2026. Mina Road (3)

OK, so I’m cheating a little bit. Some of you might have seen this piece in my Thursday Doors post last week, but it is deserving of a mention in my street art section too. A ‘belt and braces’ approach to sharing this one.

Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019

It is, of course, a collaboration between PWA members Soap and Face 1st and has such a charming quality to it. Add to that the location on some kind of municipal building behind a secured gate and you have all the makings of great urban street art.

Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019

I can’t quite figure it out, but there is something about the balance of the piece and the space it occupies that makes this a real winner for me.

 

 

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2025. Lawrence Hill roundabout (1)

I love visiting new spots, and although I have known about Lawrence Hill roundabout for a little while, I just haven’t managed to visit until recently. Actually I took the dog for a walk there, killing two birds with one stone.

Zake, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019
Zake, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, February 2019

There is a lot of graffiti in each of the tunnels, but of really variable quality. It also looks like turnover is pretty low as some of the pieces looked rather old and tatty. Not this wonderful piece by Zake though. I am more used to seeing his faces on the columns under the M32, so it is great to see something that doesn’t have a width restriction. Three brilliantly expressive faces in differing aspects. Lovely work.

2024. Nelson Street (6)

This is quite an unusual hoarding in the centre of Bristol for a couple of reasons. First, I’m not sure what it is protecting, it certainly doesn’t look like anything is being redeveloped. Second, it seems that graffiti writers from ASK are tolerated. Perhaps it is a curated wall, I don’t know.

Voyder, Nelson Street, Bristol, February 2019
Voyder, Nelson Street, Bristol, February 2019

The middle piece of this ASK collaboration is by the brilliant Voyder, and is one that incorporates his clever brush stroke effect. He really is the master of playing with his audience and introducing stunning ideas and effects. Quite an old piece, but I’ve not had my camera when walking past it before.

2023. Dean Lane skate park (190)

As long as Soker keeps turning out fabulous graffiti writing, I will keep photographing and sharing them. This one from a few weeks back was part of a wall shared with Dibz, which I have already posted. It is a beautiful chrome piece with blue and black shadows. Showy and subtle both at the same time.

Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2019

It is interesting that when I post his pieces on Instagram, they generally get fewer likes than street art pieces, which leads me to conclude that graffiti writing is more of an acquired taste…that is except for his Upfest 2018 Simpsons piece, which was my all-time most popular Instagram post. I wish I knew how these things worked.

2022. Stokes Croft

Something a bit different today. Where Stokes Croft and City Road meet, there are some poster frames on a wall, which I think have been installed by the People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC). The posters here could easily be mistaken for the random advertising we are subjected to on a daily basis and which we tend to ignore and filter out as white noise. But take a slightly closer look and you’ll see something quite different.

Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

I don’t know who the artist(s) is/are that put these posters together, but I thoroughly enjoy seeing them when I walk past. Often with some political undertone the wry humour shines through. The first is of a spoof Evening Standard (check the spelling) billboard, stating that ‘things can only get bitter’ a direct reference to the current Brexit crisis that continues to divide the country.

Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

The next poster shows a portrait of David Cameron with paper peeling off where his face is to reveal large corporate office blocks (banks?) behind – surely they are not suggesting the ex PM was driven by capitalist ideology..?

Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Unknown artist, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019

The third poster is a commentary on the ‘social media brain drain’ with a character, loosely based on Mickey Mouse encouraging people to look up from their phones. I wonder how many people look up and read this poster…not many I would guess.

All of these posters are provocative and humorous and I’ll keep looking out for more. Perhaps I’ll get lucky and find out who is behind them too.