Archive for the ‘Seven Dials’ 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: These  tags by Muggle are on Gardner Street in the North Lanes, Elder Place at Preston Circus, and the Grit bin tag is outside the Shakespeare’s Head pub on Howard Place.

TAGS BY: Muggle

LEGAL: No, these graffiti tags are illegal.

CAN I  SEE IT: Yes. You can check these graffiti tags out!

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

These graffiti tags are the perfect example of the sort of tags that are prolific on the streets of Brighton. They can’t really be called pieces or even street art, and although not particularly thrilling to look at they show how taggers get up their names around town. Using marker pens instead of a spray can, and focused in Seven Dials and Preston Circus, Muggle is obviously making it clear to anyone in the neighbourhood that this is the patch where he operates as a graffiti artist.

Have you seen more tags by Muggle? If so, let Brighton Graffiti and Street Art know!

UPDATE: So, it turns out that Muggle is a musician based in Brighton, UK. Tagging is one way that DJ’s can get their name known around town! Check out Muggle’s Myspace page.

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?

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.

Life is Ecstatic Intercourse Between Destruction and Creation

Life is Ecstatic Intercourse Between Destruction and Creation

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WHERE: Head up the hill outside the train station and when you reach The West Hill Pub, turn right down Howard Place. The poster is on a metal pillar to the left before you reach the entrance of Bath Street.

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No. This is poster graffiti

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT SAYS:

“Life is ecstatic intercourse between destruction and creation”

This is a typical example of anarchist wheat-paste poster graffiti. Although this poster would have originally embraced the essence of graffiti and have been designed as a message against enforced authority, these days it is probably more likely to give you a headache than make you want to overthrow the government! However, once you get your head round the message, it is actually quite poetic as a modern day mantra to live your life by.

It’s always interesting to look up posters like this on Google to see how prevalent they are elsewhere. In the case of this poster, it doesn’t seem to be very common (or at least not online). One of the few sites to mention it is Disgruntled Elephant, whose goal is ‘to provide worthwhile radical propaganda at a low cost using the D.I.Y. ethic’, while selling the poster at $50 a pop! Doesn’t sound very low cost to me, but still, it’s a nice poster.

Update: A good spot to one of our readers who pointed out that the poster was 50 cents, not 50 dollars – that sounds a bit more like it!