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  • Romany WG 5y

    Thanks for the links, very interesting.
    As PE says, it is wheatpaste, it won't last forever. The locals that approached me, as I was hanging around there waiting for pedestrians to walk past, were all complimentary about the piece which was nice to hear.
  • 1stCityArt 5y

    Great photo and truly a great Piece BUT tragically in this instance it appears that it has actually damaged a rather beautiful old wall. Wheat paste may not but we'll be waiting long while to see. Sometimes a thought before applying paste or paint and tempering ones ego might be considered. I just hope the morons from Hackney C don't aim their high pressure jets at it.
  • sarflondondunc 5y

    Total vandalism and an utter disgrace. The vandal responsible for this destruction the Boyd Ghostsign which is a work of art it'self should be ashamed of himself. Lets hope it gets torn down before the council jetwashers turn up and obilterate the ghostsign as well.

    BTW the Hot Nuts sign has been down since Autumn 2007. To see how loved the Boyd Piano Ghostsign is check this out
    brickads.blogspot.com/2007/11/boyd-pianos.html

    leave it alone
    Boyd Pianos
  • 1987porsche944 5y

    Wow, that is a haunting face.
  • ELATE 5y

    Speaking from the point of view as a train bomber from back in the 1980s heyday of real hardcore proper relentless damage, and also as a fine artist, I can't think of a single writer I know who would touch this beautiful, unique example of vintage typography. Hence its almost clean condition in area battered with tags(even after the sign came down no-one touched it). Now this is on there that may change, in fact it's asking for it.

    Capitalist opportunist disregard for minority aesthetic appreciation and London's rich street art history yet again. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if I heard that the paster had a gallery show coming up in the area.

    Look hard at the photo you can even see the ghost of previous signs lettering underneath the Gold Leaf....but hey these guys are dead and buried and unlikely to react; it's not like its a Robbo so who cares you'll get away with it without a war.

    Talk about standing on the shoulders of giants!!!!
    Cheap trick.....but somehow I'm not surprised.
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_windows_theory
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undercover_marketing
    The poster isn't even sympathetic with the background anyway and looks like a bad photoshop effort. (no dis Romanywg great shot))

    If he'd used unbleached paper stock and an ochre based red more consistent with the wine dark wall it would have at least been in context, but would still be a damned liberty. But hey everbody's gotta make a livin huh?

    In fact I like advertising here's some more that are super duper www.billboard-outdoor.com/
  • zub4ik 5y

    Romany WG Thanks!
  • ELATE 5y

    Anytime!
  • sarflondondunc 5y

    Well done Elate I couldn't agree more and you've nailed it I believe the paster does have a show at a place called the Pure Evil gallery. Shameful behaviour all in the pursuit of money. Some good news I went past this morning and the paste up and stupid graffiti cartoon figure has been removed but in the process it has also taken off some of the ghostsign paint. Lets hope this has not given some other prats the idea of adding their tags onto the wall.
    Boyd Pianos Ghostsign Shacklewell Lane
  • 1stCityArt 5y

    This debate and all of the comments and especially your photo Sarflondunc, should also be made on the Pure Evil - Flickr site.
  • ELATE 5y

    What a shame to see the damage done, in the pursuit of capital, to such a wonderful link to the past....go Team Boyd Pianos!!!
  • Emily Webber 5y

  • Romany WG 5y

    Thanks for the link Emily.
  • artofthestate 5y

    Interview with Specter on Vandalog blog.vandalog.com/2010/08/speaking-with-specter/?utm_sour....

    The relevant bit:

    RJ: One particular street piece that you did in London has turned out to be pretty controversial. At first, people generally seemed to love it, but then it was pointed out that you had partially covered an old hand-painted sign. I guess I’d like to hear your thoughts on why you put the piece there and give you a chance to respond to the negative things that people have been saying about it.

    Specter: At its essence graffiti and street art is both the work by the artist and the public space in which it is put up. As an artist every wall in the public sphere is fair game. I go to great lengths scouting locations for my work and often look for hand-painted signs and walls to revive in the collective eye with my hand-painted installations. I have absolutely no remorse for any placement of my work.

    I choose that spot for a reason. I like to involve my pieces in a dialogue with their surroundings. The art is not just my painting it is the entire environment, the interaction of all parts.

    I identify very strongly with these old signs and feel that my additions are just part of the evolving cycle of their lives. My incorporations are changes to their ephemeral existence, often highlighting their under appreciated being".


    Make of that what you will
  • Romany WG 5y

    Mmmmmmmmmm.
  • sarflondondunc 5y

    I'm going to have no remorse if I see any more of his pieces of 'art'
  • AK1200 5y

    Me neither. Unbelievable arrogance in both words and deed. Personally I wouldn't dare to visit any city in the world and damage something so beautiful in this way. Firstly out of respect for someone else's cultural legacy, but also because I'd fully expect some serious consequences if I did. This person is obviously a selfish imbecile who thinks his own fame and personal gain take precedence over everything else.
    Using this old sign as a background here gives the piece no extra depth or relevance, except to obviously borrow from the exquisite craftsmanship of the sign as an attempt to gain credibility and clumsily conceal the weakness of the piece...which just looks like a photograph that's been projected and traced. It's shallow, insincere, embarrassingly obvious and one-dimensional dross that would struggle to make the grade on any foundation level art course.


    Socio-political posturing as a way to build yourself a reputation is the biggest cliche in street art. I find it really quite insulting and patronising of this 'artist' to assume that we need him to enlighten us that either the piano sign or homeless people exist.
    The kind of blatantly uncaring attitude he displays toward London's social history also makes me question if he might be using the same kind of cynical opportunism regarding the theme of homelessness that he portrays. The last line of that interview summed it all up perfectly for me. Asked where he wants to be in 5 years, he replies "On a beach in Mexico, making art". Sounds lovely, but I wonder if any of the homeless people he has exploited along the way will be there with him too?
  • ELATE 5y

    ^^^Agreed.

    His arrogance, which seems to be shared by many in the 'Street Art' movement, reminds me of this quote by Ian Smith (PM of Southern Rhodesia '64-'79).

    I would say colonialism is a wonderful thing. It spread civilization to Africa. Before it they had no written language, no wheel as we know it, no schools, no hospitals, not even normal clothing.
  • onemandown72 5y

    "I like to involve my pieces in a dialogue with their surroundings. The art is not just my painting it is the entire environment, the interaction of all parts."
    Unless I'm missing something the only dialogue that his paste up has is shouting loudly: Look at me, look at me.
    Out of place, context, no humour and badly thought through. Shows complete lack of respect and goes completely against what he said in the previous sentence: "often look for hand-painted signs and walls to revive in the collective eye with my hand-painted installations."
    He's not revived the sign, he's ruined it.
  • Vincenzo Pagliuca 5y

    great shot!
  • Neil Robert Getic 5y

    Generally I don't mind if a decent piece of work goes on a blank bit of concrete or covers tagging etc, but this is little more than sticking a moustache on the Mona Lisa, childish showing off.

    For specter to suggest that 'public walls are fair game' seems arrogant, not everyone enjoys this type of work and this is a private building. Lovers of good workmanship would have to be blind not to notice the Boyd signwriting and the paste-up is at best not in keeping with its surroundings.

    The only 'dialogue' here is the juxtaposition of styles, a silent old master being shouted at by a youth. If Specter could channel his ebullience towards obnoxious modern advertising, I might give it more time, but this tells me enough about the artist to avoid him in future.

    For some reason the Boyd sign has not been defaced by taggers etc but instead has been defaced by someone who appears to display some artistic talent - yet no respect. By our actions are we known, and this action is careless.
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