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  🙂

Sand Sea and Spray and Mozfest!

DSCF5593Landed in Blackpool just in time to catch the man himself taking a pic of his finished wall, Dale Grimshaw, stunning as always.DSCF5605C3 was there, managed to miss the biggest piece she had done  😦  DSCF5627Truly glorious owl by Bane. DSCF5642Kafka Cat by D7606, good to see him too, D7606 that is, not Kafka. DSCF5650Gorgeous piece by Pipsqueak was Here. I particularly like the girl, she reminds me of a much younger me…DSCF5663Trik9 checking his own handiwork, must be pretty pleased with it.  DSCF5666Lowdown just finishing off.  DSCF5669He Dreamt Mars, love this.  DSCF5673Tankpetrol, awesome. DSCF5675Ador painted several of these quirky characters around the place.  DSCF567720/20 in action.DSCF5682Catch22, I heard Robin Ross say he thought this was the best piece he’d ever done, I wouldn’t disagree.DSCF5692Mystical carousel horses by Leona Beth. DSCF5783Not part of SSS but worth the hike up the other end of town to see this beauty by The Mural Artists.DSCF5799 StitchIn another area was a rather cool gathering of writing elite Mef, Moz, Cry, Mez, Kawps, Care and Teaone, otherwise known as Mozfest.DSCF5803Moz, lovely bloke and Stellas’ new best friend. DSCF5804Cry in action.DSCF5808Teaone (I think) DSCF5814Really like this by Jay Sharples, SSS regular, always ready to go home by the time I get there, good to have a quick chat though.  🙂 DSCF5822Smile assisting Seca One. DSCF5838This wall by Smile was spectacular, totally floored Stella! DSCF5846Meet Stinki, painted by Ship as part of www.projectomatilha.com  tremendous.DSCF5764Annatomix and her origami bunnies 😀DSCF5859Amarapordios lovely Lion.DSCF5868Nils Westergard, monochrome masterpiece. DSCF5854Pawski with a beautiful woman, again…    😉 DSCF5855Onesto, new to SSS, and Zina brilliant again. DSCF5861Richard Harrow (Boardwalk Empire) expertly recreated by AkseP19. DSCF5871Cheeky character by Infected by Design. DSCF5789All in all another very good day, had a nice catch up with a few regulars and made some new friends, Stella made quite a lot more, and she had her first charge about on a beach! Looking forward to SSS and Mozfest 2016

It’s Alive (and Kicking!)

Hopefully I’ll be back up to date with my blog (don’t hold your breath) just had my internet repaired for the third time, so for the moment it’s back to being rubbish as opposed to none existent. This is some of what’s been going on in Sheffield. DSCF3520Well he’s definitely back, Hungry Horace rides again….Hooray!!  DSCF5109Dala pasting pretty ladies everywhere.DSCF5111Yabba Dabba Doo! Love it, can’t read it though…. although I am informed it’s Deap. (thanks to my secret mine of graff information)DSCF5116Touching tribute wall by Byne for his dad. DSCF5119 StitchDealt x Kosy, homage to Viz. Nice to see Kosy in the city again.DSCF5125 StitchOgosh x Alas much like.  DSCF5140Pfog M4 buzzing colourscheme.  DSCF5219Gums, very fond of his cheeky characters. DSCF5237Quite like this, Toefoo.   DSCF5263Little ray of sunshine, seen a few of these now, always make me smile. DSCF5267 StitchSTOG x Meth A Trik9, a rhapsody in blue, fantastic! DSCF5313 StitchaDouble Rocket01, does it get any better than this?  😀  DSCF5343Brayk Graff, kind of cute , kind of creepy, a bit like me 😉DSCF5344Coloquix’s lady is beginning to write…and so is her cat, lovely.DSCF5355Osim x Jonas, a cracking combination, always good to see.DSCF5406 StitchMace, absolute banger! DSCF5424 StitchJDavies (Kame) 4 pieces to melt your mind. DSCF54464eyes, always consistent but seems a bit more active recently. DSCF5474 StitchNo idea, but I like the colours,some one should give me a job as an art critic…….I’d be absolutely useless! Ha! 😀

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 ( 😉 ) 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 🙂 DSCF4144

Summer’s Postponed!

Due to bad weather Sharrow Festival is postponed until 22 August, gutted, but I suppose I should make the most of getting up to date with  sorting my photos.  DSCF3436D7606 waiting for a call from Sid and Nancy on the other side.DSCF3265Found this while hunting dragons. DSCF3252 StitchA few weeks ago, I spotted a mural I hadn’t seen before in my fair city, by two of my favourite none Sheffield artists, Kid30 and Boaster. So I proudly,feeling quite pleased with myself, posted the pic on Instagram, and Boaster says “Did you get a picture of the dragon?”! There’s a dragon?….Well it took a while, but I got there in the end, well chuffed! 🙂DSCF3244I thought this was Cantastic Art, turns out I was right, had to happen one day! DSCF3197 StitchFoundry and See(the rarely seen! 😉 ) collaboration, need more of these. DSCF3188Stunning Octopus by CoLor. DSCF2923PeteFowler, a Welsh Artist, came to Sheffield and made this. Alex Turner, Phil Oakey, ? , Joe Elliot maybe?

