Banksy caught on camera?

Portobello Banksy

If you’re like me and don’t want to know who the man (or woman, for that matter) is behind the infamous works of Banksy then you might want to stay away from social media for the next few days/ weeks/ months. It looks like there’s pretty strong claims out there that the illusive Bristolian street artist has been uncovered… 

#Banksy was trending when I logged into Facebook this evening, and to my disappointment it wasn’t because a new piece had been discovered in London or somewhere close to me, it was because someone claimed they captured him on film while doing his thing in the Herzliya Mall, Israel.

Plenty of news outlets are covering this at the moment and that’s because he is unveiling an interactive exhibition at a hotel in Bethlehem.

You can see the footage here

However, if you don’t care about all that nonsense and just want to find out where you can find his best kept work in Bristol and London then just read my blogs below:

Banksy Hunting in LDN (London)

The one and only Banksy (Bristol) 

Dismaland Opens for Business (Banksy’s 2015 dystopian theme park)

Leave Banksy alone.

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

Work by ROA

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.

ROA Hanbury Street

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

Back in Bristol

STIK Nelson Street

Following on from my last blog post about Banksy hunting in London I thought I’d do another quick post on the Bristolian artist.

I’ve just returned from a weekend retreat in the west country and I’m pleased to say I was able to hunt down one of Banksy’s newest pieces,  ‘The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum’.

It’s over a year since I was last in Bristol and it was good to be back. It’s a city I hold close to my heart and I love spending time there. If I didn’t like east London so much then I’d consider moving over that way.

There’s only one or two Banksy’s still left for me to find in the west country and last weekend it was my intention to find the piece he did at the back end of 2014. Most of the Banksy work I’ve found has been a few years old so it feels pretty good to find something more recent.

I’ll get onto the Banksy piece shortly, but first I’m going to talk about some of my other favourite Bristol sights from the weekend.

One of the coolest areas in Bristol is a place called Stokes Croft. It’s not far from the city centre and up there you’ll find some incredible street art. It’s a really laid back area full of some really friendly folk, vintage shops, independent shops, lots of graffiti and a Banksy or two.

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Iconic street art in Stokes Croft by Columbian artist Stinkfish.

The Prince of Wales pub in Stokes Croft was one place that caught my eye, so much so that I had to go in for a pint.

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One place in Bristol city centre that’s home to some massive murals is Nelson Street. I’ve spoke about this street in a previous blog post but it’s worth mentioning again. On my return to Nelson Street I was gutted to see that one of my favourite building’s in Bristol has now been torn down.

RIP colourful building

Nelson street street art

Superhero mural by SatOne

Nelson Street was used as part of the city’s See No Evil street art festival in 2011 and 2012 where Germany’s SatOne painted this colourful mural (above), and a whole host of other artists from around the world got involved; including Stik, ROA, Otto Schade, My Ayrz and Pixel Pancho, to name a few.

This area was one of the reasons I fell in love with street art and if it wasn’t for the graffiti on Nelson Street I wouldn’t be sat here writing about urban art. Luckily some of my favourite Nelson Street work was still there:

Work by Mr Ayrz and Stik

Work by Mr Ayrz and Stik

Another great piece I was pleased to see still standing:

Work by Italian artist Pixel Pancho

Work by Italian artist Pixel Pancho

Bristol’s newest Banksy 

Banksy’s ‘Girl with the Pierced Eardrum’ can be found on the side of a building on Hanover Place (BS1 6XT) in the Albion Dockyard.

It’s about a 30 minute venture from the bottom of Park Street (where you can still find Banksy’s ‘Well Hung Lover’) and it’s not far from where his famous Grim Reaper used to be, on the side of the Thekla boat and nightclub.

The walk to find Banksy’s latest hometown piece is pretty scenic and you get some really stunning views of the harbour. If you’re into photography and architecture then I recommend having a good wonder around this area.

Bristol harbour

After a stroll down the harbour taking in plenty of sea air and scenery you’ll be getting closer to an outstanding piece of street art.

Banksy’s ‘Girl with the Pierced Eardrum’ can be found on the rear of the white building on Hanover Place and it’s a truly remarkable piece. He might have taken inspiration from the Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, but he does it in his own style. Banksy has added his own unique spin on this piece using the alarm on the wall as the girl’s earring.

This is probably my favourite Banksy to date; one because it’s the most recent piece I’ve found meaning I’ve stood on pretty fresh ground (which makes me happy). And two, because of the condition of the piece, and although some idiot tried to ruin it by throwing paint on it, it actually added more character to the painting.

The Girl with the Pierced Eardrum by Banksy 

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When I was taking a few (hundred) snaps of this piece there was some old dears sat having an ice cream a few hundred yards behind me on a picnic bench. Whilst I was trying to find the right angle to capture this beauty I heard them saying ‘oooh I wonder what he’s taking pictures of’. If only they knew that the work in their presence was worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The fact that I was the only person there appreciating the Banksy made the moment even more special. No crowds, graffiti tours or tourists, just me.

