Urban Art: East LDN

Brick-Lane

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.

Brick Lane, E1

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.

C125

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

 

 

 

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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 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