3725. Nine Tree Hill (6)

I don’t visit this area nearly as often as I used to. In the olden days when I walked to the office (a dim and distant memory) I would often take a little detour up Nine Tree Hill and along Armada Place. My reduction in walking this way has coincided with a significant downward shift in turnover of pieces in the locality, indeed across much of the Stokes Croft area. It was rather a nice surprise therefore to come across these three little tag-pieces from PWA crew’s Face 1st, Soap and Nightwayss.

Nightwayss and Face 1st, Nine Trees Hill, Bristol, May 2021
Nightwayss and Face 1st, Nine Trees Hill, Bristol, May 2021

I am a bit of a fan of decorating utility boxes, which in their regimented green or black monochrome colours are eyesores that pollute every street in every village, town and city in the UK. Decorating these boxes is not legal, but in my view most welcome, and in some cities around the world is actively welcomed or even commissioned… imaging that. The three pieces here are quick throw ups, probably painted in haste. The monkey is by Nightwayss, the face by Face 1st and the mouth/skull by Soap. These are the key signature elements of each of the three artists.

Soap, Nine Trees Hill, Bristol, May 2021
Soap, Nine Trees Hill, Bristol, May 2021

The three artists have decorated one box each and brightened up this little corner immeasurably. I am sure that some people will see this as thoughtless vandalism and be quite angry about it. This is the spice of life.

3522. M32 roundabout J3 (285)

Well it looks very much to me like Nightwayss has joined the PWA crew, which is very exciting indeed if it is in fact the case. Here he is sandwiched between Soap and Face 1st, adopting the shared colour scheme in a fine collaboration on the :32 Roundabout.

Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021

On the left of the trio is a piece from Soap using the green and pink base colours shared by all three artists. Spelling out his name, Soap has incorporated some gems into the letters, something he recently did in another piece at the M32 Spot. I like it when artists pick up a new theme and run with it for a while.

Nightwayss, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021
Nightwayss, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021

Another recurring theme that we see from Nightwayss is a good old cassette player/radio adorned with a couple of monkeys. Great to see the PWA label.

Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021
Face 1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, February 2021

To the right is the third element of the collaboration and the ever-cheerful work from Face 1st. This giggling girl looks to have a fairly gloopy toxic head of hair, which is actually beautifully filled by Face 1st. It is impossible not to like these pieces and the wonderful crew that is Pirate Wall Art.

3295. Brunel Way bridge (68)

I am catching up a little on Halloween pieces, so forgive me for the delay. This is a magnificent work from Nightwayss which I’m afraid the photographs fail to capture adequately, so you just have to imagine how much better this looks in the flesh.

Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

The piece is nicely framed in a portrait orientation and he would have needed a decent ladder to get to the higher parts of the wall. There is quite a lot of glare on this piece which is unfortunate, but putting that to one side, the scene that unfolds is crazy and nightmarish. There is a zombie monkey (of course), holding a bunch of keys and sitting immediately below a large eye.

Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020
Nightwayss, Brunel Way, Bristol, October 2020

An elaborate decoration surrounds the piece but look out, a snake lurks within the swirls. This is an unusual and intriguing Halloween piece from Nightwayss and is rather special in my eyes.

3277. Clift House Road (3)

From the time I saw my first wall by Nightwayss in Dean Lane a few years ago I have been captivated by his monkeys and their antics. Coming across this one was a bit of a nice extra surprise because it is next to a big wall that I had specifically come to photograph, but hadn’t known about this one.

Nightwayss, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020
Nightwayss, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020

There is a tenderness in this Piece which I find really rather touching. The large monkey has managed to catch his fingers in a mousetrap and is confused about it illustrated by the hamster wheel in his head. Another monkey is leaning in wondering what is going on. The second monkey has a implied caution, concern and curiosity about what is happening and seems to be well observed from how real monkeys might behave in such a situation.

Nightwayss, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020
Nightwayss, Clift House Road, Bristol, October 2020

The simple style of this illustration matches the wonderful ink drawings that Nightwayss has been producing for ‘Inktober’ and posting on his Instagram account. If you can, I strongly recommend you take a look at it. I love this piece.

