Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

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.

‘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!

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.

Gloucester Road Alleyway

Gloucester Road Alleyway

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WHERE: Head down Gloucester Road towards the Old Steine. You will see The Eagle pub on your left hand side. Immediately after the pub there is a mews, and if you turn left into it you notice a small alleyway leading onto Gloucester Street. This is the spot. Mind your head!

PIECE BY: Anon.

LEGAL: No.

OUR RESIDENT ART EXPERT, SAYS:

This alleyway is full of good tags, but no major pieces. We’ve just put this one up on the site because we thought it was fun – it is brightly coloured and stands out from the tags that surround it. The mystic message gets you thinking. It’s nice to look at pictures, but it’s also nice to see what people have to say sometimes too, and that’s why we like this bit of graffiti.

What if this really is it? What is this even referring to! I suppose it’s rather a philosophical point of view on the world. Don’t worry yourself  though, this certainly isn’t it for the graffiti, we can assure you of that!