4983. St Werburghs tunnel (343)

DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

I always enjoy seeing DJ Perk’s work. He has to be one of the most modest street artists in Bristol, although a great many others are too, to be fair. This is a particularly vibrant piece in the tunnel, which has been painted with precision and care.

DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

The letters PERKS are in quotation marks and have several horizontal colour fractions, which seem to battle it out between the grey and white layers i9n thee middle. The border is very neat, and the 3D drop shadow is nice and clean. With every new piece, DJ Perks is improving and is worthy of rubbing shoulders with any of the longer established writers in Bristol. I love this piece.

4824. Dean Lane skate park (539)

DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

One of the nicest artists in Bristol is, without question, DJ Perks, and his rise through sheer hard graft and an equal measure of talent has been a genuine pleasure to witness. DJ Perks seems undaunted in his pursuit of great writing and character work, and is so modest to go with it. If I had only half his talent and drive, I would be a happy man.

DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022

The muted colours of this piece are expertly blended through the letters, and the whole thing is incredibly tight. There is one small error on the black 3D drop shadow under the letter ‘K’, which should be deeper. Other than that, this is a great piece of Bristol graffiti writing.

4700. St Werburghs tunnel (307)

DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

Anything by DJ Perks is always welcome on Natural Adventures and this slightly different piece of writing from DJ Perks was a nice surprise in the tunnel a couple of weeks ago.

DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

It took a few moments to register what the letters said (tunnel) and who it was by, as I am more used to seeing The letters PERKS. This is more than decent writing, nicely filled and presented with a neat and tidy border. Good to see DJ Perks painting in the tunnel.

4656. Upfest 2022 (43)

DJ Perks, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
DJ Perks, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

I managed to bump into DJ Perks several times over the two days of Upfest this year, which is always a pleasure, and we swapped notes about some of the pieces being painted at the festival. This Popeye piece was DJ Perks’ official Upfest piece, but he did another quick one on the afternoon of the second day (to come).

DJ Perks, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
DJ Perks, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022

DJ Perks is making great progress with his writing and character pieces, and this one featuring the spinach-eating sailor standing in front of some chiselled rocks spelling PE(R)KS tells a lovely story, the letters and the character being directly related tom one another. More great fun from DJ Perks.

DJ Perks

A gallery of fabulous writing and character pieces from Lawrence Weston’s DJ Perks

Instagram: @djperks71

All photographs by Scooj

DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2022
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
DJ Perks, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
DJ Perks, Upfest 22, Bristol, May 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
D J Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
D J Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
D J Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
D J Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2021
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2021
DJPerks, LDub, Bristol, June 2021
DJPerks, LDub, Bristol, June 2021
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, January 2021
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, January 2021
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2020
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, June 2020
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, October 2019
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, October 2019
DJPerks, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
DJPerks, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
DJPerks, L Dub, Bristol, July 2019
DJPerks, L Dub, Bristol, July 2019

4434. L Dub (37)

At the edge of the tunnel at L Dub, we can see from this tidy piece, just what an accomplished artist DJ Perks is becoming. DJ Perks is never one to shy away from pushing the envelope and in this piece he has created a superb writing/character combination that is unlike other pieces he has created. He really is a talent.

DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022

I have a feeling that this piece was painted alongside artists from the LRS crew during a bit of a paint jam in April. The letters ‘L Dub’ are beautifully designed and have a strength about them, as well as being superbly filled. The character is something of a classic, but more than that it is painted with wonderful shades and shadows, offering some depth to the character. This is great work from an artist on the up.

4412. L Dub (36)

This is the second large piece from DJ Perks at LDub, painted on the pumping station, featuring some sensational writing alongside a cartoon character, in this case A rather worse-for-wear Donald Duck.

DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022

As mentioned in a recent post, DJ Perks is just growing from strength to strength, stretching himself. Of all the artists in Bristol, he ranks very highly in constantly pushing the boundaries of his work, strengthening his technique and skills, and not falling into the trap of repetition. It is so good to see, and what’s more he is turning out some extraordinarily strong pieces.

DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
DJ Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022

The writing is expertly done with the straight line transitions running vertically through the lettering finished to perfection. The character too is so well executed, and it is great to see that we see Donald Duck in a rather unfamiliar pose, after all it would have been very easy to present a stock image of Donald, but DJ Perks has chosen to go about it a different way. This is another outstanding example of DJ Perks’ great work.

4391. L Dub (34)

DJ Perks has to be one of the most modest artists in Bristol, as well as one who takes a great interest in other people’s work about the city. I think I have only met him once while actually painting, all of my other encounters have been while both of us have been photographing in the popular spots.

D J Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
D J Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022

DJ Perks has made this spot in Lawrence Weston (L Dub) his own, and he has smashed it with this Bugs Bunny piece on the wall of the pumping station. Combining the beautifully neat writing with a very sharp and clean Bugs Bunny (with outstanding shadow, cleverly done), DJ Perks has promoted himself into the top division of street artists in Bristol.

D J Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022
D J Perks, L Dub, Bristol, April 2022

His work improves with every outing, and he is always exploring new ways to stretch himself. The more he practices, the better he will get, and I am very excited about just how far he will get. A notable piece.

4218. Dean Lane skate park (458)

As with all walks of life, there are important contributors, and in the sphere of Bristol street/graffiti art, one of these notable people is DJ perks. We don’t get to see nearly enough of his work around the place, unless you hang out at the L Dub spot, but it is not only his art, but his interest in visiting and photographing the work of others, that makes him a great contributor. Most artists, counterintuitively, don’t know much about other artists, as they (quite rightly) tend to focus on their own art and their friends. It is up to people like me and Paul H to record and write about as much work as we possibly can. DJ perks is a rare artist who bridges the gap.

DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
DJ Perks, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022

This is a really nice piece of graffiti writing from Perks in Dean Lane, and demonstrates just how much his work improves from piece to piece. His work here is very clean with a fine 3D shadow and central disappearing point. It is the creative fill in his letters that is particularly noteworthy though – some really attractive stuff. Always great to see work from DJ Perks.

3987. L Dub (31)

I am very fond of 2Keen’s work. His old school cartoon characters are rather special, and there are few artists in Bristol who can create them as well as this artist. Even as a single monochrome sketch, the quality and class shine through.

2Keen, L Dub, Bristol, September 2021
2Keen, L Dub, Bristol, September 2021

This piece was painted as part of DJ Perks’ 50th birthday celebrations, and I tell you what, that is an honour indeed. The toothy (of course) character is smoking (a very common theme in graffiti art) and listening to music. This is a fine tribute to fellow artist DJ Perks, and something to cherish.