‘I hadn’t paid any attention to street art until somebody pointed out a piece by Banksy in 2003. I thought: That’s art, that is. So I went out looking for Banksy, and the moment you do that, you realise there’s way more than just his work out there. I became a complete street-art geek. I hadn’t done anything like it before I started the tours. Now it’s my full-time job. New art appears in Shoreditch every week. It’s temporary, that’s what makes it interesting. I don’t give a tour defined by events that happened several hundred years ago. People from all walks of life come on the tours. I had a group of suits on an away day recently and they were blown away – they’d never been to Shoreditch before. When people tell me that they’re now connecting with the art, I feel like it’s mission accomplished.’
1. Some of the smallest pieces of street art in London are some paintings on pistachio shells glued into cracks in walls by an artist who calls themselves 616.
2. Two street artists once had a ‘dialogue’ on a wall in Shoreditch where they traded insults by painting over each other’s work 16 times.
3. In 2017 broccoli started appearing, glued to walls. An artist was sticking faces on florets. He’s now switched to plaster-of-Paris moulds.
Find out more at www.shoreditchstreetarttours.co.uk. £20, £10 child.