835. Dean Lane skate park (58)

This is an unusual and surreal piece by an unusual artist. I don’t really know too much about him, but I know he has been spraying down at Dean Lane for a considerable number of years.

Haka, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Haka, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017

This piece is peculiar in many ways, but there is a big story going on somewhere here. Built around a tank there are mountains, aliens, buildings and a robot character…make something of that.

Haka, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Haka, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017

There is also a tribute to CK One, who passed away in December 2011, but is still remembered fondly in the Bristol graffiti art fraternity.

834. Raleigh Road, Tobacco Factory (9)

I love the stencil work of Stephen Quick, and I love Star Wars, so this was a nice treat for me to find. The piece is attached next to the front gate of the car park to the Tobacco Factory and looks out onto the street with a quiet modesty.

Stephen Quick, Raleigh Road Tobacco Factory, Bristol, May 2017
Stephen Quick, Raleigh Road Tobacco Factory, Bristol, May 2017

I guess it is a tribute piece to the amazing Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Stephen Quick is becoming a bit of a specialist at tributes to the stars…which is a little unfortunate, but they are also a wonderful way of recognising how important these people are in our lives.

Stephen Quick, Raleigh Road Tobacco Factory, Bristol, May 2017
Stephen Quick, Raleigh Road Tobacco Factory, Bristol, May 2017

A New Hope is simply shortened to HOPE – there is a story here somewhere. Simple, moving and some great drips. Nice work from Stephen.

833. M32 Spot (4)

A couple of weekends ago, there was a small gathering of Bristol street/graff artists underneath the M32 in the dry weather DIY skateboarding area known as the M32 Spot. The Peoples Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC) had used their reach, to encourage some artists to adorn the concrete pillars under the motorway. There will be several posts on this particular gathering.

Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

First off is this fabulous piece by Jee See, whom I was fortunate enough to meet, at last, as he was just finishing off this piece (not the bloke in the picture). Square pillar works are a devil to photograph, due to the different light intensities on each of the sides and the background lighting ranging from very dark to very bright.

Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

I guess the pillars must be rather challenging for the artists too. Jee See told me that Japanese the writing on the side of the pillar says Gothic Chav, although I might have got that wrong.

Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017
Jee See, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2017

All in all this is a nicely thought out piece in which Jee See expresses his thoughts . I enjoy his work very much, and perhaps a little more now having seen him at work. An  guy with some cool things to say/spray.

832. Dean Lane skate park (57)

Another lunchtime walk, and another chance meeting with one of Bristol’s graffiti artists. It’s the sunny weather you know, it brings them out onto the streets. When I took these pictures, I wasn’t sure who the artist was, and he was being rather evasive about revealing his name to me. I didn’t pursue the matter.

Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017

We had a good conversation about the rules of spraying and about taggers and the merits of legal and non-legal walls. All interesting stuff really. Sadly I didn’t get a finished version of the piece, but it wasn’t too different from this picture (UPDATE – I went back a couple of days ago and got a shot of the final work). Turns out the artist (who posted his work on Instagram) is Rusk who is one of the RAW (Read and Weep) crew. I have featured a piece by Rusk once before, and have others yet to publish. A really nice guy and central figure in Bristol’s graffiti art scene.

Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017