Temporary Street Art That is Changing The Graffiti Game (part 2)


Street artist Ellis G. is famous for working in shadows and light with traced shapes across city walls and sidewalks. From bicycles to street signs to trash on the corner, he draws any passenger’s attention to the fleeting shapes appearing in the night, leaving his temporary chalk diagram on the street before the rain washes it away.


Damon Johnson is a street artist who was inspired by Dick Tracy and stacks of comic books starring the hard-hitting detective. He attaches his hand-painted comic on chain link fences that surround abandoned lots around the city, which adds more mystery to your urban explorations. He tells us that themes of anguish and despair recur in his street art pieces since he has fought inner demons himself.


Dennis McNett has been carving surly block prints for two decades. His graphically intense work has a wild side borrowing from Nordic mythology, skater culture, performance art, and biker tattoos. He is famous for his parades of hellions in Viking-inspired ships, war shields, wolf-bats, and ornate costumes, masks, and headwear. Re-imagining his art as urban sculpture, McNett sometimes gives the street a shocking installation that can scare the heck out of people, who then will usually pose for a selfie with it.


Borrowing his name from the American Revolutionary War, General Howe places plastic soldiers in historically accurate locations on the street to re-enacts the battles around Brooklyn on a small scale. His artworks usually draw attention to the location with the hopes of helping viewers draw connections to past wars and their very real significance in their lives. In addition, he uses toy soldiers to recall the attitude of playing and imagination that many adults and children can relate to. However, his installations also tie to geography and history.