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C215

#C215’s Hydro-Electricity in Paris

Like most of my street art finds, I found this C215 piece on a hydro-electric box by accident whilst cruising on a Vélib. I love those little discoveries Paris affords.


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#C215 in Berlin


I’m pretty ashamed. I have wandered up and down Skaltizer Strasse near Kottbusser Tor probably a bajillion times, but I only recently found these two C215 pieces there. What am I, blind?

Jeeeeez.

And not too far from the last C215 piece I found…

They were only a few doors down from each other too.

Get it together Estima.

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Berlin Street Art: I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way


A street art photographer-blogger like me always dreams of photographing the work of Os Gêmeos, and even though I have travelled the world over, I have never been fortunate enough to find the Brazillian brothers’ works! UNTIL NOW!


Os Gêmeos BABY!


This Moonman, located near Kottbusser Tor, is by Ash.


The Pink Man, near Oberbaumbrucke, is by BLU.


These two massive murals on Schlesische strasse are also by BLU.


I’m pretty sure this is by Miss Van. It was near the East Side Gallery.


Is that my beloved Vhils? Why yes it is!


My beloved C215 and his signature kitty-cat.


Is is a peace sign, a high-five, or a fuck you?
What we do know is that it’s by Case Maclaim


The last time I photographed Miss Me was in Montreal! Had no idea she’d been here!


It’s my beloved Jimmy C aka James Cochran!


Jimmy’s heart (obstructed by some idiot’s fat head).


And Jimmy’s lovely tribute to Anne Frank.


And my beloved Stik! (Yes they’re all my beloved…. WHAT OF IT?)


More Stik behind bars.


And Stik behind trees!


Ain’t that the fricken truth.


Bending Berlin Baby! And it’s a picture of Bender from Futurama! Space Invader has a version of this in Brussels, which I photographed last year, check it out! This is by street artist ambush and you should check out his website!


Aw, shucks.


That’s good advice, you guys.


Well if it isn’t my old Cologne-pal Decycle. I photographed this exact same piece over in that forsaken city, but glad to see he’s taking up a much more civilized and cosmopolitain area.


Jessica Rabbit. “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”


#C215 and #Invader pieces in London that are probably old but I just found them


How did I not see this before?!!!


I walk down this area of Shoreditch all the time! SORRY C215!

Check out my C215 category for more of his work I’ve photographed around the world.

Now this Space Invader is clearly old as it’s chipping away. The fact that I missed this consistently is THE MOST EMBARRASSING because it’s on Curtain Road RIGHT NEXT TO THE CAFE FIX 126 which I go to ALL THE FUCKING TIME. Literally, I am a regular at Fix 126 and I have a loyalty card and everything. So clearly, I have been walking by this Invader for YEARS and never noticed it. WHAT THE HELL, CHRISTINE.


See those people sitting on the benches next to the sandwich board? yeah, that’s Fix 126.


I really should hang my head in shame.

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#C215 in Shoreditch


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C215, Space Invader, and Curtis Kulig in #Amsterdam!


First, my beloved C215. I found all of these just by cycling around Amsterdam and keeping my eyes open. Always remember to keep your heads up, munchkins! There is so much wonderful art in your city and you’re missing it!


Now some Space Invader! So technically, I photographed this piece last year, but it was a crappy shot with my iPad, so I found it again and photographed it properly. I was shocked how I found it again, this is literally buried within a series of winding and interlocking streets in a community-housing project. I wasn’t looking to find it again, I just stumbled upon it, and was like NO WAY NO WAY NO WAY!


See it?


This was on Overtoom. I was lucky to spot this, because I was bombing north on my bike, going really fast and not paying attention to walls, I just happened to look up. ALWAYS LOOK UP!


This Invader looks like he’s wearing a mask!


I think this was on Bloemenstraat near the Prisengracht.


Finally some Curtis Kulig. YES CURTIS, I SWEAR I LOVE YOUUUUUUUU.


Curtis AND an A.S.V.P.! Lucky day!

