I’ve Been Around the World – Street Art Tour

Melissa - East London

Last year I had big plans to finally blog regularly and they fell through as always.  Life as it does got in the way but mainly the second half of 2015 was marred by seasonal depression, visa issues and a real hatred for my new job.

Most of those things have now thankfully resolved thmeselves or are on the way.  I’ve also been taking vitamin D consistently for the past month – only after years of my doctor saying I should because I am deficient.

I am finally feeling myself again, motivated and wanting to share about my goings on in London.  However, I know how easy it is for me to ditch the blog.  A time will come again where my mood will dip and I will retreat from it and I’ve come to terms with that and allowed myself to feel okay if there are long breaks in my writing.  We’re always our worse critic aren’t we?

This blog is pure hobby and fun for me.  It’s a way to document my wanderings so one day when I have children and grandchilden I can say hey look mom/grandma was cool and did things!  I saw the world!  I think I will need proof as my memory even now sometimes fails me.

As I go back to work Tuesday after not working all week – that’s right it will be a 10 day weekend for me in the end (I only took 2 days off for Christmas, I sooo derserve it!) I’ve decided to get another post in before reality bites.

I give you my world street art photo essay.  I didn’t blog about street art at all last year which is very unlike me, it’s kind of my thing.  So here we are, this is what I’ve saw in 2015 and 2016 so far.  If I know the artist and if I remember the exact location I’ve added that information.

March 2015 – Reykavik, Iceland 

Reykavik, Iceland

Riel (female artist)

May 2015 – Spain (Andalucia)

Doggy - Seville

In Seville

Grenada - Spain - Andalucia

In Granada

May 2015 – East London

Vinie Graffiti - East London

Vinie Graffiti 2 - East London

Vinie Graffiti

Old London - East London

Ben Eine

East London

Jimmy C

May 2015 – East London (Around Brick Lane)

Zabou - East London

Zabou (female artist)

Jim Vision & Dr Zadok - East London

Jim Vision and Dr Zadok

East London

Deco Life1

Also - Brick Lane Alleyway - East London

Also 40hk – alleyway off of Brick Lane

East London - Hanbury Street

Alexis Diaz and Eli Anchali –  Hanbury street

June 2015 – Camden Town, London

Gnashers Mural - Camden - North London

Mash up – Gnasher Murals and China Girl Tile Art

Trust Icon - Camden - North London

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Amy Winehouse - Camden


Amara Pordios - Camden

Left – Amara Pordios (female artist) Right – Dan Kitchener

Emily Blunt - Camden - North London

Ant Carver

Canden - North London

Who Am Irony

Camden - North London

Dale Grimshaw

March 2016 – Bethanl Green, East London

Trust Icon - Bethanl Green

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Zabou - Bethnal Green - East London.jpg

Bottom Left – Zabou

I’m sure a huge portion of these are still in place so if you are visiting London just walk around these areas and you will stumble on something great.

This is just a snippet, I had to stop because it would be a super long essay.  These are some of the best that I’ve seen but I have to say Zabou, Vinie Graffiti and Jimmy C are probably among my favourite artists.  Also a shout out to more females entering the sphere and being well known.

Happy Easter!

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Spinster says:

    The tree afro is my favorite. 🙂

    1. Melissa says:

      It’s my favourite too.

      1. Spinster says:

        Just sent you an email.

        1. Melissa says:

          I’ll check now.

  2. Spinster says:

    Reblogged this on Spinster's Compass and commented:
    More vicarious travelling for 2016 – worldwide street art with some female artists featured, which is nice to see in a world usually dominated by males. Enjoy.

  3. So much art! Hard to pick a favorite, but this whimsy is wonderful: the colorful walls by Amara Pordios and Dan Kitchener

    1. Melissa says:

      It is incredibly hard to choose! I had to heavily edit myself with this post and still have this long list. Seeing these in person just make me happy.

  4. Nice read as always. I’ve visited most of these places thanks to your blog. Please don’t ditch the blog entirely, as it’s such a good blog. Even if you haven’t posted in a long while, its a good resource. I’m surprised you haven’t monetized it yet.

    Your right – life does get in the way of plans. I have a blog for authors that I was initially excited about, but my interest tends to wane, so I put it aside for now. Most people are like this I believe.

    I know what you mean about the weather. I’m so use to sunshine, so the weather affects my mood at times. I have to force myself to just get on with it….

    1. Melissa says:

      Thanks! Honestly, the words of encouragement are really great especially after the break. I haven’t monetized it because its a bit of a refuge for me and I prefer reading blogs that don’t have ads or are trying to sell me stuff all the time. But never say never and I may in future but for now it works like this for me.

      Winters here are harder for me than Canadian ones, it’s just too grey and drizzly. But I know that I just need to take vitamins and try not to hibernate too much to make it easier, and travel if I can.

  5. Okay, another thing on my list for when I’m back there. The only street art I remember seeing was in Shoreditch. You’ve inspired me to finally post pics from my trip. Thank you!

    1. Melissa says:

      Yes please do! I love seeing what people capture when they are in London.

      1. I can’t wait to see what you think! 🙂

  6. Oh and I’m glad you’re feeling better. My friend in London hates winters there, which may be part of why he travels a lot to get away.

    1. Melissa says:

      Yes winter here is horrible but yes vitamin D by my side I can make it through if I can’t travel.

  7. Mandy says:

    I like Zabou too and am loving the Dale Grimshaw works too.

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