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4 Octavia X

16 May

Now I maintain this is meant to be a dog but Margot insists it’s feline and looks a lot like our dear departed old cat Lulu (a ginger tom and a lot better looking than this old brute). Whatever it is it’s on a wall on Beverley Road near Kingston Youth Centre. I hope Octavia was impressed.

#Shakespeare400

23 Apr

In England, on this St George’s Day, down the leafy lanes of Cottingham it  is heartening to find the Bard’s innovative use of language is still finding a voice among the oppressed youth. Innit Blud! (as they often say in these parts)

Dante woz ‘ere

12 Apr

Being the city of culture has obviously brought out the more literary minded graffiti types. This apt warning is on the site of the Department for Work and Pensions medical centre on Stanley Street.

Let us spray

16 Feb

Some creative spraying has been going on in the old fruit market area. This, on Pier Street, is by a “collective of Hull based aerosol graffiti artists, mural painters and urban decorators available for hire”. I hope they have other colours besides green maybe you can ask them by going here.

Slo-mo demolition

6 Sep

You’ve seen those demolition videos where a whole block comes down at the push of a button and lies in a neat little heap ready to be swept up and taken away; well this ain’t like that at all. The old Clarence Mill is coming down but brick by brick and at this rate we’ll still be here by Christmas. Complaints have been received that rubble is falling in the river and causing pollution. This is denied, of course, but the public walkway used to have a safety fence recently erected and that has been crushed by bricks so if some were to have fallen in the river it would hardly be a surprise. There’s still a section of wall that runs along a busy road; it’ll be fun pulling that down without injury or damage. I’ve recorded some graffiti for posterity, if you look real close you can see someone (SP) has even tagged the very top of the tower.

Playground Decoration

25 Aug
Alexandra Road, Hull

Long Walk to Freedom

14 Jul
It’s been a while since I had walked down the lower end of High Street which I have shown before to have an empty plot awaiting the construction of an umpteen storey hotel. The site had a dismal security fence with the usual warnings for those who would misbehave. So it was something of a pleasant surprise to come across this colourful mural to Nelson Mandela which apparently went up last September. Don’t know how I’ve missed this ’til now. 

Finally credit where credit is due. This was commissioned by Full Flava Arts along with Roots and Wings and Freedom Festival Ltd and it’s the work of twelve graffiti artists. You can view the creation of the mural and get a much fuller view than I present here by going to this page.