Bristol part Deux

DSCF7113Apologies in advance for not knowing who most of the artists are in this post. While Bristol is synonymous with Streetart, there is also lots of top quality graffiti, to say the scene is thriving is a bit of an understatement.DSCF7182This tunnel gets a very regular makeover, visited on Thursday, all painted over on Saturday.DSCF7675I do like stickers paste ups and slaps, saw a fair amount of these Loqui the Roman…DSCF7719…and lots of Angryface stickers too, so much so I’m beginning to wonder if he’s relocated.DSCF8190There seems to be little time or interest in having beef here, nothing stays around long enough.DSCF8193One, of many from the Hall of Fame.DSCF8200I’m sure there’s a story behind this…DSCF7939Sled One fantastic wall at the Deaner, gone within a week of me taking this photo I think. DSCF8014Love this little guy!DSCF8115Oky and ?DSCF8119Trust me, I wept, still not fluent in reading letters 😦  P.S. Just been informed it says RAWDSCF8121 3SoakDSCF8156Ziner,one of my (many) favourite pieces from the day.DSCF8166As was this…DSCF7332And this. passed this piece in the morning and due to the traffic, struggled to get a decent shot of it, this will have to do, by the time we came back to it, it had gone!DSCF7461Saw quite a bit of work from this artist Aspire, really like it.DSCF7957Last but by no means least, this gorgeous Raven By Shab, whose help was invaluable in enabling us to find our way around and get to see as much as we did in the time that we had.

Bristol, you were awesome, I do hope I get to visit you again!

 

Sensory Overload!

So, I got the chance to go to Bristol, well, I grabbed it with both hands! There is so much to see it is mind boggling. I took over a 1000 photos, I’m still sorting through them. Apologies in advance for not knowing the names of all the artists.DSCF7226Mr Ricks, part of great wall in the St Pauls area.DSCF7271 StitchDora, awesome piece, not so awesome photo due to the parked cars, my excuse and I’m sticking to it.DSCF7327Flava 36, loved this character, saw him in a few spots. DSCF7351Burning Candy, splendid, why can’t every building be painted like this 🙂DSCF7385Banksy, when in Rome and all that…DSCF7388Cosmo Sarson, fantastic, I defy anyone to not smile when they see this!DSCF7421Stood ages waiting for the sun to go in, to get a decent shot of this, it was worth it though 🙂DSCF74493Dom, thought I recognised this, and then realised I’d seen this artist in action at City of Colours.DSCF7487The Lakota nightclub, featuring the work of Epok, Soker, Cheo, 3Dom, Sepr, Jody and others. DSCF7536Robbie the Robot, a real blast from the past! I found something indicating this might be an artist called Paris, but can’t find any verification, and googling Paris Bristol really doesn’t help…DSCF7593Pixel Pancho, first one I’ve seen in the flesh. DSCF7612Aryz, first one I’ve seen in the flesh.DSCF7637Conor Harrington, first one I’ve seen in the flesh, even if it was at a distance through mesh and a fence.DSCF7651Mariusz Waras, Nick Walker and El Mac, this whole street was just staggering, nearly broke my neck more than once, because I was too busy looking up.DSCF7672Cheo, hiphop Wallace and Gromit, ace!DSCF7733Funky zebra by Trix.     DSCF7765Dale Grimshaw, beautiful.DSCF7808Herakut, my brains melting.DSCF7841Andrew Burns Colwill, wonderful piece featuring the famous Bristol crocodile 😉 DSCF7850Stephen Quick, portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch.DSCF7864 StitchSoker and Cheo, Mysterio vs Spiderman. DSCF7876Dank, thought this piece was amazing, again had to wait for the sun to go in before I could get a decent shot.DSCF7883Whoam Irony, another first for me.

I know a fair few of these pieces have been widely seen online, but I’m putting them on here because I went and stood in front of them and it was great to be able to do that and to appreciate them in a whole new light. The two days were exhausting but totally unforgettable, thank you to the two people who made it all possible, I am forever in your debt. I will be doing another post on Bristol after my next Sheffield blog, showing some of the less well known pieces.

Whatever The Weather

DSCF8225Along came a Spider, so happy that Phlegm paid us a visit, love this so much, it was worth the brambles and everything. DSCF7093D7606, ready to use wheatpaste, my favourite shade. DSCF7087C3, these ladies are developing nicely,gorgeous.  DSCF7077Eug, got a strange taste in underwear, like the tattoos though. 🙂  DSCF7068Rialto and Earth, getting busy, which is a good thing I think.DSCF7061Brayk Graff  ‘The coldest flame in Sheffield’, know the feeling.DSCF7007J Davies Arts, eye popping letters.DSCF6948007, old piece ( the writer sadly died in 2000) uncovered by clearance of vegetation on railtracks, very well preserved.DSCF6941Mila K, looking good, as always, fun to find, as always… DSCF6929This Alex Ekins Raven wheatpaste is definitely one of my favourites. DSCF7056 StitchStunning Lord of the Rings themed wall from Mace, Surge, Gzos and Shadyone Amp.DSCF6895 StitchEvo, Pawski and Shoe,very handsome portrait of a fellow in the middle there 😉DSCF6889Coloquix, seeing double and with the reflection almost double double!!DSCF6854 Skint and Sico, way too cool for school. DSCF6825Class of 2015 by CoLor, I’m particularly fond of the little details on this. DSCF6779 Hungry Horace seemed to disappear altogether, but perhaps not,this doesn’t look new but it’s certainly not as old as his other stuff, the plot thickens….

