The short form video has become an integral part of the global graffiti and street art scene, whether it be from Melbourne, Iceland or anywhere in between. While there are a ton of websites, just like this one, curating and sharing the best of the best public arts found from around the world, the video is the best way to get noticed on an even broader scale. With a mixture of amateur and professional videographers spreading more vandalism and art then ever before, it’s only fitting to compile 10 of the best found throughout the end of this mid-decade point. Anyone can make a video today, but creating an engaging and interesting piece is getting harder with all the other distractions found at our fingertips, with these 10 being some of the best.
- It should be noted that all the video’s found throughout this website are highly curated and have been on Arty Graffarti for a reason, defiantly positive.
10. SHIDA “THE NINE TAILS FOX”
Sometimes it’s the simplest of things that can change your perspective on the most complicated forms. This 74 second piece of footage simply shows a small bit of night time footage while slowly rising into the day to reveal a monster of a piece, put together by Shida. I’ve never been into the drone fad, but after watch this short piece, the possibilities we could be seeing in the near future, are exciting.
9. A WEEKEND IN BARCELONA WITH AEON AND HISTOE
It’s been a busy 2 years for video makers surrounding Melbourne ex-pat Aeon, with the artist/writer producing a handful of video’s displaying the colourful exploits of the unstoppable painter. Of all these video’s put together in 2015, this one was my favourite, as it honours the exploration and flavours graffiti represent. Colourful spots, made better with a bit of aerosol… most likely exports, a definite watch. Also, how beautiful is Spain?
8. TAGS AND THROWS PRESENTS BOMBING WITH SICOER
It’s 11 minutes with Sicoer… do I really need to explain this one?
7. CRIMS INSANE WITH OUZO AND SLACK
It seems like every video in 2015 was produced with an exceptional attention to detail, with trained professionals using the culture to expand their portfolios. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I will always favour a DIY piece then one that was predominately carved in After Effects. This no nonsense piece puts two rarely (maybe never) video’d writers putting together a couple of signature pieces. Simple, funny, easy to watch and straight to the point, what’s not to the love?
6. REMIO VISITS 1xRUN in DETROIT
Detroit has always been an interesting city to me, it’s history is as tough as the people who live through it. Amongst all it’s pitfalls, it’s creative scene, both musically and traditionally, blossums at every opportunity. The same can be said about Californian writer, Remio, with this accompanying video proving why. The Motor Cities tough winter is a back drop for some of the artists signature characters and visual hijinks, a familiar parallel.
5. SOFLES “CASTWAY”
While the video collaborations between Selina Miles and Sofles have always been a “must watch” over the last 2 years, I found myself getting a little weary of them. The quick pace, building of pieces, was a little too much for my liking, despite their obvious greatness. Then “Castway” was released, a 3 minute explosion of skill, energy and never say die resistance to the dedication of letters over 25 hours in the middle of nowhere. I was wrong guys, this stuff is awesome, so awesome in fact, I hardly notice the dubstep blaring the background.
4. BANKSY PRESENTS “DISMALAND”
It’s pretty easy to write Banksy off in 2015, with the artist continuing to grow just as many fans, as enemies. Despite all this, he is still the world’s best street art practitioner, maybe the art worlds in general, and this short 2 minute video is exactly why. While the idea of Dismaland is too large for this Top 10, the accompanying video is just as much part of it as the exhibition itself. A short form thought bubble attacking consumerism, advertising and its deception found all around us since birth. Believe the hype.
3. IRONLAK STRIKERS WITH 45RPM
Taking a break from the epicness of her other videos, videographer Selina Miles put together this artist profile of Bristol’s 45RPM. While presented at a heightened speed, this 2 and half minute mini biography is a great watch, thanks to it’s honesty and the shared love found by each participants craft. Also, Electric Wizard!
2. COOKING ON THE FRANKSTON LINE
While technically not a video about graffiti, Cooking On The Frankston Line explores one of the cultures most enduring characters, the eshay. We’ve all met one, some are worse then others, but all are in for a good time, something this mockumentary piece undoubtably exposes. After getting a giant amount of exposure earlier in the year, the long awaited release gave us a lot more than I ever expected, but I don’t want to give too much away, just know this, it’s really really good.
1. MOSES AND TAPS “THE WALL”
When I think of The Wall, I think of Pink Floyd’s thunderous rock opera tearing up even the biggest musos perspective on what is capable in music. In 2015, global spray VIPs, Taps and Moses did the same thing, under the title. “The Wall” isn’t simply another graffiti video, it’s a challenge against the unestablished, an open innovation into capabilities not even reached. The Wall isn’t just a great video, it’s an idea for those who do and don’t participate in graffiti.