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I Had A Dream

Street Art is something we are so passionate about and on the tour and in this blog we celebrate its diverse forms, its infinite sources of inspiration and the myriad messages, effects and displays of beauty that grace our walls.  We never underestimate how lucky we are to share this love with so many enthusiastic guests of the tour and it is always hugely appreciated when guests share how much they enjoyed their tour with Shoreditch Street Art Tours.

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photographing Clet Abraham

Today, courtesy of Walkingwomble (The Wombles were characters from a children’s animation on the BBC when I was a kid back in the 70s, they lived on Wimbledon Common and cleaned up rubbish) we have reached a major milestone with our 1500th review on Tripadvisor.    96.8% of the reviews are 5 star, the highest level in the top ten of the “Tours In London” category.  We feel honoured and immensely proud that so many of our guests have taken the time to provide such wonderful feedback on our tours.  We never imagined this when we started Shoreditch Strete Art Tours – it was a dream!

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Faith 47 at night

To celebrate this milestone an d to say a big thank you to all of our fantastic guests and to all of the street artists who use the walls in Shoreditch as their gallery, here is a little selection of street art photographed in the past month or so as we pass this amazing milestone mixed in with some shots of guests on tour.

This compelling snog between Catwoman and Batman appeared last week and a famous mouse provides matching rays of sunshine courtesy of Neon Savage.

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Catwoman and Batman, artist unknown with Neon Savage

Uberfubs has been placing these amazing sequinned pieces art for several years now, many expressing political sentiments.

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Uberfubs

Dr Cream photographs his street art to produce animations and guests photographing street art on the Street Art Photography Workshop get to do it in style

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Capturing Dr Cream

Our street art tours sometimes provide opportunities for glimpsing street art in the moment of creation, occasionally to meet street artists but always thereis the possibility of taking great photographs.

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Reflecting on Roa

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Thatcham Photography Club & JimmyC

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Seasonal trash sculpture installation by Sell Out (featured), Femme Maison

Finally, after several weeks of tours in typical December weather for London, lets remind ourselves that the sun does indeed shine on the tour sometimes, this lovely photo is by tour guest Suzanne Muhaffie:

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Sure – photograph by Suzanne Muhaffie

Thanks again to so many of you for your kind and generous feedback and for uploading photographs of the great street art the artists create in London.

Season’s greetings and happy holidays to all.

 

Links:

AJ Lavilla (featured photo sticker) Instagram

Clet Abraham Facebook

Faith 47 Website

Neon Savage Instagram

Uberfubs Instagram

Dr Cream Instagram , Youtube

Roa Facebook

JimmyC Website

Sell Out Instagram

Sam Sure Instagram

All photographs Dave Stuart except Suzanne Muhaffie where noted

 

Small Faces In Great Places

A couple of months ago on another blog we wrote about the nation’s 17th favourite piece of art, Stik’s couple on Princelet Street.  Never static, there have been some developments, evolutions and surprises.

The first bit of news is that unsurprisingly (as Stik had told us when we interviewed him) the couple was restored to its pristine original condition when Stik painted over the elephant a couple of weeks ago.

Study that photo taken 2 weeks ago closely, on the right there is one small pottery face where several months ago there were two.   The niqab wearing female next to Stik’s couple got lucky last Friday night and now has found a new partner!

 

The cautious and often well advised anonymity of street artists sometimes leads to prolonged searches for an artist’s identity and not always one that ends in success, as indeed was the case for me regarding the identity of the face maker.  Last week when hunting for the source of a sticker we stumbled across the identity of the artist who makes the small faces, j.ace.  Well done j.ace, we love your faces but putting up signed artworks three days after we found your identity – that’s very mischievous humour!

That sticker

 

More faces by j.ace

Link: j.ace instagram

all photos: Dave Stuart

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Space Invader Strikes Back!

In our regular street art updates we have talked a couple of times about disappeared ancient Space Invaders reappearing, the so called “Reactivation”.   We were very lucky to secure the first ever interview with the UK Reactivation Team, check my other blog to see how and why these passionate extra terrestrial art restorers are doing what they do.

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LDN_058 Reactivated

Bonus news – back in 2012 I was fortunate to be in a select audience for a one evening only private showing in a London hotel of a 24 minute documentary made by Space Invader.  It was an exciting little movie about his attempt to send one of his Invaders into space and film the result.  This week Invader has finally released the documentary to the public and it is very interesting.

Photos: Dave Stuart

Video: Space Invader

From Shoreditch To Mexico

Over the years walls in Shoreditch have been made to look a little more arty thanks to Mexican street artists.   Some visit, some like Pablo Delgado were long term residents.

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Pablo Delgado, 2011

Pablo’s trademark street art were tiny figures pasted at the bottom of walls with accompanying shadows painted onto the pavement, you really had to keep your eyes peeled to spot these.

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Pablo Delgado, 2013

His characters looked like they lurked secretively in a Borrowers sized world on the fringes of our civilisation of giants.

