Brooklyn Street Art

I was planning on writing about my 2018 bullet journal spread today but I’ve actually been in bed with the flu all of this year so far! I haven’t even opened my bullet journal let alone have anything to blog about it. So today I thought I’d show you the street art I found in Brooklyn on my honeymoon last September. I already blogged about New York and Brooklyn but I took so many Brooklyn street art photos that I couldn’t include them. So here’s a dedicated post:

Brooklyn Street Art

These were all taken on Topher and my ridiculous walk from the Brooklyn Bridge to Williamsburg. Top tip – don’t walk from Brooklyn Bridge to Williamsburg. Three and a half miles isn’t too bad but when the sun is blazing and you’re desperate for the bathroom it is not fun. It’s better to walk back across the bridge to Manhattan and take the subway as there is no direct subway from Dumbo to Williamsburg.

Anyway lesson learned and we found some fun street art along the way!

Brooklyn street art - robots

Brooklyn street art - the kiss

Brooklyn street art - sweet n low

Brooklyn street art - wives

This one below was on the edge of a big development site and also on one of the long ass roads we had to walk along. So it made the walk a little more interesting.

Brooklyn street art - building site

Brooklyn street art - crane

Brooklyn street art - monochrome

Brooklyn street art - possiden

These next two are just sandwich boards but I had to include them as they made me smile!

Brooklyn street art - horse

Brooklyn street art - jaws

This is my second favourite piece we found – it just makes me laugh, pure and simple. And I like cats.

Brooklyn street art - ghandi

This was actually a banner in a market but I really liked because Prince.

Brooklyn street art - prince

Brooklyn street art - lady

Brooklyn street art - skeleton

I only noticed this one because I was looking up to the sky and praying for the sun not to burn me. It gave me the pep talk I needed to keep going.

Brooklyn street art - you go girl

Brooklyn street art - ali

Brooklyn street art -restaurant

How cool are all the hidden faces?

Brooklyn street art - magical

This one with Louis Armstrong was by far my favourite but some hipsters were having a yard sale in front of it so I couldn’t get a better picture – boo.

Brooklyn street art - louis

This last one was actually in Manhattan but I had to include it as it was cool.

Brooklyn street art -manhattan

I’ve also taken photos of Manchester and Nottingham Street art.

Where’s the best place you’ve visited for Street Art?

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Colour Walk Manchester

I’ve always been a fan of colour. A small pleasure I had as a teen was wearing as many colours at once as possible to upset my parents who prefer things to “match”. So earlier this year when I found out about a Facebook group called In Colourful Company, I had to join it.

It’s a group of colour hunters who share their love of anything bright and lovely. One of the best bits of the community is their organised meets around the country to go on “colour walks” which is essentially pretty street art hunting. It’s right up my street so when they came to Manchester I had to go!

It wasn’t hard for everyone to meet at Piccadilly station – we just had to look for the rainbow balloons and the hoards of people dressed brightly.

Colour Walk Manchester - piccadilly

Once everyone arrived, we were off!

Colour Walk Manchester - stage and radio

Colour Walk Manchester - ethnic

Colour Walk Manchester - fox

Colour Walk Manchester - old couple

Did anyone else used to watch Danger Mouse as kids? I bloody loved it!

Colour Walk Manchester - danger mouse

We went past a communal garden project so I had to get a couple of snaps of these beauties!

Colour Walk Manchester - dahlia

Colour Walk Manchester - flower

Colour Walk Manchester - miserable bastards

Colour Walk Manchester - mary berry

Colour Walk Manchester - skulls

Colour Walk Manchester - twitter twat

Colour Walk Manchester - bee

Colour Walk Manchester - hope

I loved that there was a nice mix of sprayed art and stencilled posters dotted about. Lots that made me chuckle!

Colour Walk Manchester - shutters

Colour Walk Manchester - yellow

Does anyone else get annoyed when people tag on top of pretty street art? Tagging just ruins it.

Colour Walk Manchester - bear hat

Colour Walk Manchester - colour hunters

I’ve already instagrammed this one below as I thought my freelancer and artist friends would find it amusing!

Colour Walk Manchester - artist wanted

Colour Walk Manchester - girls

I hadn’t been able to get a close look at these murals since they were done in Stevenson Square so it was great to finally get the opportunity – and some photos!

Colour Walk Manchester - stevenson sq

Colour Walk Manchester - peace

Thanks to Nicola for taking this pic of me! I rarely get to take photos of myself these days since I’m always the one behind the camera. How awesome is my red coat btw? It was only £35 at New Look and is proper coat material. It comes in different colours too.

