3691. Dean Lane skate park (415)

When I saw this piece I heard a voice in my head shouting out the word aaciiid! In that rather annoying 1980s way, if you know what I mean. This is a lovely piece from Mr Draws in Dean Lane in which he uses letters other than his customary DRAW. Good to see.

Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021
Mr Draws, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2021

I think that this is a beautifully executed piece with a good solid wall wash, great colour selections and some nice decorations in the form of blue horizontal lines with darker blue shadows. A tight piece from the Bristol stalwart.

2223. Wilder Street (32)

I got very lucky last weekend when I took the dog out for a ‘street art walk’ to Wilder Street and found Laic217 and Nightwayss painting together. The dog accompanies me quite a lot these days, poor thing, but is most patient when I stop to talk to the artists.

Nightwayss and Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2019
Nightwayss and Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2019

This is an absolutely fabulous piece by Laic217 who, in five years of writing about Bristol street art, I have only met once before. I stopped to ask him for a few tips about controlling the spray pressure coming from a can and other control techniques, and he was very kind with showing me a trick or two.

Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2019
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2019

The completed piece is an upbeat summer special, complete with a beautiful pink shirt emblazoned with smiley faces. Unmistakably a Laic217 work with many of his trademark themes. So good, and so good to watch him at work.

1494. Moon Street (44)

Just when I begin to think that I havebn’t seen anything from Laic217 for ages, up pops a new piece in one of his favourite spots. All the usual motifs we are accustomed to seeing in this artist’s work are here: the bucket hat and smiley; the gold chain with 217 and skeleton dressed in a tracksuit top. All very Laic.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018

This piece is interesting in its use of bright colours on the black background, it gives the whole thing a strong and fresh look. The smile on the hat has an interesting shadow, which would suggest a light source quite close and to the right of the piece because of the way it lands on the hat. (I think I know what I am trying to say here).

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018

Finally, you just have to admite the gold rings on each hand spelling out LA – IC, awesome stuff from a firm favourite.

1248. The Bearpit (115)

This is a lesson in always making sure you get a photograph of a new piece when you can, even if the photograph is compromised by poor light conditions or weather of street furniture etc. If you don’t snap it up straight away, then the next time you see it it may be tagged.

Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

This piece by Laic217 appeared in The Bearpit in October after something of a quiet period in his street work. I managed to photograph it, but the morning sun was casting a shadow across the wall. I figured I would return to get a ‘clean’ picture. The next time I visited however the smiley face had been tagged, albeit rather tastefully, with a tribute. Annoying as it might seem, this is all part of the street/graffiti art scene.

Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017

As always I like this work from Laic217, and hope he keeps it up. I have been enjoying the incredible progress he has made in the time that I have been doing this and get pleasure from seeing the direction his work goes in.

847. M32 Roundabout J3 (42)

So here is our weekly dose of Laic217. Reverting back to the format that Laic217 used when I first became aware of his work a couple of years ago. His name and a character . The big difference over the two years is the whole quality of his work, which has improved ten-fold.

Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017

His techniques are producing more forgiving textures in the features of the characters, and the clothes are well studied, with beautiful folds and creases. In my view this is an artist who is constantly improving. However, he is sticking to his themes of bucket hats, acid, smileys, flaming spray can and of course facial distortions.

Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017

I have just been to the cinema to see The Mummy (Cruise and Crowe…6/10) and although these eyes are stacked vertically, there is something unsettling about multiple eyes. (In the film, the evil character has two pupils and irises in each eye). A digression I know.

Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017

671. Moon Street (24)

Regular readers of these posts should have no difficulty in identifying this artist as Laic217. This is the sixth piece I have featured by the artist since the beginning of February, and I still have a couple more in the queue.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017

Back to his bucket hat character and distorted face. The Smilie is sprayed in a 3D viewer style, and with the pixelated shirt fragments around the character’s shoulders, the whole amounts to a rather ‘trippy’ piece.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017

I have said a number of times recently that I am really enjoying witnessing the development of this Bristol artist who has still managed to remain rather aloof. Googling ‘Laic217’ simply brings up loads of my images. Perhaps I should try and contact him for an interview.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017

630. Ashley Road (11)

More from the incredibly prolific Laic217. This time the piece is in a major ‘hotspot’ where it can be seen by a great many cars and passers-by. He returns to one of his favoured motifs, the distorted/disfigured face with hat and references to acid. Also he has incorporated his liking for brick walls, which works really well here.

Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017

Another feature of this work is the reference to the test card transmission – something that TV viewers over a certain age will be very familiar with. One of the most pleasing things about this particular site is that the rather officious notice that was plastered over one of Aspire’s pieces here has been completely sprayed over – a victory for graffiti art.

Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017

It doesn’t stop here, still more to come from this artist who is really beginning to make his mark.

546. St Werburghs Tunnel (3)

This is another happy piece by Laic217 in St Werbergs tunnel. It takes the typical form for his pieces of some wildstyle writing and a character. This time the character is a smiley face wearing what appears to be a bucket hat/spaceship. It seems that much of Laic217’s work is influenced by acid house culture.

Laic217, St Werbergs, Bristol, September 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017

The piece was located towards the north end of the tunnel on the farm side, and was not too badly affected by the terrible photographic conditions in the tunnel. If you want to see more of Laic217’s style, then simply type ‘Laic217 Bristol UK’ into google images, and you will get a feel for what he is all about. I like this piece

Laic217, St Werbergs, Bristol, September 2017Laic217, St Werbergs, Bristol, September 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017

525. Dean Lane skate park (28)

This is a bright and cheerful piece from back in August by Laic 217. Remember, it was warm and sunny then. This nice bit of writing follows the format favoured by Laic 217, that is, to write his name and add a feature, normally a face or figure.

Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016

Of course he also sprays the acid house melting faces, which I have featured on these pages before and which I rather like. I think I may have mentioned it before, but Laic 217 is one of those artists whose work can be found at most of the hotspots around the City. Many others tend to restrict their work to specific areas.

Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016

There is always more to come from this quiet talent.

426. Moon Street (12)

Laic 217 is rather a prolific artist in Bristol and this is one of his pieces from earlier this year. It seems I can hardly look anywhere and not see one of his works. As I write this, I found another of his pieces in St Werberghs Tunnel today which I’ll get round to writing about sometime.

Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016

Here he has collaborated with Cort, about whom I know absolutely nothing, so if anyone has something to add about him, please let me know. As is often seen with Laic 217’s work, he has sprayed his name and a character alongside. The character bears all the branding and look of acid house.

Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016

I have said many times in my posts, that this kind of work is what Bristol is all about and Laic 217 is one of those rare artists who seems to spray all around the City…here in Stokes Croft, at Deaners, at the M32 and in St Werberghs. Just gotta like him.

Cort, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Cort, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016