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Thursday, August 5, 2010

London Graffiti


It has been a little while since I've done a streetart or graffiti post, but I have been admiring and featuring both for as long as I have been blogging. Usually I have to stalk other sites to feed my addiction for subversive public art, but since I've been in London I've stumbled across a number of different pieces firsthand. These were snapped rather all over the place in my wanderings.















I read the question recently "Are tattoos art or graffiti?" Which really made me beg the question, "Isn't graffiti art?" I mean, we are probably all familiar with the pointless and usually rather ugly, tagging that goes on (tagging is generally just spray painting your name all over the place), but there's so much more to graffiti than that. There are artists who spray poetry (literally) and those who do really dynamic scenes or figures (like Banksy). While all of these are rather subversive in the fact that they are illegal, I think there is real merit to what they are creating. So, I suppose for me tattoos and graffiti both have their pointless bits (tramp stamps and tagging), but it would be wrong to make generalizations about both spheres entirely based on those aspects.

30 comments:

rebecca said...

The thing is, if many of these were to be painted on a private wall, i.e. be an installation, by a renowned artist then they would sell for thousands and no one would query whether it's art or not. They're seen as scribblings purely because they're made by unknowns without permission. I think just as much has gone into the thought process for these works as has gone into many of the major art pieces in galleries worldwide.

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L said...

I couldn't agree more on art aspect of graffiti. I have seen some very amazing graffiti that really makes you stop in your travels. Some really great shots of all the street art.

Rio said...

Great finds! The "Death Dance" piece is haunting!
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Anna said...

Just like someone can create crappy art work in any other medium...tattoos and graffiti is just as much art as painting or drawing is.

reckless daughter said...

wow, you've done a good job snapping graffiti on your trip! impressive!

This might be a cop-out but I feel like some graffiti is art and some is just scribblings. I obviously prefer the Banksy type graffiti art - the stuff that makes you think. you know?

alyssa pageot said...

of course tattoos and graffiti are art! i love them both so much... these graf pics are great, there's a big difference between spray painting tag names and art like this... like you mentioned. i'd love to learn to master a can of spray paint and do some of my own. it's a lot harder than it looks!

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Winnie said...

I've read whole dissertations and books that argue that Graffiti is Art and I can't help but agree. While Art is subjective, for me, Graffiti is just another medium! I think it's Quebec where they've legalised Graffiti and when I visited when I was 15, I saw some really beautiful murals there!

Love the graffiti photos, I don't think I've seen any of these before!

meowsk said...

I agree. Something becomes are based on it's intentions. Tattoos and graffiti can definitely be art in the right context. My husband just got a book called Graffiti World for his birthday that I think you would quite enjoy. ;o)

Elissa said...

Beautiful photos... how valuable of you to have documented them! My favorite is the black and white woman with the bride of frankenstein hair... it looks like she just evolved out of her surroundings.

Thistle said...

Personally, I love graffiti. It's all over my college, and while there's certainly a line that can be crossed making it entirely inappropriate (like, say, writing nasty phrases on the outside of one of the college's oldest buildings) most of the time I think it's awesome. Even just the simple tagging stuff, as more and more layers are added over time, becomes really beautiful.

I also have a weakness for bathroom graffiti. There's a great bathroom in our student union basement with has colorful stamped designs all over the walls which are covered but not obscured by years worth of confessions. Much more interesting than boring, plain walls, I think.

katpski said...

a very general term for art is anything that evokes an emotion, and graffiti definitely does that. personally, i'm not a big fan of vandalization, so i think more places should designate graffiti-friendly sites. rapid city, sd has an "art alley" where people can paint whatever they want, whenever they want.

why does banksy seem to be the only culturally relevant artist these days?

hellolyndsey said...

Atlanta actually has beautiful graffiti all over the place exactly like this. This inspires me to go back downtown and grab a snapshot of the giant jellyfish and octopus painted on the interstate side. Thank you for the inspiration!

xx
Lyndsey

asunlitday said...

Graffiti is most definitely a form of art. I don't think there should be any question about it. Why wouldn't it be?

Christy said...

These are really cool. You found some awesome ones!

Archives said...

gosh i love the first one!!!

erin :) said...

Wow! I don't think I've seen such beautiful grafitti before! Usually, I only see the grafitti that's like hodgepodgy and writing on walls, but these are just phenomenal! Thanks for sharing! :)

Love,
Erin :)

Shelby said...

I totally agree with you. Some Graffiti is just so breathtaking. I also enjoy how there are messages and politics infused into all it whether is be subversive or rather quite obvious.

Mani said...

I love these, they all must've taken so much effort to create!

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Glayki said...

i love london and graffiti so much!

ANDWHATELSEISTHERE said...

i am always in love with how graffiti conveys a modern perspective through a forbidden art. it must be exciting to sneak out illustrating those walls and beware to be seen.

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Jonna said...

Amazing, I love these! ART! x

Bug said...

I love graffiti too! You picked some great ones here - my favorite is the dinosaur one. Have fun in London :)

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Style and coffee said...

Graffiti can be art

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Quiet Eyes said...

I agree with you on the tattoos. I want one when I get older, but my friend thinks it will look tacky, but I think she is just summing up that a tattoo all together is a tramp stamp (which I won't be getting). I honestly think graffiti is the coolest thing, besides the random tagging. I don't find that to be amazing. But, with tattoos and graffiti, people are expressing themselves! I think that the kind of graffiti that you showed is art, and amazing at that.

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Helen said...

I love finding random graffiti. I actually did a post about Manchester graffiti on my blog just this week... http://www.clearyourheart.net/2010/08/and-on-7th-day-god-created-manchester.html

Kara said...

I totally agree with you...graffiti and tattoos are art, unless its a tag or tramp stamp.

I always get excited when I see cool graffiti and have to take pics of it!

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the Citizen Rosebud said...

amazing.

BARGAIN BEX said...

this post of yours inspired me to post this about it here: http://bargainbex.blogspot.com/2010/08/hair-and-now.html

thanks for the constant eye candy ...

bex.

Anonymous said...

WOW! these are spectacular! i hate tagging, and don't necessarily encourage graffiti, but some of it is incredibly creative. i love "death dance"

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