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If tattoos could talk

If tattoos could talk

Featured, Lifestyle, Society
From Winston Churchill’s anchor tattoo to Beckham’s fully-inked arm, body art has been a form of creative expression for hundreds of years. Nowadays, tattoos are becoming mainstream, but is there more than what meets the eye? These “fashionable ink accessories” have been a part of the British subculture since the Victorian era, when they were incredibly popular amongst sailors. Back then, the visual impact of the basic anchor, usually located on the shoulder wasn’t supposed to be attractive, but rather thoughtful. Tattoos had one duty: to tell stories about the sailors’ voyages and the places where they served. Gone are the days when tattoo studios were only found in back alleys on the outskirts of London. Due to its alternative and cultural vibes, the capital of the UK serves
Is London losing its cultural diversity to a rising tide of built-for-Instagram aesthetics?

Is London losing its cultural diversity to a rising tide of built-for-Instagram aesthetics?

Culture, Design, Featured, Lifestyle, photography, Society
Whether it’s an art exhibition, a new restaurant, or an inner-city festival, it appears that London’s cultural institutions must now cater to the like-seeking social media space first and foremost. In a city with more than enough foodies to fill seats, if your new restaurant lacks Instagram appeal — be that the food or the décor — it’s unlikely to get much in the way of footfall. It’s often seen by businesses as a platform for free promotion, but is the price of success a sacrifice at the Instagram altar? To some, it’s not seen as a sacrifice, especially if it boosts business and tourism. But are we conceding some of the uniqueness of London by applying the same cookie cutter social media aesthetics as other global cities to our art and public spaces? In the restaurant busines
Dine and dance at Dinerama

Dine and dance at Dinerama

Food, Lifestyle, UK
Although Shoreditch may seem like it’s for hipsters with handlebar moustaches and corduroy turn-ups, there are in fact some secret gems that you can’t miss out on. Once a bullion truck depot and now a cosy Al Fresco dining extravaganza, East London’s Street Feast Dinerama is the place to go if you’re after amazing street food, a bustling atmosphere and some funky tunes. Grab a killer rum cocktail or sip on some local beer and hustle for a seat at the communal tables. There is something for everyone at Dinerama, as it features 13 vendors with a mix of food and drink from around the world. If you’re after some 10/10 jerk chicken then ‘White Men Can’t Jerk’ is the one for you. £7 for some Jamaican spiced chicken and chips — you can’t go wrong. Or if that doesn’t take your
Huge painting of South London’s Bronze medallist

Huge painting of South London’s Bronze medallist

art, Arts, Entertainment, Uncategorized
The large mural has attracted much attention by those Croydon’s' residents or those travelling in and out of Croydon. But what is it all about? The mural of Joshua Buatsi on Holmesdale road is a beacon of hope to those living in the area. Buatsi was born in Ghana before his family moved to the UK and resided in Croydon. He learnt how to fight in the South Norwood and Victory gym. The painting has relevance to the announcement of The Nike Training Camp Croydon which launches in January 2019. https://twitter.com/boxingbuatsi/status/1067480301050519552 The painting states ‘The gym doesn't tell you to get work in before school, you do’ this optimises motivation and strife which in a town affected by the knife crime epidemic. The painting can be viewed from the estates op
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