Living It Up In Leicester

I’ve had a couple of visits to Leicester and surrounding areas recently. Initially I hadn’t been keen on the idea of the trip, didn’t think there would be much to see, how wrong I was…DSCF0394Ample, great to find some of his work on his home turf. DSCF0398I would dearly love to know who did this, I think it’s a few years old, but I love it.DSCF1758 Sweet 🙂DSCF1781Fantastic, this reminds me of photos I’ve seen of graffiti in New York. DSCF1867So much good stuff. DSCF1904Mono x Kaption, surreal. DSCF1926Love this one too! I think it’s by Fidget.DSCF3788 StitchRiot68 x MonoDSCF3825 StitchReally appreciate big walls like this!DSCF3843Brilliant!DSCF3849Strange, but I like it.DSCF3864 DSCF1857 DSCF1859How could you not like this?DSCF1903Mig29 love his work.DSCF1943 Stitch‘The FlyerBrigade’DSCF1996Random….. I have been told this is by Frankie Strand. DSCF2017Foundry beautiful Goldfinch study.DSCF2028Two for joy – MonoDSCF2041CreedDSCF2045Could be Mono, could be someone else entirely… DSCF3755 StitchbRiot68 x Wrest1 x Mono DSCF2060Mono DSCF2077 DSCF2089Love this too… DSCF2101Boaster x Kid30 winning!DSCF3923Amazing spot this, apart from the angry cow, I won’t ever forget her, scared me s***less!

It’s fair to say that Leicester was pretty awesome, I have barely posted a fraction of the photos there was just so much, it was amazing. And yes, this post is a bit Mono heavy, I make no apology for that, he’s all over the place and he’s so good. Some of the spots are not really close together, but should you have access to a car and a few hours to spare, it’s well worth the trip  🙂

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.

Nottingham

DSCF0028As part of Notts Property, I tagged along with CoLor Art and Mila K to Nottingham for a jam at Russells Youth Club. This was Milas piece Wishmaster.

DSCF9706This awesome piece by Mono was part of a large wall near the train station.

DSCF9980There was a really good turnout of artists for this event, with over 20 artists taking part. All the walls had a pink background, to tie all the pieces together, I thought that was a nice touch.

DSCF9976The standard was amazing too.

DSCF0008It was good that there was a real mix of styles with old school and new working side by side.

DSCF0019Kem Mef, brilliant as standard.

It was a really good day, with a great atmosphere and I met some cool people, another one to mark on the calendar for next year!

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New Urban Era/ Aerosol Planet, Tamworth

DSCF8350A famous spot for graffiti in the UK, Tamworth Tunnels is also the Venue for the New Urban Era/Aerosol Planet Graffiti Jam. I figured it would be rude not to go and have a look. I apologise in advance for not being very clued up on some of  the artists here, but I do know Duse WSK above, representing Sheffield.

DSCF8136SHYE131  at workDSCF8145Glimmertwins, I think, jawdroppingly good, gutted that we had to leave before this was finished.

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Kem Mef demonstrating co-operation at its best.

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Cyclops Character by Title, I thought this was amazing too.

DSCF8233Riot 68 and Mono, fantastic and it amused me no end that Mono has the same waxed moustache as his character.

DSCF8271Hull Graffiti creating his magical  creatures. It is amazing to watch him work.

DSCF8296Brave did this piece, I was running out of superlatives in the end, there was just so much wonderful stuff to see.

We had a brilliant day, met a lot of great people and saw lots of amazing graffiti art being produced. The atmosphere was really good, but perhaps that was because there was something in the air and I don’t mean paint fumes. I was so glad that we made the effort to go.

Next years event promises to be even bigger and better, personally I can’t wait!