Music Legends London Graffiti Wall
It’s not very often that I wander around South Kilburn in London. I may only stay 15 minutes walk from the area, but it is a kinda grim place with a very bad reputation for gang bangers. I personally wouldn’t want to walk around here late at night, that’s why I went for a wee wander at around 10am.
I went in search of graffiti, street art or if you prefer vandalism depending on how you see the world. If you ask me any bad area should have fantastic graffiti adorning some of the walls and the grim steel shop shutters. And by walls I mean ones that have been designated by the council as being for graffiti.
Graffiti is a way for people to express themselves, tell a story or even just brighten up a dull lifeless rather grim building or doorway. I didn’t know what to expect, whether I would find what I was looking for, maybe their was no artistic talent in the area.
The sky was blue, the sun was shining and the air was warm as I walked through Peel Precinct which is rather grim and soulless shopping area. I dodged a Pit Bull Terrier taking his owner for a stroll. However there wasn’t an altogether bad vibe in the air, I wouldn’t have thought I was in the gangland heart of Kilburn.
Suddenly amongst the grimness of Peel Precinct I found the OK Club which is a local youth club type of organisation. The Walls of their buildings had some fantastic graffiti adorning them. In fact I would say it would rival some of what the art school students and the Banksy wannabees over at Curtain Road and Bricklane in the super duper trendy part of London are doing!
One of the walls called Studio Free, The Home of the Music Legends featured graffiti caricatures of famous musical stars, including James Brown, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and The Beatles. Very impressive art which definitely brightens up what is by all accounts a rather grim St Lukes Hall which was built in 1924 and has seen better days.
Kilburn needs more designated graffiti walls in the area if you ask me. The talented street artists deserve more places to express themselves. On Friday ‘London Is Cool’ featured a fantastic piece of street art from South Kilburn How Long Will We Allow Gang Terror To Taint Our Streets…