By: Jim Bamboulis
Remember when you were a kid and your parents would tell you to always walk along the main road, where it was well lit and where they could see you?
Sure, you can walk along Queen Street West. The main road has all the great spots where you can eat well, drink well, listen to great music and shop well. But go beyond the main drag and you’ll discover back alleys worth venturing through. Take a walk along the infamous graffiti alley. And don’t worry, you’re parents don’t have to know.
This is an attraction all on its own. Graffiti Alley (map) runs for about 1km and features street art so wicked, it takes you a while to get through it all. It’s a consistent wall of colour, art and expression. I can’t even draw a person on a piece of paper much less be able to paint a story on a wall. I hate to even call it graffiti because by definition, it’s not. The art here is incredible.
Every time I walk though graffiti alley, I feel like getting a pen and paper and start drawing. Then it dawns on me, again, that I can’t even draw. Still, it’s amazing to walk through a long stretch within the city that features the drawing talents of those who can.
That’s it for now y’all. Happy travels!