Banksy London graffiti tour

“Banksy” is the pseudonym used by one of the most famous street artists in the world. His real identity is not known, but a few details of his “civilian” life are known. He was born in Bristol in 1974. His father was a photocopier technician, and Banksy himself originally trained as a butcher before getting involved with street art.

Banksy has produced a wide range of art pieces including a film, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and even an opening for an episode of The Simpsons. However, he remains best known for his street art. He has produced some of the best-known and most loved pieces of street art in London. Banksy makes frequent use of stencils, but has also produced freehand artwork. His work in key areas of the capital, such as his fascinating Shoreditch street art, is an essential stop on many of the most popular art and cultural London tours, particularly specialist street art London tours.

Banksy’s art is not usually commercially available. He normally does not sell either reproductions or photographs of his street art, though he has self-published some books containing photos. Certain pieces of graffiti produced by Banksy have been removed from their original public setting and sold by art auctioneers for large amounts of money. However, this has evoked controversy about the process of removing the art from its original setting and, in some cases, whether this was done legally.

Bansky’s art has sprung up in a number of locations around the world, from his native Bristol to Brooklyn, USA and the Israeli West Bank. However, many of his greatest artworks have been centred around London. As he is one of the most famous and talented street artists in existence, his work is a vital component of many specialist street art London tours as well as some more general tours of the capital. A number of particularly interesting pieces can often be seen as part of the thriving Shoreditch street art scene.

Banksy has taken part in a number of notable exhibitions, including Art Below alongside other street artists. He has also held a number of exhibitions in the USA in places such as New York City and Los Angeles. Much of his exhibited work is different in execution, though not in style, from his regular street art. This includes painting animals (with approval from the RSPCA for conditions surrounding the activity) or producing oil paintings which subvert famous works.

Banksy is particularly known for employing dark humour and using his art to comment on current events. Both of these aspects will become clear to those who view his artworks on a street art London tour. Social issues that his art has dealt with include public surveillance, the use of child labour to manufacture cheap goods and prison conditions.

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New York city graffiti – The Destiny Children

This true story and retrospective documents the life and times of members of The Destiny Children (TDC) graffiti crew from 1985 to 2000. From Long Island, New York, The Destiny Children/Unlimited Styled Artists commemorate the 25-year history of the crew and their impact on the New York City subway graffiti era. This large collector’s book is loaded with 500 color images of original art ranging from burners on hand ball courts to pieces on tractor trailers to works throughout the New York City subway system. Works by many established NYC graffiti artists are featured, including founding members DC3 and SHO. Other original members featured are SHOROZ, BEAVER, LAE, LAC2, ROE, DOOJ, SHIM, and ONE2. Works by affiliated writers, ZEUS TDC, CEOS, ROZ One, SHARE 37, POKE IBM, EPIC, RECK, SKETCH, KARL TCM, DEON, BOM 5 MW, SACE RIP, MIRAGE RIP, and others are documented. Alongside the visual accounts of these artistic exploits are dozens of true stories and recollections that uncover the reality of painting in yards, lay ups, racking spray paint, fights, graffiti beefs, and police raids. See what made TDC take extraordinary risks so their street art could be seen by the public in their never-ending quest for fame. An ideal history for artists, art historians, street art enthusiasts, anthropologists, and urban dwellers.

This is a fantastic book and a great size packed full of great photos and well worth getting it for your collection

Destiny Children

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Hardcover: 344 pages

  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (October 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764337203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764337208
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 9.2 x 1.5 inches

 

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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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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