4091. Horfield skate park (7)

In this Halloween stencil piece from John D’oh we see a depiction of the ghastly Priti Patel as a witch on a broomstick, and I can honestly say it is a depiction that I thoroughly approve of, although her ideology and persona are rather more frightening than a regular witch.

John D'oh, Horfield skate park, Bristol, November 2021
John D’oh, Horfield skate park, Bristol, November 2021

Accompanied with the words ‘Happy Halloween idlers’ and a little silhouette of a power station belching out CO2, the piece does nothing for Priti Patel’s reputation. Although she is highly unlikely ever to see this piece, is is yet another contemporary record made by John D’oh chronicling these dark days of conservative government that seem to be squeezing the life and joy out of our country. It really is time for a change and a breath of fresh air, but unfortunately the UK is essentially a conservative country, and little Britain will be very slow to change.

4061. M32 Spot (124)

Feek doesn’t paint nearly as a often as I would like him to, but just often enough to keep me interested and on my toes. Dean Lane Hardcore and Halloween seem to be occasions that he likes to mark. The other thing about Feek’s work is that, like many other street artists, it is very often associated with skating.

Feek, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2021
Feek, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2021

This long wall is part of the M32 Spot DIY skate park, and tends to get fairly marked fairly quickly. Feek has made a little joke with his letters, spelling out M32 OOOH, in a ghostly way to mark Halloween, and in the centre of the piece is a nice big pumpkin.

Feek, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2021
Feek, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2021

The pumpkin is cleverly painted, incorporating a hole in the panel as the open mouth of the scary fruit. The writing is covered in warts and eyes providing a cartoony scary scene, just what Feek does so well. A nice seasonal piece.

4049. St Werburghs tunnel (265)

I have a feeling that this mask-like face may have been a Halloween piece from Laic217, at least it was certainly painted around that period at the end of October. The piece is far from typical of Laic’s work but contains his recognisable style.

Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021

Set on a vibrant pink background the grey scale demon stares out from the wall menacingly. The mask-like structure is rather static and fixed, which is different to most of his other work which tends to be full of animation and movement. Great to see something a little bit different.

4029. Stokes Croft

This outstanding Frankenstein’s monster piece is definitely a Halloween contribution from Kosc, an artist on fire at the moment. Look at how the piece stands out and demands to be looked at against the dreary backdrop of hoardings and buffed wall outside the Blue Mountain.

Kosc, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2021
Kosc, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2021

This series of greyscale pieces set on an orange background is becoming a bit of a strong theme in Kosc’s portfolio, and a thoroughly enjoyable one at that. There is great use of tone in this piece, providing depth and facial contours that lift the features on the monster’s face so well.

Kosc, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2021
Kosc, Stokes Croft, Bristol, October 2021

I first came across this artist’s work in Moon Street, which runs parallel with Stokes Croft at the back of Blue Mountain, and it would seem that this is a spot favoured by Kosc. This is good news indeed, because few artists seem to bother with the area these days, compared to a few years ago. Great stuff, and enjoy a spooky evening.

4028. Sparke Evans Park (16)

A bit of a scary monster piece from Tack Jucker, or is it a hippopotamus kind of creature? I prefer to plump for the former, because it is Halloween today, and it is always nice to mark the occasion. Generally speaking the Halloween pieces that have been painted this week won’t appear on Natural Adventures for a little while, so I am simply cheating a little.

Tack Jucker, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, October 2021
Tack Jucker, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, October 2021

Tack has really entered the Bristol stage with a bit of a bang, and his character pieces add another little something special to the array of artistic talent in the city. There is a lot of expression in this piece, and it is achieved with the minimum of paint colours – four that I can see (black, red, and two shades of light grey-green). A nice, quick one that is helping this young artist make his mark.

4017. M32 roundabout J3 (354)

This is a very appealing colour selection for this fiery Pekoe piece on the M32 roundabout. Another interesting feature is that Pekoe has given us more than just a portrait, which is the norm with her work, and we have the top halfI  of the character.

Pekoe, M32 roundabout ,Bristol, October 2021
Pekoe, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2021

I think that this might be an early Halloween piece, or it is simply a cheeky devil, either way it is nice to see, and I love the little winged orange emoji-type thing. Brace yourself for a season of Halloween pieces, which seem to be getting more and more popular every year.

3334. St Werburghs tunnel (208)

Another green and purple Halloween piece from a paint jam in the tunnel about a month ago, this time from Mest. The piece is clean and tidy and the horizontal fills fade beautifully, and the letters are bounded by a bright white 3D shadow.

Mest, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020
Mest, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020

Mest is becoming a bit of a regular on Natural Adventures, which is a good thing in my view, and it shouldn’t be too long before I have enough pieces by him to put together a rather nice gallery.

3332. Brunel Way bridge (75)

Virtually impossible to photograph properly, but wonderful to see is this Halloween Taboo piece. I seem to recall a little while ago saying that I hadn’t found many Halloween pieces this year – well, scratch that, I have found rather a lot, and on this wall there were six or seven alone.

Taboo, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020
Taboo, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020

It is tricky to see the full Taboo on this, but I think you get the idea, and the character ghost is absolutely brilliant. I think the contrast between Taboo’s letters and characters is what makes his work so interesting, almost as if they are by two different artists.

Taboo, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020
Taboo, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020

A very fine piece indeed.

3329. St Werburghs tunnel (207)

This nice piece from Phour was painted during a Halloween paint jam down in the tunnel, I guess about a month ago. How time has flown this year, I think it must be the coronavirus effect.

Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020
Phour, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2020

The colours of the piece were commensurate with the collaborators and Phour has gone with some slightly more elaborate letter shapes than usual for this one. I don’t think that the pumpkin is by Phour, but have included it in the picture because it complements the piece nicely. What festive japes.

3320. Brunel Way bridge (72)

Sometimes it is really easy to just like a piece instantly, and with this fine piece of writing from Soap, that is exactly how I felt when I first saw it. Painted as part of the Face 1st birthday/Halloween paint jam extravaganza, this colourful graffiti writing stands out.

Soap, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020
Soap, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2020

Obviously spelling out SOAP, the grim themes; a scythe slicing into a skull and  a sword at the ready, have a light cartoony touch that brings a smile to the face. The colour selections are first-class and those pinks, purples and blues work so very well together – just ask SPZero76. A fine, fun piece of writing from PWA’s Soap.