3771. L Dub (29)

If you want to see graffiti writing or character work from DJ Perks, and lots of it, then look no further than L Dub. It would seem that about 25% or so of all the pieces down there are by him, and he is constantly pushing himself and evolving his work.

DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2021
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2021

This is without doubt the largest piece I have seen by DJ Perks and features the Incredible Hulk (I assume) peering through a colourful brick wall. This is quite an undertaking, simply from an access and size point of view, but also artistically stretching. The only observation I have (call my picky) is that the bricks could have had a 3D element to them to give the whole piece a but more depth. All in all, so good to see such a large, creative piece from DJ Perks.

3762. L Dub (28)

What a truly great surprise, on a recent trip to L Dub (Lawrence Weston), to see this old school collaboration from 2Keen and DJ Perks. It was especially nice to see as 2Keen doesn’t paint all that often and this is something of a rarity.

2 Keen, LDub, Bristol, June 2021
2 Keen, LDub, Bristol, June 2021

I have met 2Keen a number of times, particularly when he was painting the REDLAND piece (below) not far from where I live, a few years ago, and he is a very nice chap whose failing eyesight makes his painting achievements all the more impressive. His old school characters are very recognisable, having exaggerated cartoon-like features. This one is especially good.

DJPerks, LDub, Bristol, June 2021
DJPerks, LDub, Bristol, June 2021

The writing from DJ Perks is also very nicely done, with the shading in the green letters providing some real depth. It seems that DJ Perks is an absolute natural and continues to go from strength to strength.

All in all a very nice collaboration.

2Keen, Ryder and Aspire, Redland Court Road, Bristol, May 2017
2Keen, Ryder and Aspire, Redland Court Road, Bristol, May 2017

3444. L Dub (23)

You don’t get to see too many pieces by DJ Perks, unless you decide to take the short trip out to L Dub, where there are usually several of his pieces at any one time. This is certainly a favourite spot of his.

DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, January 2021
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, January 2021

Every time I see something from DJ Perks I am struck by how his pieces are growing in sophistication, confidence and quality. This is a lovely collection of interlocking letters with a random colourful fill where the letters are defined by the yellow solid colour between them. The glowing green and red fringes add an additional classy touch. This is a very fine piece indeed.

3371. Dean Lane skate park (370)

I feel that DJ Perks is a little under-represented in Natural Adventures, but that might be because I don’t get down to L Dub as often as I’d like to where he tends to do most of his pieces. Every once in a while he comes to Dean Lane and treats us with one of his ‘PERKS’ works.

DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020

This is a really nicely done piece with thin sharp lines around the edges of his letters. I’d be interested to know what cap he uses to get such fine lines. The horizontal fill is looking really good with two tones separated with a blue line with a bit of a cloud effect going on. This is accomplished writing and shows how much DJ Perks is improving with each new piece.

3003. L Dub (16)

I love this recent collaboration from DFC1848 and DJ Perks for many reasons, but mainly because these guys are more often on the other side of the camera lens, and have made the step into spraying a lot for themselves and both have made huge improvements in the last year.

DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020
DFC1848, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020

The left hand side is a wonderful bright red character from DFC1848, which retains many of the characteristics of some of his earlier characters but contains additional detail. It just goes to show what improvements can be made with loads of practice – DFC1848 had a board in his garden and practiced during lock down.

DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020

On the right is a very tidy bit of graffiti writing from DJ Perks, whose work has also seen a great improvement over the last 18 months. the letter shapes are great and the depth of shading works really well. I’m not too sure about the drips though. A lovely collaboration which fills me with hope for my own efforts.

2865. Dean Lane skate park (302)

This was a nice little piece from DJ Perks in Dean Lane. It is something of a miracle that this father of six children manages to get out and paint at all, but he does, mostly at L Dub (Lawrence Weston) but ocassionally here in Bedminster too.

DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019

I would categorise DJ Perks’ work as formative, and that he has some really nice ideas and executes them well, but with practice I feel that there is a lot more to come from this street art hunter. As I have said before, he gives me hope for my own painting ambitions. This was another one from the archives, back in May last year. Coming soon some recent pieces… Yeah! street art has not been entirely killed by Covid-19.

2532. L Dub (6)

Hats off to DJ Perks for this amazing character piece of Hong Kong Phooey in the depths of the underpass at Lawrence Weston. There is no doubt about it, this spot is very much favoured by Perks and the walls here are peppered with his writing but I think that this was his first character and what a start.

DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, October 2019
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, October 2019

The piece is nice and clean, and the colour matches are great. Seeing how well DJ Perks has been doing over the last few months fills me with inspiration and hope for my own exploits, which are probably on hold now until the Spring.