portraits in Shoreditch

As I walked around Shoreditch and other areas in east London, I saw a lot of portraits by street artist Paul ‘Don’ Smith.  He’s been painting on the streets for more than 25 years, mostly portraits of famous people or characters from TV and movies.   These are the ones that I saw (March 2016).

below: Two portraits side by side.  On the right, from the TV series, The Avengers, Patrick Macnee as John Steed with Diana Rigg as Emma Peel.   On the left is #wooshinism  If I google that, I get photos of this portrait that people have posted on instagram.

two street art portraits, on the right is character from the TV shaw the Avengers

below: The title on this one has been covered over I’m afraid.  Any ideas?

A couple, man and woman, portraits by Paul Don Smith, street art

below: Telly Savalas as  police detective Kojak, a TV series from the 1970’s.  “Who loves ya baby” was one of his catchphrases.

Kojak portrait, from the TV series, by Paul Don Smith

below: Statham, or Jason Statham, actor.  Kiss kiss bang bang.

street art portrait of a man with a gun to his head, Statham,

below: “The Message” a portrait of Malala, referring to Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani advocate for education for women and the youngest ever Nobel laureate.

portrait of Malala, by Paul Don Smith, street art, on a door

below: And one I don’t know.  Do you?

portrait of a woman, street art by Paul Don Smith in London, on a door

 

 

evolving word bubbles, Hosier Lane

Hosier Lane in downtown Melbourne is always full of tourists.  If you search online for street art in Melbourne, you will certainly find Hosier Lane.  Like a lot of popular graffiti places, there is some good street art and there is some junk.  I have been to Hosier Lane a few times now and what is interesting is how frequently things change in the alley.  New paintings, or new little things are always popping up.

below: I took this picture, and the next one, the first time that I was in Hosier Lane.

graffiti on wall, words that say I have no idea what any of this shit on the walls say? Nice colours though

below:  The thought bubble in the foreground was a much more popular place to pose.

Lots of graffiti on the wall of Hosier Lane, windows with metal bars over them, a man poses in front of words that say "Maybe if I pose for a picture in front of this wall it will help to hide the fact that my life is a lie"

Lots of graffiti on the wall of Hosier Lane, windows with metal bars over them, a woman poses in front of words that say "Maybe if I pose for a picture in front of this wall it will help to hide the fact that my life is a lie" while a man takes her picture with a smartphone camera

Lots of graffiti on the wall of Hosier Lane, windows with metal bars over them, a woman poses in front of words that say "Maybe if I pose for a picture in front of this wall it will help to hide the fact that my life is a lie"

below: On a subsequent visit to the lane, the instructions became a bit more explicit.
I love the sneering pink face beside the sign!

Lots of graffiti on the wall of Hosier Lane, windows with metal bars over them, including words that say "Maybe if I pose for a picture in front of this wall it will help to hide the fact that my life is a lie" Under those words, a large square section of the wall has been painted white and more words added: "Pose for shitty tourist photo here" with a black arrow pointing the place where you should stand.

below: The third time I saw this wall, a life size man had been added.
Take your picture with a stranger!

Two women with cameras stand in front of lots of graffiti on the wall of Hosier Lane, windows with metal bars over them, including words that say "Maybe if I pose for a picture in front of this wall it will help to hide the fact that my life is a lie" Under those words, a large square section of the wall has been painted white and more words added: "Pose for shitty tourist photo here" with a black arrow pointing the place where you should stand. A life size wheatpaste picture of a man is now beside the words, where the arrow is.

below: The other word bubble had also been added to.

An Asian woman poses in front of a wall of graffiti. On the wall in large red letters are the words 'look at me'