‘Dalston’ by Mark Wilding
Having lived in the area for a number of years and witnessed the area change first hand Wilding created the Dalstonistist blog earlier in 2013. it fast gained a large readership and has become the go-to guide for everything Dalston, although he explains that “to be honest, mostly the fun stuff. Bars, clubs, gigs, restaurants and any other weird things that go on round here.”
“London is probably the best place in the world to live. But London, for me, is Dalston. A lot of the diversity and variety that makes London so great can be found mere moments away from my front door. My Type Tasting piece contains signage from Dalston institutions and some of the more recent additions to the area—reflecting the change that continues to take place. It’s also fairly rough and ready—just like Dalston itself.”
“I started the Dalstonist website to fill a gap left by existing media. Dalston has seen some huge changes in the last few years and there wasn’t anywhere that seemed to be keeping pace with that radical transformation. We aim to represent the diverse and creative community in Dalston and since launching in January this year we’ve become the leading local news source for young people in the area.”
Images: ‘Dalston’ by Wilding, ‘Ridley Road Shopping Village’, Mama Wang’s Kitchen popping up at the Dead Dolls Club, Carnival.