Artist Reuben Dangoor reimagines grime stars as historical figures

D Double E, Stormzy and Skepta all feature

As a tribute to the grime scene finally getting the “love it deserves”, artist Reuben Dangoor has painted some legends of grime into historical settings.

Skepta appears in trademark all white on a white steed and carrying a Union Jack as he surveys the land. Stormzy, decked out in boxfresh sliders and sportswear, relaxes in front of an open fire flanked by a portrait of Wiley. Finally, D Double E is presented as a military officer, complete with a Street Fighter medal as part of his regalia.

This isn’t the first time Dangoor’s had a brush with internet fame. He’s also the bloke behind cult smash Being a Dickhead’s Cool.

To scope D Double E in similarly regal fashion, check out our Aesthetic shoot with him from earlier this year here, and if you want to see Skepta in the flesh along with brother JME, head over to Simple Things in Bristol at the end of this month.

See the posts so far below.


Reuben’s work will be featured at the Tate Britain part of the Tate’s new late night series.

Skepta, Stormzy and Dizzee Rascal will adorn the gallery’s walls while Joey Fourr, DJs from Reprezent Radio, and a performance by poet Jemima Foxtrot entertain the crowds. Other installations at the event will include a display of rare and exclusive trainers and trainer art from Crep Protect and large scale GIF projections of reworked Tate Collection artworks from Brooklyn based multimedia artist Rafia Santana.

Check out the event here. It all kicks off on Friday.