Friday, February 8, 2013

This Proves Graffiti Can Be Awesome

Street art has been a large part of the atmosphere of my neighbourhood for a long while now, but it isn't the usual kind of graffiti. This graffiti is more than just somebody's signature and a few love hearts, this takes art to a whole new, accessible level. In my twelve  years of staring out of the kitchen and walking through painted alleyways to gleaming skyscrapers on my way to school, I have realised that this is more than vandalism. Anyone can see talented spraycanning without having to pay a penny.

From the scenes from mythology on the wall next to Pizza Express to the frequent Banksy rats (my favourite was the line of rats on the red carpet, sadly painted over a few years back. R.I.P.), and the evocative local motto "Let's Adore And Endure Each Other", everything painted here has a certain shine to it. It's the kind of shine that backfires a bit, because it gives a notorious and offputting feel to the place (just look at all those swearwords), but the actual images have a certain symbolism and neighbourhood pride. The time when someone changed a cynical rat saying "London doesn't work"'s speech bubble to "I Love London" made me finally see the pride.

Anyway, all the artworks I've mentioned are old now. However, we have one of the strangest, funniest and DramatisPersonaryest just released in the area. And I thought, because I snapped while I could (the artworks sure go away quickly), I'd share with you guys. 

I'd love to know what on Earth this three-toothed thing (not sure what else to call it really) is, or whether he'll be a charitable or terrorising addition to the neighbourhood now he's FRESH IN TOWN. I suspect the latter. Anyway, he'll be a hopefully good friend to the model cockroach below.
-DP :) 

1 comment:

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