The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Graffiti Artists

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Photo by Marco Torres
My first Houston Graffiti photo, November 2006.
It was a cool, sunny November afternoon back in 2006 as I was driving down Harrisburg Boulevard on the east side of Houston, when a series of colorful patterns flashed through my rear-view mirror. I circled around to an abandoned shell of a building that consisted of three walls and a few support beams where the roof used to exist. Along the walls was graffiti by such H-Town legends as Jade, Colors, Weah, Prime, Bekit, and Kaze. Having recently purchased a used DSLR, this would be my first encounter documenting graffiti in Houston, a project that continues to this day.

The last year Best of Houston® included the "Best Graffiti Artist" category was in 2010, with GONZO247 taking the top honors. A lot has happened in the Houston graffiti scene since then, with wheat paste artists gaining fame and traditional art galleries embracing the culture. Here is our list of the top artists still showcasing the art on the Houston streets:

10: Howie

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/iseenit/
Howie's style is clean, fast, and fun. From fill-ins, tags, trains, and rollers, he constantly hits highly visible spots and seems to shift around the city with ease. Plus, his monster face character that lives in the last "e" is whimsical with just the right amount of menacing.

9. Abels

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Photo by Marco Torres

This young menace was the virtuoso of illegal graffiti in Houston a few years back. Hitting spots other graffiti contemporaries only dream about, Abels ran the city and quickly rose to King status here and across the country.

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The Meridian - CLOSED

1503 Chartres, Houston, TX

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pswifoneart
pswifoneart

Houston Graff isn't poppin.... everyone doin their own thang... peep my drawings www.flickr.com/photos/pswifone/  i started drawing in 1999 i was 15 now i'm pushin 30 and i'm too old to be gettin up... that stuff is dumb

souliration
souliration

"These two brothers" should be deleted from the last paragraph. 

hyroglifx
hyroglifx

GFX all day. Since 92' hyroglifx have rocked walls and before that it was Kool Crowd Creations in the late 80's. Where cero or Agua! North side writers all day.

teedeeceeesteekay
teedeeceeesteekay

@hyroglifx 1.youve been around that long and your shit still sucks.

2.not the real agua (vizie even called you out on that and you got butt hurt)

3.what's a GFX?


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