Banksy’s ‘The Drinker’ is back

Over ten years ago, Banksy hit the streets of central London with his statue entitled ‘The Drinker’. This piece was then stolen by the artist under the name of AK47 back in 2004 (said to be valued at around £300,000) during an ongoing dispute with the Bristolian street artist.

Fast forward to 2015 and the highly talked about statue returns home, to a familiar spot just off Shaftesbury Avenue.

This is Banksy’s latest work (though in fact it’s almost 12 years old) to grace the streets of England’s capital, which is no stranger to some seminal art work by the infamous artist. The romance behind this piece makes it even more exciting to find.

Getting there: Head on the central line to Tottenham Court Road or Holborn and take a short walk to Shaftesbury Theatre.

It was great to finally find this piece, though it’s a shame that AK47 has made some slight amendments to it – renaming it to ‘The Stinker’ and adding a toilet seat. That said, this is street art, and this is what happens. Come back to London soon Banksy…

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What do you make of the new/ old Drinker statue by Banksy? Feel free to share your favourite Banksy pieces in the comments section!

Peace x

 

Urban Art: East LDN

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Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you’re ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ prosper and you don’t end up giving up on dry January by the second week – like I probably will.

Anyhow…

It’s been a while since my last street art post, and a while since I’ve had the pleasure of strolling around the graffiti hub that is East London. After spending a couple of weeks back in the motherland of Leeds over Christmas – where the closest thing to street art is normally a something like ‘jon waz ere’ tagged on a wall in the city centre – it was good to be finally back in London Town.

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The vibrant Brick Lane is a place that gets under your skin, and once it does, you’ll never want to leave. There’s always something going on; be it the famous Market on a Sunday, eating cereal in the hipster cafe, or simply just getting harassed to go for ‘London’s best curry’ in one of the many restaurants on the curry mile.

The street is also well-known for street art, and the likes of Banksy, OBEY and Invader all have work (past and present) on Brick Lane and the surrounding area.

As it’s about a month since my last visit not much had changed –  it was almost as if the street artists had taken a break for the festivities of December too – though there was some pretty good new pieces too:

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Work by Sakia and Bitches 

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Nerone LeCocktail 

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Chilean street artist, Otto Schade, knows how to create truly thought-provoking work. This is one of his latest in the East End.

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c125 has plenty of work around London, look out for his unique style. 

And finally, here’s a new piece by Trust Icon, up near Broadway Market in Hackney.

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‘Nothing to see here…’

Do you have any favourite pieces of urban art in East London or any other cities? Share the street art love here. 

As always, graffiti lovers & artists, add comments, share your favourite street art, and any info I’ve missed.

Peace x

 

 

 

Street art daily: day eleven

STREET ART SKULLS

Everyone loves a skull, right? Whether you’re an artist, a tattooist or a bit of an alternative – skulls are very much anti-establishment and against the mainstream.

They look just as good as a tattoo as they do on the wall of a building. With that in mind, here are some of my favourite street art skulls:

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Skull by Alexis Diaz – just off Brick Lane – a few minutes from the Cereal Killer Cafe!

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Work by #EDMX in Camden

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Another piece by Alexis Diaz, this time with the help of Borondo.

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Hanbury Street: Skull by DesX.

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AMAZING! Colourful skulls on Brick Lane by @fanakapan.

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Artist not known: please add if you do!

What’s your favourite skull street art in London? 

As always, graffiti lovers & artists, add comments and share your favourite London street art.

And follow me on Instagram @rickmacmacca, @loveeastlondon, @black_and_white_ldn!

Peace x

Street art daily: day ten

Camden Town, London.

Camden is the hub for all things alternative and it’s one of London’s major attractions for those looking for something a bit different to Big Ben, The Houses of Parliament and The London Eye. 

Like Shoreditch, and East London in general, Camden is becoming an top spot for street artists from all over the world to ply their trade. Just minutes from the tube station there’s some amazing murals to be found by the likes of Jimmy C, Otto Schade, Irony and Boe and Dan Kitchener (and many more).

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Work by the unmistakable Brazilian, Cranio.

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And here he is again!

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Beautiful work by Dan Kitchener

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Work by Himbad

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Camden really is ‘home street (art) home’.

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Piranha’s made out of rolled up cash. Maybe that’s an interesting look on our government? Work by Irony and Airborne Mark.

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This is an absolutely incredible piece by Jimmy C. It’s worthy of any gallery and yet we have his work on the streets of London for free.

Much of the street art in this post is in an area in Camden soon to be demolished and turned into accommodation (with extortionate rent no doubt), so get down to Camden and explore the streets instead of the markets for a change. You never know, you might just like what you see.

