4448. St Werburghs tunnel (292)

On the same day that I met Asre for the first time, I also met Chill and although he wasn’t painting at the time, he had come along to watch his friends paint. There is something really nice and supportive about the graffiti/street art community. Chill, although he has been around for a year or two, has definitely upped his game in recent months, and we tend to see something new once a fortnight or so.

Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2022
Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2022

This character in the tunnel proved to be a bit tricky to photograph because of a car parked in front of it. I have since taken better pictures, but have left these in to demonstrate the challenges of photographing street art… I wouldn’t want you to think it was too easy. The character is nicely painted, with plenty of detail on the cartoon-style features. The inclusion of spray cans is common in character street art, and balances the piece out nicely. More great work from Chill.

4432. Dean Lane skate park (490)

This is a rather unexpected collaboration for a number of reasons, but is as welcome as it is unexpected. Chill and Smut combining to give us this beautiful piece of writing bookended with cartoon characters.

Smut, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Smut, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this collaboration is the change in style from Smut. His customary script writing has given way to something entirely different. The anamorphic letters are beautifully crafted and as you would expect from Smut painted with precision and a near-perfect orange border, which bleeds across into the two Chill characters.

Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

To the left, the cartoon character is wearing a floppy hat and looking and pointing towards Smut’s letters. The black and white figure contrasting perfectly with the orange border.

Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

To the right-hand side, and concluding the collaborative wall, is an almost mirror image of the opposite character, although this one is wearing a hoodie and baseball cap. The whole thing is a rather unlikely collaboration that comes together really nicely. Watch this space for some more experimental styles from Smut.

Chill and Smut, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill and Smut, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

4398. Dean Lane skate park (484)

In recent months, tattooist and street artist, Chill, has firmly established himself as a great cartoon character artist almost out of nowhere. His pieces have always been great to look at, but it is the frequency with which he has been painting them that has become so noticeable.

Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2022

This fine piece in Dean Lane is typical of his distinctive work. Chill typically paints black and white characters that look like they have been lifted from a cartoonist’s sketchbook, set on a red or orange background, creating great contrast which helps the characters to stand out. Chill has stretched his usual modus operandi by including some green foliage and some decorative dotty spheres, that look like dandelion heads. Plenty of fun and action in this piece and cartoon-style eyes to die for.

4297. M32 roundabout J3 (390)

Chill is now a firmly established member of the PWA (Pirate Wall Art) crew, which is a very good thing indeed, and he manages to get out and paint with them as he did with this collaborative wall recently.

Chill, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022
Chill, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022

Chill’s black and white old-school comic style characters are a breath of fresh air and quite unique. This is a lovely piece with quite a lot going on. There is reference to NFTs (Non-fungible token – a modern concept that I struggle to grasp) and the story seems to be about food and money and affordability. As ever, Chill’s artwork is outstanding and he manages to ‘draw’ his black lines with great sharpness and tone. Another fun piece from Chill.

4187. St Werburghs tunnel (271)

It feels like barely a day goes by without posting something by Chill, such is the recent turnover from this revelation on the Bristol street art circuit. Although he has done the odd piece here and there, he really seems to have found some time and confidence to hit more walls more often.

Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2021
Chill, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2021

This is a fun character piece in St Werburghs tunnel with two cartoon portraits taking delight in a brown of milk. I have no idea what is going on here, a little bizarre I might say, but the artwork is clean and crisp as always. Creative, imaginative and a whole lot of joy from Chill, who is just going from strength to strength.

4181. Cumberland Basin

This is the second Chill/Etza collaboration that I have posted on Natural Adventures, and as you will have noticed, the former of these two tattoo artists has been really busy on the streets of Bristol lately.

Chill, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2021
Chill, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2021

The left-hand side of the pair is by Chill, and features another of his quirky black and white carton characters, looking  little bit trippy if you ask me, judging from the mushrooms emanatinng from the character’s eyes. Set on a flaming orange background, the piece really stands out.

Etza, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2021
Etza, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, November 2021

To the right is Etza’s contribution continues with the mushroom theme, but these are growing from a skull. Is it the same character as chill’s, only deceased? Who knows?. The skull again is rather cartoonish, and I reckon Etza could do with a little bit of advice from Laic217 on refining that jaw arrangement a little. This is a fun collaboration from these two, and I hope they continue to work together producing these vibrant pieces.