Colour Walk Manchester - i heart mcr

Colour Walk Manchester - stevenson square

It wouldn’t be a Manchester walk without a visit to the Vimto statue!

Colour Walk Manchester - vimto

Colour Walk Manchester - magnet

Colour Walk Manchester - mural

Colour Walk Manchester - afflecks

After all that walking, loads of us were starving so we finally headed to our final stop, Font just off of Oxford Road.

Colour Walk Manchester - outside font

Font

It’s been years since I went to Font which is funny as I practically lived there as a student. Who could say no to £2 cocktails? And I can’t believe it but you still can get £2 cocktails! Nice to see that inflation hasn’t reached everything.

I had a unicorn juice which was very instagrammable though maybe not the tastiest thing on the menu. The stuff at the bottom was delicious though.

Colour Walk Manchester - unicorn juice

And for food I had short rib poutine fries. Delicious and just what I needed after all the walking

Colour Walk Manchester - font poutine

Overall it was an amazing day and I can’t wait to do another one. Highly recommended!

If you want to see more street art, check out my Manchester Street Art Post and my Nottingham one.

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A Quick Trip to Nottingham – Bills and Street Art

This weekend I took a quick trip to Nottingham to stay with my brother who bought a flat there last year. Considering I spent my teen years in Nottinghamshire and would frequent the city quite regularly, it’s been years since I spent more than a few hours there.

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As well as seeing my brothers new flat (makes my old London one look like a shoebox!) we took a wander around the city. Being a big fan of cool street art, I was happy to see some as we walked.

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These sock puppets in particular are awesome!

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Nottingham 4

There was a guy on this side street randomly with a piano. Locals, is he there all the time?

Nottingham 5

This one was on the side of an antique shop which I probably should have gone in but hunger won!

Nottingham 6

For dinner we headed to Bills which I can’t believe I was only visiting for the first time. To be fair, we don’t have one in Manchester so there is that. But I never got the chance to go when we lived in London and when Topher and I tried to in Birmingham, the wait was too long. So I was pleased to finally give it a go.

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The decor is pretty quirky and shabby chic. This wall got instagramed right away!

Nottingham 8

I had the mac and cheese with mushrooms, leek and truffle. Yum! It was so filling that I didn’t have room for dessert. Shame, maybe next time?

Nottingham 9

The next day we went to Salt Box for lunch which is right next to the Motorpoint arena. Ideal if you’re going to a concert after! We both had the hoisin duck pizza which was really nice. Most people I know prefer their pizza thin but this one was really doughy which I’m personally a fan of. Another filler, leaving me with no room for dessert.

Nottingham 10

Short but sweet. Until next time Nottingham!

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Manchester Street Art

As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with street art. Not the crappy graffiti with someone’s tag that you can’t even read, I mean the actual art. There is such a big difference between the two, at least to me. Manchester is full of street art and a couple of weekends I decided to go and discover some pieces in the Northern Quarter that I haven’t noticed before.

Last year I went on a photo walk where I found some amazing pieces that you can see here. This time, I wanted to find some more hidden works that I hadn’t noticed or maybe just stopped and photographed before. The above and below photos, I have known about for about six months. Since they are on the side of Common bar, which is right next to Ziferblat, I have seen them every week when I go to Freelance Fridays.

graffiti 2

Considering the one below is directly opposite the doorway to Ziferblat, I’m surprised that I haven’t noticed it before. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s newer than the other ones or if it’s just me seeing through it.

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Not street art in the same way as the others but I like the mosaic face on the corner of Carpenters Lane. It’s completely slipped my mind on who he is. And speaking of faces on street corners, is that Kevin Spacey on the corner of Hilton Street?

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I walk past this road every Friday and yet I’ve never noticed this piece. I kind of wish I had time to walk up and see what the rest of it looks like but I guess that will have to be saved for another time.

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I like that even this temporary scaffolding has been given a makeover. So much nicer to look at!

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And I know this is pretty much just an advert but I had to include it.

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Not street art but it looks like this wall once had a whole picture up there. Anyone have any photos of what used to be up here?

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Walking down the top end of Tib street, I realised that I had never been this far up before. Thank Affleck’s Palace for being so distracting! I was really pleased because I found these bird sculptures which are awesomely random. I need to look them up and find out who put them there.

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Also on Tib street were these beautiful frogs. I think these were my favourite of the day. I’m not usually a frog person but paint them on the side of a building and I’m there apparently!

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There are plenty of other works hanging around I’m sure. I pass about 3 or 4 in the car on the way home. Anyway, I had a great time being a tourist in my own city. Manchester, I love you!

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