Bristol might be better known for its street art scene, but Cardiff’s been quietly amassing its own collection of urban masterpieces to rival its neighbour across the bridge.
Adding much needed colour to some of the less vibrant areas in our city, here’s a checklist of impressive graffiti to spot when you’re out and about in the Welsh capital.
The skeletal beast by Phlegm
One of the most ambitious artworks that’s popped up recently is this freaky skeletal beast by North Wales born illustrator Phlegm. You’ve probably seen it if you’ve caught the train at Cardiff Central station.
The cross dressing Welshman by Phil Morgan
Cardiff artist Phil Morgan is well-known for his humorous illustrations, and this cross-dressing Welshman near the Abacus gallery has been an instant hit with locals.
A giant horse by Zed1
This giant horse and his knight master by Zed1 clearly don’t mind public displays of affection. Find them loved up on the side of Porter’s.
A game of chess by Colour Doomed & HB Art
A sombre game of fantastical chess by an unknown artist on Northcote Lane. Anyone else think that guy on the left looks like Sir Ian McKellen?
Robot parts by Le Super Demon
Also on Northcote Lane, Le Super Demon painted this collection of out-of-proportion robotic body parts. We don’t want to meet the hideous monster they create when they all join together.
Pedal power by Colour Doomed & HB Art
Yet another Northcote Lane work of art. This lady and her skeleton buddy are probably pedal powering their way to Cardiff’s dog walking destination, Bute Park.
A quiet read…
Felt kind of bad for disturbing this guy having a quiet read on the side of a warehouse in the backstreets of Roath. Soz mate.
The awkward couple
A relatable tale of drunken regret that many a Cardiff club-goer can relate to. Find the awkward couple out the back at City Road’s bohemian bar Milgi.
A Welsh dragon by Phlegm
Phlegm’s been painting giant monsters on City Road, too – this time it’s a Welsh dragon wreaking havoc on the wall of an unassuming garage.
Jurassic Cardiff by Wendy Bridges and Stuart Reeve
Finally, find this parade of prehistoric animals painted by community artists Wendy Bridges and Stuart Reeve marching all the way along the bridge on Crwys Road. The dinosaurs are our favourite, obviously.
Photos by Matt Ayres