Brighton is known for its diverse and eclectic mix of humans and the environment totally reflects this with its vibrant colours and awesome street art. We went out to capture some of Brighton’s graffiti and the city definitely didn’t disappoint.
The Prince Albert Pub was sprayed up back in 2003 by Req, Sinna 1 and their team taking 3 weeks to complete the project. It depicts music icons including Freddie Mercury, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse. Who knows maybe one day the next icon will use a Burntaxe?
The wall also has a framed replica of Banksy’s ‘Kissing Policemen’. The piece first appeared in 2004 but was vandalised 2 years later. The replica was put up in 2008 and the restored piece was later sold for a cool £345,000 in Miami.
If you haven’t seen a Cassette Lord piece have you even been to Brighton? The image below shows a boom box and his classic cassette design, but also a pretty snazzy owl. Martin Middleton has run a project helping young people engage with their community here in Brighton, with street art as the focus. His well-known cassette tapes were designed to brighten up the telephone and electrical boxes and they are certainly loved by the Brighton community.
The North Laine is home to a heap of fantastic graffiti – you’ll be sure to stumble upon an eye catching wall somewhere amongst the busy streets. The army of 50 dogs spreading across an entire wall are by Sinna 1 and mark the 50th anniversary of the Brighton Festival, so for ‘the love of dogs’ go check it out! You’ll also see Agent Petruscioni’s ‘Never underestimate the power of the flower’, and Aroe MSK’s highly imaginative art spanning across buildings, including his ‘stay high’ stick man.
Other pieces are shown below which have plenty of character and certainly no lack of imagination. As well as graffiti there are also paste ups by the likes of Minty, originally from Detroit, but who has become a firm resident of Brighton – you’ll spot his ‘far out’ art dotted all around the city.
It’s safe to say our Burntaxe team was inspired by the talent out there and would love to create a graffiti themed Burntaxe in the near future. Imagine an artwork like Snub23’s geometric piece etched on a guitar - exciting stuff! If you’re an artist and want to work with us don’t hesitate to get in touch.