3204. M32 Spot (82)

Painted alongside friends Inkie, Smak and Sled One, this is a first class piece of graffiti writing from Soker, who since lock down restrictions were eased has been very busy on the streets, which is a great thing for people like me.

Soker, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Soker, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

The writing is superbly clean with a black shadow and white boundary that gives the whole thing a sharp crispness. There is a lovely blend of greens and blues in the letter fills and the red bubbles complement the piece beautifully. The work of a graffiti master.

3203. M32 Spot (81)

3Dom is probably best known for his character pieces and scenes, which are utterly outstanding, but he is also a very accomplished writer and every now and again we are treated to a little bit of his graffiti writing like this piece at the M32 Spot.

3Dom, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
3Dom, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

This is a splash of colour with what looks like translucent letters over the top spelling out 3DOM. It is full of joy and hope and the colours of summer, something we need to hold on to as we accelerate towards winter. Always classy.

3200. M32 Spot (80)

Most of Sled One’s pieces tend to tell a story. Sometimes the stories are quite linear and easy to fathom out. Other times the stories are just too surreal and no amount of creative thinking will help with working it out. This is one such crazy surreal piece.

Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

Painted alongside some of his ASK friends this intricate and detailed piece in great pinks and turquoises appears to show a sheep standing on the shoulders of a cow which is holding a pitchfork. The sheep is milking the poor unfortunate cow whose milk is spilling onton the Soker piece to its right.

Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Sled One, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

Sled One is just getting better and better at these crazy cartoons, but it isn’t just the quality of his painting that amazes, but the creativity of his compositions that makes these pieces so good. Weird and wonderful.

3192. M32 Spot (80)

Yet another outstanding piece from Inkie in this purple patch we are lucky enough to be witnessing in Bristol at the moment. I am guessing that Inkie has a bit of time on his hands at the moment… maybe it is a pandemic thing and if it is then it is an upside as far as I am concerned.

Inkie, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Inkie, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

Alongside some of his friends (posts to follow soon) this appeared about a week or so ago at the top end of Stapleton Road. It is an absolute classic and painted in colours that he has used before, from memory he painted a van in similar shades. Those of you who follow Thursday Doors, might well see this piece again sometime in the future (door hidden under the I and E). I will never tire of his work and am really enjoying this current spate.

Inkie, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019
Inkie, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2019

3164. M32 Spot (79)

Sometimes fate plays a part in our lives. Yesterday morning I gave my son a lift to friend’s house quite early because they were heading off for a day’s fishing. On the way back I stopped off at a few street art spots, the first of which was here underneath the M32. I just so happened to turn up as Ryder was finnishing off some rather lovely of graffiti writing.

Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

I stopped for a while but tried not to break his rhythm because he had to be at work for 10am and needed to finish the piece off quickly. He said that he was really pleased with this piece, it had just worked out really nicely for him and that is good to hear because in my experience street artists are unerringly self-critical. It is a bit of a stunner, and the amazing thing is he created this in a little over an hour!.

Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

As he was packing up he asked if I was heading off to the Cheltenham Paint Festival, which got me thinking. I hadn’t been planning on it, our weekends are a bit precious at the moment, but now I am giving quite a lot of thought to going tomorrow (which is partly why I am writing this post yesterday, almost immediately after coming home from taking these pictures, as I might not have time today (written yesterday as if tomorrow was today)).

Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020
Ryder, M32 Spot, Bristol, September 2020

Finally, I am rather chuffed with the Scooj shout out. Little things matter, and that made me feel very happy.

3132. M32 Spot (78)

There is no question about it, Angry Face is definitely back and seems to be having a bit of fun. I don’t know what the long absence was about, but it is great to see the artist back on form with this unique mega-tag.

Angry Face, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2020
Angry Face, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2020

This quick one recently appeared on one of the columns of the M32 Spot, and is the third piece by Angry Face I have seen in recent weeks… there may of course be others.

3122. M32 Spot (77)

I can’t think of a time when I have seen so many John D’oh stencils in such rapid succession including several that I have missed in recent weeks. Many have been about the Government’s inept handling of the coronavirus outbreak, this one however is more about the impacts on people.

John D'oh, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2020
John D’oh, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2020

Rats have commonly been used by Banksy and many other artists in their work and here a rat is used to illustrate the ‘rat race’ with the words ‘After COVID-19 I am not sure I can join the rat race’. Another nice work recording the impacts of the pandemic on Bristol society.

3119. M32 Spot (76)

From time to time I make assumptions on Natural Adventures. Sometimes they are right and at other times they are disastrously wrong, so I am a little nervous about sticking my neck out and suggesting that this piece is by Mutatee.

Mutatee, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2020
Mutatee, M32 Spot, Bristol, August 2020

My doubt is that I haven’t seen anything painted by Mutatee before, only little resin models, but the blue-faced character is the same as hers. I realise that the character is from some TV show, so it is possible that another artist painted this. All part of the confusing street art landscape. I shall attribute this fun little piece to Mutatee until told otherwise.

Mutatee, Turbo Island, Bristol, November 2019
Mutatee, Turbo Island, Bristol, November 2019

3039. M32 Spot (75)

When I first saw this lovely piece I couldn’t place the artist. I was familiar with the style, but I don’t know, it was bothering me and I couldn’t immediately see the signature because of the skaters’ bags in front of it. A closer inspection revealed it is by Zake, but is quite unlike most of his other pieces that I have seen.

Zake, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2020
Zake, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2020

This is a really classy and thoughtful piece that makes perfect use of the awkward column space. The green-faced girl has beautiful blue hair that turns into a waterfall. Her right hand is holding a spray can that is painting her purple hair that stretches over her head and transforms into a hand that is reaching down to her left hand. Personally I think this is a wonderfully composed piece and concept, beautifully carried out. I love it.

There is a name Diana Abdul at the bottom of the piece, but I don’t know what significance this holds.

2991. M32 Spot (74)

Something good pretty much always results when these two PWA artists collaborate, which fortunately for us is often, this time under the M32. Soap and Face 1st seem to have a telepathic connection like Pires and Henry (I had to choose Arsenal players, but think of any deadly football partnership and you’ll know what I mean), and their collaborations feel so comfortable and easy if you know what I mean.

Soap, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2020
Soap, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2020

I don’t quite get what the story is but there is consistency across the whole collaboration. On the left Soap is the writing of Soap which is filled with a sophisticated array of colours and techniques and is truly a thing of beauty. Soap’s fills just seem to get better and better.

Face 1st, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2020
Face 1st, M32 Spot, Bristol, June 2020

On the right we have a rather unusual Face 1st piece of a girl riding on the back of a cigarette-smoking frog waving a bee on the end of a stick in front. What?!? I must ask him what on earth is going on in this piece next time I see him. Wild, imaginative and wonderful.