2527. Dean Lane skate park (256)

There haven’t been nearly enough pieces by Hire in my view in the last twelve months or so. I like his unusual Gothic, almost brutal writing style that conjours up images of hardened steel weapons of the middle ages, or at least that’s what I see.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019

On the curved wall of Dean Lane, this one I am guessing spells out HIRE, but I have to confess that I can’t see it, so it might say something else. Hoping for more from this fabulous writer and now that Nevergiveup has moved to Bath, we will need his menacing rabbits more thasn ever to keep us going.

2308. Dean Lane skate park (228)

I said in a post a few days ago that Hire had come out of hibernation, and this, as if to prove it, is the second piece from him in the space of a week or so. This is an incredible work, which I am guessing spells HIRE, although I don’t quite know how it can, bevause of its bilateral symmetry. If I look at it hard, I can convince myself I can read HIRE, but I can also read AVA, so it could probably be anything.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019

I have always liked Hire’s work, but I can never really understand why it gets painted over so quickly most of the time. Maybe it is the walls he chooses to paint that limits the lifespan of his work, or maybe there is a respect thing going on. I don’t know, but he certainly gets my respect and lots of it.

2129. Dean Lane skate park (202)

Another supreme example of gothic graffiti writing from Hire, who seems to have a real soft spot for this left-hand end of wall in Dean Lane. He has sprayed several other pieces here before. Hire used to work quite a lot in The Bearpit, but I haven’t seen anything of his there for an age.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2019

This is a bright, confident and strong piece that is impossible to ignore. It screams out at the passer-by ‘look at me’. The letters I think spell out HIRE – I can see it whether it is there or not. He has also written quite cryptically ‘The BF One’ along the base of some of his letters. I have seen BF written before, in fact Hire’s Instagram handle is #hireonebf, but I don’t know what it relates to. He is a man of few words. I’ll have to ask him next time I see him.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018

1591. Dean Lane skate park (142)

I have always been rather fond of Hire’s work, it is wildstyle writing with a gothic twist. In this piece I am not certain, but it looks like he might have written HIRE in reverse, more likely though is that he has written something else altogether – writing can be very tough to read at times.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018

I like the colours he has selected and the depth of shading on his spiky letters. He’s also created a nice background, although it ends rather abruptly on the left hand side. Maybe he ran out of paint? A nice one from January.

1265. Dean Lane skate park (103)

Another one from back in July last year, this time from Hire, who seems very much at home in Dean Lane. With a contrasting yellow background, this fabulous piece of gothic wildstyle writing stands out brilliantly.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017

Hire is a highly talented graffiti writer, who I can’t help feeling is slightly overlooked in the Bristol scene, so I am certainly playing my part in ‘bigging him up’. I cannot be sure, but I think this piece says HIRE. I think it is classy.

1253. M32 roundabout J3 (61)

I have become rather fond of Elvs pieces recently. I enjoy their symmetry and the Gothic styling. and the colours he uses. This is a recent example of his work on the roundabout of the M32.

Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2017
Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2017

I believe he comes from Cardiff, but tends to make fairly regular visits to Bristol to seek out some walls. He is in my view one of the best DBK artists…DBK seems to have such a broad spectrum from fairly hopeless taggers at one end right up to rather classy graffiti artists like Elvs. Nice new year piece.