Fashion Street has been a popular spot for street artists over the years with the likes of Jef Aerosol, Stik and Escif displaying their graffiti, wheatpastes, stickers, and stencils. With works now being available at Saatchi Gallery, street art continues to gain respect as a true form of art. The new found admiration from the mainstream seems to have given artists even greater confidence in expressing their cultural and political opinions.
A recent addition popping up on Fashion Street by T.wat satirises Cameron and Clegg’s AV referendum campaign, which adapts the famous shot of Vinnie Jones man handling Paul Gascoigne.
Escif’s solemn Death Dance piece on Fashion Street has been modified recently with an addition highlighting the treatment of a large corporation offered by the government.
In the 1980s street art was all about tagging, where artists would cover the urban landscape with their name. Perhaps the more thought provoking messages and detailed designs shown in contemporary street art has helped increase its recognition. London and other cities around the world offer street art walking tours which are proving popular, whilst at the same time people find standard advertising intrusive. Advertising may never be a pure form of art but taking risks and being expressive seems to have worked for street artists as their engagement with the public continues to grow.