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Street Art In Amsterdam

by Andrea on November 19, 2012

I’ve always noticed the graffiti and street art adorning the walls of Amsterdam but haven’t photographed very much of it in the past. Here are some photos from a recent visit, where we also checked out the latest Art In Redlight exhibition, in case you haven’t yet seen those photos.

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These guys were filming a music video in front of this piece.

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The above piece is by ALIAS.

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It’s common to see political expression painted on buildings in Amsterdam.

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Ayngelina November 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I love street art, the Alias work is really good.

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inspiringtravellers November 20, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I like it too, Ayngelina

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Jay November 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm

I love stumbling upon some great street art. Joe and I are both looking forward to visiting Amsterdam – hopefully this spring!

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inspiringtravellers November 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Best time to visit! You’ll love it =)

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Beth Davidson November 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm

These are great, thanks for sharing. I always think street art is a great insight into a city. I don’t recall seeing much street art in Amsterdam but I will definitely be looking out for it next time :)

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inspiringtravellers November 20, 2012 at 2:20 pm

I agree – there isn’t as much of it in the centre of the city and I haven’t explored much outside the centre, but I like what I’ve seen

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Sam November 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

Some of the street art you find is really amazing

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inspiringtravellers November 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Glad you like it, Sam! =)

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D.J. - The World of Deej November 20, 2012 at 3:51 am

Love street art…although the one with the kid is a little disturbing haha.

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inspiringtravellers November 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Makes you think, though, doesn’t it? =)

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Cathy Sweeney November 20, 2012 at 12:05 am

Really interesting street art. I love catching scenes like this. “Kill all artists” is a little disturbing.

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inspiringtravellers November 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Provocative, isn’t it? I love it

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Susan November 20, 2012 at 12:17 pm

wow, so beautiful and artistic street arts. Last week I visited India and here I got to see Street arts(Not exactly street arts but promotional slogans etc.) of Political parties.

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inspiringtravellers November 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm

That sounds fascinating, Susan! =)

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Alex Morris November 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

An excellent selection! I bought my sister a book on Brazilian street art a few years ago and that had some really amazing examples. The Amsterdam ones are great, though. I will always remember the little sign on the window of the Flying Pig hotel in Amsterdam warning cyclists; “Warning!! Any bikes left here will be taken away and destroyed!” A quirky, fun place.

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inspiringtravellers November 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

It definitely is, Alex – thanks for sharing your story!

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Kay Rodriguez November 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Such cool photos! Definitely something I will have to see at some point in my life :) Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier!

Kay

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inspiringtravellers November 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

No worries, Kay – thanks! =)

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Audrey November 21, 2012 at 2:23 am

These pieces are fun! So far, Montreal and Buenos Aires have been 2 of my favorite cities when it comes to street art. :)

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inspiringtravellers November 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Haven’t been to Montreal yet but I would love to go!

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Emily in Chile November 21, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Awesome artwork! There really is some great graffiti out there.

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inspiringtravellers November 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

I agree!

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Shivya November 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Love it! I saw some of my favorite street art in Amsterdam on my last trip there but never ended up taking pictures. Thanks for bringing the memories back :)

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inspiringtravellers November 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Happy to, Shivya! =)

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Addison S. November 22, 2012 at 1:19 am

Fantastic photos – especially like the faces in the windows. I wasn’t aware that Amsterdam was so famed for its street art – in a little way reminiscent to Berlin.

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inspiringtravellers November 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I don’t think it’s famed for it at all – most of this art is on specific streets that seem to have a lot more street art than others. I just thought the pieces were interesting =) There is a lot of ALIAS work around though

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Cheryl November 22, 2012 at 11:43 am

I like the Kill All Artists one! Amsterdam is a haven for street art and I love it.

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inspiringtravellers November 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I never noticed so much of it as the last time we were there, actually – but glad I took some snaps =)

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Stephanie - The Travel Chica November 23, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Great stuff. I haven’t seen many photos of street art from Amsterdam.

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inspiringtravellers November 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I don’t think it’s a city that’s especially known for it…but over my visits there I’ve noticed the ALIAS art around a lot and that piqued my curiosity to discover more…

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Matthew Karsten November 23, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Impressive stuff! I always wanted to learn how to do this kind of thing. Gives a building so much more character.

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inspiringtravellers November 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Definitely – spray cans are unwieldy…cannot be easy!

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Mike November 24, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Amazing photos. There are some fascinating works all over the world, if interested here is a recent piece taken in St Germain de Pres in Paris: http://barrelhopping.com/street-art-st-germain-de-pres-in-paris-france/

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Spencer November 29, 2012 at 5:34 am

I loved the street art in Amsterdam. I always thought it was pretty cool.

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Andi December 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm

LOVE these shots! I took a pic of the 1st shot too!!

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inspiringtravellers December 6, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thanks, babe! =)

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Antoinette April 14, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Always enjoy a healthy dose of street art posts :) I spotted a few of them in Amsterdam but unfortunately, I was more concerned not hitting people with my bicycle! haha

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inspiringtravellers April 15, 2013 at 9:35 am

Haha – completely understand – I am always trying not to get hit by the bikes when I am there!

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