2508. Stokes Croft

In the last six months or so, I don’t recall seeing very much work by Ryder. It might be that I just haven’t been at the right place at the right time, it sometimes goes like that.

Ryder, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2019
Ryder, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2019

This shutter piece is in Stokes Croft and although I have passed it many times, I haven’t had the presence of mind to photograph it until recently. I think it has probably seen better days, but represents beautifully the graffiti scene in this little stretch of road. One of the upsides to painting a shutter (and there can’t be many) is that horizontal lines are easy to paint and the colour shifts in this piece are neatly done by following the lines on the shutter. Ryder rarely disappoints.

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2493. Brunel Way Bridge (23)

Always neat and tidy, Rusk has painted yet another lovely piece of graffiti writing this time under Brunel Way. I never get to see as much of Rusk’s work as I’d like to, nor meet him often enough, as he is a really decent bloke who is great for an in-depth chat about his and other artist’s work.

Rusk, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2019
Rusk, Brunel Way, Bristol, September 2019

If I ever get even remotely good at spray painting, I’d like to think I’d have a similar approach to is as Rusk. He is meticulous in his work and will take time to get his lines perfect and his brilliant blended fills just right, stepping out from his work to get a good look at it and then going back to tweak it. Back and forth with love, care and attention.

2468. Dean Lane skate park (250)

It always feels a little unusual finding a T-Rex piece in Dean Lane probably because she doesn’t paint here as often as in North Bristol, so coming across this rather nicely done piece of writing was a pleasant surprise.

T-Rex, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019
T-Rex, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019

This piece oozes with confidence and competence. The letters are beautifully done, the character dinosaur with its cheeky grin, the leopard spot and giraffesque fills in the letters and the 3D blue shadowing are all masterfully created with what appears to be total ease. She really is a fabulous writer and we are lucky to have her brightening up the streets of Bristol.

2393. New Stadium Road (18)

This is the second part of a four-way collaboration in the foot underpass at New Stadium Road between T-Rex, Tasha Bee, Decay and Ryder. The first half (the boy’s end) was posted here. As I always say about this location, the light was not helpful for getting good photographs, but you can still see the quality of the work.

T-Rex, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019
T-Rex, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019

On the left is a beautