Well now, here is another fabulous stencil by Stephen Quick, and due to its location in a car park is almost impossible to photograph, so I will rebrand these images as ‘arty’ on account of the finr reflections on the shiny black bonnet of the annoying car parked in front ot the piece.
Once again Stephen Quick spoils us with an image of an iconic figure in the shape of Totoro. The piece is called ‘I bet you’re Totoro and is a direct reference to a massive manga film I have never seen, made in 1988, ‘My Neighbour Totoro‘. Exposing my ignorence even further, I am not sure who the lady in the picture is, but I am sure she is probably famous. I am not very good with Iconic references and usually do really badly on those online quizzes you see from time to time. Now ask me something about natural history and I am onto a winner.
This is a really fabulous and intricate stencil and I know that Stephen spends many hours preparing for these pieces. Maybe one day he could give me some basic tips for my ambitions one day to join the ranks of Bristol street artists.
Standing cheek to cheek with one of Laic’s acid house skeletons in Moon Street is this little character by an artist that I don’t know but who I am calling BTW until I know any better. I recently posted another of their pieces in The Bearpit that featured this same half-mutilated character.
It is a funny thing, but I didn’t notice the bone when I first photographed these pieces, probably because the upper half of the character has enough going on to distract the eye. There is something about the work of BTW that reminds me of a kind of Charlie Brown meets Southpark thing going. Of course that might only be me. Nice little piece.
Members of the PWA (Pirate Wall Art) crew have been rather active of late, none more so than Face 1st. In this collaboration he is joined by his friend soap and this piece is opposite some writing, featured in an earlier post by Sikoh.
When Soap and Face 1st get together, they quite often create one of these vertical collaborations, with the distinctive mouths of Soap on the top and beautiful face underneath by Face 1st.
There are a couple of nice touches on the work. The hair of the girl is made up of wiriting that spells out Face, and forms the lower jaw of Soap’s mouths. There is a little slogan ‘peacefully writin’ art‘, picking up on the crew name. I am always delighted to find work by these two.
Another piece from the gathering at St Werburghs at the end of May is by one of my favourite Bristol abstract artists Mr Klue. This work sees the return of the crazy top hat and headless figure with a shirt and very long tie.
I have always been very struck by the calmness and meditative quality of Mr Klue’s pieces, in part generated by the subtle colour selections but also by the gentle shapes and soft edges. I haven’t seen much from the artist for an absolute age, so seeing this and another one in the tunnel in one visit was really something special.
I can only tell you very little about this magnificent piece in St Werberghs tunnel. It is by dmunk13 who was painting with six other writers, mostly from Bristol, a week or two back. He has an Instagram account and from that it looks very much like he is a tattoo artist who, like so many others, hits the streets from time to time.
I think this is a really wonderful piece in so many ways. The colour selection works well for me. The combination of skilful 3D writing together with a fabulous crow head, wearing an orange beany, and why not. The letters are disguised and I think spell out MUNK, but not necessarily in that order. There is more writing in the cloud, which I think mirrors the 3D writing. Finally what self-respecting piece with a character doesn’t have it holding a spray can. This crow is gooood!