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great graffiti on the streets of eastbourne near wellington.  i walked over it twice before i spotted it.  good.

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a walk through wellington's botanical garden is marked with graffiti flowers.  great idea.

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painting these things is such a great idea.

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it looks like i'm flying, but i wasn't.  this was on the pavement near where i work. 

is graffiti the disease or the cure ?

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there's quite a lot of graffiti sprayed on to pavements in auckland.  it gradually gets worn away and is quite nice actually. well done.

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these things are world famous aren't they ?  I remembering seeing quite a few in london which are on the blog somewhere.  excellent to see one hidden away in the backstreets of auckland !

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i think she means it

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can you see it ?

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great sign.  the shoes were added on. nice job.

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it's great to see some decent kiwi political graffiti in auckland (quite near my office)

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worth a click to see big

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this kind of graffiti of street boxes is very common.

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no idea if it is real graffiti or not. looks nice though

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this has appeared at my local train station.  the boring moldy bus stop has been decorated rather nicely by some curtain pelmetty type things and a nice soft cushion

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these signs are sadly all too common in london (though generally i think london is a safe place).  this one struck me for the graffiti'd "why?"

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these stickers have started popping up round london which is jolly good

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for those from outta town, the london underground contactless payment card is called an 'oyster card' with a similar logo (but different messaging!)

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my advice is never to take advice from the door of a street cabinet.

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the trouble with urban wireless as any nomadic worker can tell you is the lack of power sockets in suitably equipped cafes, making them unsuitable.  here's a solution.

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a Banksy which appeared recently in Newman Street, london

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tate modern is getting ready for an exciting weekend of long weekend activities.  looks like a lorra lorra fun.

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we'll not be going unfortunately, but you should.  you know, if you're in the area.

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this in the same place i took this photo

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it's only taken me 18 months to get round to posting this !

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a bit touchy wheely perhaps

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these people were having a photo shoot next to the graffiti on the south bank.  i managed a sneaky shot from the side lines. technically was a bit tricky as it was dark and i was a long way off.  just so you know !

 

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they do things properly in brussels.

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this chap was all over the place in brussels.

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with the upgrade to the blog software i can now post multiple pictures in a go much easier.  this is from athens last year.  fantastic graffiti.  you can see people walking by if you click for big to get an idea of the scale.

funkypancake doesn't do halloween, but i was interested in this chap who was spray painting a plastic covered wall.

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he wrote halloween from October 13th.

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"what next?" said paul, who was there with me "Christmas from the 52nd December?"

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you are being watched

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graffiti at vauxhall station spotted as my train headed in the opposite direction.

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this probably isn't graffiti and is an advert for something, but i thought it was good so here's a photo.

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best before end of the world. wise words.

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i spotted this bit of pen graffiti on a poster in a tube station. i suspect this wasn't written by a regular graffito. more likely some high brow arts reviewer with anger in his (or her) heart. the underlining at the end gives it away. it's got a certain teacher's feel to it. or perhaps it was a passing Melody Maker journalist (pardon my retrocity)

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chalk drawing on the floor next to tate modern

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graffiti from actual miners down an actual mine in Beer (the place, not the drink)

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here are a load of cool parking signs around the Spitalfields area of London. They are outside W+K's office so i suspect it's actually advertising people showing off. but it's good showing off.

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and, in a bizarre blogs-collide type way, Russel has posted an interview with one of the W+K planners !

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it's a fresh Banksy from Tottenham Court Road
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if there's any fault, it's that they haven't used a better pen.

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are they buying or selling ? there's a self perpetuating industry here somewhere.

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this made me chuckle.
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i won't tell you where it is though in case you go and dig it up.
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this was quite near this

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without the street light this is even less of a photo opportunity than it was last time

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i nearly didn't spot this banksy work on this telephone box as it was on the inside of the glass and didn't show up very well. it was only with this long-ish exposure that it became apparent.

the wording on the monkey says "new catalog is out now". the 'get drunk & disorderly, get arrested, get an £80 fine" is a home office advert and isn't graffiti !

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there's something quite funny about this pen scrawled graffit on my train. we need some legal wipe-clean area on our trains where people can graffiti rather than doing it on the seat backs.

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click on the pictures to see the big versions as they are worth studying in detail
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(it's a genuine banksy)

The Monument is one of those funny places which people just forget about. i had a meeitng a few minutes walk from it and i was a bit early so i paid my £2 and went in
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there's 311 steps on the cantilevered stone staircase which seemed to go on forever
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right at the top of the Monument is a drum and a copper urn from which flames emerged, symbolising the Great Fire. The whole thing is 202 feet high - the exact distance between it and the site in Pudding Lane where the Great fire of London began on 2 Sept 1666. The Monument was built to commemorate the Great Fire of London and to celebrate the rebuilding of the city.
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thanks to 300+ years of public access the viewing platform is covered in graffiti
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of course the thing that once stood high above the city is now lost amongst the taller building around it, like the new gherkin building
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but there's still a fine view of Tower Bridge and the river
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fantastic giant writting in the sand. i walked along it slowly working out what each letter was. it eventually said "kim ruined it". which is nice.

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graffiti, random man with ice-cream and big ben.


here is a dog sign has been graffiti'd and posted to fantastic website Pictures of Walls. this one is here

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i found it via Russell's blog (Russell reads this blog i think, so "hello Russell" if you're passing).




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i bet the sqirrels are glad this bus lane stops before it reaches the branches

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surreal graffiti from weblandlord matt

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did you ever wonder how the famous piece of london 'graffiti' on Primrose Hill got there ? here's the exclusive !

i took a picture of it almost exactly a year ago when i went for a lunchtime walk.

i had an email earlier today from the artist who created it. she's never told anyone this story before and was happy for me to publish it. So we've got a funkypancake scoop - thanks Angela !

