Explore Baltimore! Graffiti Alley

May 1st, 2022 by Ronnie Gruseck

Reviewed by: Amelia Dunat

Graffiti Alley is an L-shaped alley located between North Howard Street and 19 1/2 Street. It’s the only legal space in Baltimore where graffiti artists can create freely. This secret alley is a safe space for all local artists, where they can express their creative thoughts via spray paint on a wall with no limits (the nearby trash cans and pipes are also covered with art). My favorite thing about this place is that the art is never the same, and therefore it continuously attracts locals and tourists which supports the artists. The only rule in this “gallery” is to treat all of the artists’ work with respect. You might even see one of the artists at work!

Every so often the art-covered walls get painted over to create a fresh canvas and the process of covering it with art begins again. This space also promotes local street artists as it might connect them to and spark interest in future buyers, or commissioners. I definitely recommend visiting this alley on a warm spring day- you won’t be disappointed and even if you’ve been here before you’re sure to see a new work of art.

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