4155. M32 cycle path (153)

One of my favourite writers in Bristol at the moment is the Spanish artist Claro_que_sssnoh. His distinctive pieces are sometimes associated with his HMR crew and sometimes, like this one, as stand alone pieces.

Claro_que_sssnoh, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2021
Claro_que_sssnoh, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, December 2021

Claro seems to particularly favour this spot for his solo work and at any one time there may be several of his pieces here of varying ages. What makes his work distinctive is that the letters are made up of a continuous line of script, like joined up writing, which is quite unusual in graffiti writing in my experience. Beautifully colourful and nicely finished, this is a fine piece from Claro.

4059. Brunel Way (131)

In this piece on the long wall under Brunel Way, we see Claro_que_sssnoh doing what Claro_que_ssnoh does so well – that is create distinctive interesting writing that creates a wonderful pattern of shape and colour.

Claro_que_sssnoh, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2021
Claro_que_sssnoh, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2021

His work usually spells out HONS and his combination of curvy and straight lines are decorated with lines, patterns and dots in equal measure. In this piece it is the colour palette that is most notable, brightening up this drab and dingy corner. Painted as part of an HMR paint jam, it was the pick of the bunch alongside Dabuten Tronko.

4045. Brunel Way (129)

The Spanish HMR crew hit the support wall under Brunel Way a week or two back and this amazing black panther portrait from Dabuten Tronko was the centrepiece, flanked by a pair of writers on each side.

Dabuten Tronko, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2021
Dabuten Tronko, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2021

Dabuten Tronko’s character pieces set a really high standard in Bristol, and although he doesn’t paint all that often, when he does it is nearly always a beauty like this one. It is interesting to see how he has left the writing above the panther intact painting the red light around the back of the letters. A nice touch. This is yet another fine piece from the artist and makes me think that perhaps it is time for a gallery of his work.

3965. Alfred Street (10)

It has been a long while since I last posted a piece by Todoaciem, so it is with some pleasure that I am able to share this wonderful piece of calligraffiti painted at the ‘Dare To’ paint jam a few weeks ago.

Todoaciem, Alfred Street, Bristol, September 2021
Todoaciem, Alfred Street, Bristol, September 2021

Normally we would expect to see the letters CIEM, but here he has written HMR, the letters of his crew. His letters are always so neat and uniform with a lovely deep 3D shadow that helps the whole thing to stand out. Unfortunately, the white paint is a little thin, but all in all this is a skilful piece of writing.

3708. Sparke Evans Park (5)

This is just one small part of a large collaborative wall from our Spanish contingent here in Bristol. It may only be just one part, but this outstanding piece from Daubuten Tronko is for me the jewel in the crown of the paint jam.

Dabuten Tronko, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, May 2021
Dabuten Tronko, Sparke Evans Park, Bristol, May 2021

Dabuten Tronko crafts these extraordinary characters with such skill and keeps everything so tight. This magician is beautifully painted and works so well due to the colours and clever use of light and shade throughout the piece. I particularly like the reflected green light on his hat from the wand… lots of thought has gone into that effect. Overall a really classy piece from a classy artist.

3703. M32 Cycle path (128)

I have to take my hat off to Claro for even attempting to paint this wall, but to do it so well is truly awesome. This bit of wall on the M32 cycle path is made of stone and is very textured, horrible and lumpy and bumpy, not that you’d know it from looking at this piece by Claro.

Claro_que_sssnoh, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2021
Claro_que_sssnoh, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2021

Claro’s style is so very distinct and quite unlike anyone else’s in Bristol. Spelling out HONS his writing combines curves with angular straight lines that at times looks quite uncomfortable if you know what I mean. The letters on their own might be a little boring, but with all the decorations and border colours, the whole thing ends up looking pretty good. More to come soon.

3663. M32 Cycle path (123)

As a matter of pragmatic protocol I shall refer to Claro_que_sssnoh as Claro for the duration of this post, although very interesting, his name is without doubt the most difficult to type, especially on an iPad. Fortunately, his street art work is much easier to enjoy and assimilate.

Claro_que_ssnoh, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2021
Claro_que_sssnoh, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2021

This reasonably recent piece from the HMR man is so typical of his unique style. Interlocking letters spelling out HONS are formed with a combination of straight and curvy lines in equal measure and he decorates the piece with a plethora of graffiti arrows. Always good to see work from one of our talented Spanish writers.

3632. M32 roundabout J3 (310)

Claro_que_sssnoh (grief… his name is difficult to type) and his Spanish fellows have been busy of late, actually it seems that most artists have, and my archive for March and April are swelling with unpublished pieces that will probably keep me busy well into retirement.

Claro_que_sssnoh, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021
Claro_que_sssnoh, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2021

This is a lovely colourful HONS by this busy member of the HMR crew. His pieces are usually quite busy, with a lot going on in the letter and colour transitions, and his style is fairly distinctive, combining lots of curves with angular and regular straight lines. Always fun to see.

3445. Frome side (8)

I think this piece was painted way back in October last year, but I only recently photographed it when I ventured down into this spot. I have noticed that there are some new pieces visible from the slip road and that I really ought to get myself down there again soon.

Claro_Que_sssnoh, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020
Claro_Que_sssnoh, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020

This intricate piece of graffiti writing from Claro_que_sssnoh spells out SNOH is an absolute stunner, and there are so many elements in it to admire. The letters are elaborate and composed of two colours, plus outlines, tracking the curves and lines. The whole thing is set on an orange and red bubble background which is in tuning set on a black and white grid. Technically this is a belter, and it looks pretty good too.

3415. Frome side (5)

The Frome side spot is marginally less accessible than most of the other regular spots in Bristol and certainly feels a little more edgy for an old codger like me, but the rewards are definitely worth the effort.

Dabuten Tronko, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020
Dabuten Tronko, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020

On a recent visit I picked up a whole load of new pieces, including this one from Dabuten Tronko – it is a bit of a beast. Unfortunately the light conditions weren’t favourable for photographing this wall and there is quite a lot of glare. I wonder if dusk might be a better time to visit. The skull and skeleton are nonetheless very nicely done, complete with yellow teeth.

Dabuten Tronko, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020
Dabuten Tronko, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020

What I assume to be guts form the letters HMR which is the crew of Spanish artists who are becoming so firmly established in the City. The thin green outline is brilliant and helps make the whole thing stand out. Another fine piece from Dabuten Tronko whose work often seems to be slightly off the radar.

Dabuten Tronko, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020
Dabuten Tronko, Frome side, Bristol, December 2020