Charlatan wing

 

Win at any cost

me first, England first, them last

confidence tricksters

 

by Scooj

 

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2351. Moon Street

Well this is a bit of a departure for Diced Mango whose work I would normally associate with writing the word mango. It is great to see this magnificent political piece appear at a time where it is so important to question the authority of those in power, in fact I don’t think that there has ever been a more important time in my life to protest and challenge.

Diced Mango, Moon Street, Bristol, July 2019
Diced Mango, Moon Street, Bristol, July 2019

The timing of this piece coincides with the emergence of Boris Johnson as leader of the Conservative Party and by default, unfortunately, the Prime Minister. As expected, he has surrounded himself with some of the most divisive and toxic politicians of our time to serve on his Cabinet, politicians who represent an extreme version of capitalism which is at odds with any kind of social justice, climate awareness or living within our (planetary) means.

This fine piece by Diced Mango shows a complacent Boris in his button-back throne consuming the earth. The heading ‘Planet before Profit’ is probably a fairly well supported message in a city like Bristol, but one that simply hasn’t penetrated ‘comfortable’ middle England. I love what Diced Mango has done here and am pleased to see him switching it up a bit in terms of his style. Great work.

2270. North Street

This piece has been lurking in my archives for quite a long time now, but what better time to dig it out than right now? It is of course by the brilliant political commentator John D’oh and was created back in July 2016, and who’d have thought after all this time we’d still be caught up in a Boris Johnson circus?

John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, July 2016

The Michael referred to in this witty Forrest Gump pastiche would of course be Gove, and surprise, surprise here they both are making headlines in the contest for leadership of the Conservative Party. What a dismal mess this country is in, and what a sad indictment that the leader of our country will be chosen not by the electorate, but by a small number of fee-paying conservatives. There is no hope other than that the appointment of a clown for PM might just bury the Tories for the next 15 years.

It is galling that the mess we are in was not created in the aspiration to make life in the UK better for all, but simply to shore up the division in the Conservative party, and guess what, they F*cked that up good and proper as well.

254. Stokes Croft, the Carriageworks (12)

With one month to go before the referendum to decide on whether Great Britain should stay in the European Union, things are hotting up. This is an extraordinary commission from a group who are encouraging voters to remain in the EU. The wall is where the Bruno Smoky ‘burning house‘ piece was.

Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016
Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016

I was lucky enough to see the artist working on this piece on my way to work yesterday morning. I stopped and chatted with him, while he painted. He is Felix (FLX) Braun, one of the original Bristol street artists and author of ‘children of the can‘ a seminal book cataloging the birth and growth of Bristol street art. Felix is one half of the Paintsmiths who created this tribute to Mibsy.

Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016
Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016

We had a great discussion about the tagging that seems to be everywhere in Bristol at the moment, and he views it very much as part of the development of the whole graffiti art scene. He does a lot of work with youth groups, often from difficult backgrounds, and teaches them to spray and develop their skills. I believe he also works with art students at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016
Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016

The piece itself is a deliberately provocative and grotesque image of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson kissing…so much crazy hair! The intention is for the image, and others like it, to go viral, thus reaching and encouraging young voters to register and vote on the day of the referendum. It is known that younger people are much more pro EU than people over 60, but are less likely to vote.

Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016
Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016

I will be playing my part by using the limited means I have on digital media to reach as many people as possible with this message.

Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016
Felix Braun, Donald and Boris, Stokes Croft, Bristol, 23 May 2016

Technically this is a great piece by a great artist, and although a commission, has all the hallmarks of the ‘Bristol thing’ about it. I love it.