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Ohana Feature

Those nice guys over at Ohana online magazine did a cool feature with me.

http://www.ohanamag.com/

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Ben Eine. London street art tour

Ben Eine is one of the most prolific producers of London street art today. His distinctive work is a highlight of many London graffiti tours and can mostly be found around Shoreditch, Broadway Market and Brick Lane.

He is now best-known for a range of commercial projects, most famously shop shutters. His work centres heavily around bold, colourful letters in a range of styles such as circus and neon-style writing. His distinctive styles of lettering are often used for advertisements and magazines.

One thing that makes Ben Eine unique is his use of colour. He has a natural instinct for choosing colours that will precisely complement each other. He often favours bold, bright colours which really make the most of this talent and give added impact to his art.

Ben Eine was a prominent figure in the underground London street art scene before breaking into commercial graffiti. His rise from obscurity came about in part through his cooperation with Banksy, perhaps the single best-known producer of London street art in history. While working as a screen printer, Eine produced many prints for Banksy and his natural eye for colour enabled him to suggest subtle improvements to the pseudonymous artist’s work, leading the two to form a firm partnership.

Perhaps the most impressive incarnation of Eine’s bold, colourful lettering came about in May 2010. He adorned Middlesex Street with an entire alphabet of his distinctive London street art. Residents embraced his work, christening the road “alphabet street.” This achievement was also praised by The Times and became an instant highlight of many London graffiti tours.

Eine has been responsible for some of the most famous and distinctive pieces of London street art, and his work on East End shop shutters is an essential component of many London Graffiti tours. His unique style and formidable talent have earned him no shortage of recognition and praise. In 2008, he was named as one of the six best new street artists in London by Time Out magazine, and in 2010 a Ben Eine painting was given as an official gift from the Prime Minister to US President Barack Obama.

Most of Ben Eine’s work has been produced in London, but he has also brightened up a number of other towns and cities. These include Hastings (where he has a studio), Newcastle, Paris and Stockholme. His work has also appeared in galleries and exhibitions around the world, including France, the USA and Norway. One of his pieces, “Circus Love,” was also displayed on the wall of Oxford Circus’ Central Line as part of Art Below. By being featured in Art Below, he followed in the footsteps of many of the most prestigious names in London street art, including Banksy and Goldie.

Altogether, Eine’s work has become a distinctive and unmissable feature of London’s graffiti scene, and an integral part of the Capital’s urban landscape. A range of London graffiti tours are dedicated to helping people discover this must-see artist’s work.

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Ben Eine Street art London tour.

Ben Eine London Street art tours

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Street art London tour with London graffiti tours

Street art London tours with Steam156

London, especially the East Side, has some real street art gems, waiting to be discovered. Perhaps the hottest spot for graffiti in the UK right now, London is a smoky city with lots to show and tell about its people and how they perceive the world around them. If you know where to look, you can be amazed by the beautifully-made street art that inspires. From wall art deco, to the most phlegmatic works of art that dare to challenge your thoughts, you are called for thoughtful reactions upon dark events that are happening at some remote areas of the country. Everything depicted has something to say, beyond the obvious, and one thing is for sure: you will never get bored wandering around the lively streets of London.

However, trying to see it all, will probably seem like an endless quest. So, it takes a really knowledgeable guide to not just show you around, but let you step in the depths of the slightest details, leaving you with a sweet taste on the mouth when you get back home. Undoubtedly, your options are not limited, when it comes to London Graffiti and Street Art Tours. But, how much of an expert would your guide be, so to get you right into the heart of the fuzz, rather than just show you tags, instead of real art? Would your guide be offering you a one-of-a-kind experience and share a valuable album full of other works of the same artists you are about to see in action? What other guide is himself a street artist with extensive work on display, hence know all about street art from the very inside?

This is where we step in and make the difference…Stream 156, your guide with London Graffiti Tours, is a reputable street artist, who has dug into the core of street art and has travelled around the world to document and photograph it, in all its expressive forms. When in street art, the artist has a statement to make, either clarifying, illustrative, or more abstract. Who will best walk you through it, if not for a man driven by a passion for street art?  So, if you have a flair for graffiti, with London Graffiti Tours, you will get a unique opportunity to see real art of world famous Bansky, Obey, Roa, and Pure Evel, among a heap of other unknown artists from all over the globe, bombing the back streets!

We offer various Street Art London Tours from 3hr, 2hr and all day street art tours  -don’t worry, we keep our groups small, so you will get the most of everything!-  and the journey begins! You only need to wear your comfy walking shoes, take your camera, and be ready to get so much more than imagined! Almost forgot…put an umbrella inside your backpack. You never know when rain is on the daily schedule in London! Alternatively, you can also opt for a private tour. Just ask us how!

