As well as being a street art capital, Shoreditch hosts a lot of advertising. It comes in many varieties, billboards, flyposters, spraypainted mural adverts, and more. Adbusting has been the street artists traditional response to adverts.
Street Art has always held an anti advertising stance close to its heart, we prefer art on the streets to adverts. This aversion to adverts can be seen in street artists placing art into adverts, replacing whole adverts, tearing down adverts or occasionally cutting or tearing into adverts to reveal layers of colour. One artist engaging in the later practice is French street artist Thom Thom who visited Shoreditch this week. The full story is contained in a blog post on our sister blog Graffoto
, here is a sequence of photographs showing Thom Thom’s intervention on one illegal billboard in Wheler Street:
14th November, underlying advert, note the railings
23rd November, first Thom Thom Intervention
24th November – second Thom Thom anti advert action
All photos: Dave Stuart
except Zimballatree where stated
We have been aware of a proliferation of street art in Penge for some time but didn’t get the chance to visit until this weekend just gone. This just happened to be the weekend of major Halloween festivities so a lot of the Halloween themed street art was being exhibited to the public for the first time.
Skeleton & Skeleton Cardboard
There is a full appreciation and some lovely photos on sister blog Graffoto, check out the full story now. The excursion from Shoreditch was well worth while.
Bat crazy by Irony
This One in two minds
Penge rooftop gallery website
all photos Dave Stuart