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.
This is the image I have agonised over most since I started blogging about Bristol street art. I came across it in the amazing car park at the end of Old Bread Lane surrounded by hoardings that make fabulous practice walls for local artists.
I like the work so much that it adorns the front cover of my ‘street art calendar 2016’, but it is only recently that I made out the artist’s name…it is blindingly obvious now, with hindsight. Sled One is another Bristol artist, who seems to work with several other artists, including SPZero76, featured in yesterday’s entry.
There appears to be a hell of a lot of meaning in this piece…it would appear to have an environmental theme and a ‘cutting off his nose to spite his face’ kind of thing going on. The character also really reminds me of Woody Woodpecker, although I am sure that is accidental. I cannot say how much I like it. I took the picture last November, but I expect it has been painted over by now.
A wonderful new piece by SPZero76 has recently appeared on the side wall of Poppers, a party shop on the Gloucester Road. It would seem that SPZero76 has been rather busy lately, with a recent piece also appearing in Shoreditch, London. UPDATE 4 March 16: via Twitter, SPZero76 informes me that the wildstyle burner in the centre of this piece is by Mr Wigz, so it is a collaboration between the two.
SPZero76 is an illustrator and street artist who is based in Bristol and London, who has a great website where you can find out more about his work.
I particularly like this new mural because it brightens up what was previously a rather dull alleyway. There are several references in the work including to Lost Souls (his crew) and to Massive Attack (Robert del Naja is an active street artist, 3D).
I had a great stroll along the Gloucester Road this morning, and photographed loads of street art, some of it very recent, other pieces, like this one, that have been around for some time.
This area would appear to be one of 3Dom’s favourite haunts, and there numerous works by him nearby. This one ‘when philosophers are kings’ dates back to at least 2010. The colours have faded a little, but it really has something about it.
It is a great wall, and I am a little surprised that it hasn’t been sprayed over. It is interesting that 3Dom’s work is rarely tagged or marked, I guess his pieces are respected, and rightly so.
Another Stokes Croft piece by Sepr on a shop shutter. This has been around for some while and is beginning to fade a little. It is rather difficult to photograph, because there are normally a couple of cars parked in front of the shop.
I like his signature in the number plate, and his “Yo Deams” comment in the top right (Deam is another local street artist). This piece reminds me a lot of the one Sepr did in St Pauls, probably around the same time.
Sepr remains one of my favourite Bristol street artists, but this work is not his best.
Another wonderful My Dog Sighs work that was painted at the same time as Upfest 2015, but not directly as part of the event. The owner of the house (on the corner of British Road and Victoria Place) asked My Dog Sighs if he would paint the ‘Hugs’ character on the side of her house, and this is the result.
Although quite different in subject matter to his eyes or his tin cans, there is something simple and charming about ‘Hugs’. I am a big fan, and very much hope that My Dog Sighs will make a return for the 2016 Upfest.
I have seen a lot of work by DNT is Bristol, but I have been trying to dig out information about him before featuring any of his work. It has been difficult. Then I stumbled on this lovely YouTube clip which presents DNT as he is, and offers a short biography in his own words.
This small piece in Moon Street is relatively recent and rather unusual. It sits yards away from a 3Dom piece featured here a little while ago. The cat wins me over, even if it does have three eyes…after all, I have a cat with 26 fingers/claws.