Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem

The British legendary street artist Banksy just finished his new project. This time it is a nine room hotel called “The Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem, Palestine – very close from a stretch of the controversial West Bank barrier which has been heavily decorated by artists. “The Walled Off Hotel” includes several murals and installation by Banksy […]

via Banksy Opened His Own Hotel — STREET ART RAT

Poem from found print 8: One Across

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One across: precise, profitable 

From a team of experts

who can inform you

changes can make

a multitude

of affects

and embraces your future as well;

You can get it throughout the country

 

The solution?

(10,3,5)

Tremendous and right time

in every new territory

aid increased production

 

Call in Superintendent today

They can tell you where these are stored

Never a cross word these lads…

Hope you got that one across

 

Industrial Development Department,

Strand London WC2

 

 

Poem reworked from an ad in the Sphere Sept 1963

August 2016 © Southampton Old Lady

 

Police and Thieves – Junior Murvin

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Carnival crowd make room for two police women as they dance

My Music Monday choice this week is: Police and Thieves , which is my favourite reggae song of all time. First recorded on Island Records by Jamaican falsetto singer Junior Murvin in 1976. Every rebel must have bought the single and Murvin did many re-releases and there have been many cover versions in Jamaica, USA and Britain.

1976 saw one of the hottest recorded temperatures in the UK and that same year this song became an anthem in the UK after London’s Notting Hill Carnival erupted into a riot between blacks and police.

This led to an independent enquiry lasting many years that eventually meant a recruiting drive for more blacks and other ethnic minorities as well as gays and lesbians joining the Metropolitan Police Force, especially in roles where decisions were made.

A big effort was made to keep the carnival peaceful in the years to follow and nearly every press photo showed white police and scantily-clad black women dancing together in bump and grinds. Notting Hill quickly became a trendy place to live and as white upper-middle classes moved in. House prices escalated, forcing many black families who had lived in the area since the 50s out.

In 2015 with police on high alert for terrorists, the Carnival saw around 100 arrests, mainly for agitators and people with drugs or weapons.

No-one knows what the atmosphere will be like this year. Brexit has brought about a number of racist groups in clashes with anti-fascist ones and people are worried about terrorists and that the happy days collaboration between police and crowds is long over. It is still a big pull for tourists to Britain, but like most things here – so much may depend on the weather.

Time Out Guide to Notting Hill Carnival August 2016

Flashmob 1: The Artful Tax Dodgers

I love flash-mobs and the British, with their love of theatre put the drama into them.

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Click here:  “You gotta pick a pocket or 2 Dave” by the Artful Tax Dodgers

Yesterday an impromptu musical group protested about the British Government allowing tax-havens and tax-loopholes for the richest in society while pressing hard on the common person to wring every penny of tax out of them. The flash mob took place outside the gates of a building where Prime Minister David Cameron drove past on his way to a meeting on taxes.

"Gotta Pick a Pocket or 2, Dave" - by The Artful Tax Dodgers - courtesy RT
“Gotta Pick a Pocket or 2, Dave” – by The Artful Tax Dodgers – courtesy RT

Christmas Tardis

 

Here are the telephone boxes in Southampton normally...
Here are the telephone boxes in Southampton normally…
Then on Christmas Day strange words appeared on the outside like the Ghost of Christmas Past.
Then on Christmas Day strange words appeared on the outside like the Ghost of Christmas Past.
It became the K6 Gallery
It became the K6 Gallery
A statement on creativity
A statement on creativity
It knew that I would normally reverse the charges...
It knew that I would normally reverse the charges…
and would read the graffiti scratched by coins...
and would read the graffiti scratched by coins…
Then when I went inside the telephone box... A Tardis: A Christmas Grotto with Father Christmas and two visitors who had come in to use the telephone.
Then when I went inside the telephone box… A Tardis: A Christmas Grotto with Father Christmas and two visitors who had come in to use the telephone.
I chilled out with Father Christmas for a while. He told me there was no need to make any calls. I had been a good girl and he knew what I wanted. Merry Christmas
I chilled out with Father Christmas for a while. He told me there was no need to make any calls. I had been a good girl and he knew what I wanted.

Telephone boxes are icons of the establishment
Telephone boxes are icons of the establishment

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Brandalism Adverts on Paris Billboards

Volkswagen are said to be one of the Talks' sponsors as are JC Delacroix who own these ad spaces
Volkswagen are said to be one of the CP21 sponsors, as are JC Decaux who own these ad spaces

The BBC have reported today, that in the run up to the CP21 UN Summit on climate change, more than 600 anti-corporation artworks have been installed in advertising spaces across Paris.

The Brandalism campaign “brand + vandalism” has claimed responsibility for the unauthorised art, stating that it was to: “highlight the links between advertising, consumerism, fossil fuel dependency and climate change”.