4176. M32 roundabout (376)

An artist who has certainly found his feet and confidence in Bristol is tattooist Chill. Over the last few weeks Chill has been hitting walls hard with some outstanding black and white cartoon characters set on red or orange backgrounds. His work is very distinctive and beautifully finished.

Chill, M32 roundbout, Bristol, January 2022
Chill, M32 roundbout, Bristol, January 2022

I only wish my photographic skills were as slick as Chill’s finishing skills. My camera has been playing up for a while, and I think I am going to have to replace it. It has been a trusty partner and accompanied me on every walk for the last three or four years, but is gets a real bashing and is covered in spray paint from my own efforts in the garden. Getting in my excuses first. I only got one picture of this piece, all the others were blurred, which is so annoying.

Chill is a very classy addition to the Bristol street art collective. Brace yourself for a few more from this fabulous artist.

4127. The Carriageworks (42)

You might have noticed my recent joy that the arches on the facade of The Carriageworks  have been exposed and almost immediately painted by the PWA crew. Although the joy might be short-lived, it is genuine and complete and these photographs capture some of that feeling for me.

Soap and Face 1st, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Soap and Face 1st, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021

To the left is a fabulous mash-up from Soap and Face 1st. All the elements that you would expect from a collaboration between these two are there, and it is great to see their work back where it belongs. These two young women were loving it too, and spent ages taking pictures of each other on the magnificent backdrop. They were not the only ones to stop and photograph the arches in the few minutes I spent there.

Nightwayss and Chill, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Nightwayss and Chill, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021

To the right (the second of the fur arches), Nightwayss and Chill, who seems to have been recruited into the PWA fold, have collaborated to create a fabulous and slightly eclectic scene. The self-portrait and small mammal, some kind of primate I am guessing, are by Nightwayss along with the writing at the top spelling ‘NIGHT’. The two-tone cartoon character is by Chill, a tattooist, who really seems to be enjoying painting walls at the moment. Great art, great location, great artists… what more could you ask for?

4110. The Carriageworks (41)

I cannot begin to explain how much joy this collaboration, on two of the arches (part of a larger four arch spread) on the front of The Carriageworks, gives me. This once popular spot was fenced off for development in 2018, and I feared that we would never see any street art on these arches again. Two weeks ago, the covers came off the building site and the facade of this building has been retained along with the four arches, and it took the Pirate Wall Art (PWA) crew no time at all to repossess these ‘canvasses’.

Face 1st, Chill and Soap, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Face 1st, Chill and Soap, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021

On the left is a three way mash up with Face 1st at the top, Soap on the right and possible new recruit into the crew, Chill. Everything about this is very PWA and how appropriate it is that they should be the first to recolonise this spot. I wonder how long it will be before anti-graffiti paint is applied by some killjoy who understands nothing about the area. We will wait and see, but in the meantime we can enjoy stuff like this.

Face 1st, Nightwayss and Soap, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021
Face 1st, Nightwayss and Soap, The Carriageworks, Bristol, December 2021

On the right hand arch is a classic Soap/Face1st mash up piece, the likes of which often made an appearance on this very wall in years gone by. This is a fabulous nod to those great times and maybe, just maybe, we’ll get to enjoy plenty more in the future. I’ll be posting the other two arches soon.

Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017

4069. Dean Lane skate park (438)

On the big wall at Dean Lane is this wonderful collaborative piece from Etza and Chill, which absolutely demands to be looked at, there is no chance of passing it and not noticing it.

Etza, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Etza, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021

The bright pink background is the perfect setting for the black and white characters. On the left is a piece by Etza, whose work I’ve not come across before. It will not surprise you to know that both of these artists are tattooists, and it shines through in these pieces. The skull design with a frog perched on top is beautifully worked, and a great advert for Etza’s skilful work.

Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021
Chill, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2021

To the right is a stunner from Chill, whose work I have recently featured on Natural Adventures a couple of times. The cartoon man looks like he has just been lifted from a kid’s comic of the 1970s and is full of character and fine detail. A magnificent piece.

This collaboration falls into that category where adjacent pieces have adopted the same colour scheme but each is a separate design, particular to the artist that painted it. Great to see, and just about still there when I looked yesterday.