1295. Upfest 2017 (129)

Unmistakable, this piece is from our very own street art mega-star, Inkie. In Bristol, he is pretty much a household name and is recognised not only for his amazing street art work, but also for the stunning designs he produces in his studio. Many of his prints hang on the walls of Bristol homes.

Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

At Upfest, Inkie was supposed to have a different wall, but for some reason he didn’t take it, and Dzia did an extra piece (the robin) instead. This was where Inkie ended up, in a back yard that is fenced off. A few intrepid visitors found it and went round the back of the yard, and saw that the gate was open (probably for the festival only). There have not been many images of this piece, even though it is still there. A beautiful example of his work, so clean and an example of wildstyle writing at its best.

 

 

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1147. Brunel Way bridge (1)

I have known about this spot for a long while, but not managed to get out to it until recently. It is on a concrete wall which supports one of the main road bridges over the River Avon. The wall, on the south bank, is ideal for spraying, but a little less than ideal for photographing, due to poor light and reflections. I tried my best.

Inkie, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2017
Inkie, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2017

This interesting piece by Inkie is a middle section to an ASK crew Halloween collaboration. There is one part about this that I am not sure about. The character in the middle is quite unlike anything I have seen from Inkie before and at first, my suspicion was that it is by somebody else, but the more I look at it, the more I think it is Inkie’s work. The hair in particular is in the style that he uses for his other pieces.

The writing is, as you would expect to see from Inkie, immaculate, and the piece as a whole something slightly out of the ordinary. More from this wall to follow soon.

954. Jamaica Street (10)

This is the third piece from the PRSC outdoor gallery that featured Boogie and Voyder, and is by the organiser of the ‘Boogie Down Bristol’ event and all round godfather of bristol graffiti, Inkie.

Inkie, Jamaica Street, Bristol, July 2017
Inkie, Jamaica Street, Bristol, July 2017

This is a really wonderful piece from Inkie, and I think he was pulling out all the stops on this one to show Boogie what he was made of. The colour selections are great, and match those used by Boogie on the far left of the three. Voyder was clearly on his own agenda.

Boogie, Jamaica Street Bristol, July 2017
Boogie, Jamaica Street Bristol, July 2017
Voyder, Jamaica Street, Bristol, July 2017
Voyder, Jamaica Street, Bristol, July 2017
Inkie, Jamaica Street, Bristol, July 2017
Inkie, Jamaica Street, Bristol, July 2017

860. Dean Lane skate park (60)

Sometimes you get lucky and see pieces by great artists that come and go in the twinkling of an eye. This was a quick one sprayed by Inkie to celebrate the opening of the ‘Graffiti Nation’ exhibition at Upfest back on 28 April 2017.

Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017

Inkie told me that he had sprayed it quickly that day and had also worked on his contribution for the exhibition an the day as well. A busy man. This is a wonderful work, simple in its colour selection but with such beautiful writing and lines.

Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017

When I look at something like this, it appears to have an effortlessness about it, the work of someone completely in command of his craft. It was painted over fairly swiftly.

726. Dean Lane skate park (40)

Well it seems that lightening does strike twice after all. Inkie has returned to exactly the same wall he sprayed a couple of weeks back, leaving another one of his trademark pieces.

Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017

This time the base colours are green pink and black. You can just about see the outline of his previous piece underneath this one. He really is a master of his craft.

694. Dean Lane skate park (34)

This was a rather nice surprise left by one of Bristol’s master graffiti artists at the Deaner recently. Inkie has been back in town, and it is great when he leaves something like this behind. This is a beautiful piece of writing, typical of his style, and the colour selection is just brilliant.

Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2017
Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2017

I know how busy Inkie is, with commissions all over the place, so a piece like this…back to his roots…somehow seems so very valuable and meaningful. Enjoy this, from one of the longest lasting and very best there is.

Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2017
Inkie, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2017

677. Upfest 2016 (104)

Another large wall, this time a little out of the way on Dean Lane. This is one of the most awkward walls to photograph, let alone spray, but Inkie has done a commanding job of this one.

Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The large piece is on the side of the South Bank Club and features a trademark Inkie portrait. The whole thing is a Bristol as Bristol can be, with a rather nice reference to the Clifton Suspension Bridge on the left hand side.

Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

I think the character at the top of the piece is a fairly effeminate looking Isambard Kindom Brunel.

Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The character at the bottom of the piece might be a self portrait, but I am not sure really. The whole thing is really impressive, and I was fortunate enough to catch up with Inkie while he was just finishing off the job. Inkie and Bristol are utterly interlinked, and we are lucky to have him around.

Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Inkie, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016

The observant will notice an Angus piece just to the bottom left of the picture.