Shoreditch is the best place in the UK to see works by the most celebrated street artists in the world. The work is constantly evolving; being updated by the original artists, adapted by new artists or removed by local council officials. The streets of Shoreditch offer an ever-changing canvas to street artists and art fans. For this post we’ve selected five of our favourite street artists whose work is currently exhibited on the walls, doors, pavements and street signs of Shoreditch.
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Over 10 years ago, Dface began putting up stickers of his designs on his way to and from work. Now he’s the creator of huge murals, sculptures and numerous pieces of smaller street art, and many of these can be seen on the streets of Shoreditch.
Art for everyone
Street art, by its very nature, is constantly changing. As well as low-key battles with local councils removing work, street artists, like Otto Schade, are constantly updating and evolving the work they’ve created. Recently a much-loved piece of Otto’s art was tagged with a slogan, a few days later he’d covered it with a whole new work of art. This constant evolution can be easy to miss if you’re walking around staring at the pavement or the screen of your phone. Even if you think you’re familiar with every piece of art on a street, it’s worth looking again every time you’re there, the changes may be subtle, but they’ll usually be well worth looking out for.
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If you don’t drive, it’s easy to miss these subtle pieces of street art. Next time you’re in Shoreditch glance at the street signs as well as the walls.
Probably the best way to see some of the ever-changing street art in Shoreditch is on a tour led by an experienced guide. With so much art decorating the streets around this bustling area of London it’s easy to miss things. Some of the best art is hidden down alleyways or even ‘sprouting’ from rooftops. With a passionate guide, you’ll be taken to some of the best art you’d probably otherwise miss.
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Otto’s stencil work is prolific around Shoreditch and constantly changing. With very distinctive styles, his politically charged work is stunning and easy to identify.
The art won’t be around forever
After photographing the street art, they went to a pop-up printing session, where they able to print their favourite images on a Deskjet 3720 All-in-One Wireless Inkjet Printer, the world’s smallest all-in-one printer. The printer features WiFi connectivity and Apple AirPrint, so it was easy to get their hands on their favourite snaps.
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The x-ray style of SHOK-1 is instantly identifiable and ethereally beautiful when you spot it in-situ.
Keep your best shots where you can see them
The DeskJet 3720 is perfect for photographers wanting to treasure their best shots. This all-in-one printer is small enough to be unobtrusive, yet is capable of printing lab-quality photographs straight from a smartphone. Great when you’ve managed to snap a brand new piece of art.
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These simple, much-loved stick figures by street artist Stik are dotted around Shoreditch.
HP and Currys organised the WSP Alternative Art Tour, hosted on Saturday 13th August, to witness the street art of Shoreditch first-hand. Street-art-loving bloggers spent the day learning the best techniques for photographing the ever-changing art on the streets. Then they were guided around Shoreditch learning about the artists and visiting some of the most well-known art, and works that are often missed. If you have a free afternoon, it’s well worth heading to Shoreditch to see some of the best street art in the country. And remember to look all around, you’ll see street art in the most unexpected places.
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