DSCF2917C***face by Obit, I know I should know better, but I absolutely love it! DSCF2915Kisk x Meth x STOG x Trik9, good to see these guys keeping busy. I photographed this in rush hour traffic and do have to thank various motorists for not running me over and one even stopped so I could get a clear shot!DSCF2904I don’t know who did this, but I think it’s great. DSCF2886Perhaps this post should come with a Parental Advisory rating! DSCF2882Some feeling the green.DSCF2859Like this, whatever it says 🙂 DSCF2832Gums, simple but effective and always make me smile 🙂DSCF2813 StitchDenta x Earth x Teml, probably….DSCF2802Pawski and Shoe go seriously large with this wonderful piece on a pretty unusual canvas. DSCF2796Osim x Deap x Jonas, going through a purple patch, looks lovely with the white umbellifers ( apologies for going all Gardeners World!)DSCF3439Disappearing Stabby woman with legs! I don’t think Kid Acne made her disappear…..must be magic!

Summer is Coming!!

DSCF2440Haste, got the bird, think she’s a bit horny! DSCF2444 StitchMace x Surge, Mortal Kombat, Finish Him!! Epic as always.  DSCF2460Jd Arts (Kame), I do love these, brilliant work. DSCF2479Brayk, diverse as always, and quite busy as of late.DSCF2486Dese, been busy at this place, this one’s my favourite though.DSCF2494Rateone, wouldn’t like to spend time in his head!  😉DSCF2605Cres….. This is probably the first time that Cres has featured on this blog , I’m not a great fan of most of his work but this is impressive. What a spot!DSCF2650 StitchOgosh x Alas x Skint x Syke, hopefully not the last collaboration on this wall. DSCF2661Casper maybe?, but particularly liking the BilsDSCF2686Mist1 , old school legend and a bit of a comedian! 🙂DSCF2747 StitchBurn x Kode, brightening car parks in the city, but unfortunately often a pain to photograph because people keep parking cars in front of them…DSCF2761Prone. Saw the man himself in the middle of painting this, he said I’d like it, he was wrong, I think it’s fantastic 😀  DSCF2778Bint and Tekonta Secta walked into a bar……… I’m sure there’s a joke in there somewhere, but anyway, great to see them in one of our more salubrious hostelries.

I’d been thinking things were a bit quiet in Sheffield, but if you have a good look around, it’s as busy as ever, thankfully, don’t want my garden too tidy do I?

Urban Ramblings

DSCF2209 StitchSaki x Teml, lethal combination.DSCF2205Kid Acne has been busy with a new batch of stabby women, now they’ve got legs!DSCF2165Trik9 with a lovely lady.DSCF2160 StitchDese x Ensa, been quite busy recently. DSCF2172May the 4th be with you, Trik9 x STOG x MethDSCF2189Yo Birdskulls…..no idea… DSCF2630Foundry x Pawski, these guys work so well together, marvellous stuff.DSCF2158Kaze x Sore, on one of the fastest changing walls in Sheffield, lasted about a fortnight, which is probably a record.DSCF2142Kid30 x Boaster, glorious,unexpected find, DSCF1714The Lurkers, absolutely love this, they have a blog that’s well worth a read 🙂 http://www.the-lurkers.co.uk/travel-sheffield/#.VV0PCflViko  DSCF1689Tekonta Secta, luscious in lemon.DSCF1598Sour, glamour puss 🙂DSCF1609Begins with a ‘W’, beyond that I’ve no idea, but I think it’s great…..Ahem!… I give up I really do, the W is a C for Casper, although the word is Corpse, just to confuse me, it worked!DSCF1610Cracking piece by Rambo.DSCF1655Seen a couple of these quirky characters about I think they’re sweet.DSCF1588Derp, like this a lot, it’s a dog thing.DSCF1577Brayk, an upstanding member of society….of course he is  😉 DSCF1101Bubba 2000 has placed various wheatpastes around the city, I’ve found 2 so far.DSCF1270Bob, with bit of Snoop dog.DSCF1548A grand piece from Solo.DSCF1634 StitchDeap x Mila K, fantastically colourful.DSCF1639Xhastexos placard  clutching creatures are lurking in all manner of strange places.DSCF2228 StitchSyke x Skint x Old x Bob,probably looked better before the goalposts were painted on but still a cool wall.DSCF2215Beautiful part of the magical window painting at Rare and Racy Book shop on Devonshire Street, by Magda Boreysza I chose this shot as there are plans well under way to demolish this wonderful row of shops that are the heart of the Devonshire Quarter, but there are ongoing campaigns to get the decision overturned. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-162-170-devonshire-street-sheffield?action_object_map=%5B842371122478661%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22indiegogo%3Acontribute%22%5D&fb_action_ids=10155564321015725&fb_action_types=indiegogo%3Acontribute#/story