Battle of the Planets, New Urban Era, Tamworth

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!¬† DSCF4097Sheffield was once again well represented, Surge was sporting trackies from the new C&B range.DSCF4308Gzos too has an interesting line in clothing ‘Smiley Bum’ .DSCF4103Mace was a Marvel ( ūüėČ )¬†DSCF4315Jaer was too busy painting to be making a fashion statement!¬†DSCF4116Dinnertime…….DSCF4131KiwiDSCF4133Bandito PaintDSCF4138SR47DSCF4168Title getting the evil eye from Darth Maul.¬†DSCF4170Aona¬†DSCF4172ESPDSCF4181Annatomix having a boogie!DSCF4196N4T4 x Zooki¬†x Wingy x Grade x Glimmertwin x Auz¬†DSCF4212 Stitch (12000x2525)Chewy x Etchy x Wok x Skema¬†DSCF4235Face The Strange flew in specially.¬†DSCF4239¬†DecayDSCF4240Dice67, it was fascinating watching this piece come together, love it.¬†DSCF4245Helen Martin¬†DSCF4252¬†Gnasher, feeling the force.¬†DSCF4280 Stitch DSCF4282 DSCF4290GoosenseiDSCF4297Steve EdwardsDSCF4299Sneaky peak at Mila Ks’ black book.¬†DSCF4082Jay Sharples¬†DSCF4320Mig29, mind blowing!DSCF4321 StitchYo Crew DSCF4324AffixDSCF4334Si2 DSCF4337Irek x Oxer x SuerDSCF4345Mila K almost finished. DSCF4347A¬†little bit of Time, Dizzy Mig29 and Aona.¬†DSCF4356YSK¬†DSCF4357Raze

Apologies for the artist whose names I don’t know, yet. Fantastic day out as always, had to leave before everyone had finished, as always. Stella had a great day though ūüôā¬†DSCF4144

Birmingham City of Colours

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. ¬†DSCF3770This lovely lady by¬†N4T4 was the first official COC piece that I saw.DSCF4001 StitchThis wonderful board wall was not an ‘official’ part of COC but hey it’s not a bad thing that everyone wanted to be involved.DSCF4022 StitchTizer and Gent 48 among others joined in the fun.DSCF4046The amazing work of¬†Jimmy C, I’ve never seen it up close before, stunning.DSCF4047Dscreet, love all his work but my favourites are the owls.DSCF4058Spotted at the Custard Factory.DSCF4070Everywhere I turned there was a wall being painted.DSCF4101 StitchNHS crew.DSCF4111Corpse, the largest one I’ve seen.DSCF4125Loved this ladys’ work apologies for not knowing her name.DSCF4148Philth, on form as always.DSCF4154The Stencil Shed, not his real name, and I didn’t see a stencil either.DSCF4158Ennui, gutted I didn’t get to see this finished.DSCF4167 StitchMore awesomeness.DSCF4172I’m sure he didn’t do all of this with a pen.DSCF4357Skema, paintaholic ¬†ūüôāDSCF4383Enzime, really like this.DSCF4390Bill Giles and PM(?)DSCF4410Andy Council, sponsored by Mr Whippy ūüėČDSCF4445Steve Edwards beautiful study of Kingfishers playing leapfrog.DSCF4453Lost Souls epic production.DSCF4456 StitchSPZero76, not just a figment of my Instagram!DSCF4461 StitchMade You Look, yes it did.DSCF4463Lisk Bot, very fond of these handsome robots.DSCF4480Rmer1, blooming marvellous.DSCF4482Loved this…DSCF4496….and this…DSCF4507Si2, I’m sure he’d not arrived by the time I went home, but he must have been there somewhere.DSCF4529Delightfully different.DSCF4192CoLor, Eug, Corpse and Tekonta Secta fantastic collaboration.DSCF4177Privileged to see Hoakser in action.DSCF4412 StitchTitle and Jim Vision, I’m running out of superlatives!DSCF4532Mila 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…

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.

Street Fusion, Brink,Kenilworth, May 11th

 

 

Managed to bag a lift with some Sheffield chaps in a car with a wankel engine and off we went to Kenilworth.

DSCF9225It 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.

DSCF9446Good to see Kilo Sinstars Fba in action last time I saw him was at a jam in Sheffield last year.

DSCF9524Steve Edwards lovely guy with a distinctive style, nice to put a face to a name.

DSCF9586Binty 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.

DSCF9606Tokes, Rascal, Apps, Reas, Kilo, Skema, Hush, Crom, Title and Vomit, what a wall. awesome.

DSCF9622Hush, Crom, Title and Vomit, bit more of a close up.

DSCF9527Crysp, good to see him again, missed his lovely lady though.

DSCF9588Tokes, Rascal, Apps and Reas, stunning, running out of words for how good the quality was, but trust me it was good.

DSCF9632The Sheffield posse of CoLor Art, Duse and Pawski pulled off 2 stunners on the day.

DSCF9629Simon75 worked on this cube concept that was sadly not finished by the time we left, the weather and the fact that he had to build the boxes first probably didn’t help, looked really cool though.

DSCF9619This piece by Sed was looking great  and I think it was nearly done as we left.

DSCF9481There were also live acts on throughout the day, they’ve got some real talent round them parts.

DSCF9597All 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!

Ashes2Dust, Leamington Spa

 

DSCF0355Early one morning, having begged a lift with Duse and CoLor, I set off for Leamington Spa. Firstly, I must say, Leamington Spa is a really pretty place and worth a visit just for that.

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.

DSCF0380Mag1c, Vomit, Crom and Title doing the business.

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CoLor Art adding the finish touches.

DSCF0577Mag1c, Vomit, Crom and Title all done, a great days work.

DSCF0588Duse, nearly finished, honest!

DSCF0569My favourite picture from the day Mr Crysp and his lovely lady, it was a pleasure to meet them and I hope our paths cross again soon.

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.

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!