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Graffiti Photos hanging at the ICA, London

London Walls ICA Exhibition 10 Years Ago

10 years ago the Institute Of Contemporary Arts was besieged by connoisseurs of graffiti photography when a small group of dedicated amateur graffiti photographers (there was no other type) curated by Delete and comprising himself, Buddz, Lee 102, Howaboutno, Joeppo and myself (under the pseudonym Nolionsinengland) created an exhibition of graffiti photography.  It wasn’t really credible to review the exhibition at the time but 10 years on, possibly less encumbered by modesty, it is nice to look back on fond memories and to reminisce with the London Walls photo gang.

Flyer promoting the London Walls graffiti photography exhibition held at the ICA London in 2011

London Walls Flyer, 2011

“Credibility thieves, vicarious thrill seekers, they [6 photographers] follow the graffiti into grime darkened urban corners and locations of un-certain legality; aged limbs but ready cameras scratch deep below the surface of a culture created by a disparate community of egotistical but talented dare-devils, London’s graffiti writers.” (London Walls Zine, 2011)

The first photo cull session was held in the Masque on Old Street, each of us had turned up incredible photos of graffiti by TYPE (Rest In Paint) and after a shitload of horsetrading, the trio that made the cut are fitting reminders of TYPE’s powerful lettering.

“London walls was an amazing opportunity to exhibit some work, and put faces to many names” – Lee 102

5 graffiti photos by different graffiti photographers at the Institute Of Contemporary Arts London

London Walls photo collection

Exhibitions of graff photography just about never happened so the opening night was rammed, the queue went around the block, thanks perhaps to the uncompromising venue security for whom this lairy crowd wasn’t the usual ICA opening night set.  At one point Robbo yelled through the door “FAAACKIN sort it out Dave”, I pointed out to him that my wife was in the queue a way behind him and I couldn’t get her in either, “You’re in the shit mate” he astutely observed.

“The security wouldn’t let #TeamRobbo in as it was a full-house at the
ICA, I had to go around asking a few people to leave politely… Haha,
not sure that type of exhibition has been bettered since.” – Joeppo

People discussing graffiti photography at the London Walls Show, ICA 2011

London Walls photo collection

With the space heaving, a wonderful mingling of cultures took place.  Graff writers from all over town and from all crews mingled, bragged and applauded eachother. Robbo met Stik and this seemingly unlikely of pairings hit it off immensely.

“It felt like everyone in the London graff scene was there. A real pleasure to chat with Fenza and Shye, two of my favourite London writers. And Robbo, of course! – Delete

photos from the ICA London Walls show, 2011

London Walls photo collection

The positive reception show received from the graff community came as a surprise.  Graffiti writers take wonderful photographs which are now widely seen thanks to Instagram but in those days it was more limited to an audience of fans on Flickr or the few websites such as Hurt You Bad that followed the scene.  Their photos tend to convey the mastery of the can and the energy of the moment whereas the collection in this show took a broader, artier and more contextual view of the culture.

“This was the first graffiti related “thing” to happen at the ICA, which is an amazing location.  It felt like actually being an artist for the night.” – HowAboutNo

When you combine a large graff audience with free beer tagging of surfaces is inevitable, management were loudly un-impressed with the post party state of the premises.

Zine issued at the London Walls graffiti photography exhibition held at the ICA London in 2011

London Walls Zine, 2011

The opening of the show was accompanied by the launch of a zine “London Walls”, a compendium of more of the group’s photography which for those who were there is now probably the only tangible relic of that event.

“the ICA said it was the busiest opening night that anyone could ever remember, after about 8pm they had to do a one-in-one-out and the queue stretched right up The Mall.” – Delete

photos hanging at London Walls show at the ICA in 2011

London Walls photo collection

Here is a slideshow of all 30 photos displayed at London Walls, this is possibly the first time a comprehensive viewing has been made available online.

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 “All the writers were chuffed about it and thanked us for doing it, which was a relief because there was a bit of a worry that they would think we were using their work for our own glorification” – Delete

Thanks to the London Walls team for their cooperation then and now and many many moments before and since.  Particularly for their consent to display their photos.

