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!  🙂

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

Brink Street Fusion, Kenilworth

DSCF0502I was very kindly offered a ride down to Kenilworth, well I couldn’t pass up on a trip to the second Brink – Street Fusion event there now could I? A fantastic turnout, again and we even had the weather on our side this time. 🙂  Got there early afternoon and everything was in full swing. Skank did a signature piece on clingfilm. DSCF0505Impressive work from Zooki. DSCF0522Curly, SSOSVA, so secret I never even saw him!DSCF0535The Man himself, bloody vandal! DSCF0583Great to meet SPZero76, love this.DSCF0616 StitchIt’s all going on.DSCF0619Crom, I’m sure this guy lives in an alternate dimension, stunning stuff. DSCF0676Hush, always good to see a master in action. DSCF0695Color x Pawski x Foundry, Sheffield represents with excellent style as aways! DSCF0720 StitchGhost x Crom x Reko x Hush x SPZero76, completed wall, well almost. DSCF0732Ghost Town Entertainment Crew, hip hop is not generally my bag, but these guys were phenomenal.DSCF0751 StitchWingy x N4T4, who ever knew that Roland Rat could partner such a stunner.DSCF0768Interesting Sci-fi piece from Dynamix.DSCF0773Dopey, like this much. DSCF0779 Stitch Fascinating to watch this luscious lady by Georgie come to life. DSCF0783Oner produced a corker. DSCF0572The lovely Skema, prolific as always only managed to do 2 pieces this time, must be slowing down 😉DSCF0747 It was a grand day out, all hail to ‘Mr Brink’ – Tim for pulling it all together, again. More please! 🙂

Birmingham City of Colours

So me and my little dog (who had chronic wind by the way!) got on a train to Birmingham to see what all this City of Colours business was all about. I have to say that not having been to Brum on a graff mission before I was instantly pleasantly surprised and actually veered off the COC path for a couple hours looking at all there was to see, and there was a lot, I’ll cover that in a separate post.  DSCF3770This lovely lady by N4T4 was the first official COC piece that I saw.DSCF4001 StitchThis wonderful board wall was not an ‘official’ part of COC but hey it’s not a bad thing that everyone wanted to be involved.DSCF4022 StitchTizer and Gent 48 among others joined in the fun.DSCF4046The amazing work of Jimmy C, I’ve never seen it up close before, stunning.DSCF4047Dscreet, love all his work but my favourites are the owls.DSCF4058Spotted at the Custard Factory.DSCF4070Everywhere I turned there was a wall being painted.DSCF4101 StitchNHS crew.DSCF4111Corpse, the largest one I’ve seen.DSCF4125Loved this ladys’ work apologies for not knowing her name.DSCF4148Philth, on form as always.DSCF4154The Stencil Shed, not his real name, and I didn’t see a stencil either.DSCF4158Ennui, gutted I didn’t get to see this finished.DSCF4167 StitchMore awesomeness.DSCF4172I’m sure he didn’t do all of this with a pen.DSCF4357Skema, paintaholic  🙂DSCF4383Enzime, really like this.DSCF4390Bill Giles and PM(?)DSCF4410Andy Council, sponsored by Mr Whippy 😉DSCF4445Steve Edwards beautiful study of Kingfishers playing leapfrog.DSCF4453Lost Souls epic production.DSCF4456 StitchSPZero76, not just a figment of my Instagram!DSCF4461 StitchMade You Look, yes it did.DSCF4463Lisk Bot, very fond of these handsome robots.DSCF4480Rmer1, blooming marvellous.DSCF4482Loved this…DSCF4496….and this…DSCF4507Si2, I’m sure he’d not arrived by the time I went home, but he must have been there somewhere.DSCF4529Delightfully different.DSCF4192CoLor, Eug, Corpse and Tekonta Secta fantastic collaboration.DSCF4177Privileged to see Hoakser in action.DSCF4412 StitchTitle and Jim Vision, I’m running out of superlatives!DSCF4532Mila Ks’ luscious ladies guarding the entrance to the Custard Factory….

….There was more, much more, so much I didn’t even get to see all of it. For a first attempt I would say this was a roaring success, and City of Colours 2 is already booked in for next September. Congratulations to the organisers for a spectacular event. I’m sure I’ll be back, not sure about the dog though, had to sit in the bike racks on the train home…