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The Alternative Art Gallery: 4 Sites With Unusual Artistic Inspiration

Sure Rembrandt and van Gogh were two of the greatest artist who ever lived, but sometimes looking at the art outside the galleries is where we find what really speaks to us.


This is a blog about literary tattoos. It’s actually more profound than it sounds. Stories are key to our understanding of the world and language is our reality. These words were read somewhere and had such an impact that someone felt the need to permanently attach them to their bodies. What we experience outside of ourselves builds our identity. Literature is no exception.

Montreal Graffiti

Graffiti is the illegal outcast of the art world. Like most outcasts in society, it has the potential to show us what’s really going on. It’s unrestricted in anonymity and so expression is not tied down to art rules. This blog highlights Montreal’s graffiti and documents the experiences of artists. Graffiti is so fleeting that documenting the art is important. But the fact that it is fleeting always opens up the space for new artistic and social discourse. That's the real beauty of it.

Skate and Snowboard Art

This is just a Pinterest gallery but what’s good about it is the variety of artwork. Here is where you see art attached to activity. Skateboarding and Snowboarding are sports where you are actually using a canvas during the action. It’s the perfect way to share a creative piece of yourself while you play.

Bizarre Albums

Before digital downloads, the album artwork for musicians was not only important for sales but it was culturally important to the music fan. The art was a marker of uniqueness and a distinction from other artists and genres. This blog is a hilarious look at awkward album covers that someone was likely proud of at some point. If you want to find inspiration for funny photo shoots, look no further than bizarre records. Also, if you’re an indie artist looking for ironic eye catching material this blog might help.