This is not a new wall, in fact it was painted round about this time last year if I remember correctly, just before Upfest 2018. I am posting it now because at last I have managed to get a clean shot of it without cars parked directly in front of it, a rare privilege indeed.
The piece is obviously by Inkie, and is a straight refresh of a similar piece by the artist that was here before. There is a little hint of Cheba too on the left, with a bit of cosmic background. What is strange about this piece is that it is unfinished, and it would seem that after such a long tiime it is unlikely ever to be finished. The lettering around the word bread is not completely filled or outlined and the leafy sketch at the bottom of the piece also appears to be unfinished. It is a bit naughty of Inkie to leave it like this, and I hope that if it was a commission that the bakery got a discount.
In the bottom right of the piece we have a beautiful trademark Inkie girl with hair, a motif that is probably most recognisable as being by Inkie. Pleased to have posted this one at last, and even though it is unfinished, we can all move on.
The cream always rises to the top they say and this little collaboration from Inkie and Rowdy was put together for this year’s St Paul’s carnival is right up there. It is high-time this wall was repainted and these two have done a great job.
The crocodile across the top is the trademark emblem used by Rowdy and can be found all over the city, although a great number of them have sadly disappeared. The writing from Inkie is actually rather beautiful, and I am guessing needs to be read out with a bit of a West Indian lilt. Fine collaboration.
It somehow always feels special finding an Inkie piece, probably because his work is so well known and sought after, and yet here he is creating something magical in Dean Land skate park.
This beautiful piece features one of Inkie’s trademark profile portraits of a girl with long flowing locks of hair and some block writing INK. When I look at this, I can’t make up my mind which way her body is facing, towards us or away from us, I think the latter.
It is not all that long ago when this wall lost a whole ton of its render and years of paint layers. I thought the wall might be doomed, but somehow looking at it now, you wouldn’t eve know it had happened. Lovely work from Inkie.
Inkie is no stranger to Upfest, nor indeed to the streets of Bristol, and this piece sitting above a burner he turned out in 2017 is a festival classic, and has a strong connection with the piece he did for Upfest 2016 also featuring Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
This piece combines the tools of the trade both for Inkie and for the draftsman and engineer, both local heros in their own field.
I think that Inkie does a great job for Upfest every year, and isn’t at all shy abut shouting out the Upfest brand at every opportunity.
From recollection, I think that Inkie didn’t quite manage to finish this wall during the festival, and I had to return some days later to get some pictures of the completed work. Well worth the wait though.
Other than promotional hoardings outside the Full Moon pub in Stokes Croft, I don’t think I have seen an Inkie piece since Upfest last July, so it was great to see this one on a Construction site deep in St Pauls. As one of the godfathers of Bristol street art, it is a pity that we don’t get to see as much of his work as we would probably like to, but I suppose the old maxim ‘treat em mean to keep em keen’ might apply here.
This piece is a blaze of colour, spelling out INKIE. Interestingly there isn’t any 3D effect on the lettering, which I would usually asssociate with his writing. I don’t think that this is the best piece I have seen from Inkie, but the bar is so very high, and I imagine that this was probably a ‘quick one’. Always great to find anything by this celebrated artist.
Inkie has a good relationship going with the Full Moon in Stokes Croft, and is frequently asked to paint their advertising hoardings on the railings of the pub for future events. I am often caught in two minds about whether this kind of art is street art or something altogether different. It is where commercial interests and street art come together at the commissioning end of the spectrum. In this instance I have posted the piece, because it demonstrates Inkie’s range more than some of his other pieces.
I really like this hoarding with its ‘circus’ font, but the highlight for me is the face on the left hand side of the piece. I am much more used to seeing the Inkie profile portrait of a girl with flowing hair, in this work we see something quite different and in keeping with the spirit of a Day of the Dead themed Halloween party at the pub.
If the piece had not been signed, I might have had difficulty in identifying the artist, so different is it from his usual style. A good piece (even if it is an advertisement).