Denver’s Best Graffiti & Street Art: 24 Photos

 

It was instant girl crush when I met Rachel Grace Hultin.

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I met her at a meeting my husband, David, and I attended regarding how to improve Wheat Ridge for bikers, walkers and public transportation-ers.

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She was leading it.

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Of course.

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We have attended these types of meetings before.

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Typically we walk in, after being invited to attend, and then are looked at, down the nose of someone, typically from the person who invited us, as if to say, “What are you doing here?”

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This is not Rachel.

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She is warm and welcoming and with everything she says – you just adore her more.

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It was girl crush at first sight.

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Shortly after what I now refer to as The Rachel Discovery, she invited David and I to go on a Guerilla Art Walk, a walking experience in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood put on by Walk2Connect, an organization she co-runs (of course). What we were invited to is what some might refer to as a walking tour, but Rachel isn’t a fan of that word.

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She refers to it as “an on foot experience that highlights things you don’t see or notice when you are in your car.” She will also tell you, “It allows you to connect with others, art and place.”

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Now this might sound all kumbaya, but once you do experience it, which you absolutely must, you will understand how wonderfully true that statement is.

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It is not a tour – it is an experience – and it is such a good one it even managed to win over the heart of my often-skeptical-of such things, husband, David.

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To David’s credit, he grew up outside of Barcelona, a city suffocating daily under the crushing quantity of tourists, and he can sniff out and dodge organized activities that include people with cameras – like no other.

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As you may imagine, it took a bit coaxing to get him to join.

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But, I was ultimately victorious. And after the entire experience…

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We both were.

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The Guerilla Art Walk (we did the northside walk, there is also a southside walk) featured Street Art, some may call graffiti, ranging from small and awesomely rogue, to large and commissioned, and every iteration in between.

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While participating in this three hour experience, Rachel tells you the back stories of the art and artists.

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She fills you in on how the art is constantly, changing and evolving.

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She points out the art that might go easily unnoticed.

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And tells you how Denver, unbeknownst to me until this particular day, has quite a flourishing Street Art scene.

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You just need to no where to look.

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Or better yet – go with Walk2Connect.

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And enjoy the full experience of them showing you.

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12 thoughts on “Denver’s Best Graffiti & Street Art: 24 Photos

  1. Love your photos. You captured some of our favorites. Those interested in mural art in Denver should be aware of the April and September activities of Colorado Crush, the project that has been instrumental in this movement. https://www.facebook.com/CrushColorado and coloradocrush.org are good places to start.

    Incidentally, the reach of this deliberate graffiti mural art project is far beyond the Larimer Street alley. We am trying to get the Colorado Crush folks to create a map and also estimate how many square feet have been improved by their mural projects.

    • Love the idea of a map! The entrepreneur in me thinks that would be a fabulous product people would be willing to pay for. 🙂 Looking forward to exploring more of Denver’s Street Art. This experience really piqued our interest in it. Glad for folks like you guys! Keep up the great work!

  2. While I can appreciate you getting others to ‘look where they may not have looked on their own’, I think this article and the whole idea might be better served if you actually NAMED some of these artists (many of whom I know through Gallery showings, other art gatherings, etc) and give them the credit they are due – as well as part of the proceeds from this ‘walk’ if you are making money from showing off their FREE PUBLIC Art.

    All of the artists I know are open and humble, but trying to make a living doing what they love and they deserve to be recognized for their art and their contributions to the city – whether in Rhino, LoDo, SoBo, etc.

    Maybe – if as the article suggests – the walking guide gives ‘background’ on the artists (meaning they KNOW who the artists are), they could reach out to the artists themselves for more perspective on the pieces.

    I mention this, because this article was mentioned to me via FB from a few different artists whose pieces you featured in the photos, but who were NOT given credit for their art. The only people given credit were those making money of these artists works with their Walk 2 Connect.

    • Hey Smitty – I completely agree. I didn’t go into this tour expecting to write about it. I just did it as fun and then afterwards – was so blown away by it – that I decided to do a piece on it. For that reason, I did not take any notes during the tour – I just took it in. HOWEVER- I would be so, so happy to give the artists credit. I just don’t know who to give credit to for what. If you can help me with that – I am happy to modify the post. Thanks for the suggestion!

    • Hi Smitty ~
      I just wanted to let you that I absolutley share the artists’ names for many of the works [I don’t know them all but am always seeking to learn] as well as provide participants with a guide with the names/tags of several local, national and international artists who work in RiNo. I personally know many of the artists and wall curators and keep in frequent contact with them. I work closely with Like Minded, Colorado Crush, Jaime Molina and others to help engage the community in understanding the value of their work. We collaborate on programs and outreach.

      Through the Walk2Connect program walks, I have introduced 100’s of people from across the state to RiNo’s vibrant creative district, deepening their appreciation for the talent, savvy and innovation the artists bring to the community where we work and live. These walks transform perceptions of street art and build stewardship of their work. I do this because it’s my personal passion; it is not a money maker for me. I provide free walks for urban youth, donate time to urban arts outreach and am deeply committed to preserving the unique RiNo creative district so Denver can continue to attract and support local and national talent. Hope to see you in the alleys! ~ Rachel

  3. HI!

    I’m so glad I had some friends send me to your page! I have been going around to street art around Denver (actually a bunch of the ones above) and taking yoga pictures in front of them. They are on my instagram @lafitara and if you search the hashtag #yograffiti you will see some awesome work.

    I would love to know where these are so that I can continue on this fun little journey I started this year!

    Thanks 🙂

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