3206. Dean Lane skate park (354)

Well, what can I say about this really classy piece of graffiti writing from Hire? It is out of the top drawer that is for sure and it demonstrates clearly the benefit of prepping a wall properly to create a big impact.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2020

The last piece I saw by the artist was a real departure from what we are used to and I have to say that I am comforted by this triumphant return. The midnight blues and blacks work well together and the sharp letters spell out the artist’s name. This is simple (although not really) and beautiful and I think might be my favourite piece by him ever. Bravo!

3118. Dean Lane skate park (340)

Before I start this post, may I say just how much I dislike the new WordPress editor. It is utterly pants, and although it appears to have more functionality, writing a post takes about twice as long as commands are a little more buried in the architecture. Moan over.

This is something of a curiosity, it is a Hire piece that looks unlike any other Hire piece I have ever seen before. I don’t know what prompted this departure from his usual style, but it is a hugely accomplished piece and one that should give him the confidence to experiment further.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020


Set on a black background with a pink grid on the lower half and silhouetted skyline above it, Hir has written a four letter word that looks like DIAK, although I can’t be sure about that. There are very few hints that this might be by Hire other than the lower parts of the letters have his distinctive sharp edge to them. Be really interested to see where Hir goes from here.

3020. Dean Lane skate park (326)

The lock down easing has in my view been far to rapid and aggressively in favour of the economy, and I fear that we will pay for it further down the line, however these things are finely balanced. One of the upsides has been the productivity of street artists whose collective energy was paused for three months. Now, I simply can’t keep up. Many pieces are gone by the time I go to photograph them. I got this one by Hire though and glad that I did.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2020

As always, the spiky medieval style, that reminds me of a battle in full swing with swords and pikes clashing, spells out HIRE. The blended orange fills are very nicely done, and I rather like the (deliberate) fragmented white edging… an unusual touch. Oh, so much great art to share, but it is difficult to do it on two posts a day.

2983. M32 roundabout J3 (213)

This is the first in a series of Several posts from a big paint jam on 30 May 2020 which involved four Spanish artists and four Polish artists, all of which I think are resident in the Bristol area. I got very lucky indeed when walking the dog to see all the artists in action and stopped to chat with a few of them. I returned a few days later to photograph the completed pieces.

Hire, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020
Hire, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2020

The first piece from this paint jam is by Hire, who has appeared on Natural Adventures countless times. I stopped with him for some time for a chat and asked him how he manages to get such fine detail on his work. He showed me the sketch he made for this piece and said that this style suits him and that if he were to try other styles or street art rather than writing that he would struggle.

Hire, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020
Hire, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020

I have been labelling his work as being Gothic in style, but he corrected me saying it wasn’t really gothic writing at all… oops. I guess it is perhaps reminiscent of medieval swords, spikes, halberds etc or at least it is to me. This is a lovely piece of graffiti writing, spelling HIRE, set on a cloudy purple background with some day glow green spots for decoration. A really nice piece from Hire.

Poland 1 Spain 0

2920. Dean Lane skate park (308)

Anyone who reads Natural Adventures regularly will know that I have a soft spot for Polish artist Hire, whose Gothic writing and spiky rabbits regularly adorn the walls of Dean Lane skate park. This piece from July last year treats us to both central elements of his work.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

The writing part of the piece is expertly done and I particularly like the way that two tones of orange are used and blended to great effect. The 3D shading is very distinct, but I fear slightly dominates the brittle nature of the letters.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

The rabbit, although menacing, is perhaps a little kinder than some of his spikier cousins… it looks like it has had a bit of a shampoo and set. How on earth I allowed this one to sit in my archive until now, I’ll never know.

2892. Dean Lane skate park (304)

I think that regular readers of Natural Adventures will be more used to seeing rabbits from Nevergiveup (#followmyrabbits) than from Hire, but it was the latter who painted them in Bristol first, especially in The Bearpit and Dean Lane.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017

This old one is on the famous curved wall at Dean Lane skate park and is beautifully finished. Set on a dark red and rather moody background, this menacing rabbit (with Gothic styling) is painted in a grey-green that contrasts brilliantly with it. One that escaped my clutches from way back in February 2017. Nice to free it.

Hire

A gallery of gothic writing and menacing rabbits from Bristol- based artist Hire.

All photographs taken by Scooj.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2019

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

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

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

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

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018

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

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018

Hire, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Hire, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018

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

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018

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

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

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

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2017

Soge and Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Soge and Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017

Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2017

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017

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

Hire, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016
Hire, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017

Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017

Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017

 

2842. Dean Lane skate park (299)

Going back to October 2018 and this wonderful spikey and menacing rabbit from Hire. I have included this one from the archive for two reasons. Firstly I am a big fan of Hire’s work and secondly to show hoe consistent his work is, having posted a more recent piece from a couple of weeks back.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018

Apart from a few early pieces in The Bearpit, I don’t think I have seen any Hire pieces too far away from Dean Lane – it would seem that the artist is happiest painting here. This particular rabbit looks especially menacing.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

2822. Dean Lane skate park (294)

Definitely Hire has come out of hibernation with this, his second piece in a week in Dean Lane, coming so quickly after his rabbits that I wrote about in Natural Adventures last saturday. I always describe Hire;s writing as having a Gothic look, and this piece typifies that.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

The rather compact writing is very well disguised and I can only guess that it says HIRE as most of his pieces do, but I can’t quite see it here. When you look carefully at the piece you may notice that the writing is in two colour combinations. One is black and white, the ther brown and yellow. The more you know this, the more discrete the two sections become, it is almost like an optical illlusion. Another fine technical piece from Hire.

2810. Dean Lane skate park (290)

The original Bristol bunny has woken up after a winter slumber. Hire has been painting these rabbits for a while and before his compatriot Nevergiveup (@followmyrabbits) turned up in Bristol. Who’d have thought we’d get one, let alone two bunny specialists in the city?

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

Hire’s rabbits are edgy and have an element of menace about them… I suspect I’d cross the road if I saw one approaching on a dark night. I think the first one I ever saw was in The Bearpit, but at that time I didn’t know who had painted it.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

On this occasion we are fortunate enough to get a double helping of rabbits, a green spiky one and a white smooth one, both based on the same basic formula. I guess this is what you call a glorified tag that has been perfected after many years of use. Great to see Hire back on the streets – now to look out for some more.