However, if you prefer something even more challenging, you can take the fascinating, non-rushed 3h Street Art London Tour, walk through the coolest graffiti-loaded avenues, and see the finest of works by Bansky, C215, Eine, Christian Nagel, Jimmy C, and Stik, to name just a few! With a stop at mind-blowing Pure Evil Gallery to catch up with the hottest and latest street art and graffiti (if you are lucky you’ll also get to see a love show!), your time will worth to the last minute. And, if you feel up to the challenge, dare to create your very own street art after the tour with the stuff you have bought from the Chrome and Black (yes, the coolest graffiti stores in London right now). What a better way to end a superb day!

Just book your Street Art London Tour and we are set to sail the waters of conceptual art. There is so much to explore…

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Under its clouds, through its historical or newly build streets, on both sides of river Thames, London is a city which has much to offer both to its inhabitants and to curious tourists. Especially if you are an art enthusiast, you surely won’t miss the National Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery or Tate Modern.

You might know that London is a top destination for many things, including art galleries, but you might not know that this is the place where street art found its home in Europe. In the last few decades, London became one of the most pro-graffiti cities in the world. A street art London tour would reveal you a stage of controversial art work, created by artists as famous as Banksy.

Yes, Banksy is a well-known artist in the street art world, due to his witty graffiti works and also due to the mystery that surrounds his identity. Even if you don’t know much more than that about street art, our London graffiti tours are lead by steam156, a legendary street art artist himself and an expert in his activity. He will take you through old and new street artworks in London made not only by Banksy, but also by other notorious street artists like Solo One, Love Pusher, Twesh, Relay and Wisher.

Our London graffiti tours will help you learn more about this sometimes legal-sometimes illegal way of expressing an artistic feeling and will make street art reach to your heart. Moreover, if you feel an artistic impulse yourself, then don’t forget to bring a can of paint with you.

The interesting thing about taking a street art London tour at different time intervals is that you’ll always have new things to see. What else is street art if not a dynamic and never ending art process? The worlds’ walls are the street artists’ canvases and what was here today might not be here tomorrow. Street artists are using the public space in order to send a message to people who see their work. Or sometimes…just because they have a funny idea. Even so, while walking through the streets of London during our tour you will feel the vibe of the dialogue the artist started with you. The street art you’ll see will always live in your memories and your pictures. So don’t forget your camera!

{All you street art lovers know a tour would not be complete without an Exit Through The Gift Shop. One of the coolest souvenirs from your street art tour will be your own name done in graffiti style on a mini London underground map. You can order it before the tour and we’ll bring to you. Also, be sure to check the other items in our shop.}

Since 50 years ago, when the first modern street art works appeared in New York, meaning mainly graffiti paintings (that authorities erased immediately after), this type of art found its development in our century. During our street art London tour you might see also stencil graffiti, sticker art, installations or even sculptures. So come with us on a London graffiti tour and you’ll see that it is much more fun than at Tate’s!

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Street art London tour with Steam156

Street art London tour with Steam156 

When most people think of London they think about the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, West End shows, the London Eye and the Queen…but is that really the only things London has to offer? The answer is a simple, but resounding no – the great city has much to offer that isn’t tied into a stereotypical outlook on Britain as a whole, hidden gems are hiding in almost all alleyways, underpasses and around every corner – you just need to know where to look.

One such hidden gem is the Street art London tour. This tour features the very best pieces from various street artists such as the world famous Banksy – who has stunned the world and converted many to street art fanatics with his political and social commentary pieces, emblazoned on walls, streets and bridges all over the globe. C215, who is widely described as the French Banksy – showing societies forgotten members by way of intricate portraits of the homeless, elderly, street kids and refugees – is also featured on the tour as is Roa – the Belgium born street artist responsible for the amazing wild and urban animals (native to the area being painted) that you find featured across buildings all over Europe, the U.S and New Zealand.

We know you can find graffiti adorning most buildings, bus stops and train stations but can you tell your Roa from your Jimmy C? Probably, but others will be harder to distinguish so who better to show you around the collection than Steam 156 – Street artist, the author of Street art London and graffiti documenter with over 28 year experience. You’ll be in good hands as he shows you around the very best of Shoreditch Street Art and East London, bombards you with a wealth of information on every artist and gives insides to the world of London graffiti. You’ll also stop off at the awesome Pure Evil gallery to see what’s new alongside visiting one of the best street art stores Chrome and Black so that if, after the tour, you begin to have itchy fingers, you’ll be able to stock up with supplies and get creating.

This is the crème de la crème of street art tours but make sure you wear your most comfortable shoes as this amazing tour will take up a good 3 hours of your day! You can book your tickets through the website www.londongraffititours.com

Groups are kept small to ensure a personal feel to the tour and so that you may get the most out of everything you see and hear, so you should get in quick to book as they are bound to sell out quickly!

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