Street Art Sheffield is celebrating 5 years since the launch of their website – but what do people REALLY think?

Street-art, urban-art, graffiti, whatever you want to call it, it’s been described as a ‘Marmite issue’ – you either love it or hate it.

If you’re walking through the back streets of Sheffield city centre, you’ll probably come across some.  In fact, the same goes in any city, anywhere in the world, it’s been around since time began.

Sheffield City Council do provide a service for removing unsightly and unwanted graffiti from housing and commercially owned properties.

However, some people welcome, appreciate and even encourage it as an art form and often describe it as a ‘voice for the voiceless’.

We spoke to a range of people from different social backgrounds aged between 18 and 85 years old and asked them what they thought of the graffiti in our area and here’s what they said:

“It looks nice if its artistic but bits of random graffiti on walls make the area seem dirty and a bit standoffish.  There doesn’t actually seem to be that much in Sheffield.”

Mr Carrot Boy

“I’m really interested in street art, the differentiation between street art and graffiti, the tagging, the layering, the destruction, the spoiling, as well as the creativity and the beauty that it can cause.”

Marcus Method

“Bigger stuff and better stuff is nice but little tags are just useless.”

Mr Sneakr  

“There’s a whole culture to do with the street art, its ephemeral, by definition it changes, it doesn’t stay, it weathers, it gets spoilt, street art can improve our environment.”

James Croft

“Little crappy tags that you see sprayed about are a nuisance but there’s a lot of genuine good art, like Phlegm which is decent, it adds to the culture of Sheffield.”

Eugene Booms

“It is not too bad nowadays it depends where you go really, it’s not like it used to be, the city used to be covered in it but now not so much, it’s nice when it’s a proper painting like a mural.”

“Hob Nob Dog is really cool, seeing stuff like that really does add more culture to Sheffield and brings connectivity and things to talk about I think we need more of it.”

Pete McKee ‘Hobnob Dog’

What are your thoughts? Do you love it or hate it? or do you have a favourite artist? Please let us know!

Some of the pieces from our area but do check out other artists such as Mila K and Bubba 2000  and if you are interested in seeing more here’s a handy map from Street art Sheffield who are celebrating five years since the launch of their website today: