Laurel Robbins, writing for Traveldudes, describes how Miami's hip Wynwood district made her appreciate graffiti:
"I’ll be honest, I wasn’t much into graffiti. That all changed during a vespa tour of Wynwood. Wynwood was a rough area and is still an area in transition, but that’s changing rapidly thanks to the graffiti art that lines the walls on many of the buildings. This is not just your typical, run-of-the-mill graffiti. This is art and I’m saying this as someone who is generally not a fan of graffiti. Wynwood features graffiti by some of the world’s top graffiti artists. After a while, even graffiti novices like me can start to identify the artists by their distinctive works. As in other forms of art, each graffiti artist has his or her own unique style.
I was also lucky enough to speak with a graffiti artist currently working on a Bob Marley piece. Miraculously, he expected the work to be completed within two days, but he admitted it was hard work. “Being a 250-pound guy on a ladder all day is not easy.” And that’s in addition to getting the proportions just right. He did his creation from a sketch – without using a projector.
No stop to Wynwood is complete without a stop to Wynwood Walls, an outdoor street art museum open to the public free of charge, designed by forward thinkers Tony Golman and Jeffrey Deitch. Wynwood Walls features 12 murals by 15 highly respected graffiti artists. Each mural is unique and reflects the personality of the artist. Outdoor seating is available in one of the two restaurants housed in Wynwood Walls, virtually guaranteeing non-stop. I could have hung out there for hours.
Wynwood has quickly earned its reputation for being a hip district. The Wynwood Gallery Walk runs every second Saturday, attracting thousands of visitors and no doubt giving many people a different perspective of graffiti.