Here are just some of the art that caught my eye around Deep Ellum.
“The Traveling Man” by Brad Oldham
Before getting on my flight to London, I made a booking with The Alternative London Walking Tour to learn more about graffiti and street art.
It was one of the best tours I’ve been on. I liked how knowledgeable our tour guide Lily was — as she was also an artist herself — and I really appreciated how small the group was. More than the art, I also learned about the East End.
I arrived early and noodled around the market where I found a great coffee shop called the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs.
Some great takeaways from the tour:
I definitely would recommend this tour. It was one of the highlights of my trip. And since the Mister was occupied with work during the day, I went back to Brick Lane with him during one of his free days and gave the Cliff’s Notes version.
A street artist named Ronzo made his mark around the area with his sculpted little monsters which you can see above the Brick Lane Street sign.
The texture this artist was able to create is mind-blowing. This piece was one of my favorites.
Loved the type!
Stop signs re-mixed.
Look up and you’ll see more. Some artists sculpt on top of posts. Had our guide not pointed them out, I would’ve kept walking.
A piece about hope by Stick.
This in memoriam piece was spectacular. I think it’s called “Portal” by Citizenkane (2014). Below the piece, it read “Dedicated to my late son Joe who took his own life a year ago today June 21, 2013.”
This portrait is based on an actual person who just happened to be sitting on a stoop next to it. He smiled as I walked by after snapping this shot.