It's from Angela, now resident in Australia:

Continue reading "and the view's so nice" »

red balloons (see here for original)

this is a life sized stencil graffiti. it was quite incredible to look at.


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fantastically pointless graffiti.


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mysterious street writing. and what are the erased word ?

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here one of those all time great graffiti comments. i caught this picture just before it got washed away by the rain.

it says "Mick Jones is not a good dancer"

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this is still quite an idilic scene despite the graffiti


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i spotted this out of a taxi window. the sign says "welcome to your local recycling bring site".

the graffiti is about the size of a person.

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portsmouth is home to some quite dreadful buildings. this one was being pulled down as we drove by in the rain. the graffiti worked well i thought.

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before and after (look very carefully):

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luckily there's a new one here

joy division stencil graffiti. i like the extra question at the bottom. graffiti is missing the interactive dialogue.

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who does dave love ?

i love God, my wife, my family, my friends and chocolate.

who/what would you write on the wall if you had to chalk graffiti your first name and a list of loves ?

no need to answer. just have a thunk.

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remember this graffiti girl ? well, she got removed from the wall much to many people's sadness.

but she's reappeared down the path a little further next to a motorcycle parking place (opposite vinopolis for those searching it out). the bike is real.

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i've blurred some of the text, but you get the idea.

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a collage graffiti type thing made from sticking pictures on to a door.

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this robot is by the sea in Stockholm. i think it's missing its friend from london. a very mysterious coincidence !

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rat on a bridge

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it's been a long time since i've seen this little fella. but here he is again.

he stil hasn't cheered up. poor little chap

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but why would anyone do this ???

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chalk counting

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i love paint dribbles on the street. i'm not sure which way up this one goes.

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this one is great. there must have been some barrier or something up at one time and the paint seaped underneath giving this fantastic pattern !

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graffiti is notoriously difficult to comprehend. it's all tags and squiggles these days.

i was delighted to see that some people are still using plain old english sentences like "i am canadian" and "just whistle".

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more rats like the previous ones (note the link in the comments).

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i was fooled for a little bit as i walked towards this wall which appeared to have two UK electric sockets on it. Of course it's just a very good sticker.

imagine how convenient it would be if we could install new electric sockets throughout the house with stickers. it could work for water taps too. it certainly works for holes in cartoons.

perhaps this is the way of providing electricity and even broadband Internet connectivity to inaccessible areas. it could solve the third world's problems.

i think we might be on to something here ...

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this is a mysterious thing i spotted opposite hte friendless friends sign. it's a piece of paper with tiny typed words on which has been cut up and stuck on the back of some sticky tape and stuck on the wall.

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we spotted the chalkers a little down the pavement. but they didn't want to be photoed.

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remember this squiggle ?
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well another one has turned up next to it:
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to me this represents a massive rain cloud dropping rain on the earth. but i could be wrong.

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here's a piece of paper with some writing on it. i thought it was referring to Jags at a little chef, but i don't think it is.

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what's this ? andy thinks it could be a wombat. but who's andy ?

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writing in dirt has been popular since jesus' day (He was a dirt writer, though i suspect he wasn't writing 'clean me' on the floor).

Here is a variation. It says 'lovely ladies' which is nice. with the photo shrunkened down it looks a bit like 'lovely lanes' which is even nicer to have written on the back of a truck.

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i love chalk graffiti as it's so temporary. here is a lovely little alien next to the pub opposite my office.

when i took the photo a baker delivering bread said to me "i'm not a real baker, i'm just the driver", so i said "why are you wearing a bakers hat then matey?" and he couldn't answer

actually that didn't happen. he said "that's not very artistic". and i said "maybe, but it's good enough for me".

because it was and still is.

and it is artistic because of the choice of subject (alien), its style (minimilist) and the choice of media (chalk on pavement by pub)

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if you've been reading the blog for a long time you may remember this graffiteeed dog poo bin which i drew to your attention.

it caught my eye again today because it was full of dog poo sacks. there had been some unwritten agreement to dangle the handles of the bags out of the lid. it gave the impression that there was a colleciton of octopuses (octopies) in there trying to climb out.

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for over a year now there has been some writing on the floor near my office which says, in massive letters, 'elvis'. i didn't even bother taking a photo of it as it was part of the general background of london life.

however, someone has coloured it in black in an attempt to remove it. this is a shame

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profound chalk graffiti off Brick Lane

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some nice graffiti here. done in whiteboard marker so it can be rubbed off easily (as has partically happened here).

the artist has written "I am free" and then obviously run away to prove it. free from what you ask. Free to do what he wants, without being hassled by the man. obviously.
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New Ed Sings. We listened but didn't hear
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New Edge. Which i think is a musical style in our village
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seen on the way in to Paddington Station (I'll try and get a photo of this):

BIG UP THE DAILY MIRROR (EXCEPT ON CERTAIN ISSUES)

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professional graffiti. water co. aware.
imagine that as your job. graffiti stencil and spray paints
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there is a habit in london of bricking up doorways with breeze blocks.
and then doing some nice big graffiti over it (thus ruining the nice
breeze block patter - but there you go - you can't have art without
destroying art I always say)

here is an example featuring an alien:
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you can't quite see on the small version, but someone has drawn a
little eye and nose, and converted the mouth to a moustache:
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graffiti: description of contents
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graffiti on the streets of london stating the kinds of things a quality control officer in a hosiery factory might say
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Chalk graffiti found drawn on floor at Polesden Lacey

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photo by dave

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