Photo by Tara Lencl
Graffiti art hasn’t been an exclusively Stateside phenomenon for quite some time. It’s been developing and spreading throughout the world over the past 20 years, ever since people overseas first saw films like Beat Street.
There are many talented graffiti artists in the Balkan region. One example of local graffiti can be seen above, in an expression we haven’t been able to identify by artist.
One local star is Mr. Phaz (+30-694-6146-393), who currently resides in Athens. We have seen Mr. Phaz’s writing on many walls around the city and decided to investigate.
It turns out Mr. Phaz has been practicing his art since 1999. He’s got some DJing and MCing under his belt as well. Now he is one of a growing number of Greek graffiti artists putting their skills to commercial work. While continuing to please and disturb locals by writing on public walls, he and many of his peers are also starting to get paid for their graphic art.
Does this mean we’ll see more or fewer public graffiti displays in the future? We hope more.