3259. M32 Spot (84)

All too often there are some really nice pieces that are easily overlooked. In skate parks this happens frequently because any ramp street art tends to get scuffed, damaged and tagged really quickly. Fortunately I managed to find this lovely writing from Nightwayss before it got too bashed about.

Nightways, M32 Spot, Bristol, Setember 2020
Nightways, M32 Spot, Bristol, Setember 2020

Sadly there are no monkeys, but the writing is very nice and the style and colour selections very typical of the artist. I have seen Nightwayss use this grey colour an awful lot in his work which in itself is not unusual for graffiti writers, but he uses it more artistically than is the case for most throw ups that you see about the place. My guess is that this is one of those pieces that goes largely overlooked… not by me though.

3158. Dean Lane skate park (347)

I really like this recent piece by Nightwayss in Dean Lane. The only downside is that it is painted on the wall that is tricky to photograph, which is why these pictures are on an angle. There is more to this piece, but I have treated them as two separate pieces and the other side will follow.

Nightwayss, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020
Nightwayss, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2020

So here we have a giant blue monkey riding on an orange bus, and why not. The monkey in many of Nightwayss’ pieces isn’t always quite so obvious, but here it is the star of the show. I love the style of the piece and the bus in particular is notable for its wheels and the white reflections on the windows. This is a really wonderful piece from a talented artist.

3136. St Werburghs tunnel (179)

I feel like I have been a little starved of pieces from Nightwayss, and I think the last one I posted was his large and stunning tribute to the NHS at the M32 roundabout. This is an altogether much smaller and intimate piece.

Nightwayss, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020
Nightwayss, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2020

Nightwayss’ signature element is his little monkeys that appear in practically all of his works and he doesn’t disappoinnt with this one. His little monkey is dancing on top of a halo which sits atop the G in NIGHT. The letter style is tending towards cartoon and beautifully presented. This is a small, modest and fun piece from Nightwayss that made me smile when I saw it.

3002. M32 roundabout J3 (219)

Nothing seems to last for long on any wall at the moment, but if you are going to get painted over, then it might as well be by an epic Nightwayss piece like this one. This large coronavirus piece is a tribute to NHS staff and another fine piece cataloging the crazy times we are living in.

Nightwayss, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020
Nightwayss, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020

Nightwayss has used the double wall space well to accommodate the figure lying on its back. Starting with the background which rather nicely ‘hosts’ the whole body, Nightwayss has used a lilac wash with a whole bunch of purple viruses dotted about.

Nightwayss, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020
Nightwayss, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2020

In the body itself, little scenes are played out , for example a patient and two medical staff on the far left and some microbiologists at work in the torso. This is quite an unusual piece by the artist, especially as I can’t find a monkey which normally make an appearance in his work. A special piece marking a particular moment in our history. (Note to self, run a gallery of coronavirus pieces in about a year).

2888. Dean Lane skate park (303)

Well, this is a piece I never knew I had, and may well be the oldest work I have by Nightwayss. I think that when one takes so many pictures of street art, there will be the odd ones that are difficult to recollect. Mostly they are the ones by artists that are unfamiliar, and so there are no reference points to engage with.

Nightwayss, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2017
Nightwayss, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2017

There are no monkeys here, which makes it a bit of a collectors item. The writing in shades of green is complex and nicely done, although I’m not too sure how much the characters add to the overall piece and I am not sure about the story they tell. I am a fan of Nightwayss’ work, so to uncover this early one has given me a real thrill.

2847. St Werburghs tunnel (162)

Sweet and simple, this is a classy piece of writing in the tunnel from Nightwayss. His recent awakening with the start of sprinng has been put on hold, just like all the other artists by the Covid-19 outbreak and lock down rules. I think it would be hard to justify spraying a wall as essential exercise. Some artists have taken to painting on boards in their gardens/yards and I will get my board out of the greenhouse, just as soon as the robins that have taken up residence in there have hatched and fledged

Nightwayss, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020
Nightwayss, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2020

Sometimes less is more and I think that is the case with this piece from Nightwayss. There is something about this that is very easy on the eye, its simplicity, the font style perhaps. Just because it is simple doesn’t mean it is easy. Great care has been taken with the piece and it is not a simple throw up, just look at the background for evidence of that. A nice one from Nightwayss.