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London East End Street Art Tour

The area of focus here is Brick Lane and Shoreditch in Hackney on London’s East End; this stretch is a cultural hub which doubles as a vibrant fashion district as well as a constantly evolving street art exhibition space.  This is an exciting area to see ever-changing work, and a point worth mentioning is how accomplished artists are producing in areas constantly in flux.  From hard edge abstraction to large-format hyperrealism, it’s all happening here.  An appropriate word that comes to mind while walking through these streets is dense.  Another word that comes to mind is gentrification; this area is home to England’s largest Bangladeshi population living side-by-side with the artists moving into the neighborhood.  Case in point: we saw in the same instant a Muslim woman in her niqab (a garment which covers the entire body and face except the eyes) walk past a fabulous man changing into a pair of hot pants in the middle of the sidewalk.  While the woman was modest enough not do a double-take, I had to get another look at those flamboyant butt cheeks hanging out of those booty shorts!

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

^^^The two images above are photos of the same wall, taken three weeks apart.  Note the small black & white cartoon figure on the far right with the caption “graffiti pays!”.  This is the only section of the wall to remain unaltered during the period between photos.

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

^^^There was a swimsuit photo shoot going down on the other end of this alley, and if the photographer turned his camera this way there could easily be the start of a new Cooper Mini ad campaign.

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

London East End Street Art Tour | The Alternative Atlas

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