4608. Dean Lane skate park (514)

Collaborative walls don’t often get more prestigious than this one, with Soker and Dibz combining in a green buffed wall. There was a time when Soker was painting all the time and Dibz occasionally, over the last couple of years their roles have reversed slightly. It seems I post a couple of Dibz pieces every month, but Soker rather rarely.

Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022
Soker, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022

To the left is an absolute belter from Soker, spelling out SOKEM, a variant of his name, simply to give him some variation in lettering. Every element of the piece is technically superb, but I am drawn to the rather special fill, and colour selections from bottom to top. Classy stuff from Soker.

Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022
Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2022

On the right is a piece from Dibz. Nothing too fussy or big, just some nice black (purple tinged) letters with a cream 3D shadow set on some bursts of orange and red splashes. A nice Example of Dibz’ work and expertise. And great to see these two coupling up.

4549. Dean Lane skate park (505)

Anyone who reads these posts regularly will know that I consider Dibz to be one of the best wildstyle writers, in Bristol and indeed in the country. In this outstanding piece in Dean Lane he has combined his talents with the elusive Ulow, who treats us to his talents from time to time.

Ulow and Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Ulow and Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The letters, in a dazzling transition from yellow to dark red, spell out DIBZ. The letters are so clean and crisp, and the fades between shades so seamless, there are few words that can describe the expertise on show. Just to cap it all, the pink highlights at the bottom of some of the letters create the most fantastic 3D effect of reflected light. Just brilliant.

Ulow, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Ulow, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The character, I am guessing it is Wolverine, is by Ulow, and demonstrates his fantastic shading skills that give his pieces a soft, rounded appearance, almost organic. Ulow is definitely an artist whose street art work I’d like to see more of.

4532. Dean Lane skate park (502)

A recent visit to Bristol by Goldie and Posea was enough to draw some of Bristol’s best artists, 3Dom, Dibz and Shade One, together to create a magnificent collaborative wall in Dean Lane, a couple of weeks ago. The end result is something quite magnificent and a wall that will last long in the memory, and might well remain in situ for quite some time, as there will be lots of respect for it.

Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The left-hand side of the wall is propped up with this wonderful portrait piece from Shade One. I don’t know if I might be imagining it, but recently Shade One’s style has moved from a cartoony style to a more photorealistic style, and he seems to have raised his level considerably.

Shade One, Goldie and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Shade One, Goldie and 3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The left side of the wall features three artists, Shade One, Goldie, with the writing (SAKUKO) and 3Dom with the fantasy and rather fantastical landscape of mushrooms and snail thing. I understand that the two pieces of graffiti writing are names of two of Goldie’s children.

3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
3Dom, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The 3Dom snail with a house for a shell is crazy and imaginative, but I have seen him paint this house a few times before, and I wonder if there is some significance to it. The snail is magnificent, and the eyes are beautifully painted  – I’m not too sure what it all means though.

Goldie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Goldie, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The second piece of Goldie Graffiti writing spells out CHANCE, the name of his daughter, and is in a style more reminiscent of his writing in St Werburghs tunnel a few months ago. There is a flag sticking out of the ‘a’ with the word bleu on it – another mystery of the piece.

Dibz and Posea, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Dibz and Posea, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

The right-hand side of the wall is rounded off with some superb writing from Dibz and a hand with a lighter by Posea. Both of these elements are superbly painted, as you’d expect, and the flame from the lighter acts as a bridge between the two halves of the collaboration.

Posea, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022
Posea, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2022

I don’t know much about Posea at all, other than that he comes from Sheffield and judging from his Instagram feed is a hugely talented and productive street artist. This hand holding a lighter is outstanding, but the flame takes it to another level. Since I photographed this piece, I have seen another of his pieces in Bristol which is equally impressive. I hope he can return soon to share the joy again.

An awesome collaborative wall.

4441. Brunel Way (158)

Nothing lasts long in Bristol these days, and even ‘high end’ pieces can have shorter lifespans than they deserve. A case in point is this wonderful collaborative wall under Brunel Way from Dibz and Acer. Rather more tragically, these two painted together again in the same spot last Friday/Saturday, and by Saturday afternoon it had been overpainted.

Dibz, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2022
Dibz, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2022

To the left is the Dibz contribution, but to add a little fun, each of the artists wrote the other’s name. So in this outstanding piece of wildstyle writing, Dibz has written ACER. I cannot put into words how good this writing is, so you can just judge for yourselves.

Acer One, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2022
Acer One, Brunel Way, Bristol, May 2022

To the right, it is Acer One’s turn to play the game and adopting his favoured style of writing (at least recently) he has written DIBZ with care and precision, adding a little bit of interest behind the letters. The whole thing is a beautifully executed bit of fun from Dibz v Acer One.

