Street art, graffiti, whatever you want to call it – I love it. For me, graffiti represents the changeable nature of the city, how a city can be a canvas manipulated by its inhabitants as opposed to a static backdrop. This is exactly what a city should be (and why I’ll never be able to get on board with a city like Paris, that in my opinion, is too fixated on an old fashioned idea of beauty) because what makes a city special, what gives a place like London that special city-buzz, are the people who call it their home, not the palaces, parks, rivers, or canals.
Hackney is an extremely poor borough in East London. I lived there for about five years, and there is nowhere else in London that I would consider resting my head. The area has a lot of problems, but also a lot of spirit and creativity. Don’t believe me? Check out this street art from my favourite London borough.