1541. Upfest 2017 (174)

The unmistakable face of Johnny Rotten.

When I asked some artists from the RAW crew about who painted this they told me it was by the legendary Turoe (Turo). Now, I have come into this rather late, the last 3-4 years or so, and I find it quite difficult penetrating the street art world that predates my interest. Because of this, there are many gaps in my knowledge and this was the first time I had seen work from the artist.

Turoe (Turo), Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Turoe (Turo), Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The entry for Turoe in the Upfest programme simply reads “Old school Bristol graffiti legend”. Further reading in the book ‘Children of the Can’ (Bristol graffiti and street art) by Felix Braun confirms his standing as a major player in the Bristol graffiti and hip hop scene.

Turoe (Turo), Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Turoe (Turo), Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

The work itself is beautifully done, which screams punk rock. It is interesting that before the eyes were completed the punk rocker is reasonably generic, but with the eyes it could only be Johnny Rotten. Nice piece.