Bringing color to the streets!
When speaking to any graffiti artist, like Barcelona’s famous Didac, you will quickly learn that there is a difference between planned graffiti artwork and random, unplanned graffiti. Barcelona is home to many talented graffiti artists who are often commissioned by local shopkeepers and neighbors to paint graffiti artwork.
In the Old Town, you will notice that there is practically no graffiti on the walls, but only on doorways and shutters to shops or garages. This is because the City Council takes responsibility for cleaning the walls and random graffiti is usually gone within 24 hours of appearing. However, the doors and shutters are the responsibility of the individual shopkeepers or owners.
To keep their doors and shutters attractive, even after business hours, many shopkeepers hire graffiti artist to decorate their shutters. Graffiti artists charge between 200 to 300 Euros for designing and painting shutters or doors. The graffiti artwork can last for up to a year without any random graffiti being painted over it. This is out of respect for another’s work, the other graffiti artists or taggers will not paint over graffiti artwork.
Barcelona is home to many talented graffiti artists. As you walk around the city you may come across various works by these artists that have been commissioned by the private store owners as well as by City Hall.
Insider's Tip: You'll find great street art in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter - go for a stroll before the shops open or on a Sunday.
Sara Siddeeq: Born and raised in Buckinghamshire (England), Sara is a recent graduate from the University of Leeds. She primarily works in digital marketing and PR, however she is also a journalist in Barcelona, contributing to over half a dozen websites in the city alone.