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Stik

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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An Unknown Couple

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Only one graffiti-haul makes me look this happy….


STIK! Found in Dulwich (obviously), his work here is based on An Unknown Couple by Thomas Gainsborough.


Look at ’em. Just chillin. All suave.


And they complement the sky.


Woah, what’s this in the alley? I almost missed this!


This is based on The Guardian Angel by Franceschini.


Aw bless.


Man, the sky was gorgeous when I was finding all these Stiks!


Hahahah! Dude on the left is all, don’t touch me bro!!
This is based on The Fall of Man by Pieter Coecke van Aelst.


Skyyyyyyyyyy.


Woah, now he’s allowed to put them on houses??!! People always ask me, “if you love street art, how would you feel if someone came and did this to your home?” Well, clearly, this is a prime example that that would rule.


I love how she’s just leaning on his knee… I mean, I dunno if this is a man and a woman, so I’ll just assume.
This is based on Elizabeth and Mary Davidson – Tily Kettle.


This was just a few houses down.


This is based on the Linley Sisters by Thomas Gainsborough.


Moving out of Dulwich, I found this Stik up in the Bethnal Green area that I’d never seen before. I’m sure it’s super old, but it’s new to me!


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


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.”

 


Stik it in me

I dunno, that was the best title I could come up with right now. Don’t give me that look. You laughed.

Anyway, I found more of Stik‘s work whilst in London last week. Check it!


this one i’d seen before, it’s near Old Street and Rivington… but every time I walked by it before, it was dark or there were other things obstructing my view. yay for unobstructions…. is that a word?


Cool! this was just off of Hoxton square, and i’m sure these have been up for quite some time, but i never noticed them. i know, i know, BAD ESTIMA.


they fly through the air with the greatest of ease, the daring young Stik on the flying trapeze.


As you can see, this Stik had previously been obscured by scaffolding and construction, and finally was revealed! This was just north of Shoreditch Street Station.


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


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).


Noir teams up with Stik

Most people, even those not into street art like us, will recognize the work of Noir (aka Thierry Noir) because he infamously painted the Berlin Wall with his humanoid figures, which became iconic symbols of Berlin.

He recently visited London (like a few days ago), and repainted the wall behind the Village Underground on Holywell Lane, the same spot where I photographed those monster-sized Phlegms a few weeks ago. And naturally, he teamed up with London’s answer to humanoid figures, Stik!

I like how they seem to be curiously eyeing each other up.

I think there must be some kind of street art walking tour operating in London, because I had to shove and elbow my way through a group of tourists just to get this shot. I know there are street art tours in New York and Toronto, so I guess it makes sense to have one in London.

Kiss me I’m German!

After I scored this huge coup (nothing painted on this wall lasts for long, it is constantly being painted and repainted, so I’m glad was able to snag this), I found a whole bunch of little Noir’s around Shoreditch 🙂


This was on Rivington next to the Banksy.


This was on Curtain Road.

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


Stik is a scream

Behind Brick Lane, Stik is screaming on all ye who enter here….. either that, or they’re vomiting.


and look! a whole bunch of little stiks!

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


Stik on Rivington Street


Sorry for the grainy Blackberry shots. I love it when I take photos of street art and randoms stop me to ask who the artist is…. or when randoms tell me they never noticed the art until they saw me photographing it.

People, ya gotta pay more attention to your surroundings! Always look up! There’s some wonderful ephemeral moments awaiting you beyond your line of sight.

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


Stik it to London

Stik‘s work at night. I love street art at night … it tends to glow.


Stik in Brick Lane

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I’ve been a big fan of Stik for years, but I’ve never found his stuff until now! Finally, he’s no longer an Internet object of desire. He is REAL.
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Found these in Brick Lane!