With the motto, “Your ship looked like $H!# so we painted it!” international street art collective DuDug brightened up the cruise liner, the Duke of Lancaster, which has been sitting in the same spot collecting rust since 1979. Latvian graffiti artist KIWIE was hired by DuDug to create these pirates to protest The Council who has made it impossible, with unjust excuses, for the owners to transform the ship into a fun ship. Over time more art has been added to the hull and the once rusted eye sore is becoming more vibrant and beautiful. The latest plan is to transform the ship into the largest open air art gallery in the UK.[see_also]
The smart team at DuDug created a video of KIWIE painting the ship (see below) to make it look like their work was scandalous and illegal, which accomplished their plan of receiving national attention, but DuDug actually worked together with DOLAS (Duke of Lancaster Appreciation Society). Read more about the struggles DOLAS has had getting the council to approve their plans here and the complete story of The Black Duke on DuDug’s site. To see where this project leads, follow DuDug on Facebook.