Melbourne has a lot of graffiti. I mean A LOT. But better yet, it also has a lot of professional and commissioned graffiti too. If you go to Melbourne, you will most definitely see someone’s tag or scrappy looking graffiti on the side of a building. But to get the real deal then it takes a little insider knowledge. Luckily, I’m here for you!
Hosier Lane is home to the most famous pieces of art. Here there are many colourful artworks, above in front of your face and hanging over your head! It’s always changing, however, so don’t expect to see the exact same thing you do on google images. Unfortunately, this was true for when I was there. Worse so, most of the remaining good and classic graffiti had been vandalised.
If you do a loop around Hosier Lane, you’ll see a whole bunch of artwork covering up high and even over the garbage bins. It’s nicknamed “Camouflage” because it covers just about every free space available. Talk about life being your canvas…
The other place I recommend is down Union Lane off the famous Bourke Street, because its well known for having people performing live graffiti. It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to see people do licensed graffiti, as the live graffiti you see is often just someone dressed in a hoodie making a quick tag. This place has the professionals.
If you really want to see a more diverse range of street art, and if you have a spare hour, then this free walking tour is great. It also takes you past some of the traditional and iconic Melbourne sites, such as the Block Arcade, and the Royal Arcade. Just click on the link!