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Christchurch Street Art

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.

Artists like Ikarus (,

Wongi-Freak (,

and Yikes (

from the DTR Crew, who have countless examples of beautiful murals all over the city both in open public spaces and also hidden away gems along unseen railways lines, disused red zoned buildings, etc.

These guys have been Christchurch’s main graffiti crew for a number of years with one crew member - Dycypher ( ending up in LA plying his trade on a much bigger stage and to a much bigger audience.

But with that being said – he still rocks back to Christchurch on occasions to jam out with his old DTR crew mates.