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Meeting Of Styles 2018

At the end of May there is a Bank Holiday in the UK and a couple of weekends ago this provided a marvellous opportunity for a huge array of spraypainting talent to gather in Shoreditch for a frenzy of graffiti and art at the Meeting Of Styles Festival.  Since that date a load of the artists who participated in the meeting Of Styles have been mentioned on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour.

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Dan Kitchener Meeting Of Styles UK 2018

Meeting Of Styles is an international series of festivals which takes place in multiple locations around the world each year, this year 11 events are scheduled spread across the far east, South Africa and 6 cities in Europe.  Since 2014 the London edition of MoS has found a home in the extraordinary Nomadic Community Gardens in Shoreditch.

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Nomadic Community Gardens

Here are a few of the highlights of this amazing festival of art and music.

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Nomad Clan Meeting Of Styles UK 2018

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Xenz Meeting Of Styles UK 2018

On the Graffoto blog we have done a longer set of highlights which includes some of the history of the London meeting of Styles festival and a look at the development of the Nomadic Community gardens which has become a thriving vital community space in Shoreditch.

Graffoto Blog Post

All photos: Dave Stuart

 

I Don’t Like Cricket – I LUVITAAAAAAH

It is not often that cricket and street art meet but that did happen today in the home of street art, Brick Lane, Shoreditch when a small but perfectly formed group from the Shoreditch Street Art Tour came across the Cricket World Cup being displayed on Brick Lane.

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ICC Cricket World Cup meets Shoreditch Street Art Tours Group

The gentleman holding the trophy on behalf of the ICC confirmed that he was English (albeit not a cricketer), let’s hope this is not the only pair of English hands to be placed on that trophy next year.

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Mine!

The other street art connection is that a huge mural welcoming the World Cup to the home of cricket appeared on Brick Lane last night painted by the professional spraycan artists Graffiti Life – good job guys!

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It’s Britain; all welcome (photo Chris Howell)

 

Photos: Chris Howell (featured image and where noted above) and Dave Stuart (using Chris Howell’s camera cos he forgot his own phone this morning!)

Louis Masai Exhibition “Missing”

London street artist Louis Masai has a superb exhibition at the Crypt Gallery, St Pancras Church, Euston Road open until Sunday.   By the time sufficient superlatives have been polished and photos that do it justice have been tweaked, the show will be over – it has a very short run until this Sunday.   Therefore the message at this moment is brief: get along to Louis’s show this weekend!

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Missing – Louis Masai

Louis Masai, street artist, environmental art, Environmental awareness, exhibition, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras church, Save The Bees, extinction

Missing – Louis Masai

This is by some distance the best staged, solid and most thought provoking show in London from an urban artist for quite some time.

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Pangolin Trafficking – Louis Masai

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ShellP Louis Masai

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Louis’ environmental concerns have featured on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour in the past and have always been hugely impressive, this show could be the best thing you see this bank holiday weekend.

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Save The Bees – Masai (Shoreditch, 2014)

Missing – A Solo Show by Louis Masai

The Crypt gallery

St Pancras Church

Euston Rd

London NW1 2BA

Open Friday, 25th May – Sunday 27th May 2018

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Summer Is Here – Oops Maybe Not

Sitting at my keyboard, fresh in from a perma-drizzle that looks set for the day it is a little difficult to remember that London has had two” Summers” already this year.  Twice, barely a fortnight apart, we enjoyed temperatures over 25 degrees and boy did the street artists love that!  Lots of new street art has been appearing daily so here is a little update of some of the fresh street art that has caught our eye over the past fortnight.   At the top of the page, Shok-1 produced another of his superb X-Ray images.

Ben Wilson aka Chewing Gum Man has been particularly prolific just recently in Shoreditch and he delighted me with the story behind the two characters featured in a new chewing gum pic outside the Bricklayers Arms.  Two deliverymen, Lee and Bryan were hefting barrels up from the pub cellar, Ben had a chat with them and concluded, as recorded on the chewing gum, that Lee and Bryan should be paid more!

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Lee and Bryan, Draymen, by Ben Wilson

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Ben Wilson explains …

Not far away from that spot is another one of those chewing gum pics where Ben paints the view, no prizes for recognising Rivington Street:

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Rivington St Chewing Gum Art by Ben Wilson

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Rivington Street

Last week Jean Peut Etre caused much excitement when he was spied by a tour group collaging his pasted images and letterpress prints in several Shoreditch locations seeming always just a few moments ahead of the group.

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Jean Peut Etre Collage

One of the greatest pleasures a fan of street art can enjoy is to discover an unexpected piece by a favourite artist and this came to pass the other day.  Wandering around Shoreditch on a so-called day off, armed with a proper camera photographing loads of great street art the other day I spotted a fantastic new Jonesy I had not noticed before, an absolutely stunning cast bronze piece.  The casting shows what appears to be a vulture nestling in a roundel of blasted twigs, themselves surreally mounted on the leg of a bird.

