Sunday, 8 January 2012

Graffoto Round Up of the Year - Part 4

Photos by HowAboutNo and NoLionsInEngland

And here we have it folks, part 4 of 4 in the round up of 2011.

This final look at the year now covers September all the way through to the end of December. Being that it was mild for the time of year, and there were a shed load of art festivals and paint jams in town, the surrounding areas had a nice smattering too.

Street art pastes and stencils seemed to be out of the window for pretty much most of this quarter, and I think that was also a big shift for the year. Good to see more talented artists grafting it at the side of a wall. Also nice to see lots of quick and dirty damage throughout town.

Rowdy/Horror, photo HowAboutNo

Brick Lane
Rusht, photo HowAboutNo

Shane ODV, photo HowAboutNo

Roid MSK
Roid MSK, photo HowAboutNo

D*Face in progress outside the Moniker Art Fair, photo HowAboutNo

And completed, photo HowAboutNo

Various, photo HowAboutNo

Gold Peg, photo HowAboutNo

A solid year for the machine of graff that is Probs. Think this is my fave piece he has done ever. (photo HowAboutNo)

Jimmy C @ Lounge Lover
I think we'll see a bit more of JimmyC in 2011 (photo HowAboutNo)

Motor, photo HowAboutNo

C215, photo HowAboutNo

Ronzo & Conor Harrington, photo HowAboutNo

2011 was the year Ronzo turned his hand away from sculpted pieces to graff.....and a welcome turn it was. This piece painted with Conor Harrington

photo HowAboutNo

Evol impressively buggered about with scale this set of blocks making up a mini housing estate complete with Elk, Drax and Shun tags. Read more about his visit here

photo HowAboutNo

Banksy did quite a few street pieces, all outside Soreitch - consequently I didn't get off my lazy arse to photograph them. No bother, this was my favourite thing he did all year anyway.

General and most lovely damage . . . (photo HowAboutNo)

Swoon, photo HowAboutNo

This superb paste up by Gaia lasted no more than a few days and was fly posted over (photo HowAboutNo).

Revok Roid
Revok/Roid at the most single hit "legal" spot in Shoreditch (photo HowAboutNo).

Don’t believe the nay-sayers saying the scene has tanked, looking back we have been overwhelmed with top quality shit on the streets of London in 2011. Stuff that should have got a mention earlier but just got missed in the admittedly random selection process includes:

Phlegm was down several times during the year

photo: NoLionsInEngland

One of the highlights of the year was the privilege of seeing Sweet Toof and Paul Insect collaborate on this stunning rooftop piece, and in case you missed it, the timelapse is here

Sweet Toof, Paul Insect, London Rooftop
photo: NoLionsInEngland

Elbow Toe

Elbow Toe - This Too Shall Pass
photo: NoLionsInEngland

This Chu sticker made us chuckle earlier in the year

CHU - Smoking's fine
photo: NoLionsInEngland

So that's it for Graffoto's round up of the action in 2011. At the beggining and at lots of points throughout the year it did seem like it was stale and not moving anywhere. Part of wanting to look back at the year at the begginging of a new one has shown that it was a busy and colourful year, full of lots of new names and techniques and people to watch in 2012.

The shift also seemed to go towards lots more "with permission" spots last year, I guess a big test for those shutters and areas may fall closer to Olympics time, when the council may decide to buff at random for no reason whatsoever.

Happy 2012. Fuck The Buff.

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