I took a long walk home after a very tricky meeting yesterday, and cheered myself up with taking a new route through St Pauls. My reward was this superb mural by Silent Hobo.
This area of St Pauls really is Silent Hobo’s heartland, and barely a street goes by without one of his pieces brightening up a wall or shop front.
This work, I think, is my favourite. Not only is it beautifully executed, but the subject material is a fabulous reflection of what Bristol is all about. Some artists portray Bristol with architectural landmarks; Silent Hobo tends to present Bristol through cultural references.
For the more observant among you, there is also a beautiful tribute to Mibsy.
This is a fine, clean tribute to Mibsy (Mibzy) by Inkie (update – and Cheo) , that can be found at the Eastern end of North Street. It is one of several such tributes that I have featured from Stokes Croft, Gloucester Road and Cheltenham Road.
This piece, I believe, was put up around the time of Upfest 2015, and typifies the love and respect the graff/street art community had for Mibsy.
Not instantly identifiable as an Inkie, I had to do a little digging to confirm. Since writing this post, I have been informed by Tuco that the piece was a collaboration between Inkie and Cheo. Props to both.
Recently it would appear that another much loved member of the Bristol graffiti community has passed away, and tribute pieces are popping up everywhere, as tags, burners or full scale walls like this one.
There is little documented information about Mike Buzz, but there is this quote taken from the Bristol Graffiti and Street Art FaceBook site; “one of the nicest guys in the graffiti game. Buzz says love life. Rocking in paradise”
This is a lovely work by Deam, Ames and Skank, and once again reaffirms just how close the graffiti and street art community is in Bristol. It is also good to see that there is a small reference to Mibsy on this new work. There will be more posts on Buzz soon.
I’ve been going through some old pictures from my iPhone today, and found a few street art images from a long while before I started this blog. This particular picture struck me, because I recently posted a 3Dom piece from this exact location.
This work, also by 3Dom, was photographed in July 2014…it seems that this wall is his.
There is also a subtle tribute to Mibsy. This is a nice work, but long since gone.
Rowdy is best known for his pictures of crocodiles with large triangular teeth (see the trousers?). He is a Bristol artist whose work is very well known locally, but he has painted throughout the country and internationally. He has been spraying for a long time and is well established on the Bristol scene. He has a playful mischief in his work.
This mural is called ‘Boxing Fox’ and is sprayed on a garage door, only a few yards away from his collaboration with Mau Mau, and another of his pictures called ‘Lilo’ which I will post soon. A Rowdy hot-spot.
As with a great many of the Bristol artists, there is a respectful nod to Mibsy and to Robbo (King Robbo, a street artist and ‘competitor’ of Banksy’s, who died in August 2014 aged 45).
This mural is one of several tribute walls in Bristol dedicated to Matt Hibbert known locally as ‘Mibsy’.
Mibsy had opened a spray paint shop (King of Paint) that supplied many of the local street artists, and he was much loved within the graffiti community.
His untimely death in July 2014, he was only 39, sparked a large number of tribute works, in particular in the Stokes Croft area.
This work, I believe, was a collaboration between Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr (see 19 and 22), Deamze and Dotcom, all Bristol artists.
The site is an interesting one. The once magnificent building dating back to 1868 was an ironmongery and hardware store but has fallen on hard times and is now derelict.
There is also a further interesting feature that accompanies the mural. On the left hand side is a statement that has been over-painted, but can be seen in relief, which reads ‘hate is foolish’. Layer upon layer.