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still get a kick when i spot one...
28th May 2007, 22:28   | tags:,,,,,

Dhamaka says:


I especially like the top one

28th May 2007, 22:30

all very, very tight nige

28th May 2007, 22:30

nige says:

shame you can't get an idea of the scale, because it's very big. it's well documented (aren't they all...) but i was still amazed to stumble upon it.

edit: and thanks P. hope your bank holiday was / is pleasant.

28th May 2007, 22:31

ViX says:

I know the top one well! Haven't seen the middle one tho... where is it?

28th May 2007, 22:59

kyoob says:

Wow, Snap!

28th May 2007, 23:03

nige says:

it's on seel street, very near alma de cuba. i keep forgetting that you study up in liverpool, Vix. we should make the effort to hook up when i'm up there sometime. i have tried (in vain) the last two times to see OJ & V, but alas, it has not yet happened...

28th May 2007, 23:04

nige says:

kyoob - no way! and i commented on that too. most strange.

28th May 2007, 23:05

kyoob says:

there's loads of those gems round that area, i didn't know i'd bagged a banksy at the time.

28th May 2007, 23:08

nige says:

i got quite a few more shots of other bits and pieces too. it's a real haven, sure.

28th May 2007, 23:10

OJ says:

You stumbled across it? It's about 12 foot high, at a main road junction and has been there for years ;)

There's loads of graffiti/stencilling/wall art/whatever you want to call it in the few streets around there. I think I've blogged a few over the years, can't quite remember...

Actually, more interesting, was the huge building opposite (now under scaffolding as it's being "regenerated") which accumulated massive, indignant lettering demanding regeneration and calling shame upon the powers that be until finally the scaffolding appeared....

28th May 2007, 23:31

Helen says:

Corr. I likes that cat.

28th May 2007, 23:32

nige says:

hahaha OJ, i know, it's hardly subtle, is it? it's just that I haven't been up near the chinese quarter by day in (literally) years, so i was a little surprised. i did notice the other building you mention.

as many times as it's been documented, there's something about taking my own pics of these pieces that gives me a buzz. strange, perhaps. :)

and helen, pretty much everyone said to me that it's a cat, but i'm fairly sure it's supposed to be a rat. who knows though, really?

28th May 2007, 23:40

Helen says:

A ratcat, very Maus-ish.

28th May 2007, 23:46

nige says:

:) i've never read it, but i have seen some of the art. must add to my "to-do"

28th May 2007, 23:49

OJ says:

It's a cat. Of course it's a cat. Every day I pass it and it's a cat.

I'm shaking my head now.

28th May 2007, 23:49

Gael says:

am I the only person on Moblog who just doesn't get *remotely* excited by this stuff?

28th May 2007, 23:51

nige says:

ok, but check out that tail. thats a rat tail, right? plus, rats are one of his themes, and i'm yet to see a cat... then again, this could be a first :)

and Gael, you're not the only one. there's no accounting for taste, i guess.

28th May 2007, 23:52

OJ says:

I don't get excited Gael. It pleases me when I see graffiti that's well executed and/or has wit. This cat is a familiar friend (I drive or walk past it most days when in Liverpool) but it doesn't have any particular wit.

I couldn't give a flying [bleep] whether a particular example is Banksy or not. Aren't people trying to imitate his style these days? Strikes me as the ultimate self-defeating exercise that...

28th May 2007, 23:59

nige says:

fine. you say cat, i say rat...

29th May 2007, 00:02

Gael says:

I think that's what riles me. Also, aren't people hacking lumps out of walls, etc now?

29th May 2007, 00:03

OJ says:

Are they? People are sheep.

My take on graffiti is that I want it to be appropriate to the location - the best examples make some sort of comment on where they are. Even if it's just a playful response, they need a sense of place. There's one of kids playing on Grinder's Hill (a ginnel in Sheffield) exactly where you can imagine them playing.

My favourite in this area is probably gone now. A shut down shop around the corner from this cat had a lovingly chalked epitaph to the former proprietors' history there and the fact they had to leave because rents were going up in the area. It was poetically done and ephemeral. Could've sworn I photographed it but can't see it on my blog anywhere....

Nige: it's a cat.

29th May 2007, 00:13

nige says:

well, in that case i chiseled the "cat" out of that building and put it on ebaY this evening, with a huge reserve. bit of a bitch to carry home though. can't work out what i should charge for p&p..;.

29th May 2007, 00:16

ViX says:

Nige - Definitely, maybe we could organise a mini meet!

29th May 2007, 01:14

Dhamaka says:

I thought it was a cat, but looking closer believe it to be a mutant

29th May 2007, 05:55

Puddlepuff says:

Loved some of the video's on

29th May 2007, 12:58


30th May 2007, 22:22

nige says:


1st Jun 2007, 23:42

FLARE says:

it is a rat and i know this because it is in the rat section of banksy's book 'wall and piece'.

27th Dec 2007, 21:02

jk says:

holy joes concert square has banksy fallen angel and two angels painted on thier walls

18th Dec 2009, 22:29