Scooters and street art

I’ve loved scooters for four decades now, but street art is a new obsession of mine, having captured my imagination in the last couple of years or so. Both scenes provide an outlet for creative folk to produce unique, incredible pieces of art and I’ve been wanting to bring these two worlds together for a while, for a special photo shoot.

I’m a regular visitor to Brighton, which is one of my favourite places having lived and worked there for many years. These are some photos of my Vespa GTS which I took last year, one at Black Rock which is at the end of Madeira Parade and the other in Hove next to the peace statue.

If you’re interested in Brighton street art then you can find out about the best locations here, and see some incredible murals here including work by top international artists. I’ve also written about paste-up street art here which is another passion of mine.

However, much as I love my own scooter I wanted to get some more exciting machines to photograph with the murals so I managed to persuade some of my Midhurst Detours clubmates that a rideout to Brighton would be a great idea.

We managed to pick a glorious summer’s day which was perfect for scooter riding but unfortunately not so great for photos as the sun was actually too bright! Beggers can’t be choosers though, and although we lost a couple of people early on, one to a toothache and one to a dodgy clutch, there were six of us who completed the hour’s ride to Brighton.

Volk’s Bar Meeting Point

We parked at Volk’s bar which is the traditional meeting point for anything scooter-related in Brighton as far as I can tell. There are some handy cones outside which stop cars and other vehicles from parking there, leaving a nice space for a dozen or so scooters. Some others arrived soon after us, and Snowy was drawn to this Lambretta’s leopardskin seat which matched his new jacket perfectly!

Green Lambretta with leopardskin seat and spare wheel cover.

It was really scorching so we had a nice cool drink before heading up to Black Rock for the first shoot.

Black Rock street art

I was really excited to see some artists in action when we arrived. Snub 23 and Sprite were collaborating on a large mural which was well underway. They stopped for a chat and I thought Mark’s street-style Lambretta suited it perfectly.

Snub and Sprite painting a wall in Brighton with an orange scooter in the foreground

We sadly didn’t get to see the finished article, but Sprite kindly sent me this photo. It’s absolutely stunning!

Mural by Snub 23 and Sprite at Black Rock in Brighton
Photo courtesy of I Am Sprite

Snub 23 and Sprite

You can see more of Snub’s work below, and his artwork is available to buy via his website here. Sprite also has a website which you can visit using this link. To see their latest work on Instagram check out @Snub_23 and @I.Am.Sprite.

Hummingbird by Sprite

Harpo Art and Ed 209

Just a few yards away we found Harpo Art and Ed 209, both of whom I’ve met previously on other Brighton street art visits. It was Ed who painted over my Brighton angel wings (for which I bear no grudges!) and they were in full flow in the Brighton sun.

Harpo is better known for stained-glass style designs, including many owls which are dotted around the city. He loved their symmetry, and become known as the ‘owl guy’. Now he’s learning how to create real stained glass, and loves to play with the combination of both media, whether it’s transforming an art piece to glass, or studying how glass reflects its features and sets a striking background.

These are examples of the iconic stained glass style that Harpo is best known for.

He’s always liked painting birds too, as they have so many directional features to play with, and the photo below shows him working on a yellow hawk. Further down in this post is another piece by Harpo from Trafalgar Lane, a blue hawk.

Mark was in Stig mode for this shot which worked really well with the urban art and his Lambretta, Street Freak.

Scooterist in the foreground standing next to a street-style Lambretta.  Two street artists in the background, spraying a wall at Black Rock in Brighton.

Ed 209 is into sci-fi and robots, which inspired this piece below. He later told me “this was about me trying out the gold areas, and visually I just wanted to have something with an ambiguous, perhaps mildly disturbing face, and a sports car aesthetic. Repulsive and alluring. I’m influenced by lots of varieties of science fiction, comics, films and computer games”.

Here are the final pieces from their Instagram feeds. Click on these links to see more of Ed 209 and Harpo Art.

Vespa P Range with Street Art

Next up was Snowy, who is the street artist of the scootering world, building, painting and repainting his Vespa on a seemingly weekly basis. Surprisingly it hasn’t changed since Hayling which was a whole three weeks ago, but I’m sure it’ll be different by the next time I see it.

Scooterboy with his silver Vespa P Range and street art.

Dennis The Menace

The street art was a great backdrop for Putt’s Lambretta. He was down to his last few drops of petrol and wasn’t to know that he’d break down on the way home, when his stator plate failed him. The joys of scootering! It didn’t dampen his enjoyment of the day though…

Dennis the Menace Lambretta in front of street art at Black Rock.

