Mantra Live, Wellington Mill, Manchester

Made a trip to Manchester to see the Mantra Live paint and music event organised in part by the masterful Jay Sharples. Initially I plotted a route to the wrong Wellington Mill, Manchester has two apparently,and then due to the fact that my phone is broke, so I had no internet or GPS, and the fact that I am rather special, I managed to get hopelessly lost! End result I had to be guided in by a very helpful friend, though it was sadly almost 4pm before I got there. On the plus side, the party was in full swing  and I was quite confident most of the pieces would be finished before my home time 🙂 DSCF1585Trion                      DSCF1593SR47, one of two pieces he completed, bur Sid was probably my favourite.

 DSCF1596Tasha Whittle in action.         DSCF1607Jay Sharples, man of many talents.    DSCF1612Rocket01, could’t attend on the day so rocked up a couple of days before and dropped this beauty.                 DSCF1616 DSCF1620 DSCF1623Catch22DSCF1670  DSCF1681Stemfour                                                                                      DSCF1682 Chris ‘Bunny’ Howker                                                                 DSCF1683Furiouspie.      DSCF1660 None, the devil is in the detail.       DSCF1699Kathy Bates being given the Akse P19 treatment. DSCF1701Doodlesndrips with ‘Frank’.    DSCF1659More weird wonderfulness from Infected by Design. DSCF1705Qbek, not a new piece this, but brilliant anyways, the bicycles seem to work with it too.                                DSCF1711N4T4, lovely guy, lovely piece, not sure if he ever got his burger! 😉                                 DSCF1715 StitchTrik9, this fellow is positively on fire at the moment and he went down a treat in Manchester! DSCF1727Pawskis’ lady complete, one of his best ever I think.                                                    DSCF1696Foundry applying the finishing touches to Mr Tesla.                                                                                               DSCF1747Seca stunner.DSCF1748 DSCF1749Nomad Clan, first time I’d seen them in action, love their stuff.                                          DSCF1750Sorry, don’t know the artist but this was a real piece of work, fascinating watching it all come together.Since been informed the artist is Betarock75, thanks!

Had a good catch up with some friends, hopefully made a few more too. All in all a great day and fingers crossed, I will be able to find my way there without a problem next time, but I’m not holding my breath!  🙂

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

Shapeshifters in Tamworth!

DSCF2498So, that time of year again, me and my little dog boarded a train to Tamworth. Despite the weather the turnout was as always, amazing.

A new name to me Aems, love this character.DSCF2460Local ish artist Time,not seen him in action before.DSCF2491Akse P19, arrived even later than me, instantly recognised the emerging face of Tom Neville from Revolution.DSCF2420Cracking piece from Ziner.DSCF2421Rascal, one of the few pieces I’ve got finished shots of.DSCF2426Catch22, it was fascinating watching this guy work.DSCF2346I don’t know the artist, but I really like this. Since been told his name is Ments.DSCF2416Gnasher, forgot his earplugs and fell out with this character, great to see him and Mystique though.DSCF2478 StitchParlee and Demane, was great to meet these guys,this was probably my favourite production. We had a fascinating chat about the early days of the Specials too! DSCF2453Kem, looking a little lonely as Mef was on holiday and Wingy working on a brilliant Rorschach piece.DSCF2320Skema, half the man he was last year ( 😉 ) but still putting up fab pieces and he managed to stick with one this year, unlike the three he did last year!.DSCF2395Zook, another brummie I think, liking his style. DSCF2394The master Title, stunning work as ever.DSCF2459Glimmertwin, just love it.DSCF2473Shab, lovely to see the man himself, I don’t think he’ll forget my little dog in a hurry! I’m very fond of the raven.DSCF2432Love this too.DSCF2433Very nice to see Mr. Steve Edwards, just keeps getting better.DSCF2418Don’t know the artist but I’ve been told his name is Toile.DSCF2345Mono, love this guy, that is all.DSCF2412Fidget, I think.DSCF2411Mig29, I hope, this wall was looking out of this world, gutted I didn’t get to see it finished.DSCF2392Leigh Irvine (Raze), the first or one of the first big jams he’s been to, can’t go wrong with the Mask..DSCF2356CoLor and Corpse worked together on this brain melting piece.DSCF2382Vomit, this just jumps off the wall, brilliant.DSCF2362There was dancing, and loud music, my little dog did not appreciate the music…or skateboards.DSCF2427Polar, not sure where he’s from, but was good to meet him.DSCF2330Freebee2, wonderfully bonkers 🙂DSCF2267The Rusty Alexander, most of the work covering this mobile gallery is by My Dog Sighs, simply stunning.DSCF2307 StitchH2i crew and Surge and friends, made a weekend of it, their blockbuster wall wasn’t completed until the next day.

A fantastic day once again which even the weather couldn’t spoil, although it had a good go. I managed to not get wet, although my feet did look like they had been to Glastonbury. It was good to see so many people I knew and meet many more, I think my little dog helped a little bit. Well done to Vic and New Urban Era for pulling it off again, I’m sure it’s worth all the stress!

My only disappointment with the day was that I had to leave before so much was finished, me and my little dog had to run to the train station, yes run, leg it up 3 flights of stairs to the platform, leaving us both in need of oxygen, to find that our train was delayed. It turned out that the lively weather had blown up a signal box in Derby and created absolute chaos. The delay turned out to be over an hour, I wonder how many of the walls had been finished by then…… On the plus side my little dog was no trouble on the train…20140719_201234

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.