 


Phlegm’s The Bestiary and C215’s Back to Black!

I’m off to Amsterdam for two sensational weeks, including my birfday (I’m turning 33, but I’m still technically younger than Jesus)!! Let me know if any of you munchkins will be in the area.

WE CAN CALL OURSELVES THE UNDUTCHABLES.

Think about it.

Anyhoo, I recently visited the gallery exhibitions of two of my favourite street artists. Phlegm and C215. This is really some gorgeous work in London right now, and the exhibitions are FREE FREE FREE so please check them out before they’re gone!

First, Phlegms “The Bestiary.”


Check out my Phlegm category for more of his work that I’ve photographed!

And now, C215’s “Back to Black!”


Use the force, Luke . . . I’ve run out of lubricant.


I think this one is my favourite.

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See you in Amsterdam, munchkins! TIME FOR SOME AMSTERDAMMAGE.


C215 killed the cat

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Video: London Street Art 2013

If you’ve been wondering why I haven’t posted many street art photos lately (which usually is what this blog is all about), it’s because I’ve been fiendishly working on this street art short film! I started filming this way back in September and actually had more footage than I could use, so editing this has taken some time! In addition to having a lot of technical problems trying to edit this thinger, I’ve also been busy living! So many projects on the go, it’s hard to sit still!

Anyway, this short film features the works of Banksy, Roa, Invader, Phlegm, Stik, Mobstr, C215, Paul Don Smith, Curtis Kulig, JR and the Inside Out Project, James Cochrane (Jimmy C), Alo, Fred Le Chevalier, Shok 1, and many more! Enjoy!

Speaking of things I’ve been busy with, I was invited to climb atop the huge O2 arena with the Up at the O2 experience. Basically, they harness you up, and you spend about an hour climbing atop this huge concert and sporting venue which overlooks all of central London! But this was special, they invited me to a particular Christmas-y climb where there were ukulele carol-singers atop the O2, singing Christmas standards and serving mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas crackers, and fake snow!


Here’s me in my gear, looking fucking endearing.


They wouldn’t let us take photos as we were climbing for safety reasons. But once at the top, I got snap-happy. Check out the Uke-carol-ers!


We were pretty high up.


La ville des lumieres anglais.


There were many reporters there because what we were doing was pretty newsworthy.


And this was the climb back down. AHHHH. Heights.


It was on this day, the day of the climb, that my short story was published AND I received some wonderful news that I’m not at liberty to speak about now, but perhaps in the New Year I will. I’ve gone into a few meetings for this project, and I hope good things will come to fruition. When I know more, so will you!

In the meantime, enjoy this gorgeous Harvey Milk quote I typed up on my gorgeous typewriter.

It says,

Go after her. Fuck, don’t sit there and wait for her to call, go after her because that’s what you should do if you love someone, don’t wait for them to give you a sign cause it might never come, don’t let people happen to you, don’t let me happen to you, or her, she’s not a fucking television show or tornado.

“There are people I might have loved had they gotten on the airplane or run down the street after me or called me up drunk at four in the morning because they need to tell me right now and because they cannot regret this and I always thought I’d be the only one doing crazy things for people who would never give enough of a fuck to do it back or to act like idiots or be entirely vulnerable and honest and making someone fall in love with you is easy and flying 3000 miles on four days notice because you can’t just sit there and do nothing and breathe into telephones is not everyone’s idea of love but it is the way I can recognize it because that is what I do.

“Go scream it and be with her in meaningful ways because that is beautiful and that is generous and that is what loving someone is, that is raw and that is unguarded, and that is all that is worth anything, really.”

 


C215 in Paris


Found these gems near Rue Nationale and Rue Vincent-Auriol in Paris. Check out my C215 category for more of his work that I’ve photographed around the world 🙂


More of C215’s London extravaganza

As you can see from my C215 category, I’ve found so much of the Parisian artist’s work after his recent Blightey visit … and the hits just keep on coming. How did I miss these the first time around?


These were all on Brick Lane, and some of them had already been put behind plexiglass to protect them!


Pussy snuggles! I’ve actually photographed this one before, back in November, but whatever, double your pleasure.


Kitteh wants his snuggle bum.

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London quickie

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Just in London for the day, and look who’s giving out the goods! Shoreditch huzzah!
“All I have to give you is a love that never dies, the symptom of the universe is written in your eyes.”

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Stik!
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Stik overlooking Roa!
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Roa!
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Phlegm!
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The pope is having a gay old time…
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C215!
20130411-194810.jpg The tower(bridge) and the inferno (me).


C215 keeps London on its toes

As I’ve blogged all about this past month, C215 hit the streets of London recently, and I’m still finding more of his pieces all over Shoreditch, Hoxton, and Brick Lane!

Look into her eyes, what do you see?

Awww, bless.


see it?


aww, something for the young lovers!

I had actually walked right by this one without noticing it, and an hour later, as I was making my way back, I saw it and literally kicked myself for missing it the first time! That’s the thing about street art, if you’re eyes are elsewhere you can miss real gems.

Adorbs.

Cube trademark.


behind bars!

This one is particularly special….

Do you see what’s next to the cube trademark?

His actual signature! Christian Guemy!


extreme close up!

This one kinda freaks me out. He looks like the creepy janitor at everyone’s high school that we all used to hear muttered warnings about.


actually kinda scary

GAH!


schexy

215 medical marijuana…check.


a two-parter on this here door

The doey-eyed man is looking up…

…at the soaring bird.

Oh and did I mention that C215 himself liked one of my photos on Instagram! SCORE!

Check out my C215 category for more of his work that I’ve photographed all around the world!


C215 spreads colour across London


My boyfriend and I went scouring through Shoreditch and Brick Lane recently because the blogs were screaming at us that C215 had just blown his wad across London, so we had to check it out. We used Lars’ nice camera instead of my crap point n’ shoot, hence for better pictures! Huzzah!


so much C215 ahhhh!! HE’S EVERYWHERE!


snuggle pussy!


Lars took this photo, so copyright remains with him, you right-clickers.


see how the pulse of the city is underneath this C215? i didn’t know that dude had travelled from new york to london!! SO EXCITING!


here’s one i found in hackney wick, on roach road. that place reminds me of bushwick, more graff artists should migrate there, brick lane is so over.


now i’m not 100% sure if this is by c215 or not…. the style looks somewhat different, but there are similarities. there’s no cube trademark though…. so i’ll just throw it in anyway for good measure.


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C215 on Rivington Street

There’s this particular bar where a whole bunch of well-known street artists erect  murals. There’s a couple Banksy’s, Broken Fingaz, and now, a C215.

I love the interplay of neon colours with pastels here.

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Eurail day 4: Ljubljana street art!

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Today was awesome! My full day in Ljubljana could not have been more fun, and it’s still not over yet! Last night when I arrived from Split, my Couchsurfing host Primoz picked me up from the train station! How kind is that. We went back to his place and I met his brother Blaz. I was pretty tired from the long days journey so we just went to bed, but today was wonderful. After Primoz went to work, Blaz said he was going to his friend Jaka’s house for breakfast and invited me along! They made me spicey eggs with tea and toast and I got to play with a cat. Epic win! This is Blaz in the above photo serving the eggs.
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And this is Jaka hamming it up for the camera! Anyway, before they set off for the day, they drove me to this area of Ljubljana called Metelkova where all the wonderful graffiti and street art is located. SOLD.

Anyone who knows me know that I’m a huge fan of street art. It’s ephemeral, it’s democratic, it’s liveable, but most of all, it’s beautiful. And since this Eurail Extravaganza is all about doing activities that are free or cheap in order to stay under budget, street art makes for the perfect activity because its free to enjoy! Why pay entry into the museum of modern art, when your streets are the best museum!

