Christchurch City (Ōtautahi) is a small city with a population of around 360,000 people.
But for such a small city it has an unbelievable pool of talent when it comes to street art & counter culture.
I love all things low brow like street art (pure street art – not the polished commercial type that’s being more and more accepted and even sponsored by local authorities to bring colour to areas), tattoo art, etc.
Don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against any type of art that brings happiness to people, but for me – pure graffiti does it.
I’m absolutely blown away daily when driving around this city I’m lucky enough to call home, seeing examples of these self-taught geniuses all around me.
Since the Earthquakes of 2010/11 (the reason I ended up coming back to NZ to live/work), the cordoned-off city center couldn’t help but attract a number of budding graffiti artists to use it as a blank canvas to put their stamp on what would end up becoming a world-leading city for extraordinary street art...