I think that Haka might have been let off childcare duties recently, because he has been prolific with his stunning recreations of children’s picture book characters, and this magnificent piece on the M32 roundabout is a perfect example. I genuinely don’t know where he gets the energy from to paint so much, but am glad that he does.
This piece features a worm, Superworm, from the book by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Superworm, faithfully recreated, is wriggling his way through some beautiful chrome letters spelling out HAKA. A great way to start the year.
He’s only gone and done it again, Haka has smashed it on one of his favourite walls, at the far end of the St George skate park. Another wonderful recreation of a children’s picture book, faithfully recreated with a little bit of a Haka twist.
The book is called Peace at last, by Jill Murphy, and was a particular favourite of my daughter when she was little. Haka has entitled his work “A Piece at Last”, playing with us. I love this series of children’s illustrations that Haka has been painting over the last year or so, and it demonstrates that the Bristol graffiti scene is a vibrant and diverse one. A lovely piece.
Haka is working his way through characters from the Ahlberg series of children’s picture books and in this wonderful piece on the back of a ramp in St George skate park he has created Grandma Swagg from the book Cops and Robbers, giving it a contemporary twist with the words ‘Cops and Tories’. Ha ha! It is also touching that Haka has paid a little tribute to Janet Ahlberg in the bottom left.
This is a beauty, on a wall that Haka rather likes, and suits this piece perfectly. I love the way Haka so lovingly and faithfully recreates these characters on a large scale for us all to enjoy. I’ll bet that this one is a real favourite with younger members of the local community.
I felt that this collaborative piece by Haka and Cats and That merited its own post rather than potentially being overshadowed by the adjacent Bob the Builder piece by Haka. In this collaboration, the bicycle is by Haka, and the cats, unsurprisingly, by Cats and That.
The collaboration is a charming and endearing scene with a couple of cats lounging on the bicycle. The cats are simply painted, without bells and whistles, but this subtle approach is really effective, and anyway who doesn’t love cat street art? Cats and That has burst onto the Bristol scene in recent months and is already making a mark all over town. The column cats next to this wall are an example of this.
Finally, I would just like to say that writing this blog is a genuine pleasure. Sometimes it can be a bit of a slog, especially when the trials of work and home life catch up with me. At times it might seem a little esoteric, but I stick by the guiding principle that I started writing street art posts to help others understand, appreciate and love the street/graffiti art scene in Bristol.
This comment from a visitor, Artemis BJJ, to Natural Adventures was left on my ‘About’ section, and it absolutely made my day and reinforced my resolve to continue doing what I do, because even if it makes one person happy, I have done my job.
“What an awesome blog! Randomly bumped across it while googling “j3 roundabout bristol”. A considerably more engaging and aesthetically interesting result than I was expecting. Keep up the great work! 😁🖖”
Unless he is reading The Bible to his kids, this Jesus piece by Haka is a bit of a departure from his recent passion for painting characters from children’s story books. Representations of Jesus in street art are relatively rare, but this South Park Jesus breaks the mould.
Haka’s writing in this piece is really neat and tidy, with a bright colour combination that dazzles. Overall, a real pleasure to see this one, and to enjoy Hakas’ continuing purple patch.
The last time I was down here, there was an almighty flood caused by a burst water main, the result of which made visiting this spot rather difficult, because the slip road (where I park) was closed due to repair work by Bristol Water. Perhaps if they had had Bob the Builder on site, they would have fixed it in half the time. The reference, for anyone who might have missed it, is that this piece is a fabulous rendition of the children’s TV character Bob the Builder, by the ever-youthful Haka.
I believe that Haka is doing this great thing for his children, Jesse I think is one of them, and being a brilliant dad. He is painting characters from children’s books and from television, all over the city, which is such a cool dad thing to do. If I had the talent, I’d love to do something similar, although my children are pretty much grown up now. This piece is beautifully painted in typical Haka style, and definitely brightens up this dark corner under Brunel Way.
I don’t visit Horfield skate park all that often, but whenever I do go there, it is always rewarding. John D’oh favours this spot, but this time there was a whole ton of stuff from various artists to enjoy, including this collaboration between Haka and Cats and That.
Haka is a favourite of mine, and in this piece he brings us another Ahlberg reproduction of Burglar Bill, this time smoking a rather large cigar. Haka’s painting partner on this occasion is not an artist I know, but Cats and That has added six delightful cats on either side of Haka’s character. The two styles are rather different, but sit comfortably together in this collaboration. I have seen some more cats from Cats and That under Brunel Way recently, I hope that we will be seeing more from the artist. A great surprise from the skate park.
Haka is making the most out of his enjoyment of children’s books by Janet and Allan Ahlberg, recreating illustrations from some of their best known titles. This cheeky character is Burglar Bill.
Haka has recreated this piece lovingly from the book and captured the character perfectly. I think that it is really cool that the artist is channelling his bedtime stories with his creative energy and gifting us with these fun and engaging pieces. We, in Bristol, are truly blessed.
Haka seems to be having the time of his life recreating characters from children’s picture books, in particular by the authors Janet and Allan Ahlberg. The writing CKone is a tribute to a long-lost friend and graffiti writer Dan Fenlon who passed away some years ago. Haka has been including his moniker on his work ever since.
I love the skeleton, from the ‘Funny Bones’ books by the Ahlbergs, and his speech bubble saying ‘let’s go painting’ is just perfect. I am thoroughly enjoying this rich vein of form that Haka is experiencing, and look forward to his next creation.