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Do you know who did this beautiful piece of street art, munchkins?
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It’s only one of the more famous artists out there, C215! I’ve photographed him in New York, London, and now Slovenia!
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Hey camera, what are you looking at?
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This looks like a collage of my ex boyfriends. KIDDING!
(Not kidding.)

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I’ve made that face before.
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I make that face all the time.
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Blech.
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Aw. Sisterly love.
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Pet the owl!
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Polaroid!
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The shoes, good gawd the shoes!
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Omg! Do you know who that is?! When I found this I shrieked and people on a bus stared at me oddly.
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It’s a Jef Aerosol! I’ve photographed him a lot all over Brooklyn and at some point he came here to Slovenia! who knew?
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He’s done this exact piece in Brooklyn before, and it never ceases to move me. It’s very potent and lovely.
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Ahhhhhhhh, Motherland!
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I think this piece is my favourite. Has a Picasso feel to it, a quiet sadness, and an ethereal beauty.
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So after all the wonderful graff hunting, I decided to do more touristy things, and ventured into the old town that looks like it was preserved from the 17th century and influenced by Vienna’s artisans. Because it’s the low tourist season, I really had the place to myself. Just a few people on bikes, people drinking coffee, and some shop owners milling about. SO EUROPEAN!

Then I decided to climb the mountain in the centre of town that has the old 15th century castle at the top. At first I was going to use the funicular, but it turns out the cost of the funicular was €4 round trip! AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT. So I asked if I could climb the mountain for free, and they showed me where the path was. So I pulled my legwarmers up and marched up that steep mountain. A gal loves her exercise! Once at the top, I stood on the castle fortress walls to overlook the city, but it was rainy and foggy, so no photos.

Headed back down the mountain and stumbled across this amazing bridge where lovers engrave their names on a lock, attach it to the bridge, then throw the key in the river. Their love is eternal. I’ve photographed many bridges around the world where people do this, it’s quite a common practice, but I enjoy it nonetheless.
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So many lovers locks!
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You see that first name? It’s Tadej. I saw that and immediately remembered a task I was given.

Earlier this month when I was in Cambodia, I met a man who worked at the hostel I was staying at in Sihanoukville. His name was Tadej but everyone called him Speedy and he was Slovenian. I told him one night that I was going to go to Ljubljana, and he said he used to work at a pub here called Premier Pub. He asked me if I could go to this pub and tell the staff there simply that “Speedy says hello.” I told him I would.

Fast forward to today and I had almost forgotten about it until I saw this lock! So I looked on the map for the location of Premier Pub, and as luck would have it, IT WAS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THIS BRIDGE! So I marched inside, found some staff, and said, “Speedy says hi!” The barmaid burst out laughing and said, “You were in Cambodia!”

I told her the story, and she said she would pass it on to the rest of the staff. Then I messaged Speedy on Facebook to let him know the job was done.

See? I’m a woman of my word.
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This face was painted right outside the block of flats I’m staying in. So pretty.
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So in terms of money, I’m doing rather well. Primoz made me dinner and tonight he’s taking me to see the new James Bond movie which we can get in for free because he works at a cinema! SAVINGS ALL AROUND! Tomorrow I head to Padova, Italy for my “mini challenge” portion of this trip. Here’s how I spent my money today. The savings just keep piling up!
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C215 on Brick Lane

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Man, I love C215. Every time I photograph his stuff, I get all giddy!

Brick lane is like Bushwick in Brooklyn … It’s like a street art Mecca. I was shitting myself with each new find, my camera didn’t turn off for 2 hours!

More awesome finds to come!

Happy Diwali to all my Indian readers!


C215!

i found a C215 stencil! he is pretty well-established in the world of street art, so this was pretty exciting. as you can see, it’s located at 49 bogart in the heart of bushwick!

so moving, so potent, so raw, so lovely.

who says stencil-work is cheating? not me, that’s for hella-sure.

banksy says on his website that he loves stencils because they’re fast and because they annoy idiots.

bazinga.

hope to find more C215 pieces around!