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Swoon Butterflies in Braddock

These photos are part of the same Swoon piece put in in 2008 in Braddock, PA.

Creative Commons Photos by Celeste.

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R.I.P. Kids. Credit: Mattew Niemi

KIDS was a prolific street artist based in Pittsburgh, PA.  Pittsburgh was playground and he loved every part of the city.  He passed away, but his graffiti haunts our city.

KIDS Rust Away. Credit: Mattew Niemi

I didn’t know him, but I felt like I did. He was everywhere I went in Pittsburgh: The Bloomfield Bridge, dumpsters in the Strip District, coffee at the Beehive, and drinking in Oakland. His reach goes beyond the local ally. His work can even be seen from space.

KIDS in Strip District. Photo: Dan Bucynski.

KIDS IS DEAD ALIVE. Photo: David Gingrich

KIDS couldn’t be packaged in a can. He produced stickers, triumphed with the paint pen, and even experimented with metal art. There is a small collection of his work on Flickr, but it doesn’t begin to scratch his career.

After his death, many artists have added messages to his works, including,”We Will Miss You, THANKS!” and  “We miss you already!

We’d like to add more to this article. If you knew him, or tagged along with him, please email or post a comment.

Photo by: Matt Niemi, Dan Bucynski, and David Gingrich.

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Mario Graffiti in Pittsburgh’s Little Italy

Mario Graffiti in Bloomfield. Photo: Ian Gowen

An Italian plumber in Bloomfield. This 8bit piece is an excellent example of Mario graffiti with wonderful placement.

Photo by Ian Gowen

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Swoon Femicide Piece in Garfield

Taken by hryckowian on flickr.

A ghostly image in Garfield.

Photo taken by Jim Winstead Jr.This piece is part of Swoon’s Femicide series.  As she crossed the border going down into South Mexico, she saw pink crosses painted on telephone poles marking the las muertas de Juárez (“The dead women of Juárez”). Each piece represents women that are missing and presumed dead.

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Stikman in Pittsburgh

Stikman in Pittsburgh's South Side. Credit: Dave Gingrich

Stikman visited the Iron City over a year ago, but his characters remain permanently fixed to our phone booths, bridges, and pavement. This marks one of his more recent campaigns, as he experiments with postal stickers, miniature sculptures, and other mixed media.

You can tour Stikman’s Pittsburgh visit with starting in South Side, head towards the West End Bridge, then explore W North Avenue. Look for his 2D and 3D figures found on pavements and buildings.

This particular piece is located at 12th & Bedford Sq. in South Side.

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bea. in Polish Hill

bea. at the Polish Hill Pedestrian Bridge. Credit: Matthew Niemi

While some choose galleries in Lawrenceville, bea makes the world hers.

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Iron City Graffiti Photos Wanted

Concrete Factory in South Side. Credit: Foo

Supply and Demand.

Much to the dismay of city council, street art is a strong part of our identity.  That’s why a good portion of this site is devoted to Pittsburgh Graffiti and Urban Decay.  Please take a few shots the next time you run across an interesting piece (Please, no Shepard Fairey murals).

When you submit your photos, please make sure it has no identifying marks other than location and artist’s pseudonym. If you’re an artist, stay safe.

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