1172. M32 roundabout J3 (55)

It can be very difficult to identify wildstyle writing sometimes, especially when the artist isn’t local or doesn’t spray too often. Having said this, my job is made so much easier when the artist plasters his or her name all over the piece.

Aona, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2017
Aona, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2017

This stylish piece is by Aona.  That gets me so far, but no further. I can’t find much about Aona on the Interweb, so this entry is brief. To the writing itself; it is beautifully clean and crisp and technically excellent and the colour selections really work well. It is uncommon to see wildstyle writing complemented by stencils, but it works rather well. Great to see different artists in town.

1162. M32 roundabout J3 (54)

This is a supremely beautiful work by Epok from a recent paint jam down at the M32 roundabout. I like everything about this piece, the proportions of the letters, the angles and curves, but most of all I think the colour selection is sublime, and I love the tinges of red in the middle of the piece.

Epok, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Epok, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

I have never met Epok, nor seen him spraying, but would surely like to see him at work. There is something different about his wildstyle pieces that really catches the eye. I think that one of the main things is that his writing doesn’t adhere to our writing conventions of letters having an equal height and proportion. His letters fit into his design, which often tapers at one end or the other.

Epok, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Epok, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

I love this piece. Outstanding.

1160. M32 roundabout J3 (53)

It has been some time since I last saw anything by Ments, so it was fantastic to come across this fine piece recently that was sprayed as part of an ASK paint jam. The wall was given a great backwash of grey-green, and several excellent works produced.

Ments, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Ments, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

Ments has a wonderful organic style to his wildstyle writing, which spells out MENTS…although I struggle to see all those letters. The colour selections are fabulous and work so very well against the backdrop.

Ments, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Ments, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

This is an outstanding piece and welcome return from Ments.

1120. M32 Cycle path (9)

Deamze owns this wall. I have only ever seen pieces by him here. Maybe that is an accident of my infrequent visits, or maybe he just owns the wall. Deamze also owns this style of wildstyle writing accompanied by a cartoon character – he carries it off every time.

Deamze, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2017
Deamze, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2017

The writing in this piece is exceptional – set on a cartoon brick wall and some puddles, the jagged lettering contrasts and stands out. I have tried a few Google searches to try and work out who the character is, and looking at the picture kind of rings a bell, but I have thus far drawn a blank.

Deamze, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2017
Deamze, M32 cycle path, Bristol, July 2017

I have several more Deamze pieces from this wall sitting in my archives. If only I had more time…

1089. M32 roundabout J3 (52)

Writing about street/graffiti art in Bristol is a fun thing to do. Sure it is time consuming and can become a little obsessive, but like any pursuit it brings happiness. When the happiness stops, then I will stop doing it.

One of the rewards of doing what I do, is when you can put names to pieces that you see or have seen in the past. It is about observation and recall. It is about knowing things intimately. It is about connecting with your environment. There are parallels with being a nature boy too. Observation and connection.

Jaksta, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2016
Jaksta, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2016

I first saw this piece in May 2016, but didn’t know the artist (it is by Jaksta), so the pictures remained in my archives. Then, while doing some research for the RAW Upfest wall, I came across Jaksta’s Instagram account, and in his images was this piece at the M32 roundabout. Although I still know precious little about the artist, I do know what to look for in his art and how to recognise it. I also know I have more of his work in my archives. The point is I now feel comfortable posting his work.

Jaksta, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2016
Jaksta, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2016

The piece makes reference to the film scarface, and is a brilliant charicature, although every time I look at it I see Peter Beardsley, former Everton and England footballer. Is that bad of me? More to come from Jaksta.

1080. M32 roundabout J3 (51)

As long as FaceF1st keeps spraying, I will keep posting his work. This one looks like it is a tribute to someone called Minty. Perhaps this is why the face looks sad. This is yet another fine piece from FaceF1st and I particularly like the sprayed drips and the real black drips.

FaceF1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
FaceF1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017

I’m not sure if this is a Google algorithm feature linked to my computer or if it is a real thing, but when I type ‘FaceF1st Bristol’ into google images, I see an amazing gallery of many of the images I have taken of his work. I have to admit it makes me feel pretty good that I have been able to record his work over the last couple of years.

1079. M32 roundabout J3 (50)

This is the first piece that I have posted from Elvs, but it is not the first I have seen and I will have to dig out others from my achives, because this is very fine wildstyle writing indeed. There is little on the Interweb about Elvs, and I guess he would want it that way. but I suspect he is a London-baased artist who comes occasionally to Bristol.

Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
Elvs, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017

This stunning piece has adopted the same technique that I have featyred from Deamze and Voyder, where there is a diagonal split through the writing, and in this case the primary colours, black and white, are reversed either side of the diagonal. Thuis is highly accomplished stuff and beautiful crisp writing. I can’t think why I haven’t posted any of his work before.