London has a designated Curfew Zone thanks to one of our best street artists Dr d.
Curfew Zone, Dr D
Sadly when discovered on a rush to catch the last tube the cold sleet that had been falling steadily had made the top corner of the paste up peel away but a passing kind young lady who didn’t run off with my phone when my back was turned helped with taking a photograph.
Dr D is lampooning police Stop and Search Powers using the format of the official warning signs which ring London’s Congestion Charging Zone.
Congestion Zone portal
For a full run down on the brilliance of Dr D’s subversive street art and examples of his previous gems, check Graffoto Blog.
all photos: NoLionsInEngland (with anonymous passerby help gratefully received where noted!)
Nothing quite beats the excitement of coming across unexpected new street art on the back streets of Shoreditch. On my bicycle this afternoon I was delighted to find what appears to be work by Mila K from Sheffield. Now, I have never seen Mila K’s art in Shoreditch before and only became familiar with this artist’s work on my first ever visit to Sheffield last Summer.
Dotmasters got back to basics hitting Shoreditch and other London areas hard with his Rude Kids stencils last week. I have been finding new examples nearly every day this week and today was no exception, we discovered this little beauty during the morning tour.
Dotmasters Rude Kids
On the Shoreditch Night Street Art Photography Tour tonight I went into a back yard which I had been in only earlier in the day and found a painting so new in fact the emulsion was still wet. This macabre portraiture is by Corpse, Corpse’s work was first seen in Shoreditch last year and it bore quite a resemblance to Antony Lister’s clown faced super heroes but this looks much more menacing.
A number of paired paste ups found during the morning tour was an early warning that Corpse is walking the streets of Shoreditch again.
Corpse paste ups
Multi layer stencillist is exploring political similarities with this juxtaposition of Obama and Kim Jung-On which must be evident to himself if no one else.
Obama and Kim Jung On by Endless
This LIchtenstein-esque superhero is tagged Solo, the image itself has been seen on the streets previously by other artists.
New York based street artist Dan Witz has recently visited London to create a politically charged emotive street art campaign. Dan WItz started painting delicate realistic hummingbird on the streets in the 1970s and is now known for eerie street art featuring despairing oppressed humans incarcerated behind doors and gratings.
Danger of Death
Empty The Cages is a new PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) campaign for which vegan Dan Witz aims to raise awareness of the cruelty inflicted on animals in the quest for more efficient and cheaper meat production to feed the worst parasite this planet has ever witnessed – mankind.
These pieces have been placed mainly in the Kings Cross and Clerkenwell areas of London. The pieces stand out for their accomplished finish, their coherent message and the daringness of their placement.
A full description of the merits and meanings of this street art campaign can be found on our sister blog Graffoto
Yesterday afternoon the Shoreditch Street Art Tour found plenty of evidence that the Street art provocateur Sell Out had been out conjuring up new butterfly installations. The centrepiece of his latest installation isn’t actually a butterfly, it’s a multi coloured manically slobbering canine who is doggedly (boom boom) careering around on a scooter trailing a slipstream of butterflies in its wake.
This isn’t the first time that the presence of this motorbike has inspired creative clandestine sculpture making:
The tour also found that further up Brick Lane Sell Out had been active creating a beer swilling fixie riding skinny trousers wearing Shoreditch hipster out of a notice board on a wall.
Brick Lane – great place for a drink
Hats off to an artist who works without permission in daylight, accepts members of public will collect souvenirs from his art and who yesterday happily signed butterflies for some of the younger members of the tour group!
Shoreditch Street Art Tours is passionate about revealing to our guests to the best work of street artists and graffiti writers, from stylish tags to superbly detailed figurative painting, via humourus stencils and intricate sculptures.
We know our work is bearing fruit when guests make comments such as “I can’t stop looking at walls hoping to find little bits of street art” and “Every time I look at a lamppost I expect to see stickers”. When our guests find items of street art that even we haven’t seen before then we know they truly have got their “eye” in. On today’s tour, after seeing a “Be My Valentine” piggy and a “Star” piggy one of our guests very excited pointed through a gate into a property – there was the most fantastic parachute piggy. Well done Liz!
A search through Love Piepenbrinck’s Flickr collection and Facebook photos and her favourites doesn’t turn up any evidence of photographs so far so we wait with baited breath to find out what Love Piepenbrinck calls it. “Special Forces Piggy”?
Sometimes you write an email or a social media thing and these little alarm bells go off in your mind saying “don’t write that…don’t write that” but you proceed anyway. A spectacular collection of new street art mobiles by Saki and Bitches led to us agonising over what to call this blog post, knowing that innocent accurate descriptions were doomed to look….wrong!
Saki and Bitches street art
A set of Saki’s voluptuous erotic bitches were hanging from windows with an inviting piece of rope hanging down begging to be pulled. Upon pulling, Saki’s bitches obligingly raised their legs and spread their knees.
Saki and Bitches street art
See, I knew this post could not be written without even the most factual description sounding a just a bit naughty. Still, the tour members that found it seemed to enjoy the spectacle. Naughty Saki.
Saki and Bitches street art
Other marginally less eroticised work by Saki is a regular feature on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour, see previous post HERE
Of all the street artists active on the streets of London, Saki and Bitches is one of our most surprising, her slight frame belies the large and high up pieces she installs on the street while her innocent smile masks her interest in vintage Japanese erotica.
The barred windows and doors of a former squat on Sclater Street evoked the idea of a cage in Saki’s mind, a cage is a thing you would find in a zoo and these cages now are the unofficial Shoreditch Life Zoo. Saki is the zookeeper, the cages now house a trio of lively, colourful, energetic and predatory Shoreditch beasts, the kind you may see prowling through the clubs and bars of a Shoreditch evening. Saki probably shouldn’t be regarded as just a street artist as her work is much more varied, like the very best street art though this installation starts from seeing what kind of canvas the street provides then creating something to suit that location.
She previously used this same idea of the cages to display a trio of Yoji girls, the most expensive of the high class Japanese prostitutes who during the daytime relax in gilded cages while their ultra wealthy patrons come in to inspect the fayre.
Skai and Bitches, Yoji display
In the middle of last week, another long standing and very high piece of Saki street art, Jenny the bicycle girl (ok – we all mentally picture the Queen “Fat Bottomed Girls” song) disappeared but on Saturday night a new sexy apparition appeared on the Shoreditch skyline, She’s a fast worker Saki!