Thanks to all the writers who allowed us to incorporate their art in our photos

Links:

Delete Flickr

Joeppo LDNGraffiti

Lee 102 Instagram

HowAboutNo instagram

Buddz instagram

Dave Stuart instagram


Banksy artwork on a street showing a workman painting yellow no parking lines has painted no parking lines in shape of a yellow flower on the side of a building

Banksy Virtual Tour 10th Feb

Here is a Banksy reminder and a plea!

Banksy – The London Chronicle is scheduled for Wednesday 10th February at 1900GMT.

This is an online virtual Banksy Tour hosted by Dave Stuart from Shoreditch Street Art Tours on Zoom.  Book here

Photo montage, larger image is a stencilled rat with a paw dripping red paint and graffiti which says “If Graffiti changed anything it would be illegal”, second image is a Banksy stencil of a horse riding highwayman rearing back on its hind legs

Banksy – The London Chronicle 10th Feb 2021

Guests cams will be disabled – no need to dress up!


Now here is the plea:  Please share this information with any frontline NHS staff you know who might like a free ticket to join this virtual presentation.  If they email Shoreditch Street Art Tours free tickets are available

“Game Changer” – Banksy, Photo: Banksy website


Coming next week is the first public broadcast of our Political Street Art webinar.  Book here

Photo montage, larger image is a two painted portraits of children with very colourful clothing, the faces were sprayed by street artist Zabou, the colourful striped clothing was made from fabric and wool by Mexican street artist Victoria Villasanna. The smaller image is a stencil by the street artist Bambi which has the image of Emma Stone joyfully dancing with Ryan Gosling in the film La La Land but their heads have been replaced by Theresa May and Donald Trump and the caption changed to Lie Lie Land

Child Free Labour by Zabou and Victoria Villasanna, 2016; Lie Lie Land by Bambi, 2017

“Bulk buy” two virtual street art tours, the Banksy one and the political street art one, for a 10% discount.  Email for info (tickets not available by Eventbrite)


“ An amazing insight into Street Art, Graffiti Culture and the works of Banksy. ” (Thanks to Leiola via Tripadvisor reviews)

From the archives – this is what  a Banksy Tour looked like in 2006!

Shoreditch Street Art Tours, 10 years, Graffoto, Cancer Sell, HowAboutNo, Stef, Hoodacious, Shellshock, Bravo99, London

Banksy Tour 2006 feat Banksy, future Shoreditch Street Art Tours Dave and future Graffoto team Shellshock, NoLionsInEngland & HowAboutNo. Photo from HowAboutNo

All photos (except where stated) Dave Stuart

 


Photo of back of the old Seven Stars pub showing huge white flowers painted by ThisOne on back of pub, along with wall panels painted by Get Busy, Agony, Attai and Tizer

Virtual Tour Triple Truffle

Approaching half term we are bringing a trio of street art nuggets to the world of Virtual street art pleasure.

“Just enjoyed a fantastic virtual street art tour with Dave. …. He did a wonderful job, and though we physically did not see the works in place, we were able to see many more, because of the format. …. Dave was extremely knowledgeable and had an engaging format. Highly recommend. “ Tripadvisor, Jan 2021

Shoreditch Street Art Virtual Tour

First up, Wednesday 3rd February we debut a new presentation highlighting current street art in Shoreditch, most of it created within the past month.  Think of it as something like the closest to what we’d look at if we did a real street art right now (hold that thought – ahhhhhhhh).  There has been some amazing art created in Shoreditch since we had to suspend real world tours at the beginning of December but Shoreditch Street Art Tours has been using its daily exercise period to record the latest art updates

Photo montage of street art created in Shoreditch in past 3 months featuring David Speed, Daeh, Pablo Fiasco, Get Busy, Tom Blackford and Attai

Shoreditch Street Art featuring David Speed, Daeh, Pablo Fiasco, Get Busy, Tom Blackford and Attai

Book the “Shoreditch Street Art Today (Feb 2021)” here


Banksy – The London Chronicle

Next up on Wednesday 10th February the ever popular Banksy – The London Chronicle is back again.  Looking at Banksy’s rise to fame through the prism of his London street art career, featuring nearly 100 Banksy artworks and 150 photos.