Prominent corporate sponsors of the talks have been targeted by the posters, which say that they are “part of the problem” and placed in spaces owned by JC Decaux, one of the talks’ sponsors who owns most ad spaces throughout Europe. Many feature world leaders that are known to be attending the talks in Paris.

For the report and more Brandalised Ad photos visit the BBC UK website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34958282  – if this link does not work from your country please do a Google search.

Street Art and my local scene

Street art causes a reaction. It is effective. I have been appalled and moved to tears by various street artists. So this is an important category for this blog.

Street art has been around since streets started. Early frescos are being preserved in countries like Italy and Mexico. To me street art is especially important — when we are bombarded with advertising posters and commercial signs that we have no control over. I feel that gifted people who have no money to advertise or exhibit should be allowed to display their images too.

I had planned to do quite a bit on street art. However, it seems to be pretty well covered by the people I follow on WordPress, especially by my favourite, world-wide, street-art hubber Frankie Bean, who devotes time to finding the latest, greatest street art to share almost daily with web surfers. To visit: https://frankiebeane.wordpress.com  

So eventually I will cover historical aspects of street art, but for now, here are some offerings with a few thoughts on street art in Southampton, where I live…

Commissioned painting on wall of the Tokyo Club in Bedford Place, Southampton
Commissioned painting on wall of the Tokyo Club in Bedford Place, Southampton
Banksy added a girl with a balloon to someone's "No Future" slogan. A popular anarchist slogan from a group  who used to call themselves Class War. However it was whitewashed over and did not last long.
Banksy added a girl with a balloon to someone’s “No Future” slogan. A popular anarchist slogan from a group who used to call themselves Class War. However it  did not last long and was whitewashed over.
St Mary's Stadium Commissioned art. Home of 'The Saints' football team
St Mary’s Stadium Commissioned art. Home of ‘The Saints’ football team
James Street mural depicting story of Sir Bevois and other local legends in the St Mary's area of Southampton
James Street mural depicting story of Sir Bevois and other local legends in the St Mary’s area of Southampton
Painting temporary art on empty shop windows during a festival in East Street, Southampton, 2015
Painting temporary art on empty shop windows during a festival in East Street, Southampton, 2015
Local artists paint business history on closed-down shops on Northam Estate, Southampton. Part of a series I will highlight later.
Local artists paint business history on closed-down businesses on Northam Estate, Southampton. Part of a series I will highlight later.
Tag on a house in Southampton. The owner is happy to leave it
Tag on a house in Southampton. The owner is happy to leave it
Spitfire detail of mural painted on boarded up shops in the City Centre
Spitfire detail of mural painted on  a boarded up nightclub in the City Centre
Mural on closed down Jonglers Nightclub in the city. Homeless people sleep in doorway.
Mural on closed down Jonglers Nightclub in the city. Homeless people sleep in doorway.
Yarn Bombers at the Southampton Common People Festival 2015
Yarn Bombers dress a large tree at the Southampton Common People Festival 2015
A street art movement, heralded by the Women's Institute is yarn storming or yarn bombing. Here is a free street work shop during the East Street Arts Festival 2015
A street art movement, heralded by the Women’s Institute is yarn storming or yarn bombing. Here is a free street work shop during the East Street Arts Festival 2015
Graffitti by French Prisoners during the Peninsular wars on The Dancing Man Brewery Wall. The building was built in 11th Century by Cistercian Monks to house wool on the Port of Southampton.
Graffitti by French Prisoners during the Peninsular wars on The Dancing Man Brewery Wall. The building was built in 11th Century by Cistercian Monks to house wool on the Port of Southampton.
The political quoters. This person seems to write quite a bit in the Southampton area. At first I thought they were being politically correct with the man or woman 16th Century quote, but there are a number of versions of this http://www.wealthandwant.com/docs/Goose_commons.htm
The political quoters. This person seems to write quite a bit in the Southampton area. At first I thought they changed the text to be politically-correct with “man or woman” in this 16th Century quote, but there are a number of versions of this http://www.wealthandwant.com/docs/Goose_commons.htm

I have no time for graffiti artists who just draw penises or badly scrawl their team’s name. However one street artist assured me that people’s tags are a way of saying, “I am here!” However they do not move me as much.

Graffiti on the graffiti. A poorly designed tag in an allowed area for spray artists in a Southampton subway. This was quickly sprayed with white paint (note the lack of white space) with the words 'Pedestrian'. This could mean either that pedestrians are hitting back or the tag is bland.
Graffiti on Tags.  A poorly designed tag in an allowed area for spray artists in a Southampton subway. This was quickly sprayed with white paint (note the lack of white space) with the words ‘Pedestrian’. This could mean either that pedestrians are hitting back or the tag is bland.

And the minute someone paints something in a public place, someone will want to destroy it.  Banksy usually times how long one of his works lasts before it is scrawled on, de-tagged or whitewashed over. This does not seem to bother him that so long as a few people get to see it he gets to take a photo first.