I have always been fascinated by the fact that, no matter where you go, in East London you can never find a wall that has not been touched by the skillful hands of artists and spray paint. One day I decided to go for a walk in Shoreditch, Brick Lane, Hoxton and Old Street, just to see what I could find. Turned out that no street I walked in (and it was a pretty long walk) had been left untouched.
And it was then that I realised East London is not just another district in London. I have been to quite a lot of exhibitions in my short life: every painting, every sculpture told me a different story, inflamed me with happiness, or sadness or awe; and while walking down the street, looking up on the roofs to catch a glimpse of another colorful mushroom or down on the kerb trying to find the tiny signature of some artist, I was so amazed that I couldn’t believe I was just walking down the street: actually, I was attending an exhibition – a great exhibition.
Some graffiti are tributes to a loved one, some are declarations of rebellion, all of them are beautiful to look at and fascinating.
If you want to see this amazing street art in person, I won’t tell you where to find it – it’s much more fun to explore East London! And while you’re at it, why not share anything else you find with us? Post a pic on Instagram under the hashtag of #gemadeinshoreditch and show us your favourite piece of art!