Urban Art in Brighton | June 26, 2004

Boy with toy rabbit in mouth

Girl with toy rabbit in mouth

Girl with headphones

Posted at June 26, 2004 4:15 PM


Gordon Mackay said on June 26, 2004 4:25 PM

I wonder where I can get a font that looks like the text that says “Mute”

I think their artwork is stunning, thanks for sharing mate!

Adrian said on June 26, 2004 5:14 PM

I guess you know you have a better class of graffiti artist in your town when they carry large stencils with them. Or, are the cops so efficient that the painter needs to get it done in minimal time to escape arrest? When I used to live in Portsmouth the most common thing to see on a wall was a hastily sprayed ‘Play Up Pompey’. Is ‘Brighton and Hove Albion’ to long a phrase?
You always seem to have great photos to display and long may this carry on.

Peter Zignego said on June 26, 2004 7:21 PM

I would be honored to have that stuff sprayed under bridges around here:) Very nice looking.

Davin said on June 26, 2004 7:22 PM

Odd. We have the same “boy and bunny” stencil in a number of places here in Toronto, Canada.

I wonder if someone’s been doing some cross-Atlantic stencilling?

Joen said on June 26, 2004 9:26 PM

Hi, long time reader first time poster.

Very nice pictures.

I think the emergence of this stencil graffiti is quite interesting. As opposed to “regular” graffiti, this form is often very aesthetic and often has a political stance.

Granted, the, shall we say traditional style of graffiti can have it’s graphical and aesthetic charms, but IMHO there’s nothing pretty about a black penned tag on a mailbox.

A couple of months ago, I tried my way with “virtual” stencil graffiti, painting it on collected textures in Photoshop.

Josh King said on June 27, 2004 12:38 AM

Stencils are nice and really fun. I used to draw the stencil in Illustrator and then print them out on oaktag. Then I’d just cut them out with an X-Acto knife. The beauty is they are so quick and you can just buy cheap paint and not have to bother with differnt tips.

Note to any novices interested in city beautification: latex gloves (used for medical examinations and food service) are a must. Nothing says guilty like paint-covered hands.

David Barrett said on June 27, 2004 12:34 PM

Hey, you’re pretty lucky Andy.

Around here, the best graffiti we can hope for is someone spelling “penis” right.

Tommy said on June 27, 2004 8:40 PM

Meanwhile in Essex, jumbo marker pen appears to be the in-vogue style:


Mike Stenhouse said on June 28, 2004 12:21 AM

One of the most entertaining pieces I’ve seen is on a bridge on the way into Hackney (near the Murder Mile) that reads: ‘Please Drive By Carefully Through Our Village,’ in big, official-looking type. It’s another Banksy. I used to have a load of local graf photos on my site but I took them down when I reorganised everything at the start of the year. Shame.

That stencil graffiti book I mentioned last time this subject came up is well worth a read. So’s the Street Logos one, also by Tristan Manco (I don’t work for him, honest!). Have a look in there for Space Invader. He sticks up little mosaics of, er, space invaders - yep, made up of little tiles. I’ve found two so far but there are supposed to be loads of them all over the place. It’s CDT meets graffiti!

Ryan said on June 29, 2004 5:14 AM

Banksy is the true originator in the modern sense. Often beautiful and thought provoking, the style seems to have gained mass appeal. The new star sailor music video (4 to the floor) for example. There’s tonnes of examples of this.

Ohh well, it happened with punk rock, skateboarding and most other subcultures, they don’t understand it so they try to define it. I’m so missunderstood…


rachael said on June 29, 2004 7:47 AM

nice captures.

I love discovering stencil art, especially the subtle or thought-provoking variety. It can be absolutely beautiful.

egar said on June 29, 2004 5:51 PM

Been visiting your site for some while now, even though this is my first post. I really like these photos, they would make killer wallpapers! ;)

This stencil graffiti looks really cool, perhaps I should look into the scene a bit more beeing into graphics and such. Great blog andy!

Brook said on June 22, 2005 9:02 AM

re. the Mute font: ask my mate hutch, he’s the fella responsible:


Stefan said on December 2, 2005 6:59 AM

Cool site!!I liked it very much.And the photos are great.
Keep goin’


Zac said on February 20, 2006 11:32 AM

Great images.
can anyone tell me where the stencil scene first originated