When I think of street art it’s usually graffiti and wall murals which spring to mind, but paste up street art is increasingly grabbing my attention. It’s hard to miss in places such as Brighton and Shoreditch where all types of street art are prolific.
I recently did a street art walking tour in Shoreditch which was superb and I would highly recommend it. I will be writing about it more in the future but here is a link if you want to check out Alternative London street art tours for more information.
Paste up street art
Paste up street art is an underground platform for political and social commentary around the world, and although murals and graffiti can sometimes have a political edge, they tend to be more at the abstract and creative end of the spectrum.
There are a few running themes in both Brighton and Shoreditch in terms of their paste up street art. Donald Trump is a very popular subject, not surprisingly! These are from Brick Lane in London. The first is by SubDude, whose website is here for more of his work.
And on a recent visit to Brighton it’s hard to miss these Trump-based images. They are plastered all over the North Laine area, up to New England Street.
Brexit is another popular subject and I like this one by SubDude from Shoreditch!
And Brighton puts its spin on the subject too. I think that ‘agents of chaos’ is an apt moniker for the current government, although Trump actually gets more Google hits for the term…
The Tories get a dig in this piece by Georgie, from Bristol (see her website here for more examples of her work) which are available to buy.
The Queen is not immune either, with these royal paste up street art masterpieces from Shoreditch. The first is by Heath Kane, and you can visit his website too for more of his work.
And the next two are by Smiler.
And then there’s this offering from @polarmermaid, some advice for the Queen for the recent Trump visit.
BrokeArt, from Brighton, has his own thoughts on a design for the 5p coin which I rather like!
Another piece from BrokeArt is this series, which I saw a few months ago in Middle Street, Brighton. Just ponder for a moment what it would look like if Jesus was dancing to the Village People…
Another Brighton-based paste up street artist is Ducey, who creates stencils to produce designs like the Five Go Vegan one below which promote a vegan lifestyle and animal cruelty awareness. Ducey is originally from South Yorkshire and moved to Brighton in 2010 to attend Sussex University. The subject of animal rights isn’t one I’ve seen much elsewhere so it’s great that it’s being highlighted in this way. Ducey is new to street art and stencil design, and has some great work in the pipeline which I can’t wait to share!
Ducey entered the Brighton Gin Art Prize this year with the design below on a gin bottle which was sold to a vegan cafe in Kent! I think it’s great when street art is made into more permanent items like that.
This is Ducey’s latest piece, Supervegan! I only spotted one in Trafalgar Street but will keep an eye out for different coloured versions over the forthcoming weeks.
This piece below is an intro to Brighton’s prolific paster, Minty. It also has a dash of Ducey underneath!
Here’s another classic Minty, with hint of Ducey again!
I will now embark on a Minty feast, and I didn’t even mean to take so many photos of his work! Minty is an American who lives in Brighton and makes his paste up street art in a bedroom at home. He heads out at night to stick them up, and if you want to see some then Middle Street is a great place, as well as all over the North Laine area.
This is also from Brighton and is by Limbo1984.
I don’t condone use of the C word, but I do like this piece by Silent Bill Art, and completely agree with its sentiment. However, I am slightly apprehensive about including this due to the lack of apostrophes as I hate bad grammar!
Music is always an inspiration for art and this piece by Voxx in Brick Lane caught my attention.
‘Natural Order’ is a perfectly symmetrical design by Lily Mixe, and is located on the side of a house in Hoxton. Lily is from Paris and is inspired by nature.
These cute little guys reside in Brick Lane and are the work of PinkSwarmi
This poster is a protest against national ID cards.
And finally, this collection of stickers and paste-ups is near Waterloo Station on the South Bank in London, in an area full of graffiti which is now a skate park. The main image is by ZombieSqueegee, aka Ben Rider, whose website is here.
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