4330. Dean Lane skate park (476)

I am coming to the conclusion that I have already said as much as I can about the work of brilliant graffiti writer Dibz. I have run out of superlatives, something that actually happened years ago. Dibz is an artist that I like to try and post every time that I photograph his work, because it demonstrates the high end of graffiti writing in the city, but this frequency makes it difficult to write anything interesting or original.

Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2022
Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2022

This is one of the best walls in the whole of Bristol and one which Dibz favours. His wall preparation has paid off, with the grey-blue backwash providing a perfect neutral setting for the antics of Disney’s Merlin and his owl from the cartoon film The Sword in the Stone – a film I have never seen.

Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2022
Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2022

The writing is outstanding, the colour transitions perfect, the spray cans inspired and the characters crisp, sharp and engaging. This is a masterclass from one of Bristol’s very best.

4304. M32 roundabout J3 (392)

I’m trying to be as contemporary as I possibly can be, but am still a day late – Happy St Patrick’s Day for yesterday. I accelerated this piece through my pipeline, so that I could publish it today, having photographed it only yesterday afternoon. This cheerful and very green piece is, of course, by the brilliant graffiti writer Dibz.

Dibz, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022
Dibz, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022

The star of the show is obviously the character, who takes centre stage, and distracts a little from the squeaky clean lines and seamless fill fades of the letters DIBZ. One of the things I like most about Dibz’ pieces is that they simply ooze confidence and competence, this is someone at the top of his game.

Dibz, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022
Dibz, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2022

The character might be accused of being a little bit stereotypical, but it is a caricature the likes of which will be replicated across the world in places under the sphere of Irish influence. The pointy ears would suggest that this is a leprechaun enjoying a pint of grog. The FUA belt is a rather nice little touch. Superb work from Dibz.

4246. Dean Lane skate park (463)

I don’t need to say too much about how good this piece is. The quality, confidence, detail and finishing of this wildstyle graffiti writing by Dibz is of the highest order and the artist just keeps setting the bar higher and higher. This one was painted while I was out of the country, but thankfully it was respected and left un-tagged and I was able to photograph it.

Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2022
Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2022

In common with many of the artists I have met, Dibz is so modest about his work, and just gets on with it in a very matter of fact kind of way. If I could produce something like this, I’d be leaping about like a mad man telling everyone about it. The letters are bisected with two perfect straight lines that divide the whole piece cleverly into three totally different colour schemes. I can’t imagine how hard this is to do, and would have loved to witness Dibz at work on this one. Another stunner from the man.

4203. Dean Lane skate park (455)

When most artists do a ‘quick one’, they tend to be fairly ragged around the edges and the fills can be sparse at best, but this doesn’t happen when Dibz chucks paint at a wall, oh no, he produces something neat, tight and tidy.

Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Dibz, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022

This ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ piece under the large ramp at the skate park is beautifully presented in chrome and lilac and brings a touch of class to these small ‘taggy’ canvasses. Dibz is clearly an incredibly talented artist who excels at his craft.

4128. Sparke Evans Park (24)

Dibz has been having a bit of a purple patch lately, although his work is always of the highest quality, his productivity can be a little quiet from time to time, but not right now. This is one of several recent pieces that showcase his mastery of wildstyle graffiti writing.

Dibz, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, December 2021
Dibz, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, December 2021

This is the first ‘Squid Game’ piece that I have seen in Bristol, and to be honest I am surprised not to have seen more. The character has an ‘I’ on his mask and a small FUA golden block suspended between his hands and is beautifully crafted. The writing isn’t too bad either. Unfortunately, the curse of tricky lighting at this spot has left me with rather poor photographs, for which I apologise.

4115. Sparke Evans Park (23)

As I have recently mentioned, the long brick wall at Sparke Evans Park is fast becoming one of the premium walls in Bristol, and the quality of artwork there is improving all the time, perhaps highlighted by this remarkable collaboration between Dibz and Shade One.

Dibz and Shade One, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2021
Dibz and Shade One, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2021

The left hand side is a characteristically colourful piece of wildstyle graffiti writing from Dibz and is a birthday celebration for a friend. I can’t decipher the writing, but it looks something like ‘Motof’… ish.

Dibz and Shade One, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2021
Dibz and Shade One, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2021

I believe that the outstanding portrait by Shade One in greyscale is a picture of the Birthday girl, but I cannot be certain, but it would make sense. Shade One’s portraits are always eye-catching and this one is no exception. All in all a remarkable collaborative effort.