Posts Tagged ‘legal’

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!

Cowman Slaughters Mancow

Cowman Slaughters Mancow

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WHERE: This mad cow is on the side of a boarded up shop on St. James’s Street. If you walk up St. Jame’s Street from the centre of Brighton, this piece is on the left hand side just before you reach Dorset Gardens.

PIECE BY: Anon.

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

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

This is another very political piece of graffiti. Although it’s hard at first to tell what’s going on, if you look closely you will notice that the man actually has the head of a cow and the cow has the head of a man. The statement is clear – it’s drawing a comparison between man and animal and perhaps the greed that we exhibit as people.

Given the nature of St. James’s Street and the number of large and global corporations that have established themselves here, it suggests that this graffiti isn’t accidentally placed. On this street, there is a Morrisons, a Tesco, a Co-operative and a Starbucks, all of which are considered money makers who will slaughter the competition without a moment’s remorse – and that is exactly what they have done to this lonely boarded up shop.

Then again, perhaps it’s just revenge of the mad cow!

Keep your eyes peeled for more graffiti like this. It’s not always easy to spot if you don’t know the situation in an area, but it can be well explained if you do. Good luck!

Beggar Boy

 

Beggar Boy

 

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WHERE: Off North Street, on the side of Art Republic, on Bond Street in the Laines.

PIECE BY: Unknown at present – but keep an eye out for the symbol on the bottom right elsewhere.

LEGAL: Unknown. This may be a commission by Art Republic, but given the nature of other graffiti by this artist it could also just be conveniently placed.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT SAYS:

Recognise this? The style is identical to the ‘The Building Wraps Around Me’ stencil graffiti in Jubilee Square, and it has the same tag symbol. It’s exciting when you discover two pieces by the same artist, particularly when it is so sophisticated and has a mysterious air to it such as this. We’re still not sure what the name of this artist is, but the cube symbol is the constant factor here.

This piece appears to show a beggar boy. If so then it could tie in with the other piece we have seen by this artist, the one that looks a bit like Saddam Hussein – this boy could easily be a refugee of war. It’s a solemn piece but also incredibly beautiful and perfectly executed. Pieces like this are the cream of the crop as far as we’re concerned. There is a lot of very good graffiti around Brighton and Sussex, but this pushes the bar right up. The uncertainty about the identity of the artist and even whether or not this is a legal or illegal piece also adds to the mystery. We hope you enjoy it!

Also, note the tag in the bottom right hand corner (we have cut most of it off here I’m afraid) It is the same tag as on the North Street/King Place Rolf Harris graffiti. Whether this is just a separate tag or if the artist had a part in creating this piece of graffiti, we aren’t sure. You decide.

God is a Dinosaur
God is a Dinosaur

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WHERE: Opposite the Brighton Dome on Church Street. Head up the side alley that leads to the Prince Regent Swimming Pool and this graffiti is immediately on the left hand side.

PIECE BY: Unknown at this time.

LEGAL: Yes. This is a legal bit of street art.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

Well, this one is certainly a bit spooky! At first our photographer didn’t realise it was there, because at a glance it looks like a pile of old wood. It wasn’t until he spotted the sign that he realised what it was! This is a fantastic piece of street art. It must be a part of the commission on this alleyway, because any non-legitimate art like this would be removed in no time by the council.

This wooden robot is an innovative creation. Simple but effective, it certainly makes a statement – you can’t find street art like this in many places. It’s made out of found items – wood offcuts, old furniture and the eyes are made of reflectors from what appears to be old car headlights. “God is a dinosaur” – a round about way of saying He’s extinct? As is often the case with graffiti and street art, the message is cryptic and really gets you thinking.

We really recommend you go check this one out in person, if for no other reason than to get an idea of the sheer size of it.

Orginal Species, North Place

Orginal Species, North Place

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WHERE: Head down North Place towards Prince Regent Swimming Pool. Walk down the steps at the end, turn back on yourself and you’ll find this piece on the wall of the steps.

PIECE BY: Tom, Jacqui, Fairy, NYE, Louis, Awest and others.

LEGAL: Yes, this piece is  a commission.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT SAYS:

This is a good plain fun work of art. It’s definitely a commissioned piece of graffiti, as it is detailed and neat unlike an illegally bombed piece would be. It also has at least ten artists which would be rare for an illegal tag.

Can you spot the potential underlying political message? The words “Original Species” are the main part of this work of art, surrounded by skyscrapers with all their lights on, pouring out exhaust smoke. “Original Species” is riding on a wave – could this be a statement about the arrogance of humankind and our treatment of the planet?

Or perhaps that’s the not the point at all…on the left hand side underneath a sign saying European Social Fund, it says “nacro”. Nacro is a long standing charity which aims to reduce crime – this would explain the presence of the CCTV camera. It might be suggesting that not all graffiti is crime.

These are just a few thoughts but as ever, you should interpret this piece of graffiti in whatever way feels most comfortable for you.