4980. St Werburghs tunnel (343)

The Mole, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
The Mole, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

This is an absolute beauty in the tunnel by Inca the Mole, possibly the best I have seen from the artist. The colour selection is really nice, and the mole lettering combination works so well.

The Mole, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
The Mole, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

There is a great balance in the piece, and of course the mole is beautifully painted with plenty of character about him. There is a lovely shout out to the RBF crew, who often hold paint jams in the tunnel, and Inca the Mole might have painted over one of their pieces. All good stuff.

4967. St Werburghs tunnel (339)

3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Trainers are quite a common motif in street art, and this is a fine example from 3f Fino in the tunnel, painted during a recent paint jam with LRS crew friends. The brown shoe, nicely designed in a cartoon style, is stuck to the floor with some sticky green goo (chewing gum?), where we find the letters FINO. 3f Fino also recognises his crew with the letters LRS making it into the soul of the shoe.

3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
3f Fino, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Set on a red background, there is a lot to like about this piece, as it is different from the regular stuff you see on the street. 3f Fino is not short of a creative idea or two, and it is probably high time I published a gallery of his work.

As you read this post, I should be some 30,000 feet in the air, on my way to France. Timings of posts over the next week might vary, but I intend to continue posting while I am away.

Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Mr Draws, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

4961. St Werburghs tunnel (338)

Werm, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Werm, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

An artist who never gets enough ‘airspace’ on Natural Adventures is Werm. He is really prolific and has been turning out his own brand of stylish graffiti writing on a fantastically regular basis.

Werm, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Werm, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

This excellent gold on red piece was painted in the tunnel alongside his LRS crew mates, during the very wet spell at the start of January. The colour fade in the letters is blended perfectly and also contains a few stars and spots for good measure. The writing spells out WERM, but has a kind of symmetry about it that is rather pleasing. This is a first class piece of writing from Werm.

4934. St Werburghs tunnel (336)

Klashwhensober, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022
Klashwhensober, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022

I think that it is probably safe to say that Klashwhensober has had a great year and that he is likely to have been Bristol’s most productive graffiti writer in 2023. I have been doing a bit of a trawl through my archives, and will shortly be sharing a host of pieces by Klashwhensober that never made it into this blog.

Klashwhensober, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022
Klashwhensober, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022

This recent piece in the tunnel, spelling SOBER, is a stunner in which Klashwhensober has gone for a vertical split with the colouring (that faithful combo of pink and blue), and a smoking ‘volcanic’ rift between the two halves of the piece. This is beautifully painted and presented and offers real depth and movement. Fine work indeed. Look out for a Klashwhensober post in a few days.

4872. St Werburghs tunnel (327)

Wxttsart, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Wxttsart, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

In the tunnel, alongside some of his LRS crew mates, is another wonderful MILK piece from Wxttsart. The more I see of his work, the more I want to categorise it as calligraffiti, because of the uniformity of letter style and the central line running down each letter, and it has a heraldic look to it.

Wxttsart, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Wxttsart, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

Every time I see the word MILK on a wall, it just makes me laugh. The word is so incongruous in the settings wher we find it and with the graffiti art form. It is a word I would more readily associate with wholesome activities, such as having a cup of tea or a bowl of cereal. Well done to Wxttsart for breaking the mould on this one.

4862. St Werburghs tunnel (324)

Tao.create, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Tao.create, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

St Werburghs tunnel is a funny spot. Sometimes you can go for long periods when not much changes, and then you go through a rush of activity, and need to be on top of it pretty much every day.

Tao.create, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022
Tao.create, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2022

This glorious piece by Tao.create was painted with the LRS crew, only a short while after the Bnie paint jam on the opposite wall. I haven’t seen much from Tao for a long while, so this was most welcome. There is talent and a style here that we definitely need to see more of on Bristol’s streets. The portrait is captivating, and beautifully shaded in purple tones. More practice will add confidence with regard to proportions and scale of the features. Welcome back… more please.

4851. Brunel Way (185)

Klashwhensober, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Klashwhensober, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

There doesn’t seem to be any letting up from Klashwhensober, and you have to admire his grit and determination. Added to that, you also have to admire the constant improvement and development of his bright pieces, as he becomes one of the more prominent writers in the city.

Klashwhensober, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022
Klashwhensober, Brunel Way, Bristol, November 2022

This bright SOBER writing is accompanied by a rather sinister gun-toting character, whose shooting has peppered the writing with bullet holes and bleeding. What marks this piece out, and indeed is a bit of a signature feature from the artist, is the objects and splashes bursting out of the middle of the writing. A fine grey-3D drop shadow and day glow green border (with drips) and cloudy background finish the piece nicely.

4763. Frome side (16)

The Mole, Frome side, Bristol, October 2022
The Mole, Frome side, Bristol, October 2022

Over the weekend, I had an hour or two to kill while the dog was at the groomers, and took the opportunity to drop down under the M32 to a spot along the River Frome, where I can’t take the dog, because it could be a little dangerous

The Mole, Frome side, Bristol, October 2022
The Mole, Frome side, Bristol, October 2022

My reward included this wonderful little column piece from Inca the Mole. It is always a great pleasure to find the Mole’s pieces, and this one was quite hidden away. The mole is decorated with little peace symbols and some simple stars add a little interest to the background. A simple idea nicely executed.

4603. Brunel Way (165)

I am flustered and under pressure this morning. I am unbearably busy at work, and my team are on annual leave, so I am doing my normal work and standing in for two others. This might be brief…

Werm, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022
Werm, Brunel Way, Bristol, July 2022

Werm (formerly known as Eman) continues to paint at an extraordinary rate, and my posts of his work do not fairly represent the volume of pieces he produces. He has almost entirely abandoned his character pieces these days and has been concentrating on his writing which has improved over time and become more sophisticated. This piece has some lovely fill transformations and patterns and the 3D shadow and purple border help to lift the piece. The stars do their job well finishing the piece off very nicely indeed.

4582. M32 Cycle path (181)

Klashwhensober is an artist I like very much, he is a kind and thoughtful man who uses his art, in part, as a way of being mindful, of taking care of his mental health. It is for exactly the same reason that I write this blog, and collect all the content for it.

Klashwhensober, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2022
Klashwhensober, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, July 2022

I think that Klashwhensober has absolutely smashed it with this piece along the cycle path. In my view it is his best piece to date where all the elements have come together perfectly. The colour palette is superb, the fills absolutely amazing and the finishing is near perfect. Klashwhensober has certainly set a high bar with this one.