Snapshots: Brighton Street Art
The North Laine of Brighton is drowning in paint.
A district adored by pretty much everyone who stumbles, strolls or serenades their way through, it is often found dripping in vintage character and setting national trends. Excellent vegan cafés squat down next to hundred year old flea markets in a hive of bohemian consumerism. At the weekend, expect slow browsing crowds down almost every street. A circus of colour, creativity and cool kids filling the gaps between crammed clothes rails and stacks of upcycled chairs.
Take a left or right off the main highways, though, and you’ll be surrounded by an art form that is divisive and collective at the same time. One standard bearer in the subculture is Banksy, and his ‘Kissing Coppers’ was once a popular photo op in this part of town. Since being auctioned off in Miami, a replica was painted in its place on the side wall of a pub. However, if it is authenticity you're after, then you just need to pop around the corner.