Wednesday, 2 July 2014

London Graffiti Art

London Graffiti Art

A slightly different post from my normal ones, but something I love all the same. 

Graffiti is a little bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. In London you cannot escape travelling around the city and every few minutes seeing Graffiti. For a London city dweller it is part of life. 


London Graffiti
You can find graffiti in the most creative of places. Above is a picture of a phone junction box. 

The below graffiti art has been used to cunningly hide scaffolding. The strange looking character below was the London 2012 Olympic mascot (yes I don't get the design either!). 



London Graffiti

Graffiti can be controversial, with some people arguing it is modern day art and others seeing it as antisocial vandalism.

For me the picture at the start of this post says it all.
London graffiti art

Some people will adore the creativity of others expressed in graffiti, but for some it will be something you just have to endure. 

Banksy and Ben Wilson satirical urban artists have gone some way to make graffiti acceptable and even desirable. Check out the YouTube clip below to see Ben in action. 


How many of us really look at and appreciate our surroundings? What is under our feet? 

Ben paints onto chewing gum that other repugnant people have left behind. 

Trying to find some of Ben's art work in London is good fun. It is a bit like finding 'Where's Wally'. 

Here are a few art works I have spotted in Whitecross street (near Old Street London).


I personally hate chewing gum, being spat out on the floor, so some poor unsuspecting person can stand in it. For me this is a clever reinvention. 

If you decide to go graffiti hunting don't forget to look up Whitecross Street which houses one of the best food markets in London. 

They will be holding a street art and food party on the 19th - 20th of July. Not to be missed, so make sure you pop along. 

I love photography and enjoy taking pictures of street art especially in East London (Shoreditch). 

For me, if the person has permission and it brightens up what otherwise would be a derelict space then great.   


London Graffiti

London Graffiti

London Graffiti
For me those that do graffiti are hugely talented.

Graffiti artists

I love nothing more that visiting the south bank and "Banksy Tunnel" in Leake Street Waterloo and taking pictures. The tunnel is home to legal graffiti art. 

Leake Street

Leake Street

This tunnel has formed many a famous magazine photo shoot and stared in a few films. It is the modern day art gallery, where the work changes all the time and graffiti artists can cut their teeth. 

Love where you live? Do you have any pictures of beautiful graffiti art to share? Tweet them to @Foodieforce or share via Instagram (@Moodini) use the tag #Lovewhereulive 

If I get enough I will do a post and share them. 

Have a good week. 

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13 comments:

  1. Hi, I love your blog and I have started following you with Bloglovin. If you ever get a chance to check out my blog I would be delighted, thanks!

    Camille xo.

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Camille I will go and take a look, thanks for stopping by Lucy

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  2. I love graffiti when it's done like this! Actually art with thought put behind it, not just mindless scribbles. It's so surprising how most of it is actually inspiring, when you think of graffiti I usually imagine something done just to deface something!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Art with thought exactly. The scale of this art work is amazing really huge so talented. Mindless tagging scribbles I don't like or get either Lucy x

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  3. I'm not so keen on random words (there's a lot of that where I'm from) but I love graffiti when there's some thought behind it, you've picked some great examples! xx

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    1. The area that these are in is pretty sparse so having the art to brighten an otherwise empty space is great. The detail that goes into the above is amazing and some of them take days to do Lucy x

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  4. Love it as long as it is done well! xx

    www.lulabelloves.com

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    1. Agreed I love the thought and creativity that goes into it. In london there is one I love sadly no picture. It is of a huge squirrel climbing down a building superb Lucy x

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  5. Love graffiti art. Emphasis on the art. When it is political rants....not so much. This is all very lovely. Great post Lucy!

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    1. Yes definitely art not vandalism of random words. Do you have graffiti art where you live? Lucy x

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  6. Completey agree, those that do graffiti are hugely talented, they are very creative people indeed! We'll keep a look out for some beautiful graffiti art to share where we live and tweet you :-)

    x Roch & Tash x
    www.next-route-style.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They are work of arts and the people who do on such a large scale are amazingly talented. Look forward to seeing any graffiti that you spot on your travels, tweet me Lucy x

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  7. I love this post Lucy, and that first picture really does say it all! I'm in the adore category personally, I love admiring public art, but unfortunately not always with my camera to hand, I must learn to take more pictures! x

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