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James Cochrane

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.”

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The Heart of Jimmy C

Jimmy C aka James Cochrane, I’ve been photographing his stuff around the world for years… New York, Paris, London. He always produces really captivating work that is also a tour-de-force in detail, attention, style, and commitment. Gotta love an artist who doesn’t just tag and run. His dot-matrix style of street art takes TIME.


Check out my James Cochrane category for more of his work that I’ve photographed.


Aladdin Sane is in Brixton


The glorious work of Jimmy C strikes again 🙂 From what I’ve been able to determine, this went up in Brixton over the summer. I missed everything good last year.


Finding this was particularly fortuitous, because I found it on David Bowie’s birfday!

I dunno if Bowie himself has ever really been in Brixton. Probably, I mean, he married Angie in Bromley which is a short bus ride away…. so let’s pretend this mural is site-specific 🙂

Check out my James Cochrane category for more his work that I’ve photographed around the world 🙂


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.”

 


Jimmy C’s towering mind


Found this one in a car park on Hackney Road

And this was across the street from Shoreditch High Street Overground station.

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


Jimmy C’s in 3D


Now most you know I’ve been following Jimmy C’s graff around the world. I’ve photographed it in New York, Paris, and London.


But even I can be surprised sometimes. I only JUST realized that he does his work in this kinda dot-matrix-formation so that IT APPEARS IN 3D WHEN YOU PUT ON 3D GLASSES!

No where is this 3D technique more apparent than in this mural here just north of Bethnal Green road.

I don’t have 3D glasses…. but IMMA GET ME SOME!

Check out my James Cochrane category to see more of his work that I’ve photographed!


More from Jimmy C

Found more of his pieces in Shoreditch! I reckon these are rather old, but i just found them. So they’re new to me!

Check out my James Cochrane category for more of his pieces that I’ve photographed around the world!


Jaurès street art

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I only found out about the area of Jaurès because I saw it from the metro as I was riding along. Another reason to keep your eyes open when you’re out and about in the city, because you never know what you will find. This is like the motherload!
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That’s a screen grab of Amelie overlooking the Canal St Martin and the Jaurès area from the movie 🙂
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This is by my old favourite James Cochrane, whom I have photographed in New York and London. To reiterate, he makes all his pieces with spray can dots! DOTS! He’s like Monet!
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Here’s Jimmy C again!
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20121223-130417.jpgGhosts in the windows of people who once were.


James Cochrane and the points of colour

Remember this past summer I spent in New York and found that lovely James Cochrane piece at 5Pointz in Queens?

Well mr jimmy c is all over London!

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5pointz: the institute of higher burnin’


i haven’t been to 5Pointz since March 2011 so i was well overdue for a return.


but there was also a very specific reason for me to head over to 5pointz …


… a familiar face was having a little art show ….


that’s right! Spudbombs and Rob Fuckin’ Ford’s face galore! Spud reprazentin’ TdotOh.


this was pretty exciting. i got all giddy and did my lil’ graffiti-jig right there in queens.


there was also lots of new work to be found on the walls. whilst i was there, several graff artists were hard at work. 5pointz doesn’t mind if regular folk take photos, just as long as they don’t snap the artists themselves at work. anonymity is essential to a graff artist.


i think this Los Bancos wheatpaste by Crisp is one of my favourites. the Banker has a storm trooper head!
these aren’t the bailouts we were looking for.


another Crisp/star wars theme to support Occupy Wall Street
“the 99% we are!”


this piece is fucking brilliant. it’s done with little points of paint (dots) just like Seurat, Monet, and Renoir did in their impressionist paintings! look closer!


this is by international graff artist James Cochran

i think this is a tribute to amy winehouse, who covered Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow once.


this song is really sad… because she’s asking the question, but she already knows the answer…. so she’s asking him to lie to her so that she can live with herself for sleeping with him….

been there.


RIP MCA

by the way, the powers that be are trying to bulldoze 5Pointz. Stop them and save the Mecca. Click here to join the FB group.