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Graffiti, by nature, is a very controversial subject as it represents a type of art which is mostly unauthorized and one that is in contrast to traditional forms of artwork. The ever growing street culture and graffiti are mostly provocative, appealing, bold and audacious. A concept that was originally used by gangsters to stamp their authority on a specific urban area, graffiti is now also used by graphic designers and creative artists to showcase their artwork.

Over the years, graffiti designers have introduced various forms of street graffiti such as light graffiti, subway graffiti, chalk drawing graffiti, graffiti illusions and many more. Talented graffiti designers such as Bansky, Fred Brathwaite, Dan Witz and David Choe have been employing the miracles of urban graffiti culture to portray issues on politics, humor and culture.

However, the most alluring of all is the extent of illusion that a graffiti designer can create in the artwork. Therefore, today my post focuses on Street Graffiti Illusions, one of the most remarkable forms of street graffiti that is prevalent in the world. Take a look at 35 of the most astonishing works of street graffiti that demonstrate the illusion effect.

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I am sure this fabulous artwork is going to provide a wonderful inspiration for all graphic designers. Now coming to a very controversial question, do you think that street graffiti is legal? Can designers promote their talent via street graffiti?


  1. Kevin Gray On March 9th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    This is simply fantastic. If street art is not legal it should be made legal right now. This is art in its highest for, very engaging, challenging people’s perspective.

  1. Sonali On March 10th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Be controversial or not, it graffiti definitely creates masterpieces. So, I think street graffiti could be permitted but with certain norms kept in place. Also, it would add more vibrance to our surroundings.

  1. tri-fold brochure design service On March 10th, 2010 at 12:09 am

    You are absolutely right. This provide a wonderful inspiration to me. Thanks a lot for sharing….

  1. thepinkhelmet On March 10th, 2010 at 2:27 am

    amazing.. they play the perspective and make a incredible art..

  1. anon On March 10th, 2010 at 4:17 am

    this looks shopped. i can tell from some of teh pixels.

  1. Joe Vains On March 10th, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Nice selection ! Thanks for this post ! :):)

  1. Ronze On March 10th, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Sorry, but it’s not graffiti. It’s art maybee. Grafitti is painting letters on a wall…

  1. anon On March 10th, 2010 at 6:43 am

    yes, because images on a screen aren’t made of pixels…

  1. Loni On March 10th, 2010 at 11:01 am

    These are not ‘shopped. Well, some might be, I suppose, but I have seen video of the guy that does that hyper-realistic ones. They’re real drawings, and only can be viewed from one particular spot for them to appear with the proper perspective.

    I agree that “street art” should be legal in some cases… but keep in mind, most peoples’ graffiti involves spray paint, which is slightly (a lot) more permanent than chalk, which most of these are drawn with. I can understand why people don’t want random stuff painted on their personal (or corporate) property.

  1. Letterheads On March 10th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I love these strange perpective images. Who cares about some of the quality

  1. Mary On March 10th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Many of these were done by Julien Beever - you can check out his site at - truly a master of perspective.

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  1. Advantg On March 10th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the article. Interesting!

  1. JimmyAdam On March 11th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Its Great. I like it and i have no word for it because its a great art.

  1. carvining time On March 11th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    I think graffiti is one of the most important modern city art. it make the city more colourful and lovely…

  1. Urban Hygiene Ltd On March 11th, 2010 at 5:10 am

    I’m not sure this really is graffiti? In my eyes this is art. I appreciate there is a fine line but the sort of graffiti we fight against is unrequited vandalism not pre commissioned “street art” pieces like these. Whatever your view I’m sure we all agree they are amazing.

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  1. r4 ds games On March 12th, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Wow…What a great design available here.I would like to say this is the design which looks real drawing.We can view from a single spot to appear with the proper perspective.

  1. Baotou On March 15th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    These are amazing, i saw some in Dublin..They look even better in real life.

  1. Jorge Zurita On March 16th, 2010 at 9:29 am

    They look great….. I’ve never seen one in real life, that’s why I wish almost all of the images that are presented weren’t distorted to make them look even better. That ‘s what sort of kills the whole point doesn’t it? Some interesting lens action going on.

    And on the legal issue ……art is art and can never be “ilegal”, but respect for the laws that make private, and public property is essential.


  1. 509 Media On March 21st, 2010 at 10:56 am

    That’s awesome. I am working on something for my graphic design office.

  1. Security System On March 22nd, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Fantastic, Marvelous are the words to use for this world class illusions. I like the basketball and bicycle theme very much.

  1. Erni Vales On March 27th, 2010 at 9:46 am

    This is the most extensive collection I’ve seen so far. Pretty impressive.
    Also, wanted to add to your story, that graffiti started as gangster marking the territory on the West Coast only. In New York City, writing your name on trains doesnt state your territory , cause trains run through all five boroughs. It was rather a delivery of your name city-wise, nothing gangster about it, more like a gallery for your art later.

  1. Six19 Creative Web Design On April 1st, 2010 at 8:25 am

    It is extraordinary design with imaginative job done too. I really appreciated for inspirational source. Thanks for sharing valuable gift.

  1. Jason On April 5th, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I wanted to point out that many of these pieces really fall into the category of being trompe l’oeil or “fool the eye” works, more so than they do graffiti, not to say these aren’t great works or inspirational, which they certainly are, just categorized slightly wrong, for graffiti you could check my personal favorite graffiti artist “Daim” at

  1. insfilo On April 6th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Design # 15 and Design # 35 looks so realistic. simply amazing!

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  1. Cherylee On April 12th, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Unbelievable. So glad for the opportunity to see such amazing artwork. Of course this should be legal! I would love to see something like this in person.

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  1. catfight video On May 8th, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    This is great artwork, would love to see some more of this. I really like #15 and #17 great stuff

  1. John Frank On July 2nd, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Wow! Great Work This is very fantastic. Great use of Artistic Skills. Just ask Awesome

  1. Channel Ferries On July 14th, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Design 15 & 34 are spectacular, they actually look as if something is cruelling out of the floor.
    Very impressed and amazed!

  1. Security Camera Systems On July 23rd, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Absolutely spectacular! Are these permanent? Where are they located?

  1. bew On August 28th, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    need help i am doing a speech on graffiti art or vandalism i beleive its art but i cant find anything to second that

  1. dain On February 17th, 2011 at 2:57 am

    flipping amazing how it flips the natural perspective of the environment. but sadly, not actually graffiti. art on the streets, yes.

  1. Anna On October 26th, 2011 at 3:50 am

    It’s amazing! It makes cities so beautiful. I can’t believe that it’s so rare.

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