We are big fans of interesting graffiti and everywhere we have been around the world, we try and stop and look in those nooks and crannies in the back streets to find any gems we can take pictures of. In this post, we share with you some of our favourites from our travels and try to remember when and where they were taken. If you have any of your own pictures to share, we love to see them, so leave a post in the comments below.
Starting in our home city of London, which has arguably uptttued some of the best grafiit artists in the wolrd, soem of our favourites pieces have been those that appear where you least expect them. They are a motive that pops up every so often so that wehn you do recognise it, you think it’s there just for you. These faces (pictures above and below) appeared a lot around Soho and Leicester Square back in 2012 and 2013.
The below picture was taken in Highgate, North London back in 2012 and contains the Nelson Algren quote: “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own”.
These pieces were captured on London’s South Bank last year. The area is a well known congregation spot for skateboarders and graffiti artists for around forty years. It’s only up until recently that the Southbank Centre has encouraged mural and graffiti artists and you can see the odd piece of work in session on a Sunday afternoon walk if you’re lucky.
We stopped in Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik back in January this year (you can read more about the road trip here) and on a Saturday afternoon mooch of the city managed to find this area off the main streets to pore over and take in. Our enthusiasm for murals and graffiti isn’t necessarily shared by the authorities in the city who are on a mission to eradicate it. Back in 2008, it was reported that around 42,000 squares meteres of public space was covered, halving by 2012. While we’re supportive of any mindless scribbling and tagging not being part of the landscape, it would be a shame not to see some of the really inventive and creative pieces like the below in Reykjavik in the future.
Just a last one before this post gets far too long from Edinburgh, Scotland back in 2013 showing that sometimes, just sometimes, a quote or a scribble can sum up the mood and humour of a whole country during the Fringe Festival.