Cunt Scum belongs to a series of 26 works known as The Dirty Words Pictures, based around images of graffiti found and photographed by the artists. Most of the photographs were taken around Spitalfields
in east London, where the artists live. Traditionally home to London's immigrant communities, the area was targeted for attack in the mid-1970s by the white nationalist organisation the National Front. The noisy demonstrations and acts of violence organised by the National Front contributed significantly to the racial tensions which were acutely felt in Britain and particularly London during this time.