4410. Sparke Evans Park (42)

Mena is obviously a popular lady, and the turnout for her birthday paint jam was exceptional. This contribution from Stivs is an absolute beauty and a fitting tribute to Mena. The writing that spells out Menas is in his wonderful calligraffiti style and this one in particular really stands out.

Stivs, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, April 2022
Stivs, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, April 2022

The colour selection is nothing short of brilliant and possibly quite brave, where the letters, picked out in orange, pink and purple Are complemented by the turquoise surround. Stivs has picked out the 3D shading perfectly with a ‘suggestion’ of colour and stripes. Overall a superbly crafted high-quality piece of writing.

4407. L Dub (35)

Wxttsart is an established member of the Bristol LRS crew, and when there is an LRS paint jam, he is usually there. His work is easily identified as he is the only artist who writes ‘MILK’, to my knowledge. But of course, it isn’t just his letters that mark out his work, but the style too.

Wxttsart, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
Wxttsart, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022

Wxttsart has created a decorative piece of graffiti writing, verging on calligraffiti, with cream letters and a red 3D shadow. For me, though, the whole thing is brought to life by the blue feathering surrounding the piece, and the white highlights on the letters, both of which lift this piece significantly.

4388. River Avon (30)

It is not all that long ago, through the winter, when Stivs was producing new pieces at will and barely a week went by without one or two new works from him. This spring has been a slightly different story, and it feels like a while since I saw anything new, until I found this one on the River Avon path. Since finding this, he has been out a little more, and there are further new pieces to share with you.

Stivs, River Avon, Bristtol, April 2022
Stivs, River Avon, Bristtol, April 2022

Stivs is one of two brilliant calligraffiti artists in Bristol, that is artists who specialise in calligraphic writing. This is a real beauty in chrome with a blue 3D shadow and mint green border. Lovely regular letters spelling out STIVS. A scattering of mint dots to add a little interest, and hey presto! You have a banging burner.

4336. Sprke Evans Park (36)

There are currently two top-drawer calligraffiti artists in Bristol at the moment. Stivs and Todoaciem. Both have their distinct styles, and both pay incredible attention to detail in their craft. This is a superb piece from Todoaciem, spelling CIEM on the long wall at Sparke Evans Park.

Todoaciem, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, March 2022
Todoaciem, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, March 2022

The letters of this piece are incredibly regular and to the untrained eye might be very hard to read, but all becomes quite clear when you know what the letters spell out. Todoaciem has chosen his colours well, with two tones of blue for his letters and black and yellow 3Dshading to help the letters pop. I cannot be sure if the blue and yellow colours have been chosen to support Ukraine, but even if they weren’t consciously, perhaps there was something unconscious about it. I’ve not seen one of these for a little while.

4239. M32 roundabout J3 (383)

It took me a long time to get round to photographing this lovely piece of writing by Stivs, and when I got to it, the far right hand side had been ever so slightly overpainted by Elvs, but in a respectful way.

Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2022
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2022

Stivs has been knocking it out of the park over the last year, with each piece seemingly more complex and ornate than the last. His calligraffiti style of writing is so pleasing to the eye, but far less forgiving of mistakes, because of the uniformity of the letter style. A magnificent technical piece, painted for a friend’s birthday, it can’t get much better than this, or can it?

4119. M32 roundabout J3 (368)

I am definitely struggling to keep up with the volume of work that Stivs is producing these days, and I still have some real corkers in my archive that are under serious threat of not making it onto Natural Adventures at all. I need a quiet period when I can dig out some of these nuggets and publish them.

Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021

This recent piece is one of two, side-by-side in one of Stivs’ favourite spots, and as he is inclined to do these days, he has gone ‘big’ with both. His calligraffiti style has gone quite Gothic on us with this piece, but the letters are clean and clear, spelling out STIVS, where the ‘S’s have reclined slightly. Yet another tight piece of graffiti writing from this tireless creative talent.

4078. M32 roundabout J3 (361)

Another absolute belter from the unstoppable Stivs on the M32 roundabout. He really is going through an incredibly productive and inspired period… long may it last. I often wonder, when artists are so prolific, how they afford the paint, because it is not cheap to paint a wall this big.

Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2021

This calligraffiti piece is notable for the exceptionally brilliant fill that is not only beautiful, but also has the appearance of being a piece that has been painted over… clever stuff from Stivs. As with so many artists in Bristol at the moment, Stivs seems to be hitting a new level, and shows no signs of letting up. A masterful piece.

Stivs

A gallery of great calligraffiti by Bristol artist Stivs.

Instagram: @stivsart

All photographs by Scooj

Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2022
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2022
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2021
Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2021bday 034 12-16 Sept 2021_edited
Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2021bday 034 12-16 Sept 2021_edited
Stivs, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, May 2021
Stivs, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, May 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021
Maesyhook and Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Maesyhook and Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2021
Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2021
Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, April 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021
Stivs, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020
Stivs, River Avon, Bristol, November 2020
Stivs, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 22020
Stivs, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 22020
Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2020
Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2020
Frank Riot and Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Frank Riot and Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2020
Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2020
Stivs, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2020

4023. M32 roundabout J3 (355)

Stivs has been working overtime of late, painting pretty much every week, and each time turning out something of great interest and style. This recent one, whilst visually attractive, might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021

Spelling out DogShit, I suppose what this piece does is challenge us to accept the word through the beauty of the writing, and believe me, this is a very classy piece of writing. Stivs just seems to be getting better and better, and he switches up his writing style all the time, keeping things fresh. The vibrant colour selections work really well, and there is still a touch of calligraphic strokes to the letters. A very nice piece indeed.

3998. St werburghs tunnel (261)

Seeing tribute and birthday pieces is always great to see, and it demonstrates the joy of painting for others, that selflessness that is a common trait in many street/graffiti artists, at least in my experience.

Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021
Stivs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021

This piece for Shosh by Stivs at the entrance of St Werburghs tunnel is an absolute beauty and shows just how wide Stiv’s range of calligraffiti is. The pink lettering looks like it has been applied with a wide paint brush, but is actually really nicely finished. Great shadows and decorations. A lovely piece that is very easy on the eye.