For reasons no one seems to fully understand, Melbourne has become the world capital of street painting with stencils. More people search for Melbourne street art online than that of any other city, including New York and London. Officially, Melbourne recognizes street art and distinguishes it from graffiti. However, this stance still leaves a lot of excellent Melbourne street art to be considered illegal. To get a sense of the nature of Melbourne street art, here are some stencils and graffiti work‚ as well as a great selection of tags.