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Mobstr

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Oh Mobstr, you rapscallion.

Found this right outside of Shoreditch High Street overground station.


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.”

 


Robbed Mobstr

Remember a few months ago when I was still living in London and I found this “buff” piece by Mobstr in Shoreditch? Basically what had happened was, he had put up a piece, the owners of the building had blacked it out, so he went up there again and wrote BUFF BUFF BUFF all around the removal sites.

Well, I was back in London briefly this past week, and what do I see?

They had blacked out his BUFF parts, and so he returned AGAIN, being the awesome shit disturber he is, and put HERE HERE HERE all over it!

I can just imagine the building owners walking outside in the morning, looking back upon their beautiful exposed-brick façade and suddenly exclaiming GAAAAAAAAAH! DAMN YOU MOBSTR. YOU’VE WON AGAIN.

Anyway, as I wandered away from Shoreditch towards Brick Lane, I found another Mobstr piece where he bombs the same wall that he previously had hit, poking fun at his removal.


This probably won’t be available on canvas later.

What’s the arrow pointing at?

The original spot on the wall he had placed that, only to be tagged over.


Shut up, I had to.

Check out my Mobstr category for more of his pieces I’ve photographed around London!


Mobstr: Oh wow look it’s some street art


So I’m walking up Hackney Road, looking for the works of a different street artist, when I find this COMPLETELY UNTOUCHED AND FRESH MOBSTR! I say fresh, but I don’t know how old it is. Couldn’t be more than a month by the looks of it. But I literally started jumping up and down like giddy school girl.

And there are no cars blocking it! No construction! No stupid morons walking by and blocking the shot!


C’mon, I HAD TO.

Oh don’t give me that look. I did the same thing with the Banksy’s I found in November, so whatevs.

Check out my Mobstr category for more of his pieces that I’ve photographed in London!


Mobstr: A Wall + A Thought = An Art Piece


I was wandering through the back roads near Old Street because I was actually looking for something else, when I came across this unblemished Mobstr! Almost all of the Mobstr’s I have found up until this date have been so badly damaged or tagged, it’s hard to see their original beauty.

I love how Mobstr always pokes fun at the sanctity that street art has curiously garnered as of late.


Hey! Down in front!

Check out my Mobstr category for more of his pieces that I’ve photographed in London!


Mobstr Buff


Mobstr loves his font-astic words. And so do I!

this was just around the corner from Shoreditch High Street station.

Haha, they look perplexed.

Check out my Mobstr category for more of his work that I’ve photographed 🙂


Mobstr in Brick Lane

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I love Mobstr’s work so much, finding is one was a real treat.
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Originally the last box wasn’t ticked, someone added that in….and then crossed out the whole piece with black spray. Whatever, Mobstr’s idea still resonates.
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Mobstr: place street art piece here

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I found my first Mobstr!!!! I’ve been jonesing to see a Mobstr piece with my own eyes for what seems like the length of a Bible, and now I have!

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And of course it was right next to a piece by Shep.

Check out my Mobstr category.


What happens when a woman is tired of London?

I don’t know if I mentioned in all my wanderlust excitement, but after my “SituAsian,” and before my Eurail.com Extravaganza, I’ll be hanging out in my old London stomping grounds for a while.

Whilst there, I really want to photograph my latest street art love, Mobstr. If anyone knows the locations of his pieces, please let a sistah know!

Did I ever tell you guys that I once emailed Mobstr to profess my undying devotion and the dude wrote me back?

ERMAHGERD. MERBSTR!

Back in January, I emailed him and said that I adore his work and that he should come to Canada because our walls need his touch.

Mobstr replied,

thank you for the kind words. I really appreciate it.

maybe one day if fate allows…

all the best,

mobs.

this letter feels like one of those hugs that turns into sex.

have a great weekend, munchkins!