresh Halls-Of-Fame scattered all over the 50 States. Here is a short list of some of the best walls you can find.
1. Venice Graffiti Walls, Venice Beach.
You’ve seen it in graff vids, on youtube, in movies and thousands of photos. It’s probably one of the most legendary spots because it’s right in the middle of America’s most famous and exciting stretches of sand.
2. Writerz Block, San Diego
A bit further south is what is known as Writerz Block in San Diego. Tons of wall space and the best part is that it’s located behind a famous USA graffiti shop. Get your paint, walk through the gate and get busy!
3. Cambridge, MA
On the other side of the country in Cambridge MA, there is a cool little alley type spot they call Central Square Wall. Good wall space and it’s right in the city square so getting good food and beers is never a problem.
4. HOPE Outdoor Gallery, Austin, Texas
If ever you’re in the Austin Texas area and feel like doing a quick burner at a chill spot, the Castle Hill Graffiti Park also known as the HOPE outdoor gallery is your best choice. All sorts of different types of walls bulging out of a hill. There is something for everyone and the view from the top is pretty nice!
5. Pensacola, Florida
Not your typical graffiti Hall-Of-Fame, the Graffiti Bridge in Pensacola is legendary in its own right when it comes to freedom of expression. Rarely covered with loud pieces from your favorite international writer but it definitely has some of the best graff in the country. Further down the same shore, there is a spot called “railroad Bridges” which offers some more wall space for traditional writers and it’s located in a beautiful area right on the water’s edge.
6. Oahu, Hawaii
The drainage systems on the island of Oahu in Hawaii are by far some of the nicest halls of fame in the country. Smooth walls on both sides that stretch for miles with tons of quality graff from dope writers. Though they are not 100% legal, they seem to be tolerated. Remember to respect the locals and the beautiful nature when you paint such spots and be careful of flash floods or you might end up floating in the ocean.
7. Detroit, Michigan
Detroit has no shortage of abandoned homes and building for people to get busy but if ever you’re in the neighboring town of Ann Arbor, you can do a quick thing in the infamous Graffiti Alley. There is a decent amount of wall space but getting a good photo of a big piece can be a challenge.
8. 106th St & Park Ave Wall, New York
It’s debatable on which wall was the first hall of fame but the most famous one is definitely the legendary 106th St & Park Ave wall. Only reserved for the kings of this graff game. Keep painting and maybe one day you will see your name on the legendary graffiti Hall-Of-Fame that coined the phrase.
America’s Top Halls of Fame was a guest post from our friends at Bombing Science. In the UK we’ve also featured a number of halls of fame on Inspiring City such as the Leake Street Tunnel and the Trellick Tower.