Book “Banksy – The London Chronicle” here

Photo montage, larger image is a stencilled rat with a paw dripping red paint and graffiti which says “If Graffiti changed anything it would be illegal”, second image is a Banksy stencil of a horse riding highwayman rearing back on its hind legs

Banksy – The London Chronicle


Political Street Art

Finally, yet another new presentation makes its debut, “Political Street Art”, a photographic review of political street art in London over the past 15 years.   I say “new” but the nucleus of “Political Street Art” has its origins as a segment included in some private virtual tours for schools and higher academic institutions.

Photo montage, larger image is a two painted portraits of children with very colourful clothing, the faces were sprayed by  street artist Zabou, the colourful striped clothing was made from fabric and wool by Mexican street artist Victoria Villasanna.  The smaller image is a stencil by the street artist Bambi which has the image of Emma Stone joyfully dancing with Ryan Gosling in the film La La Land but their heads have been replaced by Theresa May and Donald Trump and the caption changed to Lie Lie Land

Child Free Labour by Zabou and Victoria Villasanna, 2016; Lie Lie Land by Bambi, 2017

Book “Political Street Art” here


Go LARGE!

Discounted “combination” tickets for more than one presentation can be acquired by email info@shoreditchstreetarttours.co.uk direct.  Each individual “tour” costs £10; any 2 tours £18, all three tours £24.  Combination tickets will be issued manually, just tell us in an email which combination you would like and you will be sent a paypal invoice to pay by paypal or credit/debit card.


SUPPORT THE NHS – THANKS TO NHS HEROES

In gratitude for the huge effort our NHS heroes are putting in for our welfare and safety, a limited number of free tickets for each presentation are available to NHS staff on request by email.

Image by Banksy done in either charcoal or pencil of a boy in dungarees playing with a small doll which is a nurse in uniform rather than a caped superhero

Banksy Supports the NHS (canvas donated to Southampton General Hospital, June 2020), image courtesy Banksy.co.uk


Please remember the email address you signed up to this virtual tour with, use that to sign into Zoom. If you or anyone else using your device has previously signed into zoom and the “Remember User” box was checked it might be a good idea to sign out of Zoom first before clicking the Eventbrite “Join Now” button.

all photos: Dave Stuart


RIP tribute to MF DOOM graffiti in Shoreditch by Esau-Teric

MF Doom Tributes in Shoreditch

News of the sad passing of MF Doom emerged on New Years Eve inspiring many graffiti and street art tributes to the MC and rapper.

The featured image above is a characteristically complex piece by Esau-teric.

MF DOOM character in Shoreditch by Tizer

MF Doom Character by Trafik

 

MF DOOM character in Shoreditch by Tizer and 2Rise

MF DOOM RIP by Trafik feat Tizer and 2Rise

RIP tribute to MF DOOM graffiti in Shoreditch by Doomega

MF Doom RIP by Doomega

A collection of MF Tribute graffiti from around the world can be found on COMPLEX.COM including some nice trains painted in Amsterdam.

All photos were taken yesterday by Dave Stuart

Dave Stuart will appear as an Expert Judge on TV art show Next Big Thing coming on London Live in the Spring, details to follow.

 


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New Information On Banksy Robbo Feud

One of the biggest feuds in art-world history, street artist Banksy v graffiti writer Robbo is revealed to have rumbled on much longer than fans and art historians previously thought.

In December 2009 street artist Banksy created 4 illegal pieces of stencil art on the sides of a canal in Camden, London.  One of the pieces, the Banksy Wallpaperer revived an ancient feud between the street artist Banksy and the then retired but still famous London graffiti writer known as Robbo.

By re-imagining a very old relic of Robbo graffiti dating from 1985 into a stencilled worker applying that graffiti as wallpaper, Banksy appeared to be suggesting that graffiti piece was perhaps just forgettable mass produced background rubbish.

