It was cold, well no, freezing and all I could think of was walking home in a complete state of tunnel vision, when I came across some pretty cool street art in the least likely of locations…Hereford. Graffiti is no stranger to England with its own renowned satirical graffiti artist born out of the Bristol underground scene…Bansky. Except here, in cattle and cider country, there is little of such a thing.
Taking in these guerilla-warfare style works of art, I noticed the surrounding surface was covered in the usual half-arsed tags that usually resemble each other in some way or another, and don’t really add any character to the city. I recognized the “One-Eyed Gangsta” and the Breaking Bad “Heisenberg” and now am a bit obsessed with devoting an entire category to Hereford Street Art on this blog, hoping that someday Hereford Council will commission a bit of street art around the city to spread a positive message about our youth, culture and community.
Hereford is currently only known for its cattle, produce, ale, cider and the Mappa Mundi, which isn’t a bad thing, but the younger generation feels neglected. They all move away in search of bigger dreams and inspiration or are stuck at home behind a smartphone or Fallout 4 until the circulation is cut off from their legs.
Perhaps we should work a little harder to engage them and allow them some creative scope and importance around the city. They create the trends and the followers come later. It is how it works, we have all been there. After all, we have the notable Hereford College of Arts full of budding artists who often go unappreciated. In the meantime, the mystery remains behind the can.