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Jonesy

A subsequent peek on Jonesy’s facebook account revealed that this had actually been in situ since last September, a full 7 months ago.  Just goes to show that even when your eye is constantly scanning high and low for new visual disruptions it is always possible to overlook the beauty hiding in plain sight on the streets.  This next bronze casting, believed to be more recent was something I was specifically hunting for.

Jonesy

Howl Owl is a regular visitor to these shores and the cute little owls are packed with personality and get up to all kinds of mischief.   A veritable parliament of owls came to roost in Shoreditch this week and this particular group set up a sub committee with a clowder of Keef’s cats on a stinky sewage pipe, looking like they contemplating setting off in a pea green boat.

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Howl Owl and Keef collaboration

We mustn’t forget that some street art is done with permission, the weekend before last JXC painted this quality image of Judge Dredd taking out Mickey!

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Mickey Mouse justice Judge Dredd style

Finally, it was lovely to receive a link to an article on the Travel Mag online where they select their 7 favourite walking tours in London and kindly featured Shoreditch Street Art Tours, we are honoured and thank them, check out the best in London here.

LINKS

Shok-1 Instagram

Jean Peut-Etre Instagram

Jonesy Facebook

Howl Owl Instagram

Sad Keef Instagram

JXC Instagram

all photos: Dave Stuart

 

 

 

10 Years On

10 years ago today (April 27th 2008) a tiny acorn was sown, I led my first street art tour.  The story begins with ace photographer and ninja street art documenter Sam HowAboutNo, he and I endured the 9-5 tyranny in office treadmills a few hundred yards apart on the border of Shoreditch and our therapy for many years was to hook up almost every day for extended lunch break meanders photographing street art, drinking and playing pool.

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C215, HowAboutNo, NoLionsInEngland, Brick Lane one lunchtime 2012

Friends of HowAboutNo had organised an auction of art by street artists to raise funds for a cancer hospice but as neither of us were artists we couldn’t make a contribution on canvas but we had an idea – guide people on a street art tour, share our geeky knowledge of the art and collect donations for the charity.  Thus the first “Cancer Sells” street art tour was held on Sunday 27th April 2008 followed by three more over the next couple of months.

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^2008. NOT THIS YEAR!!

MJar, an artist who subsequently become a friend and indeed a significant influence came up with a wonderful graphic and the tours were promoted through Hookedblog and a few posts on a forum.  The potential was visible there and then, some people even came from abroad specifically building short breaks around the fact that something called a street art tour was available.

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Start of Tour L-R Friend (still has seat next to me at Loftus Rd), NoLionsInEngland & HowAboutNo; photo credit Gaby Higgs

The first tour lasted all told about 7 hours and we put people through hell, quite a bit of coffee and fairly significant amounts of alcohol. In between the multiple refreshment breaks we did get to see a lot of street art, as captured in a rambling semi-coherent Graffoto blog post.

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Sweet Toof, Burning Candy, HowAboutNo, Cancer Sell Tour 27 April 2008

As an aside, those of you who have seen Banksy’s street art documentary Exit Through The Gift Shop, the piece just visible in the right hand end of the above photo is the piece that Sweet Toof and Cyclops are seen getting busted painting by the feds in the opening minutes.

One of the guests on the first tour was graffiti photographer Bravo99 who became a great friend but with whom we sadly lost touch just a few years ago.  Bravo99 pointed out to me that I was missing out lots of tags and saying nothing about the culture of graffiti, he really opened my eye on that tour to the importance and beauty of graffiti, as opposed to straight street art which hitherto had been my interest.

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HowAboutNo, Bravo99 in front of graff by DON, West London 2012

The idea for those tours was inspired by the Banksy Tours led by Martin “Shellshock” Bull, a vastly more dedicated Banksy fan than I, in 2006, which was where my friendship with both Martin and Sam HowAboutNo began.  There may have been other earlier street art tours, I am not aware of them.

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Banksy Tour 2006 feat Banksy, Space Invader and the future Graffoto team Shellshock, NoLionsInEngland & HowAboutNo. Photo from HowAboutNo

Shellshock, aided and abetted by artist and designer Stef wrote the legendary Banksy Locations and Tours guides (Vol 1 & Vol 2 – Shoreditch Street Art Tours discount code SSATOUR) ; Stef became a great friend and indeed his design and programming genius generated the infrastructure on which Shoreditch Street Art Tours has been operating successfully for the past 5 years.

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NoLionsInEngland (Dave), HowAboutNo, Stef, Martin Shellshock, Bravo99 2011

With thanks to all those mentioned here for their help and for others whose friendship, guidance and expertise have been invaluable, I never imagined that those first steps on April 27th 2008 would lead to where Shoreditch Street Art Tours is today!

