Woodstock Graffiti tour
The graffiti scene in South Africa is still relatively young. It was born at a time when people could not express themselves. With the rise of the hip hop culture in the early 1980s, South Africa’s stunning street art became more popular. Now it’s going mainstream on walls, houses and in public places, with recurring themes about history, culture, and identity.
As talented Cape Town-born artist Mak1one says ‘… [it is] an incredibly powerful [art form] that has been used globally to engage with and speak on behalf of disenfranchised communities for decades…’
Woodstock in Cape Town
Cape Town’s Woodstock area features many works by local and international graffiti artists. UK-born artist Louis Masai Michel is concerned with wildlife and his art often raises awareness about species at risk. He spent time in Woodstock creating the below Rothschild giraffe (pictured with if i could… intern Ennie!).
Side Street Studios, also in Woodstock, is a huge supporter of graffiti as an art form and has given artists like DALEast, Nard and A.Dub free reign on its walls. For more information on Side Street Studios and some information on Cape Town-based artist DALEast and a few other graffiti artists, visit Side Street Studios.