You don’t need to wear a nautical print shirt-dress only when you are out and about for a nautical adventure. No cruise-liners or sea shores, the attire turned out to be perfectly apt against the glitzy graffiti inside the Leake Street Tunnel on that rather overcast day in London.
Away from the eye of the mass and the teeming tourists around London Eye, the colourful tunnel happens to be situated just a stone’s throw away right from the iconic London Eye itself. Also known as the ‘Banksy Tunnel’, the route is apparently closed for traffic but still open to pedestrians and it was obvious that freelance graffiti was somewhat tolerated there although it is supposed to be illegal.
The organic nature of the graffiti all throughout the interior of the tunnel makes you wonder whether fashion and style could be as organic as the graffiti on the wall? Without presence of any set form or protocol to follow, no start or beginning, no canvas or mixing of oil and no change of brushstrokes one after another to portray the essence the painter had in mind. On contrary, a staunch smell of surrounding chemical material and a seriously colourful array of sprays on the wall make you wonder why these are not called abstract art and only the ones we see inside a well-lit, well-guided and well-known gallery or museum? No identity of the authors who go oblivious without even being called a painter or an artist.
The vibrant tunnel does offer a unique vibe including sightings of some people on a different level of vibe with their dodgy druggy artefacts. Hence not essential but may be a good idea to explore the tunnel during daytime and in a company. The tunnel also hosts the entrance to the happening nightclub The Vault – so you could imagine more activities around this venue post midnight.
A bit like the fashionistas may be? The shades I wore reflect what I saw around, the shades I wore attracted the colours around, the steps I took in that direction made me see the light in the end of the tunnel – the Leake Street Tunnel in this case certainly. Like the graffiti artists would not care who follows them or not, a fashionista will not fret on who gets to follow or unfollow. If people have the vibe and flare to funnel the creativity in colouring an otherwise mundane city tunnel then there you go – put on your best to spray your own colour around.
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