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The gentrification of Brixton

Posted on October 9, 2016 by Toothpicker

 

   
The restored grade II* listed Ashby's Mill, also known as Brixton windmill (1816) & a trendy cafe nearby
 
Due to rapid urbanisation around the world, major urban cities are struggling to cope with the influx of migrants for the past few decades. Housing shortage is one of the biggest challenges [...]

This post was posted in London, Food & dining, Architecture, Photography, Markets, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, British heritage, gentrification and was tagged with London, architecture, shopping, graffiti/ street art, Food markets, Brixton, gentrification


Street art and graffiti in Brighton

Posted on May 25, 2016 by Toothpicker

Odisy and Aroe MSK's Run DMC mural in Kensington Street, created in 2008

 
Brighton is known for its arts and culture scene, and so it is not surprising to see a thriving street art scene here. The city is full of original street art pieces including a Banksy – the two kissing policemen [...]

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Reykjavik's street art

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Toothpicker

 
Street art has become a global cultural phenomenon in the 21st century. What started as a subversive culture in the 1970s/80s New York has now evolved into a contemporary art movement.
While numerous street artists employ this medium to express their political views towards their governments and society, there are many who simply [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, Iceland, Reykjavijk and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, Iceland, Reykjavik


Street art in Glasgow

Posted on July 30, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mitchell Street's Taxi Balloons by Rogue-one

 
Before visiting Glasgow for the first time, I had a somewhat gloomy and rundown image of the city in my head, yet this preconceived idea was shattered when I arrived at the bustling city on a sunny day.
I was lucky with the weather, so I was able [...]

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Hong Kong's street art & exhibitions 2015

Posted on May 10, 2015 by Toothpicker

A giant pig in Mui Wo by Smile maker Hong Kong
 
It is interesting to see Hong Kong's street art scene evolving over the last few years (you can read my previous entry from last year here). Compare to city like London, it is still in its infancy, but it is certainly more [...]

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An unguided tour of Lisbon's urban art

Posted on February 28, 2015 by Toothpicker

Av Fontes Pereira de Melo - Top & 2nd row: Os Gemeos and Blu
 
Before coming to Lisbon, I was a bit clueless in regards to Lisbon's street art scene. Over the last few years, I have been documenting street art during my travels and in London; and it brings me immense [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Street art & graffiti, Art, Lisbon, Portuguese art and was tagged with graffiti/ street art, Lisbon, Portuguese art


Manchester's past & present

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Toothpicker

Bridgewater canal in Castlefield
 
Like human beings, all cities have their own characteristics, memories and energies. Having lived in several major cities at different stages of my life, I have come to realised that some cities' energies and mine just don't blend well (possibly to do with feng shui?). There are cities that I [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Photography, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Britain, Street life, British heritage and was tagged with architecture, graffiti/ street art, Manchester, street life, England's canals


The other art & Parallax art fairs

Posted on November 2, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top: 50 ft installation of work by David Shillinglaw; Bottom left: Jack Teagle; Bottom right: Ego Leonard
 
Although I am not a big fan of mega art fairs, I would support smaller art fairs and independent artists who may not be represented by galleries. These fairs also provide an opportunity for visitors [...]

This post was posted in London, Photography, Street art & graffiti, Graphics & illustrations, Art, Art fair, British art, contemporary and was tagged with London, photography, art fairs, The other art fair, parallax art fair, moniker art fair


London's summer exhibitions highlights

Posted on October 22, 2014 by Toothpicker

Gilbert & George: Scapegoating pictures for London at White Cube Bermondsey
 
There were many excellent exhibitions that I visited in London this summer, and here are 10 of my favourites ( in no particular order):
1. Matisse: The Cut Outs at Tate Modern
2. Malevich: Revolution of Russian Art at Tate Modern
3. British [...]

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Street life in Paris

Posted on September 4, 2014 by Toothpicker

 
This summer, a few overseas friends who visited both Paris and London told me that they enjoyed London much more than Paris. When I asked them the reasons, they said that the streets of Paris feel unsafe and chaotic, whereas London feels more vibrant and safer. I wasn't surprised by this as [...]

This post was posted in Food & dining, Photography, Travel, Paris, Markets, Films & documentaries, Street art & graffiti, Social issues, Street life, Homelessness and was tagged with paris, Markets, graffiti/ street art, short films, cycling, street life, homelessness


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