Where do you think is the best area for street art in London? Is Camden better than Shoreditch?

As always, graffiti lovers & artists, add comments and share your favourite London street art.

And follow me on Instagram @rickmacmacca!

Peace x

Street art daily: day nine

Underneath the London Transport Police Headquarters on Regent’s Canal in Camden is the place the street art war between Banksy and King Robbo started.

The feud resulted in them destroying each others work, most notably, Banksy ruining a 25 year old Robbo tag, and London’s oldest piece of graffiti. The street art war between Banksy and King Robbo was documented by Channel 4 in a programme called ‘Graffiti Wars’.

During the filming of the documentary, Robbo had a life-threatening head injury leaving him in hospital in a critical condition.

After spending three years in a coma Robbo sadly passed away, and although his original piece is long gone, a tag still stands in his honour under the police HQ.

RIP KING ROBBO

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Watch Channel 4’s Graffiti Wars here.

As always, graffiti lovers & artists, add comments and share your favourite King Robbo street art.

Peace x

Street art daily: day eight

Since I’ve been living in London I’ve been lucky enough to find some amazing street art by some of the best artists in the business. I’ve also seen some incredible art come and go in the blink of an eye. 

Here are some of my favourite East London captures…

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Broadway Market, Hackney: This colourful skull is no longer there – but it was one of my fave’s to grace Broadway Market. In its place is an amazing piece by French street artist, Zabou.

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Another on Broadway Market: Next to the colourful skull was this beautiful piece by Boe and Irony.

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We all used to love Pokemon but I don’t remember Pickachu looking anything like this! This piece was on Redchurch Street, Shoreditch.

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What’s not to love about a dinosaur in a suit with an umbrella?

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Nostalgia: Here’s some Mutley street art that was once on Brick Lane, Shoreditch.

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Classic: I love this piece on Old Street, East London. It’s Carl Fredricksen from Disney’s brilliant Up. Probably one of the best films ever! So the street art is right up there too.

And that’s it for Monday’s street art round-up. What’s your favourite piece of urban art, and why? 

As always, graffiti lovers & artists, add comments, share your favourite street art, and any info I’ve missed.

Peace x

Street art daily: day six

Today’s street art daily post is all about the incredible Belgian artist, ROA, and his amazing work I’ve found in Bristol, Berlin and London.

ROA is best known for his large black and white mural’s of rodents and animals. 

His most popular piece in London is the ‘big bird’ on Hanbury Street, which I’ve mentioned in a few of my previous blogs.

Here’s some of my favourite ROA captures:

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This one can be found just off Brick Lane

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Work by ROA in Bristol city centre – unfortunately this piece is no longer there.

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Mega piece by ROA in Kreuzberg, Berlin.

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Hedgehog by ROA opposite Shoreditch High Street station.

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The famous ‘crane’ on Hanbury Street

What do you think to ROA’s work? Feel free to share your favourite ROA pieces and share any other street art you like.

Enjoy your weekend!

Peace x

Street art daily: day five

If you’ve been paying attention to the news this week you may have noticed that there was an arrest warrant out for Shepard Fairey, aka OBEY.

The American street artist, best known for his ‘Andre the Giant’ posters and the ‘HOPE’ campaign behind President Obama’s election campaign, was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday after Detroit Police issued a warrant for his arrest.

This came after Shepard Fairey was in Detroit painting his biggest mural to date – which he was commissioned to do – by the way. Like any other street artist, OBEY didn’t stop there stating ‘I still do stuff on the street without permission, and I’ll be doing stuff when I’m in Detroit’.

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Impressive: OBEY paints his biggest mural to date in Detroit. Image credits: nytimes.com.

This seems like a massive contradiction by the Detroit authorities, who later retracted the arrest because ‘they don’t extradite on lower-level cases like this’. Can you really pay a street artist to produce a huge piece of art, and then arrest them for doing the exact same thing on another building without permission?

Now unless he drew a penis, or something really offensive this seems a bit hypocritical in my eyes.

Anyway, I salute you Shepard Fairey. Here are some of my favourite OBEY finds:

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Belleville, Paris: Spot the Andre the Giant poster?

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Nationale, Paris: An incredible mural by Shepard Fairey on the side of a block of flats.

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Shoreditch, London: Another amazing piece by OBEY, just opposite Shoreditch High Street station.

Is street art a crime? What’s the difference between street art and vandalism? Is it money?

It seems like whenever there’s a new Banksy the authorities will do anything to keep it protected as they know it’ll be worth a few bob. Does street art only become accepted when someone’s willing to buy it? Discuss!

