1723. Raleigh Road vector (25)

Yet another fine collaboration between Cheo and Soker – these two seem to be on something of a roll at the moment, producing countless pieces all over the city of Bristol. This one perfectly fills the space on the hoardings in front of a new development.

Cheo, Raleigh Road, Bristol, September 2018
Cheo, Raleigh Road, Bristol, September 2018

The piece is bookended by a pair of mischievous spray can characters painted by Cheo, and in the middle of all of this is a dazzling piece of writing by Soker which spells out SUMOE. I guess I should know what sumoe is all about, but alas I have no idea. There is a whole bunch of #sumoe graffiti Instagram, most of it in the USA.

Cheo, Raleigh Road, Bristol, September 2018
Cheo, Raleigh Road, Bristol, September 2018

Cheo has pretty much nailed it with his bookends as he seems to with pretty much everything he does. With their dark furry eyebrows, there is something of the Muppets in his characters. Of course we are also graced with the presence of one of his signature bees.

Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, September 2018
Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, September 2018

Soker’s writing is composed primarily of four horizontal layers ranging from light blue at the top through to light purple at the bottom, each layer smattered with accents or decoration. He has also worked quite an unusual double 3D shadow cast by the letters. This is a great collaboration from this ASK duo, and well worth the trip to Raleigh Road.

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1717. Frogmore Street (7)

I had no idea this was here. Unheralded, unannounced and not picked up on Instagram, this wonderful new piece from 3Dom is in Frogmore Street where there used to be a collaboration by RichT and 45RPM (you can just see the remains of it in the doorway) which seems to have been here forever.

3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018

We are used to seeing rather surreal work and dream-like characters from the brilliant mind of 3Dom, but occasionally he also creates these wonderful abstract concentric designs, and this one really hits the spot.

3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018
3Dom, Frogmore Street, Bristol, August 2018

I hope he returns to finish up in the doorway, because as it stands it looks a little untidy. Maybe he has already done it, I don’t know as I’ve not returned since I took the pictures. The colours and shapes are reminiscent of some kind of organic life, almost like a coral reef. The shading and highlights are really clever, giving the whole piece a sort of 3D effect. Lovely work.

Soker

A collection of graffiti art from the Bristol writer Soker

All photographs taken by Scooj

Soker and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Soker and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Soker, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2018
Soker, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2018
Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Soker, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2018
Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2018
Soker, Old Bread Street, Bristol, September 2016
Soker, Old Bread Street, Bristol, September 2016
Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Soker, Jubilee Street, Bristol, January 2017
Soker, Jubilee Street, Bristol, January 2017
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Soker, Bedminster, Bristol, September 2017
Soker, Bedminster, Bristol, September 2017
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2017
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2017
Soker, Cheo and Deamze, Church Road, Bristol, September 2017
Soker, Cheo and Deamze, Church Road, Bristol, September 2017
Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
Soker, Bond Street, Bristol, June 2017
Soker, Bond Street, Bristol, June 2017
Soker and Cheo, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2017
Soker and Cheo, Stokes Croft, Bristol, July 2017
Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, May 2017
Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, May 2017
Soker, Albert Park, Bristol, July 2016
Soker, Albert Park, Bristol, July 2016
Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, February 2017
Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, February 2017
Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2017
Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, March 2017
Soker, Church Road, Bristol, March 2017
Soker, Church Road, Bristol, March 2017
FLX, 3Dom, Epok, Soker, Sepr, Horley Road, Bristol, October 2016
FLX, 3Dom, Epok, Soker, Sepr, Horley Road, Bristol, October 2016
Soker, Norfolk Place, Bristol, August 2016
Soker, Norfolk Place, Bristol, August 2016
Soker, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
Soker, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, September 2016
Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, July 2016
Soker, Raleigh Road, Bristol, July 2016
Soker, Wilder Street, Bristol, September 2016
Soker, Wilder Street, Bristol, September 2016
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2016
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2016
Soker, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
Soker, North Street, Bristol, June 2016
Soker, Lawfords Gate, Bristol, June 2016
Soker, Lawfords Gate, Bristol, June 2016
Deamze, Voyder and Soker, Lawfords Gate, Bristol, June 2016
Deamze, Voyder and Soker, Lawfords Gate, Bristol, June 2016
Soker, Midland Street, Bristol, March 2016
Soker, Midland Street, Bristol, March 2016
Soker, Midland Street, Bristol, March 2016
Soker, Midland Street, Bristol, March 2016
Soker and Cheo, New John Street, Bristol, September 2015
Soker and Cheo, New John Street, Bristol, September 2015
Soker, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2106
Soker, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2106
Voyder and Soker, Midland Street, Bristol, October 2015
Voyder and Soker, Midland Street, Bristol, October 2015
Feek and Soker, Jubilee Street, Bristol, November 2015
Feek and Soker, Jubilee Street, Bristol, November 2015
Soker, Jamaica Street, Bristol, March 2016
Soker, Jamaica Street, Bristol, March 2016

1699. Dean Lane skate park (159)

A fabulous piece by one of Bristol’s finest graffiti writers, with a little addition by 3Dom, who seems to be rather busy on the streets just now. I got rather lucky with this piece, because I saw Soker just as he was sketching the piece out, over the top of a Mr Draws piece I had come to look at. I then had to go, and took a break for a week away on holiday. Luckily the piece was fully intact and untouched when I got back – respect to those taggers who decided to leave this one alone.

Soker and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Soker and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

Soker is on something of a roll this summer, and his work appears to be as popular as ever. I posted his Simpsons Upfest piece on my Instagram account and it received more likes than any other piece I have ever posted by a factor of about 3.

Soker and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Soker and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

I love the colour selections he has made for this piece, the blue and purple contrasting brilliantly with the chrome writing. There is so much to like here, and even if you are not a fan of burners and writing, surely this must generate some excitement – the quality shines through.

Soker and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Soker and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

The whole thing is capped off briliantly by the addition of a face to the letter ‘O’ by 3Dom, bringing the whole thing alive and giving it incredible personality. The face almost looks like a transfer that has been rubbed onto the writing. A quality collaboration. Bravo.

1695. Albert Park (4)

Without doubt, this is one of the most difficult walls in Bristol to photograph. I think I have only ever passed by once when there hasn’t been a car parked in front of it, so rather than wait for hell to freeze over I decided to give it my best shot…I think I might have got away with it (just).

3Dom, Albert Park, Bristol, July 2018
3Dom, Albert Park, Bristol, July 2018

The fabulous wildstyle writing is by 3Dom – you can make out the letters – and is a complex and colourful piece. I think it might have been painted at the same time as Feek’s most recent camel which adjoins this wall. 3Dom is one of only a handful of writers in Bristol who produces separate writing and street art works, both equally high quality. A great wall, but seriously in need of a couple of extra yellow lines.

1694. M32 cycle path (18)

Although this piece by Deamze looks really simple, it is actually a really classy bit of writing. The block letters each cast a shadow over the letter to their right, giving the whole thing a 3D effect. Deamze has used only a few colours and shades to create this burner – I can count three greens and possibly four greys.

Deamze, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2018
Deamze, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2018

The spot is one that Deamze alone seems to inhabit. I suspect that out of respect, other artists always leave this spot for Deamze. It would be interesting to see what would happen if another artist painted here.

1677. New Stadium Road (7)

There seems to be no stopping Soker at the moment, it seems that everywhere I go in Bristol there is a new piece by him. What this means is that there will be several posts following this one in the near future featuring his work.

Soker, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2018
Soker, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2018

I rather like this one in the foot tunnel under the M32 spot, and for once my photographs aren’t too polluted with the awkward light conditions that seem to be omnipresent on this wall. I like the colours – blue and yellow/gold are always a strong combination, but what I really like about this piece is the kind of effortlessness it conveys, Soker just seems to be, like several of his ASK fellows, an artist at the top of his game.