A Dismal Day In Weston Super Mare

DSCF0986Finally managed to get tickets for the penultimate day of the Dismaland Bemusement Park, after weeks of trying, and making sure I saw as little as possible about it, because I wanted to go with as few preconceptions as possible. The weather was glorious, the size of the queue was staggering, but we were there. DSCF0997 I loved it from the moment I was through the door, the security guard checking my ticket and confirming my similarity to the non existent photo on my ticket had me creased.  Screening equipment and guns created by Bill Barminski.DSCF1007The staff were such a vital part of the experience. DSCF1024The detail that went into this was amazing I uploaded one of the shots to facebook and it’s facial recognition software wanted me to tag all of them. The fact that the controls randomly change from the refugee vessel to western naval vessel, sending a clear message. DSCF1028Must have seen hundreds of pics of this before I went, but it is good. DSCF1030Can’t remember what this installation was called, but I’ve seen this sight far too often…DSCF1056Hook a Duck…from an oil slick…win a fish finger in a bag.  DSCF1062Dorcas Casey , brilliant sculptures created from fabric, somehow. DSCF1084Polly Morgans take on the rabbit that turned. DSCF1087Erm well, if you know,you know…   DSCF1088Ronit Baranga, ceramicist, I adore these, anybody want to buy me some for Christmas?  DSCF1093Mike Ross, created the awesome Big Jig Rig, apparently the park had to close early one day because of high winds, don’t think I’d like to see this shaking in the breeze. DSCF1123James Joyce revolving smiley face “Here for a Good Time Not a Long Time”. DSCF1140Tattooed baby in a vending machine by Dietrich Wegner. DSCF1154Banksys’ vision of the Grim Reaper and what he does in his spare time, rides around in a dodgem while listening to the Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive… who knew?DSCF1164‘Mental Escapology’ by Damien Hirst.

DSCF1169Jeff Gillette, stunning stuff.DSCF1172 DSCF1176Brock Davis, making wonderful use of everyday objects. DSCF1190 DSCF1196Kate MacDowell producer of exquisite figures in porcelain.  DSCF1200 DSCF1205Portrait by Laura Lancaster, who started painting her own family photos because she never knew who was who as she has a twin sister.  DSCF1206Lithuanian artist, Severija Incirauskaite-Kriauneviciene, recreates traditional patterns and floral embroidery designs on things like cars. DSCF1212Jessica Harrison,creates beautiful tattooed ladies. DSCF1219Maskull Laserres striking study of the anatomy of a carousel horse.DSCF1222Compelling portrait by Shadi Al Zaqzouq, Palestinian artist. DSCF1225Ben Long ‘Cornice Ice Cream’ DSCF1227 DSCF1228Neta Harari Navaon, surreal photorealistic paintings, breathtaking.  DSCF1231Banksy, doesnt have any issue with Disney, must just be mice then… DSCF1257The Aftermath Displacement Principle by Jimmy Cauty, the most fantastic and annoying thing at once. My only irritation of the day was that we were rushed around this and not able to have a proper look, the security fence didn’t help. Sadly the fence wasn’t there at the beginning of the exhibition, but was put in place due to over enthusiastic trophy hunters stealing the figures. DSCF1263 DSCF1273 DSCF1307     DSCF1314     DSCF1317The gloriously dark Dismaland castle was created by Block 9 (of Glastonbury fame),and is currently en route to the migrant camp in Calais.DSCF1319Dismal bossy britches. DSCF1322 DSCF1337Death of a princess, clever and yet disturbing. DSCF1373Huda Beydouns portraits of girls and women in Saudi Arabia wearing Burqas, the mouse heads are used to conceal the womens true identity to protect them from deportation. DSCF1381 DSCF1386This young lady was an absolute star on the Crazy Gulf, a proper jobsworth, I could have watched her all day!DSCF1388Supersize sand castle. DSCF1392Pocket Money Loans by Darren Cullen, easy cash for kids!DSCF1399Paul Insect and Bast, dancing dude. DSCF1400Donald Duck has fallen on hard times. DSCF1423 DSCF1426Seagull pizza thieves. DSCF1417 Stitch DSCF1428 And then it was over, yes there were a couple of things we didn’t get to see because of the lengthy queues, but we’d gotten around most of it. And I’m sorry, but I thought it was fantastic, I’m only dismal because it’s gone now…

Mums the Word!

DSCF6802I guess that there aren’t too many mums who would request a tour of derelict sites as a mothers day present, but I couldn’t think of anything better. Mars has been very busy and I wanted to try and catch up with his work. I think this skull is my favourite.

 

DSCF6795ButI do love Marvin the Martian too.

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DSCF6838I’m guessing at Suek, but it is a guess, it’s certainly not new, but I hadn’t seen it before.

DSCF6842 Last stop on my trip required a bit of climbing and avoiding broken glass and the local constabulary, as you do. Well worth it though to see another of Color Arts creations.

DSCF6856Skint too had been here, always good to see and a great way to end my day.

DSCF6876It’s a sign of something, although I’m not sure what when somebody dumps a caravan in the middle of town. But, one mans rubbish is another mans blank canvas, or so they say.

 

Snow Beautiful Snow

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I do like a bit of snow, although I’m heartily sick of it at the moment, but I think it makes this piece by Mila K look fantastic.

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And the bad weather isn’t holding Mr Boms back at all. Hooray to that.

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The Stabby Women by Kid Acne are suffering due to the damp conditions, good to see this one still intact.

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Rain shine or snow, that is a splendid sight!

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Never seem to manage to be the first anymore, the footprints of a graff hunter perhaps?  I do like this little ensemble,Phlegm, Mila and CoLor.

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It looks like this character by Xhastexo is trying to catch snowflakes on his tongue (after consuming copious quantities of Red Stripe, apparently).

So I had a nice little walk and sorted my christmas cards for next year, can we have some better weather now please?

Amsterdam for Graffiti Lovers

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So, we land in Amsterdam in snow and ice, not ideal, when you’re on crutches, but at least the hotel was near the station………….. Nearly 3 hours later, after 3 boat trips and staggering around the centre, we realised our hotel had moved, well it was a boat.

Most people would probably be unimpressed to find that their hotel had moved to the north end of the harbor, a 10 minute ferry ride, and is moored at the side of a derelict submarine in a rather run down area with abandoned looking buildings covered in graffiti.

Lucky we’re not most people then.

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The snow had gone by the next day, replaced by heavy rain and strong winds, but it didn’t dampen my enthusiasm until the rain became horizontal and my camera went on strike.

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To say I loved this place was an understatement.

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And then there was Spuistraat,

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Zaira, not a name I’d heard of before, but one I will be looking out for now.

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Bustart, I had heard of before we came, he has quite a presence in Amsterdam.

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If we hadn’t had the docks and Spuistraat, our graffiti tour could have been a bit of a let down. This was because Flevopark, world famous graffiti spot, has had a bit of a makeover, structural renovations have meant that, for our visit at least, the volume of graff  was nowhere near what we had expected.  But what there was, was pretty good.

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I love Amsterdam, this was my 4th visit, but my first for 7 years, the first pictures of graff I took were then. I believe the scene has exploded since that time, previously, I stumbled upon it, it’s pretty much inescapable now.

And I’m pleased to report that Flevopark since my return home is filling up nicely 🙂

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I’d just like to say, if anyone is familiar with the very posh NH Grand Krasnapolsky in Dam Square and heard about it being taken over by Santa and his elves briefly during one night in December……………….it was nothing to do with me 😉

Amsterdam Sticker Edition

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We went to Amsterdam for a friends birthday. I love Amsterdam, the first pictures I took of graff were in Amsterdam in 2005. It’s fair to say it’s changed a bit since then.

I have done a sticker edition and will do a writing/painting post next, just because there is so much.

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These were all over with various comments on them, sadly again, I don’t know who does them.

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I know some people don’t like stickers, but I do, the sheer variation and quality is amazing.

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I wish I knew who they were by, more research needed me thinks.

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One of (many) favourites.

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Sweet. Everybody loves bunnies, don’t they?

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An egg by CoLor art and a Kisk sticker, no idea how they got there 😉

 

Speeding up a Gear

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Good to see new pieces by CoLor and Skint. Getting back to a semblance of normality was great and I really appreciated that the local lads had kept been busy creating things for me to go and look at, not that they had done it for me really, but all the same…

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Although to be fair, I was still on catch up too, like this CoLor x Narke x Mila piece, which I had known of for a while but not been able to access.

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Rocket01 and Boms wall, fantastic!

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Seasonal piece by Riseone, whom I believe I met although he was adamant he wasn’t him…

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Atik, relocated from Brighton and a top bloke, had seen some of his work before and not known who it was.

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Not sure of the names, but I believe these guys are from the north east, they certainly get about a bit.

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Espre, love this piece, he doesn’t paint as often as I’d like.

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This was done a couple of years ago by Ziru a french artist, I’ve only just seen it and I really like it.

So, I’m trying to get straight for the end of the year, so I can start 2013 blogging in real time instead of retrospective, so I apologise that I may have omitted some valuable works, it won’t happen again, honest.

 

 

Disabled Access Only

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When you’re used to walking everywhere and all the time, to be told you’re out of action is frustrating. To be told to put my feet up for 6 weeks was just beyond my comprehension. Ended up hiring a wheelchair and bugging the living daylights out of my family to take me out. After all I’d got to see Boms new style of character, this handsome hippo.

DSCF0783It was great to get out even briefly. Rocket01 had done the excellent piece above.

DSCF0802I had seen the piece by Trik9 in production before I broke my leg, it was awesome to sit in front of the finished piece which I think is the best he’s ever done.

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I had needed to see CoLor Arts’squirrel ‘Phattening up for Winter’ and despite having to hop down the steps to get into the ballcourt, it was worth it.

DSCF0745Rast, Dmek(?)Dyson – Keeping cool and breaking rules…

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