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 ( ūüėČ )¬†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 ūüôā¬†DSCF4144

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 ¬†ūüôāDSCF4383Enzime, really like this.DSCF4390Bill Giles and PM(?)DSCF4410Andy Council, sponsored by Mr Whippy ūüėČDSCF4445Steve 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…

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 ( ūüėČ ) 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 ūüôāDSCF2267The 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

Street Fusion, Brink,Kenilworth, May 11th

 

 

Managed to bag a lift with some Sheffield chaps in a car with a wankel engine and off we went to Kenilworth.

DSCF9225It 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.

DSCF9446Good to see Kilo Sinstars Fba in action last time I saw him was at a jam in Sheffield last year.

DSCF9524Steve Edwards lovely guy with a distinctive style, nice to put a face to a name.

DSCF9586Binty 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.

DSCF9606Tokes, Rascal, Apps, Reas, Kilo, Skema, Hush, Crom, Title and Vomit, what a wall. awesome.

DSCF9622Hush, Crom, Title and Vomit, bit more of a close up.

DSCF9527Crysp, good to see him again, missed his lovely lady though.

DSCF9588Tokes, Rascal, Apps and Reas, stunning, running out of words for how good the quality was, but trust me it was good.

DSCF9632The Sheffield posse of CoLor Art, Duse and Pawski pulled off 2 stunners on the day.

DSCF9629Simon75 worked on this cube concept that was sadly not finished by the time we left, the weather and the fact that he had to build the boxes first probably didn’t help, looked really cool though.

DSCF9619This piece by Sed was looking great  and I think it was nearly done as we left.

DSCF9481There were also live acts on throughout the day, they’ve got some real talent round them parts.

DSCF9597All 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!

Ashes2Dust, Leamington Spa

 

DSCF0355Early one morning, having begged a lift with Duse and CoLor, I set off for Leamington Spa. Firstly, I must say, Leamington Spa is a really pretty place and worth a visit just for that.

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.

DSCF0380Mag1c, Vomit, Crom and Title doing the business.

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CoLor Art adding the finish touches.

DSCF0577Mag1c, Vomit, Crom and Title all done, a great days work.

DSCF0588Duse, nearly finished, honest!

DSCF0569My favourite picture from the day Mr Crysp and his lovely lady, it was a pleasure to meet them and I hope our paths cross again soon.

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.

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!