Ten Amazing Pieces of Street Art in St. Louis

Categories: Arts
Once upon a time, the River City had a reputation as something of a street art and graffiti mecca. That was way back in 2000 when Paint Louis was happening and some of the coolest cats to ever shake a can of spray paint made pilgrimages to the city to write their names wild-style on the massive flood wall that runs along the Mississippi River near Chouteau Avenue.

The city canceled the event when tags appeared unsolicited on nearby businesses and warehouses. In the following years, grass grew unchecked by the wall and irreplaceable works of art by the likes of Zephyr were mangled by amateur taggers. Meanwhile, thanks to Banksy and other incredible stencil artists, street art went worldwide, leaving St. Louis as little more than a distant afterthought in the burgeoning global scene.

But that doesn't mean quality work from local artists stopped happening. In fact, thanks to stencil master Peat Wollaeger and other dedicated individuals, the 314 is again gaining notoriety for the innovative and impressive pieces of guerrilla art that add many shades of color to our otherwise monochromatic brick city.

In honor of Banksy's film "Exit Through the Gift Shop" opening today at the Tivoli and the graffiti competition going down tomorrow at 2720 Cherokee, here are ten of our favorite images, mostly pulled from the St. Louis Street Art Flickr Pool.

Blaster Head Peat.jpg
via Flickr
Peat Wollaeger's "Blaster Head" is a mind blower.

The incomparable Redd Foxx (aka Ed Box) was named Best Graffiti Artist by the RFT last year for burners like this one. "Get Up, Get God" is a recurring phrase in his art.
Red Fox Get Up Get God.jpg
jigglypuff4000 via Flickr
You Go Girl has to be one of the best tag names of all-time. Keep an eye out and you'll see his/her pieces all over the city. This one came from the Near North Riverfront:
You Go Girl.jpg
DJ Denim via Flickr
Justin Tolentino is known more for his dark caricatures painted on canvas and screen-printed on t-shirts but his owl on a garage door on South Broadway near Chouteau's Landing is one of the most visible pieces in the city. It's been painted over a bit recently but this image captures it in its prime:
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ukdrpepper via Flickr
A piece obviously inspired by Banksy on the Metropolitan building in Grand Center:
Love Bomb.jpg
DJ Denim via Flickr

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