194. Gloucester Road, Metropolis

This stylised owl seems to have occupied this little corner for ever – I can’t remember it not being here, but having said that my skills of ‘street art awareness’ have only been in full operation for about a year now, so it might not be all that old.

45RPM, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2016
45RPM, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2016

It is a work by 45RPM, the very same who created the corporate commission for the Body Shop in Hotwell Road. This owl is special, and you will note, completely unmarked by taggers. A lovely work that could do with a bit of a wash.

45RPM, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2016
45RPM, Gloucester Road, Bristol, February 2016
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193. M32 Roundabout Junction 3 (6)

The concrete surrounding structure of the M32 roundabout between St Pauls and Easton lends itself very well to wildstyle work. There is not a great deal of height, but plenty of width, and therefore it is a bit of a magnet for wildstyle specialists. Soker is at the top of his game and producing some wonderful work. This is a recent example which I photographed in March.

Soker, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2106
Soker, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2106

I’m not sure why his work spells out Sokem and not Soker – maybe someday somebody will tell me. It seems to be a thing though with many wildstyle writers.

Soker, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2106
Soker, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2106

The colours and shapes on this work really well, and there were many accompanying pieces adjacent to this one…for later posts.

192. The Bearpit (12)

Another fabulous stencil, this time by Dice 67, an artist from Cheltenham, and one that I blogged about in August 2015. His work then was sprayed as part of Ufest 2015. This piece is quite different, lurking in one of the tunnels of The Bearpit.

Dice 67, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Dice 67, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

An Instagram conversation with Dice 67 revealed that he only sprayed this on Saturday (four days ago) and by Sunday, when I photographed it, it had already been tagged by DBK. I do wonder if DBK are pushing the boundaries of graffiti etiquette at the moment. Anyhow, at least I got a reasonably clean snap of this really technical piece of work.

Dice 67, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Dice 67, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

I love this work, in particular the signature on the spray cans.

191. The Bearpit (11)

Turnover in The Bearpit has reached staggering proportions lately and I am really struggling to keep up. This wonderful stencil by the fabulous John D’oh, is one of several highly political statements directed at current Government Ministers.

In this instance it is the turn of George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whose recent budget was perceived as being one of the most unfair in decades.

John D'oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
John D’oh, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

John D’oh is another Bristolian artist, whose works are becoming more and more frequent on our streets. His website is worth a quick gander. I love this political stuff, it is edgy and full of vitriol whilst managing to present humorously. As you can see below though, it is not to everyone’s taste. The piece appeared less than a week ago and is already defaced.

190. Moon Street (10)

Laic217 is certainly providing me with loads of material at the moment.This is his latest work in a very busy Moon Street. In my view, this is the best that I have seen of his work so far. Weird, trippy and well executed – perfect for the wall it has been sprayed on.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016

I like the melting face and acid house theme. More of his work can be viewed on his profile page of streetpins.com a site for graffiti artists to show their work.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016

This piece was, I think completed over the weekend of 16/17 April.