Who Says Street Art Has To Be Tacky?

I agree, there’s a place and time for street art. But It’s not just graffiti – it’s an expression. It’s art. It still takes time. It’s still a talent. They’re still artists. And they’re anything but tacky.

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A few days ago I ventured into an area of London I had never been to, let alone never even heard of – Shoreditch. Shoreditch neighborhood is the less-visited, more lived-in part of London. You won’t find thousands of tourists, or high-end street shops, but instead you’ll discover dozens of thrift shops (the kind with whole racks of various colored denim vests, rotary phones, 8tracks, and antique, floral china), a much younger demographic, and plenty of authentic Indian and Asian restaurants – not to mention the aforesaid “graffiti.”

These are just a few of the hundreds of paintings and taggings we saw, and let me tell you – they are works of art. It was as if we turned another corner onto a street filled with murals and pieces that would have taken hours and hours to complete. I was surely impressed.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t appreciate this on the side of my house or even my place of work, but in a place like Shoreditch, where it belongs – do your thing, Mr. Unconventional Artist.

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London: Take 2

This time, London was conquered without a large student body, but definitely with as many gasps of wonders. How thankful I now am that I have so much extra time outside of classes, knowing my possibilities. This second trip, a traveling partner and I ventured to a Westminster Abbey communion service which was just lovely. From there, we rested and relieved our famished selves at an adorable cafe and onto the London Bridge, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. I could not have imagined a better stroll through the Tower of London for myself, being a history lover.

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And just like a true English native, tonight some beautiful ladies joined together to watch none other than Pride and Prejudice – dreaming of our coming Mr. Darcy’s – while snacking on Cream Tea (tea taken with scones, jam, and cotted cream).

Tonight I rest my head with a smile, blessed by this day.