3448. M32 roundabout J3 (278)

Just recently there has been a very welcome spate of PWA collaborations from Soap and Face 1st, including this beauty on the M32 roundabout. These two have a connection, a bit like Sheringham and Shearer, which produces great results, and when they collaborate, they often adopt the same colour scheme as they have done here.

Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2021
Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2021

To the left is one of those familiar smiling girls with her hair spelling out FACE. There is a lot of decoration and detail in the letters and plenty of the trademark teardrop shapes that Face 1st favours. There is a lot of energy and joy here.

Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2021
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2021

To the right Soap has continued the colour scheme and letter style to spell out SOAP with one of his mouths in the ‘O’. This is also full of decoration and detail and fully deserves a long look to get the most out of it. The collaboration is a great example of how well these two work together. Bristol would be all the poorer without them.

3447. St Werburghs tunnel (220)

This wall at the Farm end of St Werburghs tunnel has been ripe for a refresh for some time and who better to bring about some colour and joy than Mr Draws? As night follows day, Mr Draws will be out there brightening up our walls with his unique style.

Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2021
Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2021

This one is a simple affair using blues, purples and red laid out as horizontal fills in a DRAW outline. There is a deep 3D black shadow and the whole thing is given added interest with some yellow bars. Bold and shouty – this piece has Mr Draws written all over it, literally.

3446. M32 Cycle path (103)

There is no doubt about it, Rosalita is on a roll, and I can’t help thinking that her friend 3F Fino has had something to do with encouraging her to get out and paint more, because they have recently collaborated and their pieces are appearing in the same places at the same times. This is all good news as far as I am concerned.

Rosalita, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2021
Rosalita, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2021

Rosalita has a very interesting style, full of bright colour and carnival themes, with a strong focus on life and death. In this piece Rosalita has painted a representation of Mictecacihuatl, the ‘lady of the dead’ from Aztec mythology. This piece would sit very neatly with the Day of this Dead celebrations in November… something to look forward to later on this year? Rosalita has painted a beautiful skull, a difficult thing to do, and the flowers around the outside are stunning. I love this piece and look forward to more.

3445. Frome side (8)

I think this piece was painted way back in October last year, but I only recently photographed it when I ventured down into this spot. I have noticed that there are some new pieces visible from the slip road and that I really ought to get myself down there again soon.

Claro_Que_sssnoh, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020
Claro_Que_sssnoh, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020

This intricate piece of graffiti writing from Claro_que_sssnoh spells out SNOH is an absolute stunner, and there are so many elements in it to admire. The letters are elaborate and composed of two colours, plus outlines, tracking the curves and lines. The whole thing is set on an orange and red bubble background which is in tuning set on a black and white grid. Technically this is a belter, and it looks pretty good too.

3444. L Dub (23)

You don’t get to see too many pieces by DJ Perks, unless you decide to take the short trip out to L Dub, where there are usually several of his pieces at any one time. This is certainly a favourite spot of his.

DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, January 2021
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, January 2021

Every time I see something from DJ Perks I am struck by how his pieces are growing in sophistication, confidence and quality. This is a lovely collection of interlocking letters with a random colourful fill where the letters are defined by the yellow solid colour between them. The glowing green and red fringes add an additional classy touch. This is a very fine piece indeed.

3443. Brunel Way bridge (85)

One of the most dramatic turnarounds on the Bristol graffiti art scene has to be the return of Turoe since his absence midway through last year which I think was due to ill health. He has been prolific since, most notably for his ‘Shyte Year’ series, condensing into two, or sometimes one word, 2020. This is a return to his Turoe writing.

Turoe, Brunel Way, Bristol, Jauary 2021
Turoe, Brunel Way, Bristol, Jauary 2021

Painted alongside some No Frills colleagues, this one is a real beauty in gold and red. It is a reasonably straightforward piece with a nice solid gold fill and striking red 3D shadows. There is a subtle white border, barely noticeable that lifts the whole thing. A very nice piece indeed.