You know that summer’s here when it’s Tamworth time, one event the weather can’t spoil, well not too much, and this year it was a scorcher, and so was the weather! Sheffield was once again well represented, Surge was sporting trackies from the new C&B range.Gzos too has an interesting line in clothing ‘Smiley Bum’ .Mace was a Marvel ( 😉 ) Jaer was too busy painting to be making a fashion statement! Dinnertime…….KiwiBandito PaintSR47Title getting the evil eye from Darth Maul. Aona ESPAnnatomix having a boogie!N4T4 x Zooki x Wingy x Grade x Glimmertwin x Auz Chewy x Etchy x Wok x Skema Face The Strange flew in specially. DecayDice67, it was fascinating watching this piece come together, love it. Helen Martin Gnasher, feeling the force. GoosenseiSteve EdwardsSneaky peak at Mila Ks’ black book. Jay Sharples Mig29, mind blowing!Yo Crew AffixSi2 Irek x Oxer x SuerMila K almost finished. A little bit of Time, Dizzy Mig29 and Aona. YSK Raze
So me and my little dog (who had chronic wind by the way!) got on a train to Birmingham to see what all this City of Colours business was all about. I have to say that not having been to Brum on a graff mission before I was instantly pleasantly surprised and actually veered off the COC path for a couple hours looking at all there was to see, and there was a lot, I’ll cover that in a separate post. This lovely lady by N4T4 was the first official COC piece that I saw.This wonderful board wall was not an ‘official’ part of COC but hey it’s not a bad thing that everyone wanted to be involved.Tizer and Gent 48 among others joined in the fun.The amazing work of Jimmy C, I’ve never seen it up close before, stunning.Dscreet, love all his work but my favourites are the owls.Spotted at the Custard Factory.Everywhere I turned there was a wall being painted.NHS crew.Corpse, the largest one I’ve seen.Loved this ladys’ work apologies for not knowing her name.Philth, on form as always.The Stencil Shed, not his real name, and I didn’t see a stencil either.Ennui, gutted I didn’t get to see this finished.More awesomeness.I’m sure he didn’t do all of this with a pen.Skema, paintaholic 🙂Enzime, really like this.Bill Giles and PM(?)Andy Council, sponsored by Mr Whippy 😉Steve Edwards beautiful study of Kingfishers playing leapfrog.Lost Souls epic production.SPZero76, not just a figment of my Instagram!Made You Look, yes it did.Lisk Bot, very fond of these handsome robots.Rmer1, blooming marvellous.Loved this…….and this…Si2, I’m sure he’d not arrived by the time I went home, but he must have been there somewhere.Delightfully different.CoLor, Eug, Corpse and Tekonta Secta fantastic collaboration.Privileged to see Hoakser in action.Title and Jim Vision, I’m running out of superlatives!Mila Ks’ luscious ladies guarding the entrance to the Custard Factory….
….There was more, much more, so much I didn’t even get to see all of it. For a first attempt I would say this was a roaring success, and City of Colours 2 is already booked in for next September. Congratulations to the organisers for a spectacular event. I’m sure I’ll be back, not sure about the dog though, had to sit in the bike racks on the train home…
So 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.
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…
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.
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.
This 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.
Managed to bag a lift with some Sheffield chaps in a car with a wankel engine and off we went to Kenilworth.
It should be standard at these events that the name of the artist is written on the wall where they are to paint, so that I know who they are, I was very pleased. Tim at Brink Contemporary Arts is very good at this kind of thing, organising a cracking event and making people happy.
Binty Bint wore the smartest and most co-ordinated outfit on the day really nice to see her do her stuff. Camz and Moe. new to me, did 2 great pieces and I will be looking out for them in the future. Oh, and yes we had the odd spell of rain.
All in all it was a fantastic day, that the weather didn’t spoil. Went to Kenilworth with some great people I am proud to call friends and hopefully made quite a few more while I was there. Tim was an absolute star as always, can’t wait to see what he organises next!
Originally organised as part of the Save Bath Place Campaign, Ashes2Dust became the last big bash for the building as it has now been sold to developers, leaving several valuable community groups and a cracking art gallery homeless.
CoLor Art adding the finish touches.
This was a really chilled gathering, a small group of great people, with a lot of interest from the local community. The event was organised by Tim Robottom of Brink Arts and hopefully I’ll be heading down that way again soon.
A 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.
Kem Mef demonstrating co-operation at its best.
Cyclops Character by Title, I thought this was amazing too.
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!