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April 2018, feat Eine (detail) photo: Tal Ophir

All photos Dave Stuart except where credited

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New Origami Street Art In Shoreditch By Airborne Mark

Street Artist, rapper and origami guru Airborne Mark returned to Brick Lane a couple of weeks ago to paint a new origami mask inspired mural, which was a pleasant surprise for the Shoreditch Street Art Tours group who stumbled across the artist at work.

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Work In Progress April 2018

Airborne Mark was using a folder paper origami model as the reference for the painting and we have often seen Airborne Mark using his own origami models.  Airborne Mark, who is always very pleasant and happy to have a little chat with the tour, told us that this wasn’t his piece of origami, it was sent to him from Sweden by master origami mask maker Flynn Jackson,.

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Maquette – Flynn jackson

You can see what a stunning realistic painted interpretation of the actual model airborne Mark produced.

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Airborne Mark vs Flynn Jackson

Airborne Mark has produced a really cool video of both receiving the model through the post and the work in progress painting at the wall.  Blink and you’ll miss it but there is even a subliminal glimpse at about 5.05 of our tour group admiring Airborne Mark at work.

Here is a little selection of other occasions we have seen Airborne Mark painting from his own origami masks as well as a few shots of other Airborne Mark masterpieces put up over the years.

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Airborne Mark (crouching in shot), Massai, Dan Kitchener, Jimmy C 2012

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Airborne Mark Origami Riots 2014

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Van Painting – Meeting Of Styles 2015

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Work In Progress March 2017

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Greek Mask work in progress 2017

A tiny smidge of background: Airborne Mark moved to the UK in 2005 and had a graffiti pedigree, he used to write the name Pilot before switching to the still aviation related street art moniker Airborne Mark, here are a couple of his older graffiti pieces in Hackney Wick and Leake street, both from early 2009.

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The Pilot, Leake Street 2009

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The Pilot, Hackney Wick 2009

Links:

Airborne Mark: website

all photos: Dave Stuart

video courtesy Airborne Mark

Shoreditch – More Than Street Art Apparently

Shoreditch is our stomping ground and street art is our passion but it is good to be reminded that when you have finished your street art tour there are so many other things to see and do in Shoreditch.  Our recent guest Lizzie has written a wonderful blog post “So You Think You Know London? – Brick Lane” which reveals Shoreditch in its broader context for visitors.

Photo by Lizzie on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour

Have a read of Lizzie’s words for some great suggestions for post tour possibilities.

I know the feature photo at the top of the page looks like a photo of a car but it is actually a snap I snatched during the actual tour Lizzie was on last weekend.

 

Half Term – No Half Measures

Spring half term holiday has just finished in the UK and Shoreditch Street Art tours was busy.  On Monday as a group admired the work in the car park behind the old Seven Stars Pub a car screeched into the yard and, like some kind of artist tardis, a dark door opened and out came a street artist and a load of working materials, Fanakapan spent the week progressing a massive dual aspect mural outside Magna on Brick Lane.

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On Saturday, our tour guest Alicia managed to get a wonderful souvenir, a Fan tag on her shoulder bag.

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Fan of Fanakapan!

Among other artists busy creating new artworks that we had the pleasure of encountering were Mr Cenz and ThisOne.

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Artist in The Crowd – Mr Cenz

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Mr Cenz work in progress

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ThisOne – freshly finished and signed

Several pieces of Free Art were found, firstly this lovely framed art drop by Sean Worral was discovered in a wall in Shoreditch.

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#365ArtDrop 18, Free Art from Sean Worrall 16/365

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#365ArtDrop 18 found!

Then at the end of the week, two Free Art Friday art pieces by Ninja Grl were discovered at basically the same location.

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Free Art Friday – Ninja Grl

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Free Art Friday – Ninja Grl

At the start of the week Adrian Boswell, the Broccoli Man, put up a new four piece broccoli rainbow installation.  As the week started chilly and as the broccoli aged, the florets started to wilt and open.  Then some strange interventions took place as the broccoli moved around like some strange game of chess was underway before being chopped into smaller pieces.

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Maturing Broccoli – Adrian Boswell

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Broccoli Man Adrian Boswell

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Adrian Boswell’s Broccoli

More about the broccoli street art on this recent blog post.

Life Is Beautiful’s Dark Wings photo opportunity, covered earlier in the week HERE, gradually decayed over the week as more and more tags accumulated but guests persevered, making the best of the opportunity to photograph some nice interactions with the work.

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Then on Sunday morning, boom! Still smelling of fresh paint we found that the dark wings had been restored, as Life Is Beautiful noted they had nine lives.

Dark Wings, Nine Lives

Half term flew past with lots of fun and a load of great street art in Shoreditch as usual, thanks to all the guests and all the artists who make it such a wonderful week.

Links:

Fanakapan: Instagram

Mr Cenz: Website

ThisOne: Instagram

Sean Worrall: Website

Ninja Grl: Website

Adrian Boswell: Website

Life Is Beautiful: Instagram

All photos: Dave Stuart