TOP 10: PIECES | MELBOURNE 2015

Graffiti is not a sport, but it also kind of is.

It’s competitive nature makes it seem that way sometimes, but it’s individualistic spirit keeps it away from over analyzation and a ton of pretentiousness. I’ve been wanting to compile lists like this every year, since starting Arty Graffarti, but have found the whole idea… a bit silly and inadvertently arrogant. In saying that, it’s hard to ignore the amount of talent this city brings to the global scene, as many spread them overseas, while others share theirs here. 2015 (as a whole) has been another great year in the Melbourne graffiti scene, and for all it’s beefs, opinions and praises, the majority who put work into it, have been doing this city justice. Condensing hundreds of pieces was a lot more work then I had bargained for, but I hope this list can really do Melbourne proud, as it showcases its diversity, range and savviness to an unbreakable craft.

  • This list is no definitive collection, rather the best of what I found for 2015. There’s a lot of work out there, but i unfortunately can’t get photo’s of everything.

10. MR. TEE | BRUNSWICK

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New Zealand would have to have one of the most underrated graffiti scenes left on this spinning rock. I will admit that I’m not quite sure of what it going on down there, but stylistically, the place is always bringing a fresh crop of artists and writers, with this colourful addition to Brunswick being a defining example.

9. RSUME | FITZROY

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This piece has always been a head turner for me as it sees Rsume tone things down on one spectrum, all the while turning it up a notch with one of the most interesting fills I’ve seen for some time. Not quite transparent, not quite solid from end to end, this piece undoubtably shows a lot of skill and flex through it’s 5 letters.

8. TURBO | ST. KILDA

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Praising something for being “clean” gets thrown around a lot on the internet these days, but few can match the “unfuck-withable” precision here, from one of Melbourne’s hardest working abbots, in Turbo.

7. FRITS | ABBOTSFORD

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This isn’t the first time I have seen Frits put together these anti-bubble creations, but this chrome explosion is one of his best this year. Not only is it a flip on outline convention, but the decision to show the colours dripping to the outside gives this piece a lot more personality then it seems.

6. OG23 | FITZROY

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I’ve been lucky enough to see OG23 put together a few pieces from beginning to end this year, and I still can’t get my head around just how he lays these out. This piece is textbook theory in how such restraint and discipline can improve your graffiti, with the notion of less is more being displayed in full effect.

5. NASER | CLIFTON HILL

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This is a perfect example of 2 colours and a little bit of 3D being all you need to make something stand out. You will notice that this piece has none of the usually details found in most graffiti pieces, apart from some slick shines, the flavours of this burner come straight from the outline, from sketch to final.

4. NEMCO | COLLINGWOOD

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No need to say more about Nemco, he tore Australia a new one on his extended visit, with at least half a dozen of his pieces being easily viable for this list alone. This isn’t the last time he will appear on this list, but for now, enjoy this is example of graffiti gone gonzo, with all the trimmings.

3. ATAK | PRESTON

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Completely abstract, but tied together with intense care, this cross-bearing piece, from the effectively experimental Atak, stood out like a sore thumb amongst Preston’s Boneyard. Colours ducking in and out of each other, depth appearing from all angles and a speedy presence found throughout made this fire starting piece a cut above the rest.

2. FECKS | COLLINGWOOD

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This is the only piece that has appeared on these top 10 lists twice. If you missed why this it’s been given two nods (from yours truly), head over to the Top 10: Group Walls list now or, just look at it here and wonder why you’re not painting like this right now.

1. NEMCO | BRUNSWICK

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I can only imagine the multitude of reactions this mammoth piece has garnered as people, from all across Melbourne, pass it on their daily commutes. Its bold lines, fiery background and glorious smaller details make it a piece that can be appreciated for both a short and extended period viewing time. But more than anything, it’s been refreshing to see a piece (of this size) by an artist who isn’t concerned by the visual trends presented throughout this cities many paint covered walls, it is a piece completely of its own.