Contrary to the belief of some, grunge design is not necessarily synonymous to dirty. In its essence, grunge art stands for realism. It attempts to specifically reflect the world we live in. The elements and textures included in the design are given a more genuine, sometimes rough, look so viewers don’t feel “transported into a surreal space” but rather closer to the natural environment.
Often, designers choose a grunge look or even a single grunge element in their designs to add a more distinct personality and individual note to the project. So whether you are creating grunge business cards, posters, or web pages, an easy way to do so is with grunge textures and design.
Below are some of the best examples of free grunge textures that ooze the personality and reality that you may need to create outstanding grunge designs.
This collection includes very rare grunge textures that are available in vivid colors to add the “oomph!” that you need for your web design, business cards, and more. The collection features various textures in different colors without loosing the reality that each texture implies.
This is another rare addition to grunge textures as it features a music sheet, faded and old, but still worthy of memory and cognizance.
Another grunge texture collection, this link offers image overlays. I love the subtle contrast used to emphasize balance and genuine artistry.
Classic designs set in an industrial setting create the perfect grunge texture like this one. The images are so realistic yet minimal.
Do you know that grunge can be nice when blurred? View this amazing collection and see for yourself.
Going back to the basics also requires going back to where the web really started—in paper. This particular set features six high resolution grunge paper textures which are so realistic, you can almost feel the creases.
Vintage is old school and old school is good. Good in what sense, you ask? It creates a feeling of nostalgia, and when we go vintage grunge, we actually celebrate the reality that once was.
This is another high-resolution collection of grunge textures that actually brings you closer to nature. The four elements of earth, wind, fire, and water are artistically depicted in this high res grunge collection.
9. Blood Splat
This collection provides a stark contrast to the tormented grunge designs as it features grunge textures treated with luminescent pearly and opalescent colors.
This one is a rusty dumpster that someone thought of scribbling unknown characters on without realizing that doing so would create one very appealing grunge texture.