Robbo and Banksy then engaged in a prolonged  tit-for-tat exchange of insults by re-working those four art pieces in Camden, starting with Robbo turning the wallpaper into “King Robbo” on Christmas Day 2010 as first reported on Graffoto.

Street Art, review, 2010, Graffoto.co.uk, street art tours, tour guide

Banksy v Robbo, 25th December 2009, photo Dave Stuart

Many articles record that Banksy insulted Robbo at a party in the late 90s, Robbo assaulted Banksy and Banksy had nurtured the grudge ever since until his attack on the Robbo relic at the turn of the decade.

In a virtual presentation last week on Banksy’s London street art, street art tour guide and long term writer, photographer and Banksy fan Dave Stuart played a re-discovered and never before reported snippet of an exclusive interview with Robbo in which he says that Banksy had been attacking Robbo graffiti years before the Camden 2009 takeover.

In the interview, asked if he had been attacking Banksy art before 2009 Robbo laughingly replies

“………. before the King Robbo? No, he’s dogged [gone over] me before that has happened, I can show you a picture, it’s in one of his books. “

Banksy stencil of a Smiley Copper in Shoreditch over Robbo, amended

Smiley Copper, Banksy, Shoreditch photo Dave Stuart

The picture Robbo refers to is the Smiley Copper in Wall and Piece (2005).  Robbo then confirms that the feud started in the Dragon Bar in Shoreditch in the 90s before going on to say

“And after that happened, there was a full name throw up [graffiti] of mine, “Robbo” and he decided to put the grim reaper or the smiley face over the top of it and at the time, I thought if that’s the best he can do … “

Examination of the Smiley Copper indeed shows the capital R of a piece of graffiti Robbo says was his has been squarely hit by the Smiley Copper which unusually has a huge Banksy tag across the centre of the artwork, leaving the intended recipient of the message in now doubt as to who has gone over him.  In the world of graffiti there is no point in making a timid little mark over someone else, if you intend to insult someone you go big and bold.

Banksy stencil of a Smiley Copper in Shoreditch over Robbo, amended

Banksy Smiley Copper (amended), photo Dave Stuart

The Smiley Copper is believe to date from 2003 which indicates Banksy was picking the scab on that wound long before 2009 as previously thought.

Sadly Robbo had a terrible accident in 2011 which left him in a coma until his passing in 2014, rest in peace King Robbo.

The virtual online presentation “Banksy – The London Chronicle” is to be repeated this coming weekend at 10pm GMT on Saturday 9th January and 12 noon GMT on Sunday 10th January, times deliberately selected for convenience of Banksy fans in Latin America and North America and those in Asia and the Far East.

All photos: Dave Stuart

Dave Stuart will appear as an Expert Judge on TV art show Next Big Thing coming on London Live in the Spring, details to follow


Photo montage, larger image is a Banksy stencil of boy with a bucket of red paint writing “Take this – society” and a second image of a stencilled rat with a paw dripping red paint and graffiti which says “If Graffiti changed anything it would be illegal”

Banksy London Chronicle Repeats


EDIT:

To show support and express appreciation for their efforts and sacrifice, a number of free spaces on the virtual “Banksy – The London Chronicle” have been set aside for frontline NHS staff. Please email info@shoreditchstreetarttours.co.uk stating NHS affiliation and which of the two presentations you would prefer.


Just announcing in response to popular demand a couple of repeat presentations of Banksy – The London Chronicle.

“Great overview, and indeed some rarities and never seen before stencils; Thanks Dave for setting this up !”  – Matt on Urban Art Association

It was incredibly heartening that the first online photo presentation was so warmly appreciated and I received several requests for the opportunity to enjoy the presentation at times better suited to Banksy fans outside the European time zones.  So, at risk of incurring the wrath of my wife who has endured this presentation more times than she needs I have scheduled two further presentations for the 2nd weekend in January.

Spend about an hour and 15 with me exploring the development of Banksy’s art, the impact he has had on popular culture and the growth of his role as social commentator through his street art career in London.