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Pablo Delgado, 2011

Pablo followed many themes in his characters including pimps and prossies and often arrangements were quite surreal.

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Pablo Delgado, 2013

Another Mexican artist who visited these walls in October 2015 and who’s enduring work still delights the tour is Mazatl.

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Mazatl

Mazatl was accompanied by three other artists from Mexico, Said Dokings, Acuro and Fusca who we see in this piece painting in collaboration with Mazatl.

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Fusca/Mazatl collaboration

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Said Dokins

The flow has been reversed in a curious way by journalist Marcela Gutiérrez Bobadilla who experienced the Shoreditch Street Art Tour a couple of weeks ago. Marcela has written a lovely  article in the Mexican publication Notamex, which can be found here: http://www.cronica.com.mx/notas/2016/992898.html.

 

Marcela also created this very interesting short video clip:

 

Our public tours are conducted in English but if you would like a street art tour in Spanish, drop us a line as we can help you with a private tour (email info@shoreditchstreetarttours.co.uk)

All photos: Dave Stuart

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Bank Holiday Street Art

Some may quibble about this but…..wasn’t the cloud cover lovely on Bank Holiday Monday?  Since finishing a tour in snow last Thursday, tours have been run in sunshine and sunshine, frankly, casts a shadow on street art photography, much rather a bright day with a bit of cloud cover.

Temperatures rising (we are forecast to hit 20 by the end of the week) and no rain also help.  Not that that really mattered in the case of this find of a lovely clutch of Jonesy paintings, as they were under cover.

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Jonesy – Fossil Fuel Genocide

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Jonesy – methane, it’s a pain

We also came across a lovely work-in-progress by Skeleton Cardboard.  Although normally one would be inclined to pass by a set piece “mural on a board for an audience” style  of painting, we love Skeleton Cardboard’s expressionism and bizarre twisted thoughts so paused to dwell on this latest masterpiece.

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Skeleton Cardboard, Box Park

Being a bank holiday for some reason the Seven Stars Car Park was pretty much devoid of cars which meant better views of 616’s multi-layered buttress bombing.

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616, feat Vibes RT

And clear shots of this, featuring Artista, artist unknown, Airborne Mark, Voyder/fanakapan collaboration and Vibes

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Free Art by Sean Worrall #43 Project

Artist and gallerist Sean Worrall devoted a huge amount of energy in 2015 to a project he called #365ArtDrops, leaving painted art on found materials on the streets for people to find, keep and treasure. Quite a number of guests over the year had the good fortune to finish the tour clutching a chance find piece of Sean’s art. Today we had an echo of that joy.

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#43 No 1/43 by Sean Worrall

Sean has a new project #43. Sean’s information page says: “#43 will be a new piece from Sean Worrall consisting of 43 parts and revealed somewhere in London on the 43rd day of 2016.”. The 43rd day of 2016 was last Friday, Ingrid and Raja spotted this free art on Brick Lane today, they knew a good thing when they saw it and claimed it immediately.

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Ingrid and her #43

How nice that their piece is number 1 of the 43.

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Please Take!

We hoped that Sean would share something of the impact that last year’s #365ArtDrops and in the middle of January Sean wrote the beautiful, moving tale of #365ArtDrops piece 348/365. In his writing Sean speaks of the stories that came back to him of the fate of the artworks, the connections established through email and social media. This taps into a particularly awesome power of street art and is well worth reading

The Moving Tale of The 365ArtDrops Piece Left At Moor Street Railway Station Birmingham

As guests on the Shoreditch Street Art Tour collected Sean’s free art over the passage of the year Sean’s project featured quite often here on the blog, you can share in our reminiscences on those older stories HERE.

all photos: Dave Stuart aka NoLionsInEngland

No Rest For The Wicked

Do you think street artists take a break over Christmas? Not a bit of it, we found some lovely fresh street art on the tour today which all appeared since yesterday.

D7606 was spied around town, for him it’s a pretty long trip to visit London and this time he brought this gorgeous collaboration with City Kitty of New York

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D7606 (UK) & City Kitty (NY)

Several new stencil and paste up multimedia combos from US West Coast WRDSMTH also appeared overnight, this modern world romantic twist was a new one not seen here before:

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WRDSMTH – instagram validation

It’s always good to see street artists seeing out the old year in style, look out for the Shoreditch Street Art Tour annual review appearing in the next few days.

Links:

D7606

WRDSMTH

All photos: Dave Stuart aka NoLionsInEngland

Street Art Needs Dentist

Shoreditch Tour guests will already know that on the tour we like to find evidence of street art evolving as time does its work assisted by other artists.   A lovely piece by HNRX has been cheekily modified by artists unknown:

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Sexy lips

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Dentist required

HNRX has hit Shoreditch hard with a massive sticker campaign.

Sausage sicker

Sausage sicker

You need a sense of humour if you’re going to hitch yourself to the “comic surrealism” waggon, other HNRX artworks have come to light in Shoreditch

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HNRX website

All photos: Dave Stuart aka NoLionsInEngland