So that’s it from my short break in Bristol, if you haven’t been there yet, you should.

As always, graffiti lovers & artists, add comments, share your favourite Banksy’s, and any info I’ve missed. Peace x

The one and only Banksy

Bristol

I don’t think it would be right of me to move away from Bristol until I’ve posted about the graffiti legend that is Banksy. I didn’t manage to find all his work during my time in the west country, though I did find a fair bit of it. Some pieces I wanted to find were no longer there – tagged over in some cases – but most of them are still in perfect condition. I will be back to find more soon. If you’re going Banksy hunting in Bristol then I recommend the Banksy Bristol Tour App.

As I mentioned in my initial street art blog post the first Banksy I found in Bristol was ‘Well Hung Lover’ on the bottom of Park street. It’s probably one of the easier ones to find as the centre of Bristol is about a fifteen minute walk from Temple Meads Station, or if you’re going on the Mega Bus, the stop is only a couple of minutes away. Though I recommend never going anywhere on the Mega bus.

Park St is right near The Waterfront in the heart of the city and there’s plenty of places to go for food and drink. You might want to top-up your energy levels before venturing on a Bansky Quest, I suggest by sampling some local ales in No. 1 Harbourside. I’ve had my fair share of drunken nights in that place.

1) So here it is, Banksy’s ‘Well Hung Lover’ on the bottom of Park Street, Bristol.

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I think this is one of my favourite Banksy pieces for a number of reasons. It was the first Banksy I saw in Bristol, the first piece of street art I posted on my Instagram account and one of the main reasons I fell in love with graffiti. It’s also a well thought out piece of art, as is all of his work. There’s always a reason behind what he does, which just adds to his genius. This one in particular was done on the side of a sexual health clinic, ironic?

2) Staying down near the harbourside there used to be another famous Banksy piece, ‘The Grim Reaper’.

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Luckily I managed to find Banky’s ‘Grim Reaper’ during my time in Bristol, which was done on the side of the Thekla Social boat in Bristol harbour. Upon doing some research for this blog post it saddens me to read that this piece of work is no longer there. In 2014 it was removed by the cities council as it was deteriorating due to the weather and murky waters. It’s now living safely in a museum somewhere in the town, no doubt you’ll have to pay a few quid to see it now.

3) The next Banksy I came across in Bristol was ‘Blowpop Records’. You wouldn’t even really know it was there unless you knew what you’re looking for.

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The building’s now pretty derelict and it’s surrounded by fencing, and the graffiti itself is pretty faded. But still, it was done by Banksy so it’s worth the trek. You can find it on what used to be the walls of a cool Bristol night club and record label.

From the ‘Blowpop Records’ Banksy I made my way towards the hipster area that is Stokes Croft. This place is very different from anywhere you’ve ever been, it thrives from a local community of creative and diverse people. It feels free, and the smell of weed is rife in the air. It’s the kind of place that’s against commercialism and when they opened a Tesco there in 2011 it was met by a huge protest. There’s also some really amazing street art up in Stokes Croft that’s definitely worth seeing. Stay tuned for a Stokes Croft blog post.

4) ‘Take the money and run’ is the first Banksy I discovered up in Stokes Croft find and it was a great find. It’s located just down Bath Buildings. What I like about finding Banksy’s in Bristol is that the majority of them are in perfect condition and aren’t covered in protective sheeting like the one’s you see in London.

Take-the-money-and-run

5) Last and by no means least is ‘The mild mild west’, which is up there with some of his finest work in Bristol, and maybe one of his most iconic pieces – as well as being one of my favourites too. This Banksy is also up in the heart of Stokes Croft  and you can’t miss it.

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And that just about sums up the works of Banksy that I managed to find during my days in the west country. I did try and find another one, got piss wet through in the process only to find it was no longer there. So just to warn you, if you go to Bristol in search of ‘Sniper’ by Banksy on Colston Street, please don’t make the same mistake I did.

No doubt I’ll be returning to Bristol at some point this year and I’ll make it my mission to go and find the rest of his work. I have found more Banksy’s in London, which I’ll be going onto in further blog posts, as well as lots of other London street art by some amazing artists.

Graffiti lovers & artists, please add comments, share your favourite Banksy’s and add any info I’ve missed.

If you’ve not been to Bristol yet, then you need to.

Peace X

Which is the right way?

Nelson streetFollowing on from my first blog post I’m going to stay in south west of England and in the fine city of Bristol. If you’ve never been to Bristol before then I highly recommend you do. Even if you’re not a graffiti addict like me, there’s still plenty to see and do. Just so you know I don’t work for Bristol tourist information so I’m not going to sit here and tell you everything about the place! I’ll keep this strictly street art, promise.