Feel free to share some of your thoughts, favourite OBEY street art and let me know where you think to Shepard Fairey’s arrest.

Peace x

Street art daily: day four

It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for day four of my daily street art blog. Today’s post is all about Otto Schade – the Chilean street artist and former architect – who now resides in foggy London Town. 

I thought it was only right to give a shout out to this incredible and unique artist, not only because I love his style, but because from the 23rd July until 23rd August, there’s an exhibition of his work in at the Well Hung Gallery in Shoreditch.

Otto Schade’s work can be found in New York, Berlin and of course, East London. You can spot his work a mile off and his pieces range from powerful stencils of children in war zones and to contemporary murals of animals and people including the likes of Barack Obama, Heisenberg and the late Amy Winehouse.

I’ve had the pleasure of finding some amazing work by Otto Schade in places like Old Street, Hackney, Camden and Shoreditch. Here’s some of his best work:

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Tribute: Otto Schade pays respect to Amy Winehouse in Camden.

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Street art at its finest: Otto Schade’s urban/ contemporary style, also in Camden.

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ET flying through the air in Shoreditch – no doubt he’s on a No Logo fixie and he’s drinking a flat white…

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President of the U.S.A – the one and only Barack Obama.

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Powerful: A child plays in a war zone.

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Evolution of man?

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Otto Schade in Camden Town.

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This piece was once on Old Street, but due to the nature of the street art scene, it’s no longer there.

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Otto Schade: well known for his iconic stencils.

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They can be found all over East London, this one is currently next to Stik, just off Brick Lane.

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This piece can be found just off Old Street.

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Say my name: Otto Schade pays respect to greatest Meth cook Netflix has ever seen. Mr Walter White aka Heisenberg

Will you be making the trip to Otto Schade’s solo exhibition in Shoreditch? Or do we really need to go to urban art galleries when we can see everything on the streets for free? In my view, probably not. But this guy is incredible so it’ll definitely be worthwhile.

Feel free to share some of your favourite street art and let me know where you think are the best cities for urban art!

Peace x

Street art daily: day three

Mixing of styles

Today I’m going to take a look back at the ‘Mixing of Styles 2015’ that happened in Shoreditch on Saturday 11th July. 

My weekends usually consist of wondering around East London, drinking a flat white here, eating a bagel there (or should I say ‘beigel’) and generally doing things that you should do in the hipster capital of London. So unsurprisingly, my afternoon stroll lead me to Shoreditch and the home of lots and lots of graffiti.

As I was walking down Redchurch Street (home to an incredible mural by Jim Vision) a friendly guy handed out a flyer for an event happening in the Nomadic Community Gardens just off Brick Lane. I’ve been there a few times and for those of you who don’t know about it, it’s a park area (next to the overground line) that’s currently been transformed into a street art haven. The gardens will be developed into property in the near future, so in the meantime it’s currently a creative space for artists to do their thing.

Luckily for me, as I was on a street art hunt anyway I decided to go and check it out. I made sure I treated myself to a famous Brick Lane salt beef beigel first, obviously.

The weather was amazing and Shoreditch was absolutely buzzing on Saturday. There was street art going up all over the place, and the crowds were watching, instagramming and basking in the glorious summer sun.

Some of the top street artists around could be spotted at the Nomadic Community Gardens including the likes of Jim Vision, Dan Chase, Trafik and the Lost Souls Crew. It was an exhibition of urban art and the artists all came together for a true mixing of styles.

Cheap food and beer was on offer (£2 a pint – in London!) and there was a really cool vibe, everyone was friendly and there to appreciate one thing – art. Graffiti and creativity was happening all around, from artists collaborating on a cherry picker spraying a huge mural, to artists painting on vans to… well one guy constructing an unbelievable sculpture out of wood that he found on the floor – respect.

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In action: fresh graffiti going up on a wall next to what used to be All Press on Redchurch Street.

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Huge crowds took to the streets of Brick Lane to witness the street art extravaganza

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Improvisation: a nomadic traveller creates this masterpiece out of bits of wood found laying around.

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Going up: An impressive street art collaboration on this huge wall in the Nomadic Community Gardens

Talent: An artist sprays this amazing piece on the side of a van.

Talent: An artist sprays this amazing piece on the side of a van.

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Stunning: A fine example of the work on show

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Done: An artist evaluates his finished piece

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Action shot: This guy had a massive crowd watching as he painted this exquisite mural.

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Did you make it to the Mixing of Styles 2015? What did you think? 

Feel free to share some of your favourite street art and let me know where you think are the best cities for urban art.

Peace x