1796. Stokes Croft

Inkie has a good relationship going with the Full Moon in Stokes Croft, and is frequently asked to paint their advertising hoardings on the railings of the pub for future events. I am often caught in two minds about whether this kind of art is street art or something altogether different. It is where commercial interests and street art come together at the commissioning end of the spectrum. In this instance I have posted the piece, because it demonstrates Inkie’s range more than some of his other pieces.

Inkie, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2018
Inkie, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2018

I really like this hoarding with its ‘circus’ font, but the highlight for me is the face on the left hand side of the piece. I am much more used to seeing the Inkie profile portrait of a girl with flowing hair, in this work we see something quite different and in keeping with the spirit of a Day of the Dead themed Halloween party at the pub.

Inkie, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2018
Inkie, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2018

If the piece had not been signed, I might have had difficulty in identifying the artist, so different is it from his usual style. A good piece (even if it is an advertisement).

1519. Stokes Croft, Full Moon (2)

Since Aspire left Bristol for London, it is always such a pleasant surprise to see a new piece by him, because it is always just so unexpected. I guess when he was here, I just took it for granted that there would be a regular supply of amazing birds from this extraordinary artist – now, every single one is treasured as a very special and rare gift.

Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2018
Aspire, Stokes Croft, Bristol, May 2018

This beautiful kingfisher is on one of the boards outside the Full Moon pub in Stokes Croft, and I think it might have been done as part of a special event held there, although, I have been away a lot recently and missed it. As always, Aspire never disappoints and the slightly blurred appearance of the bird and the background give a feel for natural movement which brings the piece alive. Still loving his trademark pixels. Stunning piece.

102. Moon Street (4)

This wall is famous. It is on the side of the Full Moon pub in Stokes Croft,  and is a favorite spot for street art. It is a great place to demonstrate the ever-changing nature of street art and graffiti walls.

'sandy claws', Moon Street, Bristo, December 2015l
‘sandy claws’, Moon Street, Bristo, December 2015l

Over the 2016 Christmas break, a ‘Sandy Claws’ character (from the Tim Burton film – The Nightmare Before Christmas) appeared on the recently plain painted wall. I don’t know the artist, but it looks like it was commissioned by the pub owners to draw attention to their Attic Bar.

Blank wall, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2016
Blank wall, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2016

A few days later the piece was gone and the wall painted over, and this is how it looks now.

SPQR Astronaut, Moon Street, Bristol, November 2014
SPQR Astronaut, Moon Street, Bristol, November 2014

However, I took a picture of the same wall in November 2014 and captured the SPQR ‘astronaut’ (which I had incorrectly believed to be a Banksy when I took the photograph). SPQR is a West Country ‘artisan’ who emulates the Banksy stencil style and dark humour. I’m not too sure who sprayed the embracing skeletons, but they rather tickle me.

It will be interesting to see what appears here next.

8.5/10 (astronaut)