#2 How To Become A Street Artist. / by Kayleigh Marshall

The art of the graffiti hustle. 5 ways to get yourself a (legal) wall to paint urban art...

Hiyaaaa I have put together some words I know I would have found useful when I started out in the world of street art. ๐Ÿ’™ DISCLAIMER if you aren't into the hustling game you may wanna spend your time reading something else...

I'm Kayleigh, the emerging artist behind Marshall Art Life. I live and work in Brixton, South London. I paint street art and here's how you can too...

#1 Knock on Doors.

If you don't ask you don't graffiti, goes that famous phrase. See a shop wall with street art on? Go and find out who owns it! There are landlords and shop owners in every borough who have walls they are happy for artists to paint on, you just gotta go out there and find them. Here's one for free, Quaker Street Cafe just off Brick Lane in Shoreditch. These guys are full-time LEGENDS offering their spare shutter every month to a different artist to create whatever design they desire. I was lucky enough to get permission to paint my 'Sir John Lion' illustration at the end of last year. I can confirm they are an amazing team with coffee as good as their craic...

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 My 'Sir John Lion' illustration painted for  Quaker Street Cafe , Shoreditch, October 2017

My 'Sir John Lion' illustration painted for Quaker Street Cafe, Shoreditch, October 2017

#2 Find The 'Enabler'.

Don't mistake this for some dodgy 'see a man about a dog' scenario, what I mean is you need to find a middleman with connections. These 'enablers' are people who have already established good relationships with local galleries, shop owners or the council and will know who to put you in contact with. Whilst there isn't a convenient 'directory of local legends' my advice would be to start on social media. I found Croydons local legend CDN on Instagram and thanks to him I was given permission (twice!) to paint in the Cronx...

Find a middleman with connections.
 My depiction of the South London singer  Raye  on Katherine Street, Croydon

My depiction of the South London singer Raye on Katherine Street, Croydon

#3 The Graffiti Bloggers Network.

Graffiti bloggers are the trainspotters of the graffiti world and they are a dedicated bunch who live and breath street art. Head to Instagram, find these graffiti blog accounts and drop them a message. Thanks to their dedication they have a wealth of knowledge of street art locations and if you're lucky (and polite) they might just tell you where the best ones are...

Shoutout to the legendary graffiti bloggers who have already featured my work on their pages!! ldn.streetartlondon_by_zappalewisquerelle, mark67710, graffiti_lovin, streetart_collector94, jeremy_sharp321, vera_is_my_name_50, williams_imagery, little.pix

 Papped by a street art blogger whilst painting my Raye portrait in Croydon, Katherine Street

Papped by a street art blogger whilst painting my Raye portrait in Croydon, Katherine Street

#4 Find the 'Champion' Galleries.

I got my first street art gig through the guys at Rise Gallery in Croydon. They are what I call a 'champion' gallery because art for the benefit of their community really is at the heart of what they do. Last year they ran a 'Street Art Jam' where artists from all over the world were invited to paint across several locations in Croydon. I was put in contact with them through a connection, an artist dropped out last minute and BOOM I was painting alongside street art legend Hannah Adamaszek! One month later my 'CRONX WINGS' piece featured in The Croydon Citizen news magazine (see below)...

Do your research, find the instrumental galleries in each borough and just go ask, ask and ask.ย 
 Croydon legend  CDN  infront of my 'Cronx Wings' mural for the Croydon Citizen news magazine

Croydon legend CDN infront of my 'Cronx Wings' mural for the Croydon Citizen news magazine

#5 Public Graffiti Sites.

There are dedicated graffiti spots for artists to go along and leave their mark (legally) all across London. Heavyweight graff artist Josh Stika told me about the Stockwell Hall of Fame and when I went to check it out I didn't quite believe what I saw...a sunken basketball court in the middle of an estate has been converted into an EPIC urban canvas for street artists! Public graffiti places are ALIVE (especially on a weekend) and are a continuously evolving public gallery of graffiti. WARNING if you do paint a piece at one of these locations don't expect it to hang around for long.

I can't talk about public graffiti sites and not mention the world famous Leake Street Tunnel by Waterloo Station. If you've never been. Go. It will blow your little minds away whether you're into street art or not...

 It's grotty and smells of piss but non of that matters when you witness the biblical collection of street art in Leake Street Tunnel

It's grotty and smells of piss but non of that matters when you witness the biblical collection of street art in Leake Street Tunnel

Come and see me paint live!

Saturday 24th February I'll be painting my Ziggy Stardust illustration outside Cambridge Heath Overground (just off Hackney Road). Come say hey, take some pics for the gram, ask me any questions you have, keep me company and grab yourself a free mini Ziggy Stardust print! For the latest info follow my Marshall Art Life Instagram account ๐Ÿ’™

Shop my limited edition Ziggy Stardust Prints here!

Closing statement: This whole post can be summarised into one punchy little bad-ass bitch word. HUSTLE. Good luck and holla if you have any questions or graffiti gossip you wanna share...

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