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13 September 2010 | Art & Photography | By: M@

London Street Art Guide: 1. Stik

Until recently, Banksy was the only street artist with any prominence in the public eye. Then Robbo made the papers thanks to a spat with Banksy. Next, Eine hit the news after David Cameron presented an example of his work to President Obama. Who will be behind the next headline?

With this new series, we will pick a different artist each week and draw together examples of their work from across town, with a map to help you find them.

Our first subject is Stik. Anyone who's wandered round Shoreditch or Hackney will have seen his simple but striking stick figures, looming out from brightly painted shutters. The simple forms can be remarkably expressive, especially when you encounter his work on a bleak Hackney back street on a grey Sunday afternoon. The artist speaks about his fear and vulnerability, emotions that come out in his work, in a video interview coinciding with his solo show last year. Another interview here.

Where to spot Stik

This map makes no claims to being comprehensive, but should be a good starting point for anyone wanting to see examples on the street - share the comments if you know of other locations for Stik's work and we'll add them to the map. Green = still there, red = painted over, yellow = status not known.


View Stik Graffiti Map in a larger map

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iSleepDiagonal

I can see the Phoenix Gardens Stik from my office window. You can also see it from as far away as Long Acre if you gaze northish along Mercer St and across Seven Dials.

Also if you need inspiration for future editions of "Spot The Street Art": http://www.facebook.com/?ref=l...

BrigadierCrispbread

Couple more 'Stik' pic's, if anyone is interested:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/9...

No idea if these are still about...both oldish images.

Joe Dunckley

Hmmm. These always look awfully familiar, for some reason...

http://www.picturesforsadchild...

Jessica

Fear and vulnerability as he looks at the awesome work of Sam Brown...? http://www.explodingdog.com/

Seems to be an awful lot of stuff (Joe's submission included) to 'take inspiration from' that these days.

Jessica

(to be fair, he might have been there first. but honestly, massive, striking similarity there)

Ian

Cyanide And Happiness looks very similar indeed as well

M@

It's a simple artistic form. Stik may have copied one of the artists mentioned, or may have derived it completely independently. In any case, stick figures date back over 30,000 years to the earliest cave paintings.

Tomtiredoflondon

Is this one of his on Princelet Street?

Fin

Gradually moving west from the Lee Valley. Here's a shot from 2006:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a...
(I think this one is still there)

And I thought the artist's tag was Pogo...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/a...

These are definitely gone:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/a...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/a...

Oh, and they're geotagged...

M@

Tom, Fin, together you could be characters from a Mark Twain novel, but you're also very helpful people! Thanks. Added to the map.

Fin

Well, like Huck Finn, every now and then I got to light out for the Territory (apologies to Iain Sinclair who got there first with that reference).

You're welcome, M@, if I find any more on my stream, will let you know.

Ben

I've got

Ben

I've got one on Commercial Road...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/k...

picasso

http://londonstreetartdesign.b...
STIK CENSORED
Benjamin Street,
Broadway market.

Claude

Here is a ton of Stiks' pieces, most of his work in London from the last two years:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/c...

Enjoy!

Claude

golondon

Stik photo taken today under Eastway, along canal towpath:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/3...

Same location as Fin's: http://www.flickr.com/photos/a...
Just an update on what it looks like now.
Not geotagged but close to this: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=...
(Couldn't get pin to drop on canal path.)

iainjmcd

Got a photo of the one in Phoenix Garden today:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

Also on Commercial Road, but I think a different building to Ben's:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

Right next to the Roa on Brick Lane:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

A flower shop on Cambridge Heath Road:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

Regents Canal, Islington area:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

Another pic of the piece on the Foundary:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

And these are gone:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...
(Same flower shop on Cambridge Heath Road)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...
(Just off Commercial Road)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...
(Shoreditch)

AlHoxton

New Stik and its a pearler...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/d...

(on wall outside of the "happy finish" massage place underneath Village Undergroud on Great Eastern) perfect for Moniker....

AlHoxton

New Stik and its a pearler...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/donnierobot/5074789940/
(on wall outside of the "happy finish" massage place underneath Village Undergroud on Great Eastern) perfect for Moniker....

M@

Brilliant stuff. I've added it to the map. Thanks.

golondon

I saw two Stik artworks at the weekend off Portobello Road which don't appear to be on your map yet. A large Stik figure under The Westway and smaller mosaic Stik figure in the same area.

I don't know what the area is used for but it's boarded off under the Westway, at the junction with Portobello Road and Acklam Gardens, W10. "279 Portobello Road, W10" on Google Maps gets you in the right area.

golondon

I saw two Stik artworks at the weekend off Portobello Road which don't appear to be on your map yet. A large Stik figure under The Westway and smaller mosaic Stik figure in the same area.
I don't know what the area is used for but it's boarded off under the Westway, at the junction with Portobello Road and Acklam Gardens, W10. "279 Portobello Road, W10" on Google Maps gets you in the right area.

DeanN

Not sure if this is a new one or not (it's not on the map above). On the corner of Sclater Street and Bethnal Green Road. Here's a photo.

Anonymous

His piece on Broadway Market is no longer censored:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

iainjmcd

His piece on Broadway Market is no longer censored:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/i...

Clarkey736
Masonface
Lcacciotti

any way I can get in touch with him? I want to commission him some stuff!

Little London Observationist

New one going up central tomorrow!