942. Dean Lane skate park (71)

This is a very quick one from Si2, who also paints as Hull Graffiti. He was in Bristol for Upfest, and had a troubled time spraying the railway carriage down at Ashton Gate – the weather was not kind. Indeed I never got to see the final piece, but will post what I did get in good time.

Si2 (Hull Graffiti), Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Si2 (Hull Graffiti), Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017

Here he got some kicks by spraying a devilish head, and leaving a little Upfest souvenir. Thank you Si2. Pity it had been a bit dogged by the time I got to it.

924. Dean Lane skate park (70)

Relative new boy, NEVERGIVEUP, is definitely making his presence felt on the streets of Bristol, and although his rabbit designs are becoming familiar, the way he is presenting them is rather dynamic.

NEVERGIVEUP, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
NEVERGIVEUP, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017

This clever piece in Dean Lane skate park is designed to be viewed from the roof of an adjacent swimming pool building. The only problems with this are tricky access and trespass. Apart from that, it is a doddle. I caught up with NGU at Upfest and he said that even he had struggled to take a picture, and got shouted at by an official from the Swimming pool building. He is coming up with some interesting work, and challenging the status quo a little.

NEVERGIVEUP, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
NEVERGIVEUP, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017

919. Upfest 2017 (1)

The spirit of Upfest is alive and well.

I took a quick walk to Bedminster the day before the festival began, and I came across these two artists in Dean Lane. They said that they hadn’t managed to get a space at this year’s festival, but were hoping to find a wall somewhere, and they had started with this one.

Apset and Ionas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Apset and Ionas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

They come from Thessaloniki in Greece, and their names are Apset and Ionas. They were so friendly and happy for me to chat with them for a while. I warned them that at last year’s festival this wall was sprayed several times over and that I hoped their piece would remain.

Apset and Ionas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Apset and Ionas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Without question, the piece is very different from the things we usually see in Dean Lane. It has a real Mediterranean feel to it, which was most welcome, given the showery nature of the weather this year. I managed to find Apset’s Facebook page, but failed to find out much about Ionas.

Apset and Ionas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Apset and Ionas, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

They did eventually find some boards to spray in the South Street park venue and I’ll cover these another time. Equally uplifting was that this piece remained in place and untagged for at least three days.

Two great artists, a great first piece at Upfest and a great place to start my posts for Upfest 2017.

914. Dean Lane skate park (68)

I met Hire the day he was just finishing off this piece. I told him how much I liked his rabbits as well as his writing, and he told me the back story to this particular piece. So, here’s a thing, even when a bit of graffiti or street art appears to look like nothing out of the ordinary, there are nearly always stories sitting behind them. Sometimes these stories are overt, other times covert.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017

Interestingly, another polish street artist, NEVERGIVEUP, was just around the corner sizing up some tarmac on the skate park for a piece he was going to work on that afternoon. Neither seemed to know each other, but both are polish and spray rabbits. Very different styles, but some commonality. Both really nice people too.

909. Dean Lane skate park (67)

I wouldn’t have been able to post about this piece if I hadn’t been talking with Hire. He was finishing off a piece at the Deaner (to follow soon) and he pointed out this work to me as having been sprayed by one of his friends Soge.

Soge, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Soge, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017

I have not come across Soge before, but it seems that he is another Polish graffiti artist hitting the streets of Bristol at the moment. This is a great piece of writing, spelling out SOGE in a rather Gothic style, sprayed over a blue brick wall backdrop. I am very much enjoying this cohort of young Polish graffiti artists in Bristol, they are bringing something different and interesting to the streets, and they seem to be very busy.

898. Dean Lane skate park (66)

A  colourful party is happening here. Over a backdrop of a rather splendid Face F1st piece Guts has sprayed one of his characteristic doodles. The colours he uses really bring things to life, and when I use the word doodle, it is not in a derogatory way, but more a descriptive term for the aggregation of characters and forms. In some ways it shares a resemblance with Loch Ness.

Guts, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017
Guts, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2017

This spot is on a wall which is squeezed into a narrow stretch by the back of a skate ramp, and is therefore rather difficult to photograph. The more I see of Guts’ work, the more I like it. I haven’t seen too much of it around and will have to work harder to find it.

897. Dean Lane skate park (65)

When you see a really strong piece of writing like this and it says ASK, you can be pretty sure it is by Sled One, which indeed it is. This is a great work that the photograph fails to capture, there is some flaring on the lens, which is a bit annoying.

Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017

Although Sled One has been a little less active on the streets than he was, say a year ago, he is still capable of dazzling us with the quality of his pieces. He makes great choices with his colour selections and takes care with his shadings. I particularly like the eye sitting within the ‘A’, and the accent stars.

Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Sled One, Dean Lane, Sled One, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017Bristol, July 2017

A nice surprise down at the Deaner.