2946. St Werburghs tunnel (168)

I managed to get out yesterday and found a few new pieces around the place, and it would seem that with some social distancing rules being relaxed artists are beginning to slowly return to walls. In the meantime, I still have a few archive pieces lined up for publication, including this fine collaboration fron Dasco and Wiflywin.

Dasco, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Dasco, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019

On the left is a nice piece of writing from Dasco. Confident and assured the fills are great and the stripy barcode effect on the 3D lettering has worked well in this instance, which is not always an easy thing to do. Set on an orange brick wall, the piece segues nicely into the wiflywin piece to the right.

Wiflywin, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Wiflywin, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019

Wiflywin continues the writing using a similar colour palette and the barcoded 3D letter shading, but perhaps with just a little less confidence. I am not quite sure what the letters spell out, and I will have to get to know more about the artist.

Dasco and Wiflywin, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Dasco and Wiflywin, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019

On the right is a smashed up police car and I am uncertain whether one or the other or both artists painted it. Perhaps there was another artist involved, I am not sure, but I rather like it, and it works really well as a ‘character’ bookend to the graffiti writing. I’m not sure why I never posted this in November last year when I first photographed it.

UPDATE – On 30 May I met Wiflywin for the first time and asked him about this, he told me that he painted the police car… problem solved.

2919. Dean Lane skate park (307)

When a large wall like this one at Dean Lane skate park is prepped along its full length, you know you are going to be in for a treat. This piece is a collaboration between Dasco and Apnea.

There are three basic types of collaboration. One is where two or more artists contribute to a single piece of work and it can be difficult to be sure which artist painted which bit; another is when two artists paint together at the same time, but their pieces are discrete. The third type of collaboration is amply demonstrated here where artists paint alongside each other, but the theme or colour scheme used join the pieces up in some way. There are other types of collaboration of course, but I’ll not go into those here.

Dasco, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Dasco, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

On the left is a super piece of writing from Dasco, who in recent months has made his presence known in Bristol with a series of outstanding productions. His work is assured and clean and he changes his design and style with each new piece, where some artists such as Elvs or Slim Pickings tend to stick to a basic formula that they play with.

Apnea, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Apnea, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

On the right of the wall is a piece from Apnea, and I have to confess that I know nothing about the artist and don’t recall seeing much of their work. I am guessing that Apnea may have bee a visitor who hooked up with Dasco for a while, but I could be quite wrong (I usually am). This too is a nice piece, although not quite as tight as Dasco’s.

2768. Dean Lane skate park (284)

This beauty is the second recent collaboration from Dasco and Oseque. I know that Dasco is Bristol-based, but haven’t seen any of Oseque’s work before now, and have kind of assumed that he is not from these parts. I have done a little checking on the Interweb, and as far as I can make out, Dasco is from the Canary Islands and Oseque (José Castillo) is from Granada, but also seems to have a connection with Bristol. Either way, I hope we get to see more from this pairing.

Dasco and Oseque, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Dasco and Oseque, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2020

The piece itself is a beautifully merged collaboration with the character portrait rising out of the letters. The colours are quite dulled and although really impressive as it is, give the whole thing a low-key feel. Oseque has a way of making his portraits look like they are drawn into a sketchbook rather than sprayed on a wall. Really nice work.

2707. Brunel Way Bridge (25)

Wowzer! I first saw this on Paul Harrison’s @bristolstreetartandgraffiti Instagram account and instantly fell in love with it. I am a child of Star Wars and although never had any of the toys and stuff I have been a big fan of the films, even the bad ones. The saga has spanned much of my lifetime and has offered a series of enjoyable landmarks in a sometimes choppy sea.

Dasco, Brunel Way Bridge, Bristol, January 2020
Dasco, Brunel Way Bridge, Bristol, January 2020

Dasco is still very much an artist whose work I am acquainnting myself with and everything I have seen so far I really like. His style is extremely versatile and in addition to his obvious talent for graffiti writing, he shows us here just how good he is at character pieces too. The yellow shading on Darth Vader’s helmet cleverly lifts the whole piece and brings about a 3D effect. An outstanding and memorable piece from Dasco. Note to self… must do a Star Wars special (after I have done a kingfisher special).

2644. Dean Lane skate park (268)

I am seeing more and more work by Dasco, but I think I have only ever posted one piece by this artist before. I have quite a few in my archive, and I think I’ll have to dig them out and post them, because pretty much everything I have seen is really very good. I think that my lack of Dasco posts is basically down to knowing nothing at all about the artist.

Dasco, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019
Dasco, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019

This particular recent piece of graffiti writing from Dasco in Dean Lane is absolutely masterful. The more I look at and study it the better it seems to get. Using the tried and tested black, white and red colour combination (Decay would approve) Dasco has crafted a beautiful and stylish font, elaborate and fancy without being precious. I need to find out more about this great graffiti writer.

Dasco, Deal Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Dasco, Deal Lane, Bristol, August 2019

2445. Dean Lane skate park (247)

I can’t think how many artists have graced the pages of Natural Adventures for the first time this year, but is must be well in excess of twenty and Dasco is just the latest in that roll of honour (if indeed it is an honour appearing in these pages, I don’t mean to be presumptuous or big headed). Although this is the first time I have featured Dasco’s work I know it won’t be the last.

Dasco, Deal Lane, Bristol, August 2019
Dasco, Deal Lane, Bristol, August 2019

The colour schemes and overall design are fantastic and the complexity and accuracy of the fills is really impressive. I am not certain, but I think that the mischievous rolling of a joint to the left of the writing is also by Dasco. The whole thing is the work of a very skilled and talented artist. At this moment I know nothing about Dasco so I guess I’ll have to start doing some homework. Great piece.