Like many people, I used to think that graffiti was mindless vandalism, with stupid sayings like “Deco wuz ‘ere” “Tallaght represnt!!!!” and general lack of spelling and unappealing eye sores.

A few years back though, I was brought around to the idea that graffiti can be actual street art and I began exploring the streets of Dublin on a regular basis looking and hunting for good graffiti. There’s so much of it but amazingly not a lot of people seem to see it. (Then again, most people wouldn’t be entering dark lanes and streets with the same interest I do!)

Sadly, there’s no graffiti code of ethics in Ireland and often great graffiti is tagged by some idiot who thinks his (or her) turf is being trodden on by some intruder. (For those who aren’t sure what tagging is, it’s basically scrawling your tag name over someone else’s work to claim your terrority.)

I’ve visited Amsterdam 3 times so far and every time I’m stunned by the graffiti and ethics that are there. Tagging is virtually unheard of because there’s LOADS of space to do your bit. The only things out of bounds are private property, shops, museums etc. but scaffolding boards is most definitely free game. I’m in heaven just wandering the streets with my camera, almost getting hit by gangs of bikes as I stare at everything. *happy sigh*

I’ve managed to help a lot of people to appreciate street art a lot more through my photos and you can see a lot of them on my Graffiti set on my Flickr page here. I always try to include what street I found the graffiti on and if possible, the artist. (I never show any of the artist’s face in any of my photos and real names are never published.)

Hmm, this is gonna to be tough to choose, I have so many favourites!

So, I give you graffiti from the streets of Dublin and Amsterdam, enjoy!

Thomas Street, Dublin, Ireland

Thomas Street, Dublin, Ireland

Thomas Street, Dublin, Ireland

Thomas Street, Dublin, Ireland

Designated Sick Area - Outside one of Dublins dodgiest nightclubs (Club M)!

Designated Sick Area - Outside one of Dublin's dodgiest nightclubs (Club M)!

The Magican - in the grounds of the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin

The Magican - in the grounds of the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin

SprayGirl - Kings Of Concrete, Dublin, Ireland

SprayGirl - Kings Of Concrete, Dublin, Ireland

Goodbye Kitty - Kings Of Concrete, Dublin, Ireland

Goodbye Kitty - Kings Of Concrete, Dublin, Ireland

Im Gonna Wash Away - South William Street, Dublin, Ireland

I'm Gonna Wash Away - South William Street, Dublin, Ireland

Artist: XpiR - Dublin, Ireland

Artist: XpiR - Dublin, Ireland

Photographer - Hammond Street, Dublin, Ireland

Photographer - Hammond Street, Dublin, Ireland

Handprint - Hammond Lane, Dublin

Handprint - Hammond Lane, Dublin

GIR! - Crane Street, Dublin, Ireland

GIR! - Crane Street, Dublin, Ireland

Space Invader - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Space Invader - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Red Light District, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Red Light District, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Im Bad - Red Light District, Amsterdam, Netherlands

I'm Bad - Red Light District, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Space Invader 2 - Red Light District, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Space Invader 2 - Red Light District, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dolphins Cafe, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dolphins Cafe, Amsterdam, Netherlands

You Are Beautiful - Harcourt Street, Dublin, Ireland

You Are Beautiful - Harcourt Street, Dublin, Ireland

Artist: Master_Z, Jan - Kings Of Concrete, Dublin, Ireland

Artist: Master_Z, Jan - Kings Of Concrete, Dublin, Ireland

Fr. Fintan Stack artist: Will St. Leger - Kings of Concrete, Dublin, Ireland

Fr. Fintan Stack artist: Will St. Leger - Kings of Concrete, Dublin, Ireland

Rowing Fever - UCD, Dublin, Ireland

Rowing Fever - UCD, Dublin, Ireland

Lost Celtic Tiger artist: Asbestos from the series of LostArtofAsbestos

Lost Celtic Tiger artist: Asbestos from the series of LostArtofAsbestos

Lost My Mind artist: Asbestos from the series of LostArtofAsbestos

Lost My Mind artist: Asbestos from the series of LostArtofAsbestos

Ernie - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Ernie - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bert - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Bert - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Little Sister beats Big Brother - Leinster Road, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland

Little Sister beats Big Brother - Leinster Road, Rathmines, Dublin, Ireland

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Artist: DCW - Clarendon Street, Dublin, Ireland

Artist: DCW - Clarendon Street, Dublin, Ireland

Artist:XpiR - Possibly on King Street? Dublin, Ireland

Artist:XpiR - Possibly on King Street? Dublin, Ireland

Alias - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Alias - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Heartbreak Hotel - Bernard Shaws, Richmond Road, Dublin, Ireland

Heartbreak Hotel - Bernard Shaws, Richmond Road, Dublin, Ireland

Im Pretty Sure Youre A Pretty Shore - in the grounds of the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

I'm Pretty Sure You're A Pretty Shore - in the grounds of the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

Ok, so that’s only 30 of my favourites but there’s loads more out there and I’m going to find it!

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