4692. St Werburghs tunnel (306)

Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017
Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017

Every once in a while, I take a quick canter through my archives, just to see if there is something significant that got left behind. This is most definitely a piece that I should have posted back in September 2017, but like so many pieces before it, missed out. I am sharing it now.

Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017
Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017

The writing is by Dott Rotten and spells out SPOILT, which he most commonly writes. What is interesting about this piece is that it is quite unlike much of his other work, and could easily be by half a dozen other artists about the place. Everything about the piece is good, the background and the design of the letters and fills. It is the execution though that stands out; this is a perfectly finished piece, crisp and clean, from a master.

4644. M32 Spot (143)

Dott Rotten, M32 Spot, Bristol, July 2022
Dott Rotten, M32 Spot, Bristol, July 2022

This is a very fine tribute piece by Dott Rotten, one in a series from several Bristol Graffiti writers in honour of Sear, who appears to have been a popular friend in the community of artists. This is an absolute banger from Dott Rotten and does Sear proud.

Dott Rotten, M32 Spot, Bristol, July 2022
Dott Rotten, M32 Spot, Bristol, July 2022

On the left are the letters SEAR written in Dott Rotten’s beautiful style, with deep 3D shadows in grey tones. The fills are outstanding and the transitions across the letters expertly done. The whole piece is set on a cosmic background, with a kind of super-hero character on the right-hand side. A work of love from Dott Rotten.

4111. M32 roundabout J3 (364)

Dott Rotten strikes again with this magnificent art rather large Spoilt piece on the M32 roundabout. He has been enjoying these rather large-scale pieces recently and definitely makes the most of the available wall space.

Dott Rotten, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Dott Rotten, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021

There is an autumnal/winter feel to this piece, with muted colours, and the overall superb skill in bringing all the elements together is masterful. The fills, the lines and the design are all really tight. This is a very accomplished piece and to top it all off Dott Rotten has added an Orko character from 1980s cartoon series He Man.

This is a very special piece.

3995. M32 Spot (120)

It takes a rather silly person or one who holds respect to paint over a 3Dom piece, and fortunately, Dott Rotten falls into the latter category. This is a magnificent and quite large ‘Spoilt’ piece at the top end of Stapleton Road by the M32 Spot.

Dott Rotten, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2021
Dott Rotten, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2021

The quality of the piece is right out of the top drawer and in addition to the superb writing Dott Rotten has treated us to the addition of some ghoulish scenery and a ghostly character. There is so much going on throughout the complex piece in three spaces – in the foreground is the writing sitting on a cloudy red and blue layer, and in the distance is the scene described earlier. A truly great piece.

3641. Dean Lane skate park (408)

It took me several goes to get a half-decent photograph of this rather nice piece from Dott Rotten. The first set of pictures were very dark for some reason and the second set had the palette board completely in the way. It kind of came together on the third attempt.

Dott Rotten, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021
Dott Rotten, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2021

I learned a lot about Dott Rotten when I met him recently at the other end of town and told him that I was very much enjoying his current productive spell on the street, which he seemed to be enjoying too. This ska nice SPOILT piece with the 3D shadow dropping down vertically in blues and purples. One of a very fine series of pieces.

3628. M32 Spot (112)

Simply stunning! This is a magnificent piece of graffiti writing from Dott Rotten, notable as much for its fabulous and striking colours as it is for the fabulous design and technical excellence.

Dott Rotten, M32 Spot, Bristol, April 2021
Dott Rotten, M32 Spot, Bristol, April 2021

I had a great chat with Dott Rotten last week, not far from here, and he told me that it hasn’t always been easy and that at one point he had considered giving up on graffiti writing altogether. Thank goodness he thought better of it as he is turning out some of the best work in Bristol at the moment. This is an instant classic in my eyes and yet another fine piece of work on this subterranean wall.

3536. M32 roundabout J3 (286)

Dott Rotten has been spoiling us with his SPOILT pieces of late, and this red and green beauty on the M32 roundabout is an absolute classic. Dott Rotten’s writing style is fairly recognisable, although when he writes other letters it can take me a while to pin him down. However, it is not so much the style that gives him away as the quality of his finishing.

Dott Rotten, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021
Dott Rotten, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2021

In that respect, there are some similarities with Rusk’s work which is always so neat and tidy. These joined up letters are brought to life with a light and dark shade of fill with some repeating patterns of dots and boxy segments. What makes it jump out though is the wonderful contrast with the vibrant red backdrop. A lovely piece.

3435. Dean Lane skate park (382)

Another artist having a bit of a spree at the moment is Dott Rotten, whose work is in the top division. Take a look at this piece of graffiti writing from a week or two back and tell me that it isn’t out of the top drawer. This is an artist who is at the top of his game and seems to be enjoying it.

Dott Rotten, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2021
Dott Rotten, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2021

The writing with his familiar SPOILT letters is nicely worked with two shades of blue, perfect orange outlines and some superb trademark bubbles. The whole piece is lifted up with a deep red 3D shading. This is great graffiti writing.

3409. M32 roundabout J3 (272)

I’ve had this Dott Rotten SPOILT piece in my queue for a little while, mainly because I thought I’d already posted it… turns out I hadn’t. It is yet another demonstration of this artist’s graffiti writing skills. I’d like to make comparisons with other artists in Bristol, but I have decided not to simply because we are so very fortunate in having so many outstandingly talented graffiti writers in our city. There surely cannot be another city in the world with such a collection of top drawer writers… suggestions please…

Dott Rotten, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2020
Dott Rotten, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2020

In this piece Dott Rotten spells out SPOILT in fabulous letter shapes with his trademark spots adding interest to the fills. The piece is complex, with joins overlapping one another… I don’t quite know how he keeps on top of it, and the subtle shadows add to the overall 3D effect. The piece doesn’t stop at the red boundary, but is set on cosmic cloudy background. Brilliant.

3361. Sparke Evans park (4)

On the long wall at Sparke Evans park is this lovely chrome and black piece from Dott Rotten who more often than not spells out SPOILT in his pieces. I don’t know how long the piece has been there, because I visit so infrequently, but it looks reasonably fresh and untagged, so I don’t think it is too old.

Dott Rotten, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2020
Dott Rotten, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2020

I think that Dott Rotten is an artist whose work we just don’t get to see enough of. These letters are perfectly formed and the black 3D shadows exact. To cap it off, the black decorative fills around the outside, and variants in the ‘O’ add depth. As fine a piece of two-tone graffiti writing that you will see.