Posts Tagged ‘philosphical’

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!

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.

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!

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.