3088. Dean Lane skate park (335)

A rather sweet pair of cuddly rabbits squeezed onto a small wall under the large ramp at Dean Lane skate park by none other than Nevergiveup or Followmyrabbits. Natural Adventures wouldn’t be Natural Adventures without regular posts containing these ubiquitous bunnies.

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2020
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2020

This pairing looks like a rather quick piece from Nevergiveup and I am guessing that it didn’t take too long, such is his expertise at creating these little characters. I suspect it was a quick one because the decoration is a little less elaborate than we have been used to of late. This wall gets tagged and dogged really quickly, so turnover here is very high. Nothing lasts long here, not even rabbits.

2997. Dean Lane skate park (323)

This pair of rabbits from Nevergiveup in Dean Lane appeared alongside at least two other bunny pieces by the artist at the end of May just as lock down restrictions were easing.

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020

With every new rabbit, Nevergiveup is improving and fine-tuning his technique and adding subtle decorative motifs. If you take a look back at some of his work from two years ago, it is possible to see the dramatic improvement. These are a lovely pair.

2994. Brunel Way bridge (35)

In the previous post I was talking about a large piece by Taboo that I never got to see. Well, a tiny little bit of that piece, the ‘B’ I think, lies behind this delightful three-way collaboration from Laic217, Soge and Nevergiveup (Followmyrabbits).

Laic217, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Laic217, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

On the left of the three pieces is a rather dark and menacing face-masked face from Laic217, wearing a hat with the letters ACAB emblazoned on it. You might notice that many pieces in Bristol carry those letters at the moment, which resonate with the Black Lives Matters movement and the acronym stands for ‘All Cops are Bastards’. Bristol has lately become famous across the world for its rather revolutionary support for BLF.

Soge, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Soge, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

In the middle is a bright and vibrant pink piece by soge, who like his two Polish buddies here has been extremely busy since the end of May. Clean and tight writing spelling out the letters of his name SOGE. The yellow stars and weave in the centre of the piece add nice touches.

Nevergiveup, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020
Nevergiveup, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2020

On the right is a very long-eared rabbit by Nevergiveup, beautifully filled and perfectly executed. This artist is tireless it would seem and I have utterly lostcount of how many of these bunnies I have photographed, and that probably only accounts for about half of the total. Gallery soon? A very tidy collaboration from three top artists.

2969. Dean Lane skate park (316)

As the lock down restrictions have eased, the street/graffiti artists in Bristol have started to get busy, and Dean Lane in particular has been a destination of choice. This colourful collaboration is from Crem, Nevergiveup and Kity.

Crem, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020
Crem, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020

First up is Crem and a confession that I don’t really know this artist at all and this is the first Crem post in Natural Adventures, although not the last I am sure. Crem’s letter shapes are unusual and nicely finished and the piece sets the tone for the whole collaboration with its attractive fills.

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020

No need to introduce the creator of the rabbit in the centre of the piece as he is the most featured artist on Natural Adventures, and even then I have loads of unpublished pieces of his in my archive. I am of course talking about Nevergiveup. This bunny adopts the colour scheme and offers one of the best bunnies I have seen.

Kity, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020
Kity, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020

Finally we move on to Kity, who like Crem I know absolutely nothing about. It would seem that I need to do a little bit of homework here. What I can’t be sure of is whether these two are new on the scene or whether they have just been off my radar. Probably the latter… it happens a lot. Kity continues the colour scheme to give what is in its entirety a really pleasing collaboration.

2954. Dean Lane skate park (314)

Well, after a few weeks of riffling through my photograph archives due to the impacts of the coronavirus which slowed output of street art, I am pleased to say that things are improving. Artists are returning to walls being miindful of social distancing and over the last few days I have managed to take photographs of contemporary pieces, and where better to start than with a rabbit from Nevergiveup (@followmyrabbits).

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2020

This particular fellow is a Cabbit ot Rarrot and is a bit of a reshaping of the usual rabbit character into a carrot. Why? I have no idea, but probably becausee he can. This piece was one of several from the artist in a Dean Lane session recently and how refreshing it is to see new vibrant art happening again on the streets of Bristol.

2920. Dean Lane skate park (308)

Anyone who reads Natural Adventures regularly will know that I have a soft spot for Polish artist Hire, whose Gothic writing and spiky rabbits regularly adorn the walls of Dean Lane skate park. This piece from July last year treats us to both central elements of his work.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

The writing part of the piece is expertly done and I particularly like the way that two tones of orange are used and blended to great effect. The 3D shading is very distinct, but I fear slightly dominates the brittle nature of the letters.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2019

The rabbit, although menacing, is perhaps a little kinder than some of his spikier cousins… it looks like it has had a bit of a shampoo and set. How on earth I allowed this one to sit in my archive until now, I’ll never know.

2918. Leonard Lane (26)

Just in case anyone is suffering from withdrawal symptoms from a regular dose of Nevergiveup’s (#followmyrabbits) rabbits, I thought I’d throw in one of dozens still unpublished on Natural Adventures.

Nevergiveup, Leonard Lane, Bristol, July 2019
Nevergiveup, Leonard Lane, Bristol, July 2019

This beauty was sprayed on one of the doors at the eastern end of Leonard Lane, and I think I must have photographed it fairly soon after it had been painted because it is very crisp and clean without any tags. This one is notable for the use of lots of colours, maybe he was using up dregs. Lovely rabbit this one, and a great location.

2900. Dean Lane skate park (305)

The great thing about looking back is that you get to see what artist’s work looked like some time ago and how they might have developed over time. This fabulous pair of rabbits from Nevergiveup (#followmyrabbits) is from April 2018 and is notably different from more recent incarnations of the characters in two respects: the amount of decoration on the torso is much more limited, and the ears much smaller than on the 2020 versions.

Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Nevergiveup, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018

We have to remember that the artist has only been in Bristol for about three years, it feels much longer because of the abundance and spread of rabbits, but in street art terms it is a relatively short time. The image below is a more recent incarnation pf a Nevergiveup rabbit, can you see the differences?

Nevergiveup, Lucky Lane, Bristol, February 2020
Nevergiveup, Lucky Lane, Bristol, February 2020

2892. Dean Lane skate park (304)

I think that regular readers of Natural Adventures will be more used to seeing rabbits from Nevergiveup (#followmyrabbits) than from Hire, but it was the latter who painted them in Bristol first, especially in The Bearpit and Dean Lane.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017

This old one is on the famous curved wall at Dean Lane skate park and is beautifully finished. Set on a dark red and rather moody background, this menacing rabbit (with Gothic styling) is painted in a grey-green that contrasts brilliantly with it. One that escaped my clutches from way back in February 2017. Nice to free it.

Hire

A gallery of gothic writing and menacing rabbits from Bristol- based artist Hire.

All photographs taken by Scooj.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, June 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2019
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Hire, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Hire, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2017
Soge and Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Soge and Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, July 2017
Hire, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016
Hire, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, June 2016
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, April 2017
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Hire, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017
Laic217 and Hire, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2017