Sand, Sea and Spray 2013

DSCF1346So after vowing again to make it a weekend in Blackpool for Sand Sea and Spray, we found ourselves only able to get there for the last day, again! But what a day it was, fantastic artwork and fabulous weather, what more could you want………although a reliable train service would have been nice…

First stop was the Old Rock Factory in Blackpool where the wall had been brightened by Catch22, Kashink, Lowdown,  Jay Sharples, Mydog Sighs, Zed1, Infected by Design, Parlee and others.

DSCF1204DSCF1169DSCF1191 Parlee did a series of these gorgeous characters around the town, 9 altogether or so I heard, once I’d got home, wish I’d realised while I was there.

DSCF1184 Mydog Sighs rather than having a blank canvas to work on chose instead to go feral and choose his own spots, which he did to fantastic effect. Sadly we weren’t there in time for his free art drops, maybe next time…

DSCF1222 There was uproar in the week before Sand Sea and Spray as the 2011 Smug piece was emulsioned over, until people realised it was being prepped for Smug to paint it again. This piece painted with Dead proved to be quite a jaw dropper.

DSCF1225 But Steve Buscemi as painted by Akse P19 was quite a jaw dropper too.

DSCF1210 And then there’s Dale Grimshaw, his paintings are surreal, yet photo realistic and make my brain hurt.

DSCF1265 On our walk round we saw this piece featuring Dastardly and Muttley, love it.

DSCF1301Danzig, very dark and mysterious, although the man himself is lovely.

DSCF1248I’m guessing AP is the artist, I really like this character.

DSCF1167 Phoneboxes by D7606. Some people don’t like paste ups, but I feel that there’s always room for different things out there. These make me smile and I don’t even know why.

DSCF1277 Kem Mef and Title completed this piece the week after SSS 2012 I think it’s an amazing wall but one of the artists was quite disappointed to see how it has deteriorated over the last year. I think sometimes a little peely paint can add character and atmosphere to a piece, and to me it does in this case but if you want to see it in the flesh, sooner rather than later would be best.

DSCF1383Sheffields’ own Fauna Graphic completed this beautiful study of a pair of swans while we were here.

DSCF1406Foundry taking a pic of his stunning finished portrait of Siouxsie Sioux.

DSCF1179This piece by Idiom with a little help from Mydog Sighs has proved to be controversial, for reasons that baffle me.  The origins of holidays and tourism came from people visiting the coast to take the air and the water ‘Taking the Cure’ , so that someone has decided it’s an illegal substance reference is ridiculous and speaks volumes about the narrow minded person who thought of it.

There was more, much more, and all of it was good. Robin Ross and his team have done a wonderful job again. Next year we are going for the weekend, no really we are.

2012 Personal Favourites From Around The Country

As it is that time of year, just thought I’d do a quick overview of my year in graffiti. It’s made me realise how lucky I’ve been.

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Leeds, no idea of the artist, went to see some pieces by Replete, which were awesome by the way, but this was an unexpected treat.

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Sand Sea and Spray Blackpool. To try and choose just one from this was horrendous, but it was the first time I saw a piece by The London Police in the flesh and I was well giddy.

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New Urban Era, Aerosol Planet Jam at Tamworth, again the quality of work was mind boggling and ridiculously hard to pick one, but I chose this by Bonzai, because it’s so complex it hurt my head.

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Notts Property in Nottingham,  fantastic day out, met some really nice people, saw this jaw dropping piece from Mono.

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Ashes2Dust Leamington Spa, a really good day spent with good people. I chose this piece by Crom, possibly the coolest dude I’ve ever met.

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Like a trip to Manchester every now and then, nice to see some work by Alice Pasquini.

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The Black Duke Project ‘The Boat That Shocks, Eduk The Diver’ by the Cream Soda Crew, an awesome piece on an awesome boat, that still has lot of space to paint on it!

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At the old brickworks this piece by Toupe, chosen because it’s just a little bit mad.

In spite of everything, have to admit, I got about a bit. Hope I’m lucky enough to see even more in 2013.

Sand Sea,Spray and a Giant Seagull

If you were to ask me, I’d have to say Blackpool is not one of my favourite places. So it was with some trepidation we set off to the Sand Sea and Spray event, not too sure what to expect. Clutching a map of painting sites we did the rounds and honestly, I loved it. The piece above by The London Police was the first we saw of this years work, but we had walked via the bus station where much of the art from the previous year was still intact.

It wasn’t long before I was getting over excited, seeing so many artists working, some of whom I had only ever seen pictures on the internet of their work, others, were completely new to me.

Julian Kimmings was an artist I had heard of, it was good to see a piece of his close up.

Sheffields’ own Rocket01 battled on to complete his part of this collaboration with Sune  despite being full of flu and receiving complaints from a nearby business holder, who was apparently not a fan of the art.

It was nice to meet people too, putting faces to names, like Jay, stencil artist extraordinaire from Manchester.

Louis Masai Michel, a name we hadn’t known till Blackpool, but have been following his progress ever since.

Lonac, I had begun to wonder if he would ever finish his fantastic wall, it was still looking a long way from being complete when we left. We had done several circuits of the painting sites, it had been a great day, even the weather had been glorious. Exhausted but happy we headed off home and personally I can’t wait till the next one!

Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention, the seagulls in Blackpool are HUGE!!