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Marveling Over Graffiti on Opposite Continents: Street Art of London & Buenos Aires

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Living in London we were treated to some amazingly colorful and creative street scenes, thanks to street artists who let their inspiration seep into public life.

Outside the graffiti skate park on the river’s South Bank, this truly urban art form is prevalent in East London, our old neighborhood, where a stroll in and around Brick Lane and down Fashion Street reveal some beauties.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg though – in London, like in Buenos Aires, there are tours that keep up with the changes and take people around to experience the ever-changing city “artscape”.

Street art can even be seen in a more traditional art viewing experience; there are  pieces on display at Tony’s Gallery on Brick Lane.

Below you’ll find photos of a few delights that popped up when we were in London.

With memories of London graffiti fresh in our minds, we were blown away to see this post about street art in Argentina: Graffiti Tour in Buenos Aires by GoBackpacking.  Apparently there is creativity bubbling below the surface of the mainstream in the Argentine capital as well as over in Europe, and it’s really worth a peek:

 “Toward the end of our tour, we lucked out and got to watch a stencil artist put up a figure with a lion’s head”


And on the other side of the pond… here’s a London graffiti taster:

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Street Art on Commercial Road, London 2012

Street Art Brick Lane

Street Art just off Brick Lane, London

Street Art Fashion Street

Street Art on Fashion Street, London

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London South Bank Skate Park

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  1. Marina

    March 8, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Great article! There’s a neat tie in there as well – the artworks on Commercial Road were created by Argentine street artists Zumi, Roma, Poeta and Mart, when they came to London for an exhibition. More info can be found here :

    • DNTM Editor

      March 14, 2013 at 6:32 am

      Great thanks for the additional info Marina! What a coincidence – love that you saw this and pointed it out. All the best.

  2. Richard

    April 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

    It is good to see that the South Bank is still alive with street art. I’m heading back to London soon and will be down there with my camera.

    • DNTM Editor

      April 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

      Thanks Richard. Enjoy London and don’t be shy to share some photos of any great graffiti discoveries! Happy travels.

  3. Myrto Giannari

    December 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Hey guys :)
    If you love graffitis and generally alternative uses of spaces, Amsterdam is a wonderful place to visit as well. Spuistraat is a road where many artists express themselves. Moreover,in Brussels you can take an out-off-the-bitten track tour and explore the graffiti of cartoons or pay a visit at Tintin Museum. Comics play a distinctive role in Brussel’s culture as many well known cartoon book series such as Smurfs, Archie’s Girls Betty and Veronica where created there.

  4. Jordan

    March 17, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I enjoy whwt you guys are uup too. This kind of clever work and exposure!

    Keep up the amazing works gus I’ve you guys to our blogroll.

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