Street art causes vandalism? Or Islamic eschatology?
Usually street art and graffiti are thought of as acts of vandalism. What about when street art causes it? What do you call that? The striking triptych created for the Six Oranges office by Edwinonwalls and Josh Jeavons, organised by Slowben Art, has been causing much annoyance to some of the locals. Over the last two weeks they have been constantly spitting on the shutters ( paan stained spit - paan is a mild intoxicant) and yesterday they threw about 6 or 7 eggs damaging a speaker and generally causing a yellow mess around the office. So what do you call it? You call it Islamic eschatology. When I approached some hood boys ( Chicksand Estate hood boys) for an explanation - they were very quick to offer one. There has been some talk in the last three weeks about what the bulging eye represents. The kids told me it was Dajjal or the evil one. I could not believe this and had to stifle a giggle. I looked up Wiki. And sure enough - In Islamic eschatology, “Dajjal” or the false prophet is identified by the bulging eye. According to Bukhari, the main man when it comes to “traditions”, writes:
"Allah is not one eyed while the false Messiah, Ad-Dajjal is blind in the right eye and his eye looks like a bulging out grape"
Next week I am going across the road to the East London Mosque to get some sort of fatwa declaring our lovely triptych halal. Failing that we will be putting an eye patch on it.
UPDATE: 14 JULY. MATTERS HAVE MOVED ON. THE MISCREANTS HAVE EMPTIED AN ENTIRE TUB OF PAINT ON THE SHUTTERS AND THE DOOR STEPS. SEE IMAGES AT THE BOTTOM.
Beautiful portrait by Flame.
Stik with Alex Arnell on top.
A damn good sticker. Hackney
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, playing the accordion off Brick Lane. As one does.
Borondo on Hanbury Street. Check him out here http://borondo.blogspot.co.uk #streetart #bricklane #shoreditch