One of my favourite streets and one of my favourite artists – the perfect match. This is a lovely piece by Face F1st, who is probably one of Bristol’s most consistently prolific artists on the street at the moment.
This is a large work, with all his characteristic swirls and figure of eights worked into a pattern and the letters FACE book-ending the face in the middle. Sadly this fine work lasted less than a week.
The artist who has tagged this door is called Ryder, and this is his shorthand that he sprays quickly as something of an elaborate tag. His writing work though is exceptional, see some examples below. The door itself is a little-used side door which accesses the Lakota club.
Clearly Whysayit spent a little more time on this lovely piece in Moon Street than he has done on some of his other graffiti writing. One of the things I really like about this writer is that he can produce work on a spectrum, from scrawly tagging through to quick throw ups and to something like this which is a nicely executed clean piece.
The colours are excellent, the green hovering beautifully on top of the pink. The fill is clever too, starting as spots on the left, transforming to stripes on the right. Whysayit has also created a real feeling of depth to this piece. There is so much more to graffiti art than simply disguising letters.
This is the second of two pieces by Rezwonk in Moon Street and one which on first glance looks like a simple geometric pattern scrawled on a gate. Looking more closely, there is probably more to it.
The patterns are composed of five lines, always in the same order, a little bit like holding five biros in your hand and making patterns or letters – the kind of things you did at school. Another layer of sophistication here is that the lines are contained within a circle although the circle isn’t outlined. I am not certain, but I wonder if the patterns are letters…if they are, I can’t work them out. My favourite touch though is the five bar gate at the bottom right, almost like a checklist that the five colours have all made it onto the piece. A lovely abstract piece.
This gorgeous piece went up earlier in the year in Moon Street, and it is ridiculous that it has taken me so long to post about it. It is by Rezwonk, a Bristol artist, but one that I am struggling to find any information. Sometimes it just is that way – not all street artists are busy on digital media and why should they be?
Technically this is a clever piece and the writing is designed to confuse, much of it being backwards. If you look carefully on the bottom line, you might make out the letters (written backwards) KNOW… spelling out WONK. I don’t have the patience to work out what the whole piece says, but I’m sure Rezwonk was happy with it. Since spraying this, he has created another piece a few yards away which I will post soon.
Perhaps not so subtle in this instance. Here we have another deliciously clean piece of writing from Subtle on the long hoarding in Moon Street. The orange and dark pink sit really well on the grey background. As mentioned recently, it seems that Subtle has become more active of late and I am seeing his work appearing on Instagram more often too.
I like the way the shading on his lettering is fashioned in such a way that there is a vanishing point somewhere behind and below the piece.Other less accomplished writers do much simpler shading to their pieces, as if a light were being cast from one direction. I’m not sure if that makes sence, but I think I know what I mean.
This is my favourite wall in Bristol. It is small and self contained, and has been shared by a wide variety of artists over the last couple of years. The latest resident is Deamze with one of his tight angular wildstyle pieces – no characters on this one.
To the untrained eye, this might appear to be just a random bunch of lines and jags. It actally spells out DEAM, and it has a little ASK, the crew name, to the left of the piece. Deamze just keeps on churning out his excellent work.