4766. M32 roundabout J3 (434)

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2022

As with so many regular writers in Bristol, Corupt continues to delight us with his STICK or CORUPT writing, and this one on the M32 is a stunner. With deep 3D drop shadows that assist with lifting the piece, the letters are presented in two halves of different colour schemes.

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2022

Although the division of the two halves isn’t a straight line, the top and bottom have quite different colours, but similar patterns and details. This is a bold statement piece and carries with it the gravitas of a very talented graffiti writer.

4710. M32 roundabout J3 (429)

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2022

I think that over the time that I have been photographing street art in Bristol, there are two kings of the M32 roundabout, Face 1st and Corupt, and both feature in today’s posts. This is a fine recent piece by Corupt on the north east wall of the roundabout.

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2022

This is a striking and commanding piece from Corupt spelling Stick, set on a sumptuous red background. This is a tight piece from the artist, where every element is beautifully done and the whole thing comes together exceptionally well. I fully expect this one to be here for a while.

4620. M32 roundabout J3 (422)

The day I went to photograph this piece by Inkie, painted as part of a paint jam in honour of Mr Jago’s Birthday, Corupt just happened to be finishing his piece above Inkie’s. What I like about Corupt is that he tends to respect other artist’s work and on this wall in particular, paints along the higher level using a ladder.

Inkie and Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022
Inkie and Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, July 2022

The Inkie piece itself couldn’t be by anyone else. a lazy squint at it might make one believe it says INKIE, because that is what most of his work says, but a closer inspection shows that it spells out Mr JAGO. Beautifully painted with a very nice vertical transition, this is just another example of Inkie’s exquisite work.

4392. M32 roundabout J3 (406)

In one of his favourite stretches on one of his favourite walls, Corupt brings another in a series of fabulous of graffiti writing pieces in his beautiful style that is so unique to this particular artist. I almost missed this piece, thinking that it was one of his previous ones in the same spot, which goes to show that it is so important to look carefully and not to make too many assumptions.

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2022

Writing Korupt, with a K, which is one of his variants, he has chosen a superb colour palette of browns and oranges set on a blue background, the whole, being festooned with gorgeous fill decorations. A very classy piece indeed.

4355. M32 roundabout J3 (403)

I was fortunate enough to meet Corupt, just as he was finishing off this wonderful Stick piece. What I didn’t know until I returned a day or two later was that he still had quite a lot more work to do on it, and you can see what he added if you compare the two pictures below.

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022

One thing I have noticed from watching Corupt while at work a couple of times now is that he is very diligent and careful, taking plenty of time to get things just right. In this piece he has absolutely nailed it, with a perfect background, outstanding letter shapes (so Corupt), fabulous 3D shading in black and grey stripes, sensational fills and a wonderful white highlight to help the letters pop.

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022

The final touches included a yellow border and some shout-outs. The piece was a birthday tribute to his friend Rapa.

Corupt

A gallery of outstanding writing from Bristol artist Corupt, aka Stick

Instagram: @dis3kt

all photographs by Scooj

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2022
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol November 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol November 2021
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2020
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2020
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2020
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2019
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Corupt, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
Corupt, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018

4252. M32 roundabout J3 (384)

Bright, cheerful and straight to the point. This is a wonderful and uplifting piece of graffiti writing from Corupt on the M32 roundabout. The artist tends to use a few different sets of letters, including Corupt, Korupt and Stick, and I guess I could just as easily called him ‘Stick’, if I had seen those letters first.

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2022
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2022

Corupt’s letters are very distinctive; usually quite regular in size and quite angular in style. The main characteristic though is the outstanding fill patterns throughout his work. This piece is stunningly finished with an orange and red border which is so tidy. BS3 is a Bristol postcode (Bedminster area) which Corupt often tags onto his work.

4215. St Werburghs tunnel (274)

These pictures were taken only moments after meeting the artist, who I call Corupt, but who could equally be called Stick or @dis3kt (on Instagram) for the very first time. He was actually painting a piece opposite this one, which I will be posting in due course. There was a bit of a gathering in the tunnel on this particular day and I caught up with Rozalita, Mr Draws, DJ Perks and of course Paul H. A random gathering, no collaborations or paint jams going on.

Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

Corupt has been turning out some absolute belters recently and this one fits that category easily. The colours are slightly compromised by the awful lighting conditions, but the awesome unique letter shapes and intricate fills are there for all to see. An artist who really seems to be enjoying his work at the moment.

4112. M32 roundabout (365)

Great colours, great graffiti writing. There isn’t an awful lot more to say about this lovely piece from Corupt, on the Mina Road side of the M32 roundabout. I’m not sure whether I prefer his STICK lettering or his CORUPT lettering, each offers something different, but I would probably say his most memorable pieces have been STICKs.

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol November 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol November 2021

I have seen dozens of photographs of this piece on Instagram, and it certainly seems to have been popular. It is beautifully crafted and the fills are so well worked and have great variety. The BS3 refers to the postal code, and often appears on Corupt’s work. A really lovely piece of writing.

4077. St Werburghs tunnel (266)

To get the colours right in these pictures, I had to do a bit of manipulation, which if I hadn’t would have left them as yellowy-orange stains on the wall which really wouldn’t do. Instead, you can see the colours, which you can see with the naked eye, but in photographs are negatively impacted by the orange lighting in the tunnel.

Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021

The letters STICK are by Corupt, who is going through a bit of a purple patch at the moment which means that you should look out for more of his work appearing on these pages soon. Corupt is an artist who keeps himself to himself, and although I have seen him paint, at the top of a ladder, I still haven’t met properly.

From a technical point of view, this piece is on-point and skilfully crafted, but it is also rather beautiful too, with some excellent blended shading in the letters. More outstanding work from Corupt is in the pipeline.