Temporary Street Art That is Changing The Graffiti Game (part 1)

While much work on the street art scene is typically done without permission and by definition illegal to some extent, it doesn’t necessarily fall into the vandalism colum, particularly when it leaves no trace or harm after a short time.

Call it post-graffiti, call it street art, call it a way to get your artwork out of your studio. The artists in this article are all taking pains to devise techniques that are impactful to property in pursuit of getting their vision on the street. There are no limits on message or materials; these examples just skip the damage.


Aakash Nihalani started using painter’s tape by accident, when attaching screen prints to the wall for a student exhibition in the late 2000s. More interested in tracing the shadow of the pedestal on a wall, Nihalani stumbled into his signature approach, which he’s taken to the streets. Utilizing optical illusion and a captivation with city architecture as his muses, Nihalani has pulled shapes out of thin air and traced them with fluorescent masking tape for passersby in order to run into and consider. He likes the experience to be playful; however, the context and the geometry he uses as creating the work are pure science.


Art is Trash has been converting garbage into art for about 6 years, in cities such as New York, London, and his native Barcelona.  Following his gut and imagination, Art is Trash uses packing boxes, filled garbage bags, and discarded furniture as canvas and creating material for his sculptural installations which are satirical and entertaining. With tape and hand-painting in-the-moment and on the spot, he thinks of his work as a free expression that is personal, comical, and political. When the work is finished, he walks away, leaving his art for the sanitation department.