So here we are, back in back street ‘Brummagem’, which, in case you’re wondering, is the rather prosaic way we midland folk refer to Birmingham.

Technically Englands second city, Birmingham is to London what Tom Cruise is to Yours Truly, Mr Shpics……… i.e. Much much smaller, and no-where near as attractive….Thoughย Birmingham has had a bit of a facelift over recent years, (yes, you’re probably right dear reader, I think he has too, but why he didn’t fix that bloody awful big nose God only knows), there is still one heck of a lot of the ‘Brummie’ hinterland which is anything but pleasant. ……

Before I go any further, just in case you’re reading this Tom, if you’re happy with that awful thing stuck on the front of your face that’s your business, live and let live I say, and besides, you should console yourself with the fact that it’s not all bad news…..Similarly to ‘Brum’ and London, though you’ll never compete in the ‘looks’ department, you’re not quite as old as I am….So chin up!

But I digress….We’re wasting far to much time on Shorty.

As ugly as some of the back streets are, I’ve found a rather healthy smattering of new street art has sprung up over recent weeks, making a visit more than worthwhile..


This was part of a much larger piece but sadly most was obscured by a couple of large vans..Luckily you can just make out how the cool cat is happily scratching his nuts…..My favourite detail…..Another trip will be needed before the whole thing can grace these pages.robbies1jpeg

Three of the coolest robots are currently hanging around in the Digbeth area.

works1jpegThis chap also had a hint of the sci-fi about him.

skank1jpegWhile this piece is pretty much just an straightforward ‘tag’, I thought it looked really great snaking the full length of it’s host building.

snatch1jpegAnd this caught my eye, not simply because of the quality of the work but also the theme, juxtaposed with the police scene of crime marks that you can see on the pavement in front of it…It had me wondering which came first.

paper1jpegThis however, was my favourite piece of the day. In fact I don’t even think it’s actually ‘A Piece’…The wheat paste painting, the two tags and the random red spots, all seem to have been done at separate times…But the overall effect really rings my bell.

All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde

  1. David Hall

    All great shots Stuart, love the colours. I really like the ‘crime scene’ shot, has me thinking that the artist was really painting the double yellow lines, decided to do a quick mural, then went back to his proper job! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. suej

    Like that last one, curious rather than beautiful (as if street art ever is), but it works…. Or do I have an odd way of looking at things? ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. adrianpym

    Great shots Stuart, the street art changes regularly and I have not seen all of the above, but have photographed a couple of them myself in recent trips to Digbeth.


    1. Stuart Hyde - shpics

      Hi Adrian….I try to get over at least every couple of months…In fact I enjoyed yesterday so much, I’ve been back for a second shoot this afternoon..
      Even had a blue sky to shoot with!
      Have you had a look at the new library yet?


      1. Stuart Hyde - shpics

        Sorry Adrian I missed yours..I’ll check them out straight away..
        The new library is certainly a damn sight better than the old one..:-)
        I really liked those reflective whatchamaccallits on the first observation level, and the Shakespeare memorial room is pretty wacky…Yes! Big thumbs up from me.

    1. Stuart Hyde - shpics

      Hi Scillabuddy….How are you pal? ๐Ÿ™‚
      I try not to think about ‘The World’ too much…(I’ve got sand in my ears)..As many aspects of it depress the hell out of me as give me any joy.
      But… I’m always cheered whenever I stumble on any new example of how that creative thing that grabs so many people, just seems to carry on grabbing….Something really uplifting about that…
      Street Art, when it’s good, really does seem to be like an almost involuntary shout of sheer joy.


      1. scillagrace

        “Involuntary shout of sheer joy” certainly sounds brave to me. Creativity is risky, new life is risky, but IT’S ALIVE! Madness and creativity go hand in hand.

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