On Christmas Eve the Shoreditch Street Art Tour had the pleasure of bumping into Yorgos photographing a charming new street art piece in his signature style painted the night before. Ever the friendly one, Yorgos delighted guests on the tour by posing alongside his new masterpiece.
Yorgos shows his characters on Christmas Eve 2023
Yorgos told us that he had painted the artwork the night before but hadn’t been able to get a decent photograph. He had returned to get his daytime photograph but confessed he was a bit worried that it might have been tagged or painted over before he got there. Lucky for all is was still in pristine condition.
Having seen out the old year with that beauty, Yorgos welcomed 2024 in with another banger. This was painted on a wall some might consider complex but Yorgos seems to have found its geometry a simple problem to solve. Cubism in a couple of squares!
Yorgos, New Year 2024
This wall was actually right at the spot where my very first street art tour convened in 2008 and it is I believe the first time that spot has been taken over for a full mural piece in this style.
Yorgos showed he fully understand the ephemeral nature of street art and it was just as well he got his photos on Christmas Eve, that piece was painted over this week.
Polo STS over Yorgos, Jan 2024
I am sure we will see more from Yorgos this year, can’t wait.
We have had several requests recently from guests who have done our public street art tour to be guided around the street art over on the Old Street side of Shoreditch High Street rather than the Brick Lane side.
Permissioned Graffiti colours from Eighties Conspiracy on Old Street
We have been running our private tours around the Old Street area for years, they are different to our public tours mainly because typically private guests such as office parties and school groups want a shorter tour.
Borissor Coldheart Care Bears by Tizer, Old Street 2020
Always eager to please, we are delighted to announce a public tour on Sunday 1st August which will start from Old Street Roundabout rather than Spitalfields Market. The only overlap with our “traditional” public tour will be the very last part where we look at Eine and Banksy.
Paste ups close to Old Street
Book quick by clicking HERE, spaces are likely to run out.
Mesa work in Progress and Urocki, Holywell Lane 2020
This may become an occasional thing so if you can’t make 1st August 2021 just drop us an email and we can let you know when we arrange future dates.
Feature image: Stik and others on site of former Foundry arts space
On the Shoreditch Street Art tour this afternoon our especially observant guest Ingrid spied a new Ben Wilson gum pic which I wasn’t aware off. Ben paints a lot of diverse subjects, many of which are drawn from the immediate vicinity of the piece of gum but none can be quite as close to home as this self portrait.
Ben Wilson Self Portrait
It is a wonderful likeness, as you can see from this photo of Ben which I took last Summer he delighted guests on a previous Shoreditch Street Art Tour.
Ben Wilson meets The Shoreditch Street Art Tour
This wasn’t the first time a tour guest found a gum pic I didn’t know about, in fact after I had described Ben’s work to top London “things to do” picker from About London Laura Porter on an early tour Laura suddenly found one, the first I had ever seen and it took a guest on the tour to find it!
Ben Wilson, 2013
Recently we spotted another recent gum pic painted a couple of weeks ago, I wonder if T.S are the initials of the gentleman immortalised in gum having an outdoor ciggie break.
Ben Wilson “I’ll Quit Tomorrow”
Another unusual thing about Ben, apart from painting found chewing gum on the streets, he has no web presence of his own, no social media so, sorry, no artist link here!