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! Sheffield was once again well represented, Surge was sporting trackies from the new C&B range.Gzos too has an interesting line in clothing ‘Smiley Bum’ .Mace was a Marvel ( 😉 ) Jaer was too busy painting to be making a fashion statement! Dinnertime…….KiwiBandito PaintSR47Title getting the evil eye from Darth Maul. Aona ESPAnnatomix having a boogie!N4T4 x Zooki x Wingy x Grade x Glimmertwin x Auz Chewy x Etchy x Wok x Skema Face The Strange flew in specially. DecayDice67, it was fascinating watching this piece come together, love it. Helen Martin Gnasher, feeling the force. GoosenseiSteve EdwardsSneaky peak at Mila Ks’ black book. Jay Sharples Mig29, mind blowing!Yo Crew AffixSi2 Irek x Oxer x SuerMila K almost finished. A little bit of Time, Dizzy Mig29 and Aona. YSK Raze
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. This lovely lady by N4T4 was the first official COC piece that I saw.This wonderful board wall was not an ‘official’ part of COC but hey it’s not a bad thing that everyone wanted to be involved.Tizer and Gent 48 among others joined in the fun.The amazing work of Jimmy C, I’ve never seen it up close before, stunning.Dscreet, love all his work but my favourites are the owls.Spotted at the Custard Factory.Everywhere I turned there was a wall being painted.NHS crew.Corpse, the largest one I’ve seen.Loved this ladys’ work apologies for not knowing her name.Philth, on form as always.The Stencil Shed, not his real name, and I didn’t see a stencil either.Ennui, gutted I didn’t get to see this finished.More awesomeness.I’m sure he didn’t do all of this with a pen.Skema, paintaholic 🙂Enzime, really like this.Bill Giles and PM(?)Andy Council, sponsored by Mr Whippy 😉Steve Edwards beautiful study of Kingfishers playing leapfrog.Lost Souls epic production.SPZero76, not just a figment of my Instagram!Made You Look, yes it did.Lisk Bot, very fond of these handsome robots.Rmer1, blooming marvellous.Loved this…….and this…Si2, I’m sure he’d not arrived by the time I went home, but he must have been there somewhere.Delightfully different.CoLor, Eug, Corpse and Tekonta Secta fantastic collaboration.Privileged to see Hoakser in action.Title and Jim Vision, I’m running out of superlatives!Mila 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…
A new name to me Aems, love this character.Local ish artist Time,not seen him in action before.Akse P19, arrived even later than me, instantly recognised the emerging face of Tom Neville from Revolution.Cracking piece from Ziner.Rascal, one of the few pieces I’ve got finished shots of.Catch22, it was fascinating watching this guy work.I don’t know the artist, but I really like this. Since been told his name is Ments.Gnasher, forgot his earplugs and fell out with this character, great to see him and Mystique though.Parlee 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! Kem, looking a little lonely as Mef was on holiday and Wingy working on a brilliant Rorschach piece.Skema, 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!.Zook, another brummie I think, liking his style. The master Title, stunning work as ever.Glimmertwin, just love it.Shab, 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.Love this too.Very nice to see Mr. Steve Edwards, just keeps getting better.Don’t know the artist but I’ve been told his name is Toile.Mono, love this guy, that is all.Fidget, I think.Mig29, I hope, this wall was looking out of this world, gutted I didn’t get to see it finished.Leigh Irvine (Raze), the first or one of the first big jams he’s been to, can’t go wrong with the Mask..CoLor and Corpse worked together on this brain melting piece.Vomit, this just jumps off the wall, brilliant.There was dancing, and loud music, my little dog did not appreciate the music…or skateboards.Polar, not sure where he’s from, but was good to meet him.Freebee2, wonderfully bonkers 🙂The Rusty Alexander, most of the work covering this mobile gallery is by My Dog Sighs, simply stunning.H2i 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…
Managed to bag a lift with some Sheffield chaps in a car with a wankel engine and off we went to Kenilworth.
It should be standard at these events that the name of the artist is written on the wall where they are to paint, so that I know who they are, I was very pleased. Tim at Brink Contemporary Arts is very good at this kind of thing, organising a cracking event and making people happy.
Binty Bint wore the smartest and most co-ordinated outfit on the day really nice to see her do her stuff. Camz and Moe. new to me, did 2 great pieces and I will be looking out for them in the future. Oh, and yes we had the odd spell of rain.
All in all it was a fantastic day, that the weather didn’t spoil. Went to Kenilworth with some great people I am proud to call friends and hopefully made quite a few more while I was there. Tim was an absolute star as always, can’t wait to see what he organises next!
Originally organised as part of the Save Bath Place Campaign, Ashes2Dust became the last big bash for the building as it has now been sold to developers, leaving several valuable community groups and a cracking art gallery homeless.
CoLor Art adding the finish touches.
This was a really chilled gathering, a small group of great people, with a lot of interest from the local community. The event was organised by Tim Robottom of Brink Arts and hopefully I’ll be heading down that way again soon.
A 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.
Kem Mef demonstrating co-operation at its best.
Cyclops Character by Title, I thought this was amazing too.
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!