There is something truly magical about seeing a large scale mural on the side of a building with larger than life characters. Street art has the power to rejuvenate neighborhoods, as was the case for The London Police (TLP) when they decided to make the streets of Amsterdam their first canvas back in 1998. Many members have joined and left since the group's inception, but the founding members, Chaz Barrisson and Bob Gibson remain the heart and soul of TLP.
Both Chaz and Bob grew up in Essex in the UK, Bob studied sculpture in school and Chaz studied photography. Creators from the get go, these two artists made it their life goal to travel the globe and spread happiness through their art, brightening the streets of industrial, drab cityscapes and creating a sense of wonder.
The London Police predominantly work in marker, pen and stickers when they are not painting large scale murals. Their style is a combination of Barrisson’s circular and playful “Lad” characters inspired by early 20th century cartoons, and Gibson’s intricate architectural worlds influenced by pop culture, movie set design and robotics.
Part of the beauty of street art is the impermanent nature of the medium. One never knows when the mural will be painted over, another artist alters the work, or construction or gentrification happens around it. All of these factors contribute to the unpredictable nature of working in a public space, not knowing how the setting around the piece will lead to various interpretations of the work.
We couldn’t be more excited to have had the opportunity to work with TLP and create our latest Capsule Collection with them.
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