Cobra Street Style Lambretta

Elliot Ede’s scooter is a lovely street-style Lambretta, which he is running in still so couldn’t race with the others when they shot away on the ride over. I liked the contrast of his smart paintjob with the Black Rock murals in the background.

Cobra street-style Lambretta with street art at Black Rock in Brighton

Vespa GTS 300

And then we have my boring black GTS. I do love it, although I know that autos divide opinion in the scene. I enjoy riding both my scooters, they are so completely different, and separated by around 40 years of age! The Lambretta is from the early 1960s and the Vespa is just ten years old.

Vespa GTS scooter with street art in Brighton

Mick Mowgli

This stunning mural by Mick Mowgli really caught our eye. Originally from London, he’s been in Brighton for three years now and started painting a year ago after a 15 year break, inspired by all the local street art. Favela helped out with the background while Mick focused on the character’s face. You can check out his Instagram feed here to see his other amazing work.

Mural by Mick Mowgli at Black Rock in Brighton

Mark went into Stig mode again, for one of my favourite photos of the day.

Lambretta and rider in a helmet in front of colourful street art in Brighton


Here you can see the Favela work better, particularly the parrot and graffiti lettering. He was from Birmingham originally but has been in Brighton for 20 years. He started doing graffiti in the late 1980s but stopped for 15 years, and then restarted a couple of years ago. Amongst others, his main influences include lettering, leaves and mandalas. Check out his Instagram feed here.

Scooters and street art in Brighton
Two Lambrettas in front of a street art mural in Black Rock, Brighton

Before we headed back Putt stopped to pose in front of this eyecatching mural!

Trafalgar Lane Street Art

After another quick refreshment break at Volk’s bar we rode home via Trafalgar Lane, another of Brighton’s best street art locations.

I think Mark’s scooter looked stunning against this graffiti.

Orange Lambretta with colourful graffiti in Brighton

The Travis Perkins building is covered in artwork including this bright street art which I think looked great behind my Vespa.

Black Vespa GTS  in front of green and purple wall mural in Brighton

My husband Lee had ridden my Lambretta over which meant I could take photos of both my scooters. Here is the Series 2 in front of a couple of murals, the one on the right by Snub 23 and on the left by Stevie Unknown (his Insta is here).

Series 2 Lambretta in front of a Snub 23 mural in Trafalgar Lane, Brighton.

Here is a better photo of the Snub mural. I love the intensity of the glowing eyes!

Snub 23 mural in Brighton

Another shot of Snowy’s P Range Vespa!

Vespa scooter in front of graffiti in Brighton's Trafalgar Lane

Here’s the Lambretta again with work by Glimmertwin32 and Sprite in the background.

Lambretta Series 2 in front of street art in Brighton

And here’s another by Harpo Art, a stunning blue hawk with a stained glass background.

Vespa GTS scooter in front of a blue hawk mural painted by Harpo Art.

By now everyone was ready to ride home, so I jumped on the Lambretta to lead the way back to Bognor and beyond. I was surprised how much the boys embraced my ‘scooters and street art’ project and can’t wait to do it again with them!

My Street Art Scooter

Since writing this article I’ve now got my own street art scooter! It was painted by Snub23 and you can read about the project here. This photo was taken in front of a large Snub mural next to Trafalgar Street car park in Brighton.

Scooter with colourful isometric painted horncover in front of a wall mural in the same style

More Scooters And Street Art

Since writing this post I’ve been sent examples of scooter street art, and found some myself. I will add them here as I collect them so do check back to see what’s new!

Southsea artist Fark

Fark is a Southsea artist who typically paints brightly coloured birds all over the city of Portsmouth. His latest piece at the end of Tonbridge Street is his take on a scooter, albeit with a bird on the seat!

Street art blue scooter featuring a bird on the seat, by Southsea artist Fark.

Cartagna Street Art

A scooter friend, Shady, spotted this whilst on a cruise stopoff in Cartagna, Spain.

Street art featuring a mod-style target with white Lambretta and text saying Ready Stead Go!

Serbian Street Art

Sticky saw this street art on one of his European adventures, it’s a barber shop in Serbia and was first featured in the story of his first rally which you can read here.

Sticky with Edward Scissorhands street art in Serbia
Sticky in Serbia

More Brighton Street Art

I hope you enjoyed reading about my scooters and street art project. Here are my other Brighton street art posts :
Brighton Street Art
Brighton Graffiti Tour
Brighton and Shoreditch Paste Up Street Art

You may also be interested to learn about the Secrets Of Brighton’s West Pier which I was lucky to explore in the early 2000s on a guided tour before it tragically burned down.

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