In Northeastern Paris, the districts of Oberkampf, Belleville and Ménilmontant are golden neighborhoods for street art. Thanks to associations such as Art Azoï and M.U.R., some facades even have their own artistic planning!
The districts count a very large number of artist studios whilst the boulevard and its adjacent streets are the ideal experimentation grounds for graffiti and general street art. Overall, the strongest form of modern urban design can be found east of the capital.
In northern of Paris there is also Montmartre, a historically symbolic district. Situated in the 18th district of the capital, it’s particularly appreciated by tourists for its charm and view over the capital. But do not trust appearances, and the 18th is hugely popular and authentically local through districts such as Pigalle, Barbès and Clignancourt. For a long time categorized as a “corner for artists of any kind”, this area had gained widespread respect by welcoming Parisian “bobos” and by going through overall gentrification. But very fortunately the street always kept its rights: shop windows, restaurants, gallery owners and establishments are part of street art.
Many street-artists have made of Montmartre their workshop. All of the different techniques, sizes, colors, styles, etc. are present.
By walking in Pigalle, you should make a stop at the Pigalle basketball court, sandwiched between some apartment buildings, where softballs and alley-hoops meet artistic expression. Led by its basketball-enthusiastic founder Stéphane Ashpool, French fashion brand Pigalle teamed up with Parisian creative agency Ill-studio and Nike to spice up the site with a fresh and funky aesthetic: a grid of grape-colored gradients, sunflower-stained strokes and dark-blue hues blanket the basketball court’s walls and floor, surrounding players in the saturated and smooth shades of a setting sun.