Archive for the ‘Philosophy's on the Wall’ Category

Graffiti scribbled on to a white wall, saying "smile"

The sage advice is always the simplest

WHERE: On the side of Kamal Indian Takeaway on Upper Hamilton Road in Seven Dials, Brighton. Although this tag itself is actually on the Buxton Road side.

PIECE BY: Unknown.

STATUS: Illegal, and we don’t reckon it will stick about on this whitewashed wall for long, so you’d better go check it out.

WE SAY: Simple. Effective. Good advice. We like the dimples too. An all round winner this one.

And it worked – we smiled.

WHERE: All around Brighton.

PIECE BY: The Cityclean strikers (and their supporters).

STATUS: Illegal.

WE SAY: We know what you’re thinking. In a statement of artistic regression, Tracy Emin has urbanised her early work in the form of a new installation piece on the streets of Brighton… But you’d be wrong. This is just garbage.

Cityclean workers in Brighton went on strike this month in a big way, transforming the streets of our fair city from idyllic to apocalyptic. It’s felt a bit like something out of Mad Max here of late. While it hasn’t been entirely pleasant, here at BGASA we can’t help but enjoy a bit of anarchy. If nothing else, it’s a healthy dose of reality about how much waste we get through.

Above is just one of many bins that was been left unemptied during the strikes. Stuck to it is a pretty impactful industrial action sticker (see detail) cleverly designed with Brighton City Council branding so that it instantly grabs the attention of anybody living here. A £4,000 pay cut for a job that’s already as under-appreciated as this? Sounds like a cause worth fighting for if you ask us… and the locals here certainly have a renewed appreciation for the work carried out by the council cleaners.

Jason Kitcat, the current (Green Party) leader of Brighton Council has been under fire for his poor handling of the strike and ensuing negotiations, proving that he is greener behind the ears than he is in his policies. It’s been particularly damaging for his reputation given his party’s environmental manifesto, but what to do?

With everything taking on such a serious light, we rather enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek sticker discovered on a bus stop on the Old Steine. Urging Kitcat to ‘take a break’ and leave council workers’ pay alone, it’s a nice satirical way to make the point without cramming the usual politics down everybody’s throat.

Enjoy.

 

‘War is Naughty’ Stencil Graffiti, Edward Street, Brighton

WHERE: On the corner of Edward Street and Grand Parade, on the grey building beside Fitzhugh Gates Solicitors

PIECE BY: unknown

LEGAL: No, this graffiti stencil is an art crime.

WE SAY: This stencil is a good piece of graffiti. Not only does it employ the effective method of sending a highly political message via the medium of humour, but it does it in three words “War is naughty”! The horror of war is a common focus of graffiti, and it can be dealt with in many different ways. However, we like this piece as it pokes fun at the ridiculousness of war and is simple enough to stick in the mind. Bravo, we say!

Fuck the System, Brighton Police Station

Fuck the System, Brighton Police Station

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WHERE: On William Street. Just behind Brighton Police Station. This stencil appeared all the way along the back of the police station on the pillars.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No, this is definitely an illegal stencil!

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

Although we’ve seen this self explanatory stencil in numerous places around Brighton, this illegal stencil graffiti is on almost every pillar down William Street on the back of the police station. We like how this graffiti artist has cheekily flirted a very strong anarchist message on the back of the police station itself. They obviously weren’t doing a very good job this day!

Protest Point, London Road

Protest Point, London Road

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WHERE: Just behind London Road. On Providence Place/St. Peter’s Street, just behind London Road and near to St. Bartholomew’s Church.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No, this is an illegal stencil

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

Another anarchist piece of graffiti. This affirms the power of protest – often the only influence we have over government. It is obviously a take on the fire assembly point sign. Although this is a clever stencil, it’s a shame this is tucked so out of the way because not many people will see it!

Chances are it’s still there, much of the graffiti in this area remains in place for a good period of time. Can you find it?

Capitalism poster, Trafalgar Street

Capitalism poster, Trafalgar Street

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WHERE: As you come out of Brighton train station, turn right and then left onto Trafalgar Street. Walk under the bridge and this poster is just on your left hand side on a rail access doorway.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No, this is an illegal piece of graffiti.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

Another anti-capitalist anarchist piece of graffiti here, and it is right by the train station so that it doubtlessly receives a great deal of attention from commuters and tourists. The sentiment behind this wheatpaste poster is obvious, but it is also probably a statement about the tourist trade in Brighton.

In summer many thousands of people pour out onto the streets of Brighton to shop in the city centre and the Lanes. As any resident of Brighton (and probably East Sussex) will be able to tell you, while the Lanes are lovely, that’s only when they aren’t busy and the city centre is dire pretty much all of the time! Brighton has a great deal more to offer than the tourists really see in the capitalist shopping centre. It’s a seaside resort after all!

We’ve decided that this is a very cool piece of graffiti.

Don't Swear!

Don't Swear!

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WHERE: Just off Dyke Road from 7 Dials. On your left just after Buckingham Road there is a gate in the hedge that leads to a children’s playground. Follow the path and you’ll reach the bench.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT SAYS:

“Please don’t swear unless it’s an emergancy”

This is no feat of artistic engineering, but it’s a good piece of graffiti all the same. Whether or not the spelling mistake in ’emergency’ is deliberate or not can be left up to you – it’s next to a children’s playground, perhaps a child wrote this – or perhaps we’re just supposed to think that they did!

Either way, we liked this piece of graffiti, and it’s a nice motto that we won’t forget in a hurry.