Laic217

A collection of brilliant street art by Bristol artist Laic217 – quite a few skulls here!

All photographs taken by Scooj

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic 217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic 217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic 217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic 217, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, M32 roiundabout, Bristol, October 2016
Laic217, M32 roiundabout, Bristol, October 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, M32, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217 and Cort, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2018
Laic217, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, M32 junction 3, Bristol, September 2017
Laic217, M32 junction 3, Bristol, September 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic, Bedminster, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, July 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, New Stadium Road, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, M32, Bristol, June 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217 and Cort, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, May2017
Laic217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217, M32 junction, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, M32 junction, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, King Square Avenue, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, King Square Avenue, Bristol, February 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, Old Bread Street, Bristol, January 2017
Laic217, St Werbergs, Bristol September 2016
Laic217, St Werbergs, Bristol September 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2016
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2016
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, Dean Lane skate park, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, Dean Lane skate park, Bristol, June 2016
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, Wilder Street, Bristol, May 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Laic217, M32 Roubndabout, Bristol, March 2016
Laic217, M32 Roubndabout, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
Laic 217, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2016
Laic 217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
Laic 217, M32 Roundabout, Bristol, March 2016

 

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1957. Moon Street (57)

Back to things more contemporary now with this interesting recent piece by Laic217 in Moon Street. There is an interesting quality to this piece which is more about what is not included than what is. No face and no colour on the hat and track suit top.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019

Even though a lot of what Laic217 paints appears to be formulaic, or at the very least incorporating similar themes, each of his pieces is highly original, and I’m not quite sure how he achieves that.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, January 2019

It is great to see him back spraying in what I guess must be one of his favourite streets and what is certainly mine.

1900. Dean Lane skate park (180)

I think I suffer slightly from Laic217 withdrawal, which is only ever cured by seeing another of his pieces. Of all the amazing artists in Bristol, I probably get most satisfaction when I find a piece by Laic217. In no way does that diminish the other artists at all, it is just that I get a special buzz seeing his work. I suppose it is a bit like getting a special card in a set of ‘Match Attax’ cards – they’re all good, but you cherish the special one.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, November 2018

This is a fairly regular piece by Laic217, a skeleton character spraying and a nicely composed LAIC lettering. The piece was sprayed together with Cort, to the left and Ugar to the right. These three seem to enjoy spraying together, which is great for me as I like all of their work. I hope it is not too long before I get my next Laic217 fix.

1828. M32 cycle path (19)

I think the reason I didn’t publish this piece by the brilliant Laic217 at the time I photographed it is that the light was all wrong, and the colours of the piece were a bit disappointing. This narrow lane is a nightmare for photography if you are there on a bright day or at the wrong time of day.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018

The light is so bright above the hoarding, which means the artwork gets darkened by the auto settings. Now if I were a real photographer, which I absolutely not – I am an archivist – I would be able to use manual settings to overcome this conundrum. Enough excuses already…the piece itself is a nother fine work by this irrepressible artist.

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2018

This form reverts to his name accompanied by a character which is a distorted face, and the distortion carries on through all the letters as well. Signature bucket hat and smiley instantly tell you who the artist is. I rather like this overlooked piece and am glad that at last I have posted it.

1756. Dean Lane skate park (172)

I just love it when these two get together, which fortunately they seem to manage rather regularly. These Laic217 bookended Cort pieces do tend to follow a formula in terms of presentation, but the characters and writing always offer something visually stimulating.

Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018

Cort’s writing style seems to be quite versatile and he has produces a real gem here, incorporating soft curves and angular shapes all into the same piece. It is an unusual and slightly unconventional style, but that is what makes it stand apart from other writing.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018

Then on to the Laic217 characters. His skeletons have become such a prominent feature of walls around Bristol that they must have entered the sub-conscious of a great many Bristolians on exposure alone.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018

Rarely disappointing these figures include many of the things we expect from Laic217 – great clothing, skulls, smiley’s brick walls, bucket hats. I love the bit of fun too with the left hand side character using a roller to spell out the two artist’s names at the top of the piece. Another classic wall.

Laic 217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Laic 217 and Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018

 

 

1746. Moon Street (54)

Absolutely no prizes for guessing the artist…besides which his signature is strikingly obvious in this piece. Laic217 favours this wall, and I must have six or seven of his works from here over the past three years or so. Incidentally, Moon Street is one of my favourite haunts too, but there seems to be less and less turnover here than there used to be.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018

In this piece, we have many of the things you can expect from Laic217 Including the bucket hat and brick wall motif. But what I particularly like about this character is his eyes which are actually spray can caps – a great idea. You have got to like the rather manic ‘Joker’ mouth too, which adds a touch of menace to the piece.

Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018
Laic217, Moon Street, Bristol, September 2018

Laic217’s pieces are often highly colourful and this one is no exception to that. The turquoise background acting as a perfect foil to the red brick shirt and purple face. I’ve always been a fan and likely will always continue to be one.

1704. Dean Lane skate park (161)

Following on immediately from my last post is this collaboration in Dean Lane between Laic217 and Cort. You should be able to spot immediately the similarity of the Laic217 character here and the one he sprayed in Moon Street a few days earlier. This time the piece is complete with teeth and spray can.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

I love this character and for me is reminiscent of the absurd ‘Far Side’ characters dreamed up by cartoonist Gary Larson. There is a lot to admire here, and the special detail of a Nirvana t-shirt with a spaced-out smiley just highlights how good this piece is.

Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Laic217, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

I also am increasingly enjoying the work of Laic217’s painting partner, Cort, and although his style might take a little getting used to, it is good work. I am beginning to wonder if Cort and Corupt might be the same artist, as they share many characteristics, but I have nothing to confirm this idea. I’ll have to investigate. A fine collaboration.

Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Cort, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018