I saw the work you see below from a moderate distance during a brief evening walk the other night on my way back home before curfew began. It naturally caught my eye and so I wandered across for a closer look, trying to figure out if it was the shutters for a Brazilian restaurant or bar or similar. But upon returning today with my camera to grab a photo, it transpired that the property is for sale. If it ever was a place of business, it sure isn’t currently.
Two of us joined in with the festivities down at the abandoned Preston Road estate in East Hull this weekend. While it was not Football related, the second edition of the North’s most exciting subculture event certainly fits into the category of Football culture.
Little did we realise it at the time, Banksy’s piece Continue reading
This piece of graffiti was seen in Southern Thailand in 2017. Does that Lion appear familiar to you in any way? While being a striking design in its own right, this Lion holding the Thai flag acts as a subtle nod toward the recent success that Thailand has had in the Premier League.
The current Continue reading
BVB Borussia Dortmund dominates the popular culture of the city it calls home in a way that no other Football club does. Absolutely everything, EVERYTHING, in Dortmund is black and yellow; fans have covered the city in graffiti, stickers and decorations that commemorate BVB with its iconic and striking colour scheme. The otherwise Continue reading
PSIM Yogyakarta currently play in the Indonesian Liga 2, just missing promotion this season. Their home colours are a very attractive combination of a cobalt blue, white and black that can be seen throughout the handsome city of Yogyakarta. Founded in 1929, PSIM is one of Indonesia’s oldest Continue reading
Touchdown in Java and it took no longer than a brief walk around the block to find what we wanted. The fanatics of local outfit Persebaya, “Bonek” (short for Bondo Nekat or “reckless people”) have gone out of their way to keep Surabaya, Indonesia’s Continue reading
While everybody else is in Singapore watching Hamilton and Vettel run around in circles, we are across the border in Johor Bahru, Malaysia’s second city. You may not know the place well; it doesn’t boast much notable cultural output and isn’t a magnet for global tourism. But it does boast the current dominant force of domestic Football, Johor Darul Ta’zim FC, and the most celebrated fan group in the country. And it didn’t take us long to find their graffiti on Continue reading
When you did your stop in Berlin on your European interrailing trip when you were 20, you didn’t stay in Wedding. If you listen to local radio, the news bulletin will frequently talk of bank jobs or violent muggings in the Wedding neighbourhood. One to avoid for outsiders. Much of the former West is known for sophistication and high-end boutiques, over-indulgence and a socialite lifestyle. The former East is known for drug tourism, house music clubbing at 8am, thriving small businesses and now a wave of 20 something Brits quickly snapping up cheap property to escape the looming post-Brexit-meltdown.
Wedding is known for cheap Schawarma, hooka bars and “Kanackisch”. This Continue reading