Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Shoreditch Street Art Collaborations

Planet Selfie & Hello The Mushroom

As we enjoyed a rare hot late May bank holiday in the UK, the Bank holiday Monday Shoreditch Street Art Tour discovered a fascinating range of new street art that had been put up since just the day before.  One curious aspect was the number of gorgeous collaborations, in fact just for fun we could link the artist combinations in a street art “degrees of separation” web of connectivity.   The main image at the top of the post features Planet Selfie & Hello The Mushroom.
Hello The Mushroom & So Schoen Immer Weider
Hello The Mushroom in collaboration with So.Schoen.Immer.Wieder

Paste up artist Hello The Mushroom, previously of London now based in Oslo, has collaborated creatively with many street artists from other countries and it was a pleasure to find eye catching art works with So.Schoen.Immer.Wieder, Planet Selfie, both of Cologne, Jens Regler from Sweden and Eraquario of Brazil.
Hello The Mushroom & Eraquario
Hello The Mushroom in collab with Eraquario

Hello The Mushroom & Jens Regler
Hello The Mushroom and Jens Regler

Planet Selfie & Hello The Mushroom
Hello The Mushroom in collab with Planet Selfie

Planet Selfie in turn has a collaboration up with Dacarter
Planet Selfie & DaCarter
Planet Selfie, Dacarter

The above photo features also Fanakapan's anamorphic balloon at the entrance to that alley, meanwhile also in that alley is another Planet Selfie, this time with Rad aka Raddington Falls
Planet Selfie and Rad aka  Raddington Falls
Planet Selfie, Rad aka Raddington Falls

Here for good measure is a small sample of the many collaborations that have delighted and inspired us in the past year starting with a couple of my favourite street artists, Smiler and Face The Strange.
Smiler & Face The Strange
Smiler & Face The Strange

Coloquix & UltraMarineDream
UltramarineDream & Coloquix

City Kitty, Mowcka, Neon Savage & Sketch Rat

Neon Savage, City Kitty, Sketch Rat, Mowcka – March 2021

Mowcka revisited this collaboration and added a new hair piece to it, Mowcka told us

“ I put a new paste ups on the previous one because it had been broken and I wanted to keep the collaboration”

Check out the fading of the original colours since the photo below was taken in its infancy.
Neon Savage, City Kitty, Sketch Rat, Mowcka June 2020
Neon Savage, City Kitty, Sketch Rat, Mowcka – June 2020

City Kitty has a podcast in which he chats with fellow street artist Lunge Box about this very subject, collaborations, check that out HERE

All photos Dave Stuart except where noted

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Jano RIP - Graffiti Tributes At Feltham Circles

Shrine sacred to Jano's memory, RIP 

The graffiti scene recently lost a true virtuoso with the passing at a very young age of Jano. Jano was a master of style. He pulled off the almost impossible feat of constantly innovating and developing new directions while always remaining distinctive and instantly recognisable.
Jano - Sclater St London 2009 Jano - Sclater St London 2009

 Jano writing "Human", Leake St London 2009 Jano writing "Human", Leake St London 2009

Jano Shoreditch 2017 Jano Shoreditch 2017

Jano Shoreditch 2017 Jano Shoreditch 2017

 Jano, Bishopsgate 2017
Jano, Bishopsgate 2017 

Whenever you came across a Jano piece or saw his latest upload there was always a kaleidescope of geometry and colour that made the letter form almost redundant yet on close inspection Jano’s very inventive and unconventional take on letter shapes would be revealed to the patient and curious eye. You did not need to be a graff obsessive to see the beauty in Jano’s style and this cross-over appeal may explain a lot about the esteem in which Jano was held as well as something about the growing general appreciation of graffiti as a significant, valid culture.

  Jano, Exor Shoreditch 2018 Jano, Exor Shoreditch 2018

Jano, Leake St 2020 Jano, Leake St 2020 

Jano frequently painted concrete structures at the former sewage works in south west London now known as the Feltham Circles and it is at this location that a large number of tributes to Jano, by fellow writers have appeared – hat tip to Romanwg who messaged me to draw my attention to this.
  Feltham Circles Hall Of Fame, 21 May 2021 Feltham Circles Hall Of Fame, 21 May 2021 

Thanks also to local boy Art Of The State who pointed out that Feltham Circles is next to the crematorium where Jano’s funeral service was held. After the service and the next day friends, relatives and writers gathered at Jano’s favourite location to celebrate his life and pay tribute.
Vicious Circle by Gems VCS Vicious Circle by Gems vcs

RIP Jano, by Exor vcs RIP Jano, by Exor vcs

Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP

Jano tribute by Gasp, background MrMeana
RIP Jano by Gasp, background MrMeana

Jano tribute by Paul Don Smith UA
Jano tribute by Paul "Don" Smith UA

Jano tribute by Sky High
Jano tribute by Sky High

Some graffiti writers, a talented few, develop a character which becomes as much a signature for their identity as their handstyle, the character is so distinctive and recognisable you are in no doubt who the creator was. Zomby has it, Tizer has it. Jano had it too. “The Boy” as the character is known, a seated character based essentially on a circle, was often found close to Jano’s graffiti and all around his usual writing haunts.
  The Boy - Jano, Sclater St 2009
The Boy - Jano, Sclater St 2009

The Boy is replicated in homage in many of the tributes.
  The Boy character homage by Chum
The Boy character homage by Chum

  The Boy, homage to Jano RIP
Jano Rest In Piece

The Boy, homage by Gem vcs 
The Boy, homage by Gem vcs

  The Boy, homage to Jano RIP

The Boy, homage by Dice 
The Boy, homage by Dice

  The Boy character by Sky High The Boy character by Sky High 

 Among the many character tributes was this particularly poignant shrine, also seen closer up in the feature image at the top of this post. It is possible that this version of the character may be protected under plastic as a genuine Jano relic, comments seen online from writers paying tribute to Jano suggest this may be the case.
  Shrine sacred to Jano's memory, RIP 

I met Jano on just a few occasions many years apart and found him courteous and tolerant of my intrusion on his painting. RIP Jano, not forgotten.
  Jano work in progress, Shoreditch 2017
Jano work in progress, Shoreditch 2017 

With apologies to all those writers and friends of Jano whose art features in this post but who through my ignorance I can't credit. If you know who any of the uncredited pieces are by, just drop me an email: nolionsinengland at gmail or insta DM  @dave_stuart_ldn, all polite messages most appreciated!

  RIP Jano: Gasp, Dice and MrMeana RIP Jano: Gasp, Dice and MrMeana

  Tribute to Jano RIP Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP

Tribute to Jano RIP 

All photos: Dave Stuart