We have some new neighbours at the salon - brought to us by the exciting street art festival, Nuart Aberdeen.
You know how we love anything that champions Aberdeen as an awesome city, so Nuart is right up our street…. and after this years additions, it quite literally is “up our street” with a huge installation piece going in the beautiful E&M building.
Established in 2017, Nuart Aberdeen is an international public art festival created to present the most interesting and relevant Street Art of its time. It intends to activate, inspire and collaborate with an emergent local scene as well as encourage creative links and exchanges between local businesses, arts organizations, property owners, community centers, education institutions and members of the public across all ages and backgrounds.
A couple of weeks ago, the streets of Aberdeen came alive with activity as artists from all over the world arrived to paint the streets! To cover all of the artists and their stories, would be a very long blog indeed - so we thought that we would just give you The Low Down on our new neighbours The Rude Kids.
The Rude Kids
Dotmaster’s Rude Kids have appeared in the windows of the iconic Esslemont & MacIntosh building opposite the salon - and we LOVE them!!
Leon Seesix, The Dotmaster, is a UK prolific street artist. He started painting on the streets of Brighton in the early ’90s and his work takes a sideways look at a populist media with a typically English sense of humour. Using stencils and spray paint, his work is impeccably detailed – his half-tone work, stark black and white street pieces and unique, photo-real colour stencils all create street-based illusions that fool the eye.
Talking to Leon, he can name every one of his Rude Kids, as they just happen to his daughter and her friends!
Astrid, Dylan, Lexi, Zoe, Sienna, Arthur, Otto, Max, Akio, Mike and Rose….. we heart them all!
As you can see from the map, here at Linton and Mac we a situated right in the center of a lot of key pieces!
It is such fun to get out and about and explore Aberdeen, finding all of the art works which have been popping up over the past three years - so use this map here as a wee guide, or pop into the salon and pick up a paper copy - or you can follow the link here to get an online map!
If you would like to hear a little bit more about Nuart and the artist, with personal stories and a little bit of humour, you could go on one of the guided walking tours.
As well as being our brand co-ordinator, social media queen and in-salon blogger, Autumn is one of the Nuart Street Art Tour Guides! Along with Jon Reid, Martin Widerlechner and Tracy Dawn they are running tours right through until October.
Setting off from The Green, the tours last about 1 hour 30 minutes, and take in most of the 13 artists from this years Nuart festival - as well as some pieces from the 2017 and 2018 festivals.
Booking is not essential and the tours are free - we can not recommend them enough, so get yourself along and enjoy being a tourist in your own city for an afternoon!