Some of Our Favourite Street Art Documentaries

22 June 2015

Some of Our Favourite Street Art Documentaries

Bomb It

Through interviews and guerilla footage of graffiti artists in action on five continents, this documentary tells the story of graffiti from its origins in prehistoric cave paintings through its notorious explosion in New York City during the 70’s and 80’s. Bomb it ultimately gets to the heart of graffiti and the various personalities and philosophies involved in it.
 
Dirty Hands: The Art and Crimes of David Choe

 

 

Amazing documentary delivering an intense portrait of David Choe, a young near-schizophrenic street artist that devises a number of criminal schemes that afford him to hitchhike across the globe. His nonchalant law-breaking style lands him in jail several times leading to his eventual demise in solitary confinement in a Tokyo prison cell.

Pixo

 

This 2009 documentary has amazing footage capturing certain aspects of the Brazilian graffiti culture in Sao Paulo. Check out the full documentary above!

Style Wars

 

This one from the early 80s exposes the rich growing subculture of hip-hop that was developing in New York City in the late '70s and early '80s, specifically focusing on graffiti art and breakdancing.

 Exit Through The Gift Shop

Obvious one here but it is definitely worth a watch for those that are yet to see it. Brilliantly detailing how the infamous street artist Banksy has literally left his mark on cities throughout the world.

Beautiful Losers

One of my favourite documentaries and really worth a watch. Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard document the lives and careers of young artists and designers who though unfamiliar with the workings of the traditional art world... have had an impact on it.

Graffiti Wars - Banksy vs Robbo

Another one involving Banksy and his futile relationship with King Robbo fellow street artist. Channel 4 present their rivalry excellently in this doc and the full episode is available above.