The Art of the Sticker, a new medium for Street Art in London’s East End

Stickers are all over the place in Shoreditch and becoming more and more popular as a way of expression. Covering lampposts, walls, windows and generally any surface suitable enough, there are plenty going around.

Now, I’m not normally drawn to the whole ‘sticker’ thing! I was admittedly obsessed with Panini Stickers in the late eighties but since then my tastes have evolved. The truth is since getting into street art I’ve not paid much attention to the growing fad of artist and event self promotion that a lot of the stickers seem to be about.

It therefore took a morning walk around the sticker capital of the world which is the East End of London to fully appreciate that they can be, and indeed many are, art forms in their own right. Sometimes it takes an alternative point of view in order to see things differently and I was lucky enough to be joined on this walk by Shoreditch Art Tours and HookedBlog, both at the forefront of the Street Art scene and ideally placed to educate a relative novice like me.

So, in order to share the sticker love with the rest of the blogosphere I went out to find some of the biggest variety of stickers around and I found quite a few. Hope you enjoy the pics 🙂

'Caution Street Art Photographers operate in this area' spotted on Redchurch Street by the Stik

‘Caution Street Art Photographers operate in this area’ spotted on Redchurch Street by the Stik

The Brick Lane car park is awash with stickers and paste ups.

The Brick Lane car park is awash with stickers and paste ups.

ABOVE is by far the most prominent of the stickerarti.  They are all over the place

ABOVE is by far the most prominent of the stickerarti. They are all over the place, this one is on Chance Street

Another ABOVE in between a whole of others on the back of this sign on Cheshire Street

Another ABOVE in between a whole of others on the back of this sign on Cheshire Street

'Hate Eine' some tongue in cheek stickers placed strategically by the giant Eine mural on Ebor Street

‘Hate Eine’ some tongue in cheek stickers placed strategically by the giant Eine mural on Ebor Street

Edwin produces unique individual mini images like this on Bethnal Green Road

Edwin produces unique individual mini images like this on Bethnal Green Road

I have to admit I'm a fan, I love this portrait by Edwin of Kate Middelton

I have to admit I’m a fan, I love this portrait by Edwin of Kate Middelton

Edwin

Another Edwin, this time on Brick Lane

I'm not sure if this is Edwin or not, it can be found hidden away on Sclater Street

I’m not sure if this is Edwin or not, it can be found hidden away on Sclater Street

Josh Jeavons has worked with Edwin a lot so no suprise to see his work in sticker form too.  This is on Brick Lane

Josh Jeavons has worked with Edwin a lot so no suprise to see his work in sticker form too. This is on Brick Lane

Another from Josh Jeavons, this is on Sclater Street

Another from Josh Jeavons, this is on Sclater Street

Ben Murphy has even got in on the act.  Normally known for his tape art, he is diversifying.  This is on Brick Lane

Ben Murphy has even got in on the act. Normally known for his tape art, he is diversifying. This is on Brick Lane

Another Murphy, this time on a Brick Lane window

Another Murphy, this time on a Brick Lane window

Lister strategically placed by one of his shutters on White Church Lane

Lister strategically placed by one of his shutters on White Church Lane

Dede has been producing paste ups, painted street art and now a few stickers.  This is on Bethnal Green Road

Dede has been producing paste ups, painted street art and now a few stickers. This is on Bethnal Green Road

I'm not sure of the artist here but they all look like individual little portraits.  This is on Cheshire Street

I’m not sure of the artist here but they all look like individual little portraits. This is on Cheshire Street

Just round the corner on Grimsby Street are a few more

Just round the corner on Grimsby Street are a few more

By the Stik on Grimsby Street

Despite actually saying the name on this sticker, I can’t really make it out. This is by the Stik on Grimsby Street

And by the DALeast on Hanbury Street

There seems to be a number of different themed versions, this is by the DALeast on Hanbury Street

Another by the station

This is by Jumbo close to the station

By Shoreditch High Street Station

Can’t quite make the lettering out but it looks like ‘Orkz’ by Shoreditch High Street Station

A friendly cloud on Sclater Street

A friendly cloud on Sclater Street

A stong armed blue robot on Sclater Street

A stong armed blue robot on Sclater Street

Multi-coloured stickers by the Eine on Ebor Street

Multi-coloured stickers by the Eine on Ebor Street

Unknown with a work by Smug in the background on Great Eastern Street

Not exactly a sticker but a cool paste up nonetheless with Smug in the background on Great Eastern Street

For some more posts about the stickers on the East End try:

Hooked Blog – East London Street Art Stickers