In true Banksy swag, his latest piece came from nowhere....BAM! It appeared on a building site opposite the French Embassy in London last week, and it was POWERFUL.
It got me thinking about the power of art and creativity. I wanted to see what else was out there.
The sun decided to show up, so I grabbed my skateboard and took to the streets of London for the afternoon. I was on the hunt for something a little harder to find, a little more underground, if you will.
Naturally, first stop was Shoreditch. The home of the hipster (I hate that word). In this part of town, you're never more than a couple of minutes walk from a formerly dreary wall, that's been pimped up by some of London's most talented with a can of paint. Here's a few of my favourites, that you NEED to go and see if you're in town:
There's so much amazing artwork in this part of town that it's hard not to miss the smaller more subtle pieces - I always find myself accidentally walking into people and objects when I'm here, as I generally my head up in the sky looking around and not where I'm going. I ended up spending hours exploring. I peeled myself away just before it got dark as I'd heard about this place near Waterloo...
By far my best find - 'The Tunnel'. You'd never think it, but in the arches underneath one of the busiest train stations in London, Waterloo - there is a dedicated playground for graffiti artists. The space was first launched by Banksy, and is now a totally legal authorised street art area and it's INSANE.
Everywhere you look, you're whacked in the face with colour, creativity and self-expression in every sense of the word. Exit Waterloo station on to York Road, do a left, then do a left at Leake St and get stuck in. You won't be disappointed.