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

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

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! 🙂

7 Day Bus And Tram Special

DSCF8483Another pretty little flower from Dala.DSCF8391That’s a Eug Spider, scarily good and yet disturbing.DSCF8482Rateone,got some weird and wonderful ideas in his head, like it though.

DSCF8472Narke x Nowt, lovely colours in this Acid Junkies piece.DSCF8456 Really liking this by Rambo.DSCF8438Mornin’ beautiful! Why thank you Miso!DSCF8426 StitchTCM wonderful wall, featuring Zero, Trik9, Prone Kode, Mars and Legal.DSCF8413Mist1, Sheffield legend, had someone in Bristol asking me about this chap.DSCF8401Link, had a birthday recently I hear… DSCF8398Sico, with a valentine message for someone special, I think 🙂 DSCF8382Pawski, on top form with this lovely lady.DSCF8362Alex Ekins tribute/show of solidarity to the Charlie Hebdo victims. DSCF8344Olds, not sure if he’s a local or a regular visitor, but I like his work.DSCF8310Stampy Longnose, by one of the youngest artists on the scene at the tender age of 8!DSCF8306 StitchOgosh x Alas deadly combination.

DSCF1819DSCF2068 DSCF0229On a side note, sad to see that the new owners of the pub that was the Bell Jar have painted over all the artwork that was there, their loss (and ours) I suppose, but a pity none the less.

Whatever The Weather

DSCF8225Along came a Spider, so happy that Phlegm paid us a visit, love this so much, it was worth the brambles and everything. DSCF7093D7606, ready to use wheatpaste, my favourite shade. DSCF7087C3, these ladies are developing nicely,gorgeous.  DSCF7077Eug, got a strange taste in underwear, like the tattoos though. 🙂  DSCF7068Rialto and Earth, getting busy, which is a good thing I think.DSCF7061Brayk Graff  ‘The coldest flame in Sheffield’, know the feeling.DSCF7007J Davies Arts, eye popping letters.DSCF6948007, old piece ( the writer sadly died in 2000) uncovered by clearance of vegetation on railtracks, very well preserved.DSCF6941Mila K, looking good, as always, fun to find, as always… DSCF6929This Alex Ekins Raven wheatpaste is definitely one of my favourites. DSCF7056 StitchStunning Lord of the Rings themed wall from Mace, Surge, Gzos and Shadyone Amp.DSCF6895 StitchEvo, Pawski and Shoe,very handsome portrait of a fellow in the middle there 😉DSCF6889Coloquix, seeing double and with the reflection almost double double!!DSCF6854 Skint and Sico, way too cool for school. DSCF6825Class of 2015 by CoLor, I’m particularly fond of the little details on this. DSCF6779 Hungry Horace seemed to disappear altogether, but perhaps not,this doesn’t look new but it’s certainly not as old as his other stuff, the plot thickens….

Tis The Season….

Due to crappy internet, Christmas and bad weather, not got around to posting this even though I started it at the beginning of December. Luckily it has been a bit quiet recently so hopefully I won’t have missed too much out.DSCF6012Love this quirky little chap by Mikk Murray. DSCF6005Spotted this local legend putting the finishing touches on this.DSCF6002And Britney did it again. DSCF5999Meth producing lots of wonderful work at the moment. DSCF5997Eyepopping colours from Narke.DSCF5957Rateone, gone fishing 😉

DSCF6083 StitchBine and Haste collab, boys gone large!DSCF6074J Davies, more lovely creations.DSCF6062My favourite of a series of Bubba creations on Ecclesall Road.DSCF6029Corpse, creating an ever expanding array of characters.DSCF6346Shoe and Pawski having a cheeky paint. (Do you see what I did there? 😉 )DSCF6343Coloquix to the left of me, Brayk to the right, here I am.DSCF6328Surge, Mars And Mace, having a Star Wars moment, awesome!DSCF6169No idea who, but really like it. Have since been informed that it is Form and Scar, thanks for the info 🙂DSCF6167Sico, in one of my least favourite spots, great piece though.

Assuming the snow melts before the end of the year I hope to be out and about, still got a few bits to catch up on.

Hope everyone has had a very Merry Christmas, thanks for your support over the past year!