There’s so many awe-inspiring pieces of graffiti in Bristol that it’s difficult to know where to start. But I think going back to Nelson Street is the perfect place to begin. From Bristol Temple Meads train station it’s a good 10-15 minute walk to Nelson Street, you’ll walk up from the station towards the city centre, over the River Avon and head towards Broad Street.

At the bottom of Broad Street you’ll see a gothic looking church, this is the city gate and I’ve read it dates as far back as the 14th century. Anyway, enough history. If you walk under the city gate this will take you onto Nelson Street.

You’ll see Bristol’s Community Bike Cafe and the rest is history. . .

Bristol cafe

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These were some of the first pieces of street art I saw in Bristol and they inspired my graffiti love affair. Who ever knew it could be so amazing? There’s a host of big names who have their work on Nelson Street too, including ROA and the famous Stik.

Work by Mr Aryz

Work by Mr Aryz

Work by ROA

Work by ROA

The famous STIK

The famous STIK

Another view of Nelson St.

Another view of Nelson St.

So if Nelson Street isn’t the perfect place to showcase some amazing street art then I don’t know where is! In such a short space there’s some truly unique pieces of work that are fit for anyone’s Instagram feed.

If you’re looking to discover some incredible street art then I suggest taking a trip to Bristol and Nelson Street. Just make sure you go loaded with a fully charged camera/ iPhone battery.

Graffiti lovers & artists, please add comments to give credits to anyone I’ve missed, and share your favourite graffiti spots.

Peace X

Street art is everywhere

Banksy

Hello, and welcome to my new blog streetarteverywhereblog.wordpress.com, nice and easy to remember right? Due to my ever-growing love for urban art I thought that it was time I wrote a blog about my favourite pieces of street art, amazing graffiti hot-spots and the people behind the work.

My love for street art first started when I went to the beautiful city that is Bristol, the west country and home of cider. This is also quite apt as it’s the home of the world’s most famous street artists.

Before working in Bristol I didn’t really have as much exposure to graffiti. Although I grew up in one of the most thriving cities in the country, Leeds, there’s not much of a street art scene there. If you’ve never been to Leeds, it’s definitely worth a visit, great beers and places to eat, and a half-decent football team (not so much anymore).

I didn’t really get into Banksy until visited Bristol. I mean, I’d heard of him, seen his books and knew bits about him, but that was it. It wasn’t until I saw his work in the flesh that I connected with it. The first Banksy I laid my eyes upon was ‘well hung lover’ on Park Street, Bristol. It was subtle, just there on the bottom of the street. I imagined hoards of tourists taking photos and selfies, but there wasn’t. Well, there was a few people taking photos but not to the extent I pictured in my head. Bristol’s a pretty chilled out place, and the fact that there’s a number of Banksy’s in the city just adds to its coolness.

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‘Well hung lover’ is one of many great original Banksy pieces in Bristol, I’ll cover more Banksy’s and west country graffiti in another blog post.

Back to Bristol, and the city itself. The place as a whole just has an amazing buzz, lots of students, travellers and foreigners make for a great atmosphere in the city centre. There’s the Waterfront with bars on the river, King Street with more cool bars, old pubs and old buildings, and a decent curry house too! Then you’ve got Broad Street, with stunning architecture including the famous Grand Hotel (I spent many nights there whilst working in Bristol), and some stunning views in the distance. St Nicholas Market is just round the corner and has some amazing street food stalls, my favourite was Grillstock. If you like pulled pork, wow.

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Other places to mention in Bristol are of course, Park Street, a huge street full of more bars, independent shops amongst other things. They do an annual water slide down there in the summer which looks mental. Stokes Croft is also another place full of life, more incredible works of street art are up that way, as well as some cool coffee shops. I know if I didn’t live in London then Bristol is a place that would definitely steal my heart. One day.

Nelson Street

The first place that really caught my eye in Bristol was Nelson Street, just at the bottom of Broad Street. I worked on Broad Street when I was living in Bristol and this is where I first experienced street art at its finest.

I remember walking down there one night after work, it was dark, but the graffiti just made the place feel so vibrant and alive. I certainly didn’t feel like I was anywhere in England, in fact it felt like another country (until I walked past a Tesco’s and a bookies). There was just something about it, something unique.

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Graffiti on Nelson Street

This was just one piece of creative street art on Nelson St, just as you walk past one piece of graffiti, you see something even better in the distance. As soon as you put your camera away you find yourself reaching for it again to capture another work of art.

Bristol is definitely one of the greatest places I’ve been in my years, and I can’t recommend it enough. Street art-wise, it’s an iconic city, birth place to one of the all time greats in the trade, and it takes some beating.

In my blog I’ll talk about Bristol, Berlin, London, Paris amongst other places I manage to get to in order to find my passion.

I hope you enjoy my street art blog. Artists/ street art lovers, please feel free to add any comments and credits to artists if I’ve not mentioned their names.

Thanks for reading.

Peace x