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Roa Street art London tour Shorditch

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If you have ever wondered around the Shoreditch region of London you may have stumbled upon a giant rodent or two – no this is not a commentary on the health and safety of London’s East End but Shoreditch’s Brick Lane has been visited by many an urban street artist including the Belgian artist who goes by the pseudonym Roa and he has left his very distinctive mark on the semi-derelict buildings and shop shutters of the area.  London Graffiti tours offer you the opportunity to visit each of his mostly black and white, massive and highly intricate animal street art pieces, standing tall and proud throughout the more industrial areas of Shoreditch so that you can have a closer look.

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Each of Roa’s pieces is done on such a huge scale it takes him between 4 to 8 hours to complete them and consequently that means that most of his street art is done with permission of the building owners.   This means that they usually stay on display for quite some time – much to the dismay of the local London Councils – some of the oldest of his London monochrome masterpieces have been around since 2010 which is when Hackney council threatened to paint over a 3.5m high rabbit which had been legally painted on the wall of a recording studio.  Fortunately the building owners and local residents put up such a fight to keep it that the council had to back down.

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He has also displayed his work in major cities across Europe, the United States, Australia and New Zealand and he likes his art to have a backdrop of desolation or industry which is why London’s Brick Lane holds such an appeal for him.  Roa’s work is not inconspicuous or hidden away, he has produced some of the largest and most recognizable paintings in the history of street art and his creations often require him to use a cherry picker to reach their finely drawn lofty heights. Generally he creates animals and birds both wild and urban, that are native to the area being painted and while he normally uses the very minimal color pallet of black, white and red, he has also created some works using more vibrant colors to depict flesh and/or internal systems within the animals and birds. His medium is spray paint and because of the scale of many of his pieces he much first draw a sketch of the final figure which he holds in front of him with one hand as he sprays with the other.

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But Roa’s work doesn’t just stand out because of the scale of his pieces.  Each animal is done to such fine anatomical detail and given such life with his artistic skills that they are simply mesmerizing. Their eyes holding yours and their expressions tell you a story all of their own.  Let www.londongraffititours.com show you around and introduce you to some of them.

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London Street art Tours

A London street art tour will show you that London is awash with street art in all of its forms and here at London street art tours and Graffiti tours, we aim to show the very best of what the capital has to offer. Graffiti is an art form in its own right and should be experienced by all. Other terms used are ‘Urban art’ or ‘Guerrilla art’ to describe what is more commonly referred to now as street art these days.

Street art is very colourful and more often than not, it is pleasing on the eye and brightens up the area in which it is located. These hidden masterpieces can be found adorning walls, doors and even the pavements in and around London with its epicentre in Shoreditch..

Probably the most famous of the street artist is ‘Banksy’ known to be a political activist as well as a painter and film director  but there are of course many others including ‘Belgium’s ‘Roa’ and the French ‘Invader’ known for his images made from blocks as in the original Space invaders computer game

Others include ‘Ben Eine’ famed for his alphabet  lettering on shop window shutters, ‘Paul Don Smith’ and of course Charles Uzzell Edwards known as ‘Pure Evil’, a ‘Banksy’ stable mate.

Shoreditch street art.

A London street art tour will show you the best of Shoreditch street art. Here at London Street Art Tours we aim to provide the perfect, expertly lead experience and show you the very best of Shoreditch’s street art. You will learn about the artists and the culture as well as the locations and the reasons behind Shoreditch being the world’s foremost location for street art.

Walking Tour

A walking tour of street art allows you to enjoy at close hand the skill of the artist. You will see things that are not possible to see when driving past in your car or on the bus.

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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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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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