Saturday 9th January 2021 10pm GMT
so that’s New York 5pm EST;  West Coast 2pm PST.  Book this one HERE 

Sunday 10th January 2021  12 noon GMT which is:
Mumbai 1730 IST; Singapore SST, Perth AWST 2000 Melbourne 2300 AEDT  Please book this one HERE

Folk close to the GMT time zone are of course more than welcome to join.


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Flash Virtual Street Art Tour

Saturday 26th Dec – Boxing Day as we call it

Treat the household for just a £10!

An hour of the stories, methods and style of some brilliant works of street art including stencils, paste ups, stickers, sculptures, tiles, mosaics, ceramics and murals.

Photos of some of the best examples of Shoreditch street art from the past 15 years, most of which no longer exist, some of which are less than 1 week old.

slide thumbnails, virtual street art tour

Flash Virtual Tour sneak preview

Just like a real street art tour with added time travel!

Book here

Download the INSA Gif Iti Viewer for an interactive augmented street art experience!

INSA’ Giffiti Augmented Reality Street Art

There will be a few Banksy artworks but the real “Banksy motherlode” will be on the “Banksy – The London Chronicle” virtual tour on Dec 30th, details of that here

Book a bespoke private virtual street art tour, details here


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Beat The Lockdown Blues: A Virtual Street Art Tour

So, now the Christmas frolics with the extended family and their bubbles is 1 day, not the 5 you expected, how can you beat the single household blues on the other 11 days of Christmas?

Do a Virtual Street Art Tour!  Cast your device onto the big screen so that the whole family can watch and enjoy a wonderful slide show highlighting Shoreditch’s street art down the years.

Make it private tour for your family or link up virtually with friends in other households Zoom party style.

“it was a really absorbing seminar enjoyed by all!”

Add fun with sporadic quiz questions (optional) from Dave** and your own pre-agreed forfeits and punishments.

All accompanying a virtual tour of some of the best street art down the years using lots of different techniques.

from a “Lockdown 2” Virtual Street Art Tour

 “Thank you for your fantastic talk [Virtual Street Art Tour] this morning – it was so informative “

Timing, duration, number or participants all totally flexible – email now to book your virtual street art tour party.  Even the content can be customised… ask how.

**due to non arrival of red fat suit and false beard, Dave will now NOT present the virtual tour dressed as Santa


Photo of Banksy Street Art promoting Banksy London Chronicles the ultimate virtual tour

The Ultimate Banksy Virtual Tour!

Banksy – THE LONDON CHRONICLES

A live online virtual tour

Two dates:

Wednesday 14th April 1900 GMT

Sunday 18th April 2200GMT – more convenient for fans on American continent

Photo of Banksy Street Art promoting Banksy London Chronicles the ultimate virtual tour

Parachute Rat – Banksy

Banksy is irrefutably the best known living contemporary artist but how did he ascend to this iconic status?  Explore the development of Banksy’s art, the impact he has had on popular culture and the growth of his role as social commentator through his street art career in London.

Street art expert and Banksy fan Dave Stuart will draw from his vast personal collection of Banksy street art photographs and experience of observing, documenting and commenting on Banksy’s art output to present a live virtual tour of Banksy’s career as a street artist in London.

Photo of Banksy Street Art promoting Banksy London Chronicles the ultimate virtual tour

Cutter rats – Banksy

Most of the street art pieces no longer exist except through tis kind of memory and documentation.

After the tour, each attendee will receive an email containing a large number of additional resources with follow up information on Banksy mainly relating to aspects of his London career and other Banksy matters I have written about.

  • Banksy’s rise to fame represented by his London street art career
  • A virtual tour
  • Close to 100 different Banksy street art pieces
  • About 200 photos
  • Approximately 1 hour 30

Spaces limited, book via Eventbrite here:

Wednesday 14th April 1900 GMT

Sunday 18th April 2200GMT

Photo of Banksy Street Art promoting Banksy London Chronicles the ultimate virtual tour

If Graffiti Changed Anything..Banksy

Each link can only be used on one device.

The virtual tour can be enjoyed in your browser on your mobile device, desktop or laptop

All attendees will be muted on admission and will remain muted throughout


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