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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.

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.

WHERE: All around Brighton.

PIECE BY: The Cityclean strikers (and their supporters).

STATUS: Illegal.

WE SAY: We know what you’re thinking. In a statement of artistic regression, Tracy Emin has urbanised her early work in the form of a new installation piece on the streets of Brighton… But you’d be wrong. This is just garbage.

Cityclean workers in Brighton went on strike this month in a big way, transforming the streets of our fair city from idyllic to apocalyptic. It’s felt a bit like something out of Mad Max here of late. While it hasn’t been entirely pleasant, here at BGASA we can’t help but enjoy a bit of anarchy. If nothing else, it’s a healthy dose of reality about how much waste we get through.

Above is just one of many bins that was been left unemptied during the strikes. Stuck to it is a pretty impactful industrial action sticker (see detail) cleverly designed with Brighton City Council branding so that it instantly grabs the attention of anybody living here. A £4,000 pay cut for a job that’s already as under-appreciated as this? Sounds like a cause worth fighting for if you ask us… and the locals here certainly have a renewed appreciation for the work carried out by the council cleaners.

Jason Kitcat, the current (Green Party) leader of Brighton Council has been under fire for his poor handling of the strike and ensuing negotiations, proving that he is greener behind the ears than he is in his policies. It’s been particularly damaging for his reputation given his party’s environmental manifesto, but what to do?

With everything taking on such a serious light, we rather enjoyed this tongue-in-cheek sticker discovered on a bus stop on the Old Steine. Urging Kitcat to ‘take a break’ and leave council workers’ pay alone, it’s a nice satirical way to make the point without cramming the usual politics down everybody’s throat.



‘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!


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.


LEGAL: No, this is definitely an illegal stencil!


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.


LEGAL: No, this is an illegal stencil


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?