Graffiti Vans of Whitechapel
Over the last few weekends whilst out and about in Whitechapel I have spotted a few of these great vans covered in graffiti. I remember also seeing them quite a lot, down the side streets in Bethnal Green. Mainly halfway through dropping off goods to the market stalls on Bethnal Green road. The vans in Whitechapel seem to roll in packs and are pretty much covered in vibrant graffiti and splashed with nearly indistinguishable words and slogans.
I’m not sure whether this is appreciated by the van owners who use them to stock goods for their stalls but I think it livens up the sometimes dowdy Whitechapel market no end. So far I haven’t managed to take any photos of the vans and failed miserably recently whilst whizzing past on the bus!
Very kindly though a fellow London blogger over at spitalfieldslife.com took these great photos and has allowed me to put them up here. You can see the photos in their original context at the following link
I think the vans look pretty amazing and I would like to think that their owners are proud to drive around London in a pimped out white van man carriage. Some of the vans look like graffiti battles with several artists competing for space on the limited canvas. Pretty much every surface possible is painted on including side panels, loading doors and even areas above the front windscreen.
The designs include all the usual favourites of mine including lots of ‘get up’ phrases, sweet toof gummy nashers and the odd owl thrown in for some good measure and the every loved monkey in a hat. It might be just me but the vans colour schemes are a lot brighter than the usual wall affair and pop with vibrancy and really catch your eye when trudging along the market filled streets.