Three Graffiti Artists You Should Know

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Graffiti is everywhere, and as our world becomes more urban in nature, graffiti has slowly begun finding its way out of the streets and into our every day style. From interior decor to fashion, graffiti and graffiti-inspired prints are increasingly popular, so it’s important to have a decent knowledge of the pioneers putting in the work on the streets. Here then, are three graffiti artists you should know about.

Mike Giant

Giant, better now known as the main illustrator for street-wear brand Rebel 8, got his start as a skateboarding graffiti punk. Now regarded as one of the best illustrators and tattoo artists in the world, his humble beginnings were spent exploring and decorating the streets of the various cities he lived in.

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El Mac

Known for his photo-realistic spray paint style, this Los Angeles born artist began painting with acrylics and spray cans in the mid 1990’s. Initially Miles “Mac” MacGregor would illegally create portraits of his friends and anonymous Mexican laborers, decorating the streets with highly detailed and stylized portraits. Now one of the most famous “street artists” in the world, El Mac’s work is celebrated in galleries as well as alleys.

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Retna
Retna is best known for his typographic and letter-form art. He has created his own written language and couples this with complex layering and line work, creating a unique and often intense display. Collaborating with El Mac, his work can now be seen world wide, including on a Justin Bieber album cover.

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