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.

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1693. Dean Lane skate park (158)

I have said many times on this blog that I really don’t like to write a post about a piece unless I know who the artist is. Occasionally I make exceptions, usually when I rather like the piece and probably have no way of ever identifying its creator. This is one such example.

Unknown artist, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Unknown artist, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

This is a wonderfully cryptic wildstyle piece…so cryptic indeed that I cannot decypher it. The artist is definitely a visitor to Bristol, and sprayed this long wall in Dean Lane, which is something of a honeypot for visitors, because it is a well known ‘legal’ wall.

If you take a good look at this piece, it it beautifully worked, with carefully thought out fills and intricate detail. The overall styling and red circle in the middle remind me a little of Bristol artist Shab’s work, it has that abstract feel to it. A nice piece.

1689. Upfest 2018 (29)

Oooh! a stunning wildstyle burner from the Bristol graffiti writer Subtle. I am lucky enough to find his work dotted around the city from time to time and he is right up there with the best writers Bristol has to offer (and there are a lot of them).

Subtle, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Subtle, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

This is a very tidy piece, clean and with some lovely colour choices, which are set off perfectly by the grey background. I wish I could tell you more about Subtle, but thus far I have never met him, and there is not a lot of information knocking about on the Interweb either. He has an Instagram account that will give you some idea of his work. Really nice piece.

1658. St Werburghs tunnel (37)

Oner has made his mark is Bristol lately with his rather attarctive burners popping up all over the city. This particular one was in St Werburghs tunnel, which is fast becoming a “go to” regular spot for me because the work there seems to be on an improving trajectory.

Oner, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018
Oner, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018

This burner is nice and clean and brings a bit of light into the tunnel. The black shading is nicely done, but I’m not too sure about the pink decorative squiggles.

1635. New Stadium Road (5)

This spot is always impossible to photograph – I think the only solution is to come down at dusk and use a flash, and if I am honest I’m not sure I am fanatical enough to do that. The piece is, of course, by Deamze and shows off his angular puzzle-like wildstyle writing really well.

Deamze, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2018
Deamze, New Stadium Road, Bristol, July 2018

As is often the case, I am not at all sure who the character is, and think it might possibly be a figment of his fertile imagination. It feels strange, but of all the most productive Bristol artists painting at the moment, I still have yet to meet Deamze – our paths just haven’t crossed. I have a feeling he likes to keep himself to himself. Yet another consistently good piece.

1630. Dean Lane skate park (148)

This is another fine crisp clean piece from Slim Pickings, whose work I am really enjoying at the moment. I took these pictures just as he was finishing off the piece and was able to meet him for the first time. I was full of enthusiasm, having just finished my spray session at the Upfest shop on North Street. In the course of our conversation he told me he had been spraying for some 30years, which I found humbling and mildly embarrassing as he had only recently crossed my radar.

Slim Pickings, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2018
Slim Pickings, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2018

I love his clean lines and fills – each one of his pieces striving to be better than the last. Slim Pickings is clearly a man who loves his art and constant search to keep up the high standard. He gave me a few tips, for which I am grateful. Nice piece.

1617. St Werburghs tunnel (32)

I am loving this apparent renaissance by PWA’s brilliant Soap. I say apparent because He seems to have become much more busy on the streets in recent months and is posting like crazy on his Instagram feed. Whether this is a real thing or simply my perception is no matter really, he is putting out some great work at the moment.

Soap, St Werberghs, Bristol, July 2018
Soap, St Werberghs, Bristol, July 2018

This is a spectacular piece of writing, spelling out his name and incorporating some of his favourite themes, including the mouth and bones. The colours are perfectly selected and complement each other beautifully. I love the little bone cross decorations. Bravo!