3116. Dean Lane skate park (339)

Every year, usually in May I think, there is a special event held at Dean Lane skate park called Dean Lane Hardcore. It is a skating event with live music, where the good, the bad and the ugly of Bristol gather to hang out and have a great time. DLH is also a great time for street artists to show off their talent.

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020

This piece shows three Nevergiveup rabbits holding up score cards to judge the skaters’ performances. The craziness of these guys reflects well the craziness of the event itself. Beautifully painted and perfectly in context, this little trio is a real winning piece.

3088. Dean Lane skate park (335)

A rather sweet pair of cuddly rabbits squeezed onto a small wall under the large ramp at Dean Lane skate park by none other than Nevergiveup or Followmyrabbits. Natural Adventures wouldn’t be Natural Adventures without regular posts containing these ubiquitous bunnies.

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2020
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2020

This pairing looks like a rather quick piece from Nevergiveup and I am guessing that it didn’t take too long, such is his expertise at creating these little characters. I suspect it was a quick one because the decoration is a little less elaborate than we have been used to of late. This wall gets tagged and dogged really quickly, so turnover here is very high. Nothing lasts long here, not even rabbits.

2997. Dean Lane skate park (323)

This pair of rabbits from Nevergiveup in Dean Lane appeared alongside at least two other bunny pieces by the artist at the end of May just as lock down restrictions were easing.

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020

With every new rabbit, Nevergiveup is improving and fine-tuning his technique and adding subtle decorative motifs. If you take a look back at some of his work from two years ago, it is possible to see the dramatic improvement. These are a lovely pair.

2954. Dean Lane skate park (314)

Well, after a few weeks of riffling through my photograph archives due to the impacts of the coronavirus which slowed output of street art, I am pleased to say that things are improving. Artists are returning to walls being miindful of social distancing and over the last few days I have managed to take photographs of contemporary pieces, and where better to start than with a rabbit from Nevergiveup (@followmyrabbits).

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020

This particular fellow is a Cabbit ot Rarrot and is a bit of a reshaping of the usual rabbit character into a carrot. Why? I have no idea, but probably becausee he can. This piece was one of several from the artist in a Dean Lane session recently and how refreshing it is to see new vibrant art happening again on the streets of Bristol.

2920. Dean Lane skate park (308)

Anyone who reads Natural Adventures regularly will know that I have a soft spot for Polish artist Hire, whose Gothic writing and spiky rabbits regularly adorn the walls of Dean Lane skate park. This piece from July last year treats us to both central elements of his work.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

The writing part of the piece is expertly done and I particularly like the way that two tones of orange are used and blended to great effect. The 3D shading is very distinct, but I fear slightly dominates the brittle nature of the letters.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

The rabbit, although menacing, is perhaps a little kinder than some of his spikier cousins… it looks like it has had a bit of a shampoo and set. How on earth I allowed this one to sit in my archive until now, I’ll never know.

2918. Leonard Lane (26)

Just in case anyone is suffering from withdrawal symptoms from a regular dose of Nevergiveup’s (#followmyrabbits) rabbits, I thought I’d throw in one of dozens still unpublished on Natural Adventures.

Nevergiveup, Leonard Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Nevergiveup, Leonard Lane, Bristol, July 2019

This beauty was sprayed on one of the doors at the eastern end of Leonard Lane, and I think I must have photographed it fairly soon after it had been painted because it is very crisp and clean without any tags. This one is notable for the use of lots of colours, maybe he was using up dregs. Lovely rabbit this one, and a great location.

2900. Dean Lane skate park (305)

The great thing about looking back is that you get to see what artist’s work looked like some time ago and how they might have developed over time. This fabulous pair of rabbits from Nevergiveup (#followmyrabbits) is from April 2018 and is notably different from more recent incarnations of the characters in two respects: the amount of decoration on the torso is much more limited, and the ears much smaller than on the 2020 versions.

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018

We have to remember that the artist has only been in Bristol for about three years, it feels much longer because of the abundance and spread of rabbits, but in street art terms it is a relatively short time. The image below is a more recent incarnation pf a Nevergiveup rabbit, can you see the differences?

Nevergiveup, Lucky Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Nevergiveup, Lucky Lane, Bristol, February 2020

2892. Dean Lane skate park (304)

I think that regular readers of Natural Adventures will be more used to seeing rabbits from Nevergiveup (#followmyrabbits) than from Hire, but it was the latter who painted them in Bristol first, especially in The Bearpit and Dean Lane.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017

This old one is on the famous curved wall at Dean Lane skate park and is beautifully finished. Set on a dark red and rather moody background, this menacing rabbit (with Gothic styling) is painted in a grey-green that contrasts brilliantly with it. One that escaped my clutches from way back in February 2017. Nice to free it.

Hire

A gallery of gothic writing and menacing rabbits from Bristol- based artist Hire.

All photographs taken by Scooj.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Hire, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Hire, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2017
Soge and Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Soge and Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016
Hire, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017

 

2810. Dean Lane skate park (290)

The original Bristol bunny has woken up after a winter slumber. Hire has been painting these rabbits for a while and before his compatriot Nevergiveup (@followmyrabbits) turned up in Bristol. Who’d have thought we’d get one, let alone two bunny specialists in the city?

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

Hire’s rabbits are edgy and have an element of menace about them… I suspect I’d cross the road if I saw one approaching on a dark night. I think the first one I ever saw was in The Bearpit, but at that time I didn’t know who had painted it.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

On this occasion we are fortunate enough to get a double helping of rabbits, a green spiky one and a white smooth one, both based on the same basic formula. I guess this is what you call a glorified tag that has been perfected after many years of use. Great to see Hire back on the streets – now to look out for some more.