G’day! (Well 2 of them actually)

DSCF0275It’s always great to meet people as passionate about my hobby/ obsession as I am, so imagine how happy I was that one like-minded individual, was not only making the trip over from Australia to the UK (and Europe), but made it as far as Sheffield too! And it was my privilege to show her the sights over the two days she was here. Lady P as some of you may know is a graffaholic and I think it’s fair to say we have a lot in common. We tried to fit in as much as we could, but didn’t make it to all the spots I’d hoped. It was strange to realise how much I no longer notice, just because it’s there. It was good to see each place through another persons’ eyes.

Despite having never been finished the Phlegm piece above is still amazing.

DSCF0298 StitchThis Mega Production by Kode, Lone, Gzos and Mars was one I’d not seen up close, looks pretty special.DSCF0352Bumped into some of the new crop of artists in the city,was good to put names to pieces, the one above is by Desmond.DSCF0361Lady P caught in action photographing Peachz at work.DSCF0376The latest piece of loveliness from Eugene Booms.DSCF0444Lady P was able to see CoLor Art and Narke creating this fabulous piece, I think she took a few snaps too.DSCF0423I don’t know anything about Anubis, but I really like what he does, this is my favourite so far.DSCF0291Spied a beautiful Coloquix lady.DSCF0461Lady P was quite taken with this wall by H2i.DSCF0466Solo, I hope I got it right this time! Really like it anyway.DSCF0496I’ve not heard of Purpz before, not sure whether he’s local or not, cool piece though.DSCF0499Sico, seems to be all over the place at the moment. 🙂 DSCF0517Rather fond of these little critters by ABC.DSCF0523A horned lady by Casino, love the style of these.DSCF0526Really like this combination of paste up and paint by Dala.DSCF0540Making use of the architectural features, Meth.DSCF0543 Another making use of the architecture, can somebody tell me who it is please? I now know it’s Brisk 🙂DSCF0559Robo x Brisk, enjoying watching their styles and skills develop.DSCF0582Dyson consistently good.DSCF0572Paid a visit to the studio where Foundry works with his brother,and found this sexy lady on the wall.DSCF0570Lady P was keen to see as much as she could in her time with us, this piece by Rocket was the next to the last she saw on her trip.

It says a lot for Sheffield that someone like Lady P from so faraway, would be aware of what is going on here and want to come and see it for herself. I think we gave her a pretty grand tour, giving her a proper Yorkshire welcome and introducing her to a traditional English chippy and the questionable delights of dandelion and burdock!

It was a real pleasure to have her here I do hope she enjoyed it as much as I did…….Oh and by the way, she never said g’day once!

Winter Wonders

DSCF7888 StitchFinished and the scaffolding gone at last, this is a really impressive wall at the Hubs.DSCF7895Foundry braved the cold and rain to create this masterpiece only to have the downpour wash away his efforts so he had to go back and do it all again! I think it was worth the effort though 😉DSCF7964Mr Kent has been making these figures appear around the city centre for some time, a sculptor by trade, I’m guessing these pasteups are from photos of his sculptures, I think they’re ace.DSCF7955 StitchaNarke, Wrest1 and Skan worked on this amazing collaboration, I love the colours, inspired by the temperature perhaps?DSCF7932Xhastexo has created a lovable little character that I hope we’ll be seeing a lot more of.DSCF7937I’m very partial to a bit of Bob.DSCF8009Mila K x Narke, just keep getting better.DSCF7996Some usually does pieces that are really multi coloured and  eyecatching, this one’s a little more subtle but really good.DSCF8005Black and Meth from Angry Perverts (love that name!), bootiful!

I must say that with one thing and another I’ve been struggling to get myself out and about,I’m really happy that the miserable weather isn’t holding our artists and writers back one bit!

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.

Vinyl Marbles

I love this derelict, pigeon poo covered building so it was great to go and watch CoLor Art paint there and give him a tour of the place. It’s fair to say he was quite taken with it, but he wasn’t the only one.

Clem Alice had done a  few pieces here although I don’t think they were particularly recent.

French graffiti artist Ziru had done this piece some time ago, but this was the first time I managed to get a shot of it without shadows.

While the building was ‘open’ this time round Boms came and did this piece which was amazing.

Skint had been and dropped a piece with Suek featuring Skints’ signature character.

Mila K and Narke had done a wonderful piece along side one of CoLor Arts creations.

CoLor Art and Espre had done a piece together. Did I mention that CoLor Art liked it here?

This were the last pieces I saw before the place was sealed up again. I believe I bumped into one of the artists, but he assured me he was just there taking photos…..a likely story!