Posts Tagged ‘Graffiti’

A piece of colourful graffiti by artists Hutch and Stinkfish

Ethereal Art

WHERE: On Gloucester Road in the Lanes, opposite the Basketmaker’s Arms.

PIECE BY: Stinkfish and Hutch.

STATUS: It’s beautifully executed and has been here for a good couple of years, so this looks like a legal piece to us.

WE SAY: This stunning collaborative piece by Hutch (a Brighton-based artist) and Stinkfish (a graffiti artist from Colombia) has been gracing this wall on Gloucester Road since 2011 and has lost none of its sparkle.

Independently, these guys have thrown up some great pieces all around the world, so we’re lucky to have this joint-effort on display in a quiet corner of the Lanes in Brighton. We’ve noticed photorealistic graffiti making some big waves over the last couple of years, and this a prime example. We like it a lot; it’s not overly complex but there’s something wonderfully ethereal about it.

One last thing… since this was a collaboration, why not play spot the difference to see if you can tell who produced which bits? We think we’ve got it figured out, but you can make up your own mind. Check out more of Hutch’s work here (with prints available if they tickle your creative fancy) and although we couldn’t find a website for Stinkfish, we did find this great selection on Vandalog.

Have you seen more pieces in Brighton by either of these artists? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

A tagger called Muggle, writes 'fuck cassette lord' over a piece of graffiti on a green junction box.

Muggle Bombs Cassette Lord on Regent Street

WHERE: At the top of Regent street in the Lanes, opposite Tiffany’s cafe.

PIECE BY: Cassette Lord and Muggle.

STATUS: Cassette Lord = legal, Muggle = illegal.

WE SAY: For our first post in over three years, it seems only poignant to see that our old friend Muggle has been up to his old tricks! This time he’s bombed a piece by Cassette Lord, and what he lacks in nuance, he makes up for in initiative by using Cassette Lord’s own name in his piece to mark himself down. It’s a common practice in the graffiti world to paint over somebody else’s work to disrespect them, but we like this one for Muggle’s sheer cheek and boldness. If you’re a Brighton local, you’ll know Cassette Lord’s work; he regularly livens up the old green junction boxes around the city.

Clearly, in this case, Muggle isn’t too pleased that Cassette Lord is operating in his territory. Either that, or he’s just not a fan of the more ‘mainstream’ graffiti which has started appearing around the city, and is exerting his power of expression with a bit of old school tagging.

Now the blog is back in action, we’ll be keeping an eye out for a bit more of Muggle’s mischief and we will also be sure to do a post on Cassette Lord too. Stay tuned.

‘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!

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.

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?

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WHERE: Head down North Street from Churchill Square. Just after Barclays bank on the left is King Place. If you turn down here, take the first right and then the first left and this graffiti is on the surrounding walls (If it’s still there!)

PIECE BY: Saber, Retna, Ewok.

LEGAL: This is a commissioned mural.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

Once again this is a great example of some of the commissioned murals available to see around the centre of Brighton. Although near the main road, this piece is well hidden so it hasn’t been bombed over. The first piece shows Rolf Harris as a Kangaroo, homage to Harris himself, as it is drawn in his style. It says “Frosty Freeze RIP”. Unfortunately even we can’t decipher the wildstyle lettering.

However, if you look more closely at Rolf Harris Kangaroo, just to the right between the mural and the green lettering on the doors, you can see a pink stencil at the top of the pillar. Does it look familiar? It should! It’s the same stencil as on the Bond Street Graffiti. Whether this is just a separate tag or if the artist had a part in creating this mural, we aren’t sure. You decide.

The next piece depicts a hip hop version of Mickey Mouse. He has gold teeth, his ears are speakers and he holds an Uzi in each hand. Hip hop was and is a great influence on graffiti, so it’s good to see this influence so clearly. All in all, these pieces are excellent and they are nice and bright. Good fun we think!