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

Wakefield Part Trois

DSCF4241Third and final trip, probably, to Wakefield and the last ‘Revive’ Jam of the year, and what a turnout! Kem Mef paid a visit and did a cracking piece that I managed to not get a single decent shot of.

DSCF4236CoLor Art  dropped a cool Chopper Harris character.

 

DSCF4374Cantastic, did something a little different to anything I’ve seen him do before, really like the elephants.

 

DSCF4487Spel and Beyond flew over, dropped an awesome piece and even had time to pimp a car!

 

DSCF4494Was really impressed that one of the organisers had been able to persuade Kelzo to come over too, I hadn’t seen him in action before, great to see.

DSCF4511There was much more full wall, as in floor to ceiling coverage than at previous Jams, they look amazing, well done to the guys working off ladders, it can’t have been easy.

 

DSCF4573Alfreshco were on hand to supply paint as needed and there guy Kak did this stunning wall too.

 

DSCF4550UKS came prepared, no balancing on ladders for them.

DSCF4710 StitchaSheffield was once again well represented, Ryak Lone and Kode on the case.

DSCF4720 StitchAdopted yorkshireman Shoe collaborated with Mace, Pawski and Foundry to produce this jaw dropping wall with characters Clay, Aisha and Cougar from the graphic novel and movie, The Losers.

DSCF4726 StitchMars and Evo were there as well, bang on as always.

DSCF4735 StitchThe completed wall from UKS, apologies for the pic, not the best joined image, but their production is fantastic.

DSCF4730 StitchAnother full wall, love it!

DSCF4739Kink Dhfam did the bottom eye and mind boggling piece, and another artist from the northeast did the piece above.

DSCF4741 StitchPryme, Inca, Spymad and Hull Graffiti, absolutely bonkers mental and fabulous!

DSCF4345By far the coolest customer that I met on the day, Ruby. She ran the burger van in between playing ball and refereeing in local disputes, an absolute star.

Apologies to any artist painting that aren’t featured, once again just too much good stuff, not that I’m complaining…

Sadly though I have to report a number of the large pieces had been dogged within days, jealousy makes children of some people it would seem…. but lots of photos were taken on the day by lots of photographers, so the images will remain in all their glory on line at least.

 

 

Nottingham

DSCF0028As part of Notts Property, I tagged along with CoLor Art and Mila K to Nottingham for a jam at Russells Youth Club. This was Milas piece Wishmaster.

DSCF9706This awesome piece by Mono was part of a large wall near the train station.

DSCF9980There was a really good turnout of artists for this event, with over 20 artists taking part. All the walls had a pink background, to tie all the pieces together, I thought that was a nice touch.

DSCF9976The standard was amazing too.

DSCF0008It was good that there was a real mix of styles with old school and new working side by side.

DSCF0019Kem Mef, brilliant as standard.

It was a really good day, with a great atmosphere and I met some cool people, another one to mark on the calendar for next year!

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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!