Friday, 30 May 2014

Street Art in Shoreditch (including a guided tour)

I love street art. For those who follow me on Instagram (and there's a few posts on this blog) have probably noticed a lot of posts are of street art. It's amazing what street artists can do once given a big piece of a blank building wall, a shop shutter or a fence with no purpose. I just love the freedom used in their art even though it is illegal, but anyhow it shows that the artists knows what's going on in the world, and if they don't like it they express it with their art, and not with politics and boring words. Or it might be just a personal thing and they just like to show off their lovely artistic skills.

I just love street art. Full stop. ^_^

On one Sunday afternoon MummyGeek wanted to explore areas of London that she's never been to so I took her towards Shoreditch and then into the Hackney area. As we returned back towards Shoreditch we couldn't find the bus stop we wanted so I took some pictures along the way towards the bus stop...
Millo

Just a sign






Made in the Shade

I love this version of Mona Lisa




Don


Millo and other artists


I think Shoreditch is just the coolest area to find street art. I so love it so much that I decided to go on a guided tour with Shoreditch Street Art Tours. It was the only way to get a better understanding of the street artists in London and why they come to this specific area in London to show off.


First off we met at Brushfield Street where there's a goat statue. The tour is £15 and you pay on the day.

We were first introduced to the stickers of street artists. I didn't know there were so many! And I have seen some before around London and never really knew what they were there for. Interesting. 
Street Artist's Stickers

Street Artist's Stickers
Next it was time to see a bit of street art heading towards Brick Lane.
Clet Abraham

Clet Abraham

In Fashion Street

Conor Harrington


Donk

Donk

SYD

TWAT




SYD

Sell Out
In a side street / car park we got to see two street artists hard at work. We were told not to take pictures of their faces which is understandable as a "3D origamist-Home Artist" I like to remain anonymous as much as possible (one day I will reveal myself - or maybe not). 
Street artist at work

Another street artist at work

My Dog Sighs ... (the music sheet is upside down!)



Borondo

Squirl Art
Street art is so popular in Brick Lane and I really wonder if housing is going to be more expensive in this area one day. Compared to the actual city part we see on the outside it really is different from the inside as we got to see more. By the way I don't like graffiti artists. They ruin a lot of the street art with their signatures which doesn't help us see the picture...
Stik and Otto Schade side by side ... very popular two pieces and have survived Brick Lane for a long time!!


Off Brick Lane ... Roa, C3 and other artists

Endless

This doll looks scary!


Invader and other artists 

Borondo

Snikarts

A Banksy is ahead



D*Face and Credit Crunch

A damaged Banksy piece




Borondo

Unknown street artist

A damaged Conor Harrington piece

My Dog Sighs



Gomez - Italian artist

Various artists


Gomez

Gomez

Robot - unknown artist

A funny sticker

Sell Out 

I took a butterfly for keeps sake



Roa

Various Artists

Love Piepenbrinck

In another car park - various artists

Borondo ... very intimate this piece




Roa


Stik

Is this street art or someone did a prank?
As we near the end (there were 7 of us left) we finally got to see a couple of Banky's works. He may be famous but seeing other street artist's works it has changed my opinion on him (a bit). I love these people's works and sometimes it is a shame that they get blanked or painted over to show more. In this world you have to be quite tough and realise that street art will never stay the same.
Gregos



Banksy piece

Banksy and Stylo

Banksy

Ozmo

Tant
After the tour, I went out looking for more. I went to the area that MummyGeek and I stumbled across and found an alley (that no one seemed to care about). It was quite fun spotting some of the street artist's works there who were talked about in the tour... ^_^
Gregos


Don

Invader

Invader


Stik


Ghost Writers

616

Ciro Schu

Pure Evil

Various Street Art







Bortusk Leer


My Dog Sighs



616


Mr Farenheit - U R So Porno Baby



Invader



Rots Rulebeck






Borondo - name got painted over





Ciro Schu


Jana and JS

Jana and JS


Jana and JS & Mr Farenheit





Otto Schade



I think I will have to make another trip again and explore other parts of Shoreditch with more street art! I'm sure there will be new ones by the time I go back!!

Sometimes, it's great to be a Londoner (minus the politics).

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