Graffiti and Brick Lane

Brick Lane, in East London, is one of our favorite spots to meander in the city. Yesterday we were exploring the Bethnal Green neighborhood and I found myself once again wandering down Brick Lane. Each time I visit I feel like I’m seeing it for the first time. Here’s some of the graffiti I spied yesterday.


About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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14 Responses to Graffiti and Brick Lane

  1. bulldog says:

    Some of these street artists are just so good… surprised they don’t do canvas work and make money from it…

    • TBM says:

      I should look into the artists since I think some of them are quite famous. It’s a shame that even in today’s world, many artist don’t make enough money. The world without art would be depressing.

  2. Louella says:

    Great shots. They really capture and deliver a feeling of presence – Like you are right there in it! The work is fantastic, and really helps to create an atmosphere of culture and talent and communication. Stories on the wall, that can be read in so many different ways.

    I have not been to London for almost 20 years. I can’t wait to go back!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Miss Lou

  3. I’m partial to “I don’t explain” myself.

  4. I love this. I find that in our cities, people do great works and then idiot kids come along and spray a tag on it. Annoying!

    • TBM says:

      I despise taggers. There’s no artistry just vandalism. Now these examples are works of art and they enrich the neighborhood.

  5. pattisj says:

    Amazing artistry, not something I would expect to see in London.

  6. Vishy says:

    Beautiful pictures, TBM! So much of talent there!

  7. Graffiti is a style of art that I really enjoy, provided it isn’t located on something that is lovely in its own right. I think it is a fantastic way to utilize ugly urban space though and get people to actually find these spaces usable and worth visiting. There are some amazingly talented artists who work this way. We used to have to drive from Tulsa to Nebraska and back to visit my parents when we lived at those locales and when we drove through Wichita, KS there was a long stretch of flood control area that had graffiti all over it and I loved driving through there and seeing these huge, amazing works that people created.

    • TBM says:

      I would like to see that stretch. I’m fascinated by graffiti as long as it is sanctioned and not just tagging. These artists add so much flavor to areas, especially areas blighted by poverty or disasters. Some people are so talented and see the world in a strange and beautiful way.

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