Some of the more fascinating graffiti art we saw was a mix of calligraphy and graffiti known as "calligraffiti," which focuses on the beauty and art of the lettering. In Islam, the very act of writing is already something solemn and sacred, and Arabic artists like “El-seed” are masters of calligraffiti.
Street art, as opposed to graffiti, is meant for a larger public audience, is image-based, and often uses other means besides spray cans. A lot of it is often executed with permission. The main characteristic of street art makes references to popular culture that are often very recognizable. Street art is often made with the use of stencils or paste-up (where the art is made in advance and glued to the wall). We saw many examples on our walk in Belleville, from Manyoly, Kam, and Laurène. 3D street art is also on the rise, from the painted plaster breasts by IntraLaRue or the wood or plastic figures by G’Zup. And then there’s Space Invader's mosaic tiles that have popped up in many cities around the world and who now has his own app, “Flash Invader.”