Paint Louis 2016 Brings Top Graffiti Artists

By Brian Feldman, KMOX News

Graffiti artists from all over the world – including Japan, Brazil and South Africa – descended on St. Louis this weekend for an annual event to paint the four mile long flood wall south of downtown.

Artists had to submit a portfolio and get chosen to taken part.

The event does have permits from the city of St. Louis.

Paint Louis began in 1996 but in 1998 the graffiti artists went and painted on private property without permission following the event so the city shut it down temporarily.

This year’s participants say they’ve had a great time coming to visit.

“I think it’s really fun,” Norm Forever from Nebraska said. “I love all the different styles and I love all the hard work that’s put into it. I have (a lot of) respect for people doing paint jobs on different walls large scale.

“I think it’s crazy there are so many people that are painting massive things. It’s beautiful.”

The artists are painting over last year’s work on the flood wall. Next year’s event will paint over this year’s work as well.

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