All City: The street art iPhone app

May 26th, 2010 | By | 8 Comments »

This needed to happen, so I’m glad that someone has finally done it. All City is an iPhone app that maps out street art and graffiti for users based on their current location. Wandering through an unfamiliar city or part of town and want to check out the art? Just pull up All City on your phone and see what’s nearby. And of course, you can add to the global map yourself via your iPhone. I tried it out recently and I’m really impressed. So far, there aren’t many pieces that have been tagged in London, but it’s just a matter of time before All City becomes super-useful. In the mean time, it’s fun to upload images and contribute to the growing community.

The press release:

All City is your hand-held guide to street art from around the world. Easily tag and upload street art spots you find and discover new ones you haven’t seen yet. Check out artist bios and share your favorite artwork with friends. Quickly locate nearby galleries for inspiration and find art supplies for when it strikes. Put your scene on the map with All City for the iPhone.

Marcus White and Kayce Thompson-Russ started this project a year ago, backed by a passion for street art and a desire to connect street art communities across the world. Living in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the lively outer-borough mecca for street artists, inspiration for their project comes daily. More often than not, street art is something stumbled upon by chance and its presence, while exciting and visceral, is temporary. All City makes the best of these chance encounters and offers a simple, well-designed experience that allows every user to be a contributor, letting people locate and share street art from anywhere in the world. The wiki-based platform allows users to identify unknown artists, share, rate and comment on pieces and send alerts if a piece has been buffed. Whether you want to see art within a few blocks of your house or check out the newest, top-rated street art abroad, All City gives you instantaneous electronic and physical access to our constantly-updated, ever-evolving database. All City puts eyes on every street and generates the freshest selection of street art available.


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  • http://www.blokink.com blok.ink

    This would be great for traveling.. but Is this a good idea? Could it simply be utilized by authorities to find popular painting spots or even track those who upload images?

    I do see the merits in this as being a great way for people to share work, but half the fun of graffiti is the chance findings, things like this take away that element.

  • http://veken.org Veken Gueyikian

    A few months ago I saw an iPhone app demoed at the NYC tech meetup for sending in reports and photos of graffiti to the city to have cleaned up!

    What a different app!

    (To be fair, it was also for potholes and broken signs, etc.. but the guy cited graffiti cleanup as a big feature and it’s the example in their demo! http://seeclickfix.com/how_seeclickfix_works)

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dawdy/ Dawdy

    Unless this is being updated by someone on a weekly basis alot of people will be disappointed. In and around Shoreditch pieces are painted over bi weekly due to the lack of space

  • http://tonettetime.blogspot.com/ tonette

    Thanks! I like the idea and what I’ve seen with the app so far, I think is really good. It doesn’t bother me that pieces might (probably) will get painted over or changed over time. That makes the possibility of an archive on the app even more interesting to me.

  • http://www.blokink.com blok.ink

    I’m still wary about this kinda infomation getting into the wrong hands.. but you’re right, the archiving value of it would be pretty cool, it could almost be used like the graffiti archaeology idea (http://www.otherthings.com/grafarc/index.html) to see how walls change and grow over time.

  • B

    I bought this app, and disappointed is quite an understatement. It totally relies on the fans of streetart doing the work for them. I live in Bristol, and typed in Bristol and nothing came up. Typed Paris, and nothing. It’s search facility is clunky and didn’t work half the time. And all results are primarily for the US (1 entry for Banksy in the UK and 14 entries for the US).
    Basically there are a lot of fan sites with map facilities that are WAY better than this.
    Are you friends with these All City guys because it should’ve been tested before reviewed.

  • http://www.vandalog.com RJ

    They definitely need an archive feature.

    Yeah, it’s all based on user contributions. I thought that was explained in the post and in the product description. It would never be possible for just the app’s designers to make an up-to-date catalog of artwork. I don’t know the people who designed this application. I was able to add a spot or two in London with no problems. As I wrote in the post, there isn’t much tagged yet in London (and presumably other cities), but this has the potential to be a very helpful application.