4985. M32 roundabout J3 (447)

Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2023
Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2023

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.

Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2023
Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2023

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.

4981. St George skate park (19)

Haka, St George, Bristol, January 2023
Haka, St George, Bristol, January 2023

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.

Haka, St George, Bristol, January 2023
Haka, St George, Bristol, January 2023

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.

4895. St George skate park (18)

Haka, St George, Bristol, December 2022
Haka, St George, Bristol, December 2022

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.

Haka, St George, Bristol, December 2022
Haka, St George, Bristol, December 2022

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.

4839.Brunel Way (181)

Haka and Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Haka and Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

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.

Haka and Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Haka and Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

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.

Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Cats and That, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

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! 😁🖖”

4829. Greenbank (60)

Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, November 2022
Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, November 2022

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, Greenbank, Bristol, November 2022
Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, November 2022

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.

4817. Brunel Way (178)

Haka, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Haka, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

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.

Haka, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Haka, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

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.

4779. Horfield skate park (11)

Haka and cats and that, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022
Haka and cats and that, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022

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 and cats and that, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022
Haka and cats and that, Horfield skate park, Bristol, October 2022

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

A gallery of writing and character pieces by Bristol’s magnificent Haka.

Instagram: @hakagraffiti

Haka, St George, Bristol, September 2022
Haka, St George, Bristol, September 2022

Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022
Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022

Haka, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, July 2022
Haka, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, July 2022

Haka, River Avon, Bristol, July 2022
Haka, River Avon, Bristol, July 2022

Haka, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022
Haka, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022

Haka, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022
Haka, Cumberland Basin, Bristol, March 2022

Haka, Peel Street Green, Bristol, March 2022
Haka, Peel Street Green, Bristol, March 2022

Haka, Spark Evans Park, Bristol, February 2022
Haka, Spark Evans Park, Bristol, February 2022

Haka, Thomas Street, Bristol, April 2016
Haka, Thomas Street, Bristol, April 2016

Haka, Thomas Street, Bristol, April 2016
Haka, Thomas Street, Bristol, April 2016

Haka, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2022
Haka, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2022

Haka, Feeder Road, Bristol, December 2021
Haka, Feeder Road, Bristol, December 2021

Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021
Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, December 2021

Haka, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2021
Haka, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, November 2021

Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021
Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021

Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2021
Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2021

Haka, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020
Haka, Cattle Market Road, Bristol, June 2020

Logoe and Haka, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2020
Logoe and Haka, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2020

Logoe and Haka, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2019
Logoe and Haka, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2019

Haka, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2019
Haka, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2019

Haka, Star and Garter, Bristol, July 2019
Haka, Star and Garter, Bristol, July 2019

Haka, River Frome, Bristol, June 2019
Haka, River Frome, Bristol, June 2019

Haka, Mina Road, Bristol, May 2019
Haka, Mina Road, Bristol, May 2019

Haka, Mina Road, Bristol, May 2019
Haka, Mina Road, Bristol, May 2019

Haka, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2019
Haka, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2019

Haka, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Haka, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017

Paris, Haka and Mustard Tiger, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2017
Paris, Haka and Mustard Tiger, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2017

4706. St George skate park (17)

Haka, St George, Bristol, September 2022
Haka, St George, Bristol, September 2022

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, St George, Bristol, September 2022
Haka, St George, Bristol, September 2022

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.

4666. M32 roundabout J3 (426)

Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022
Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022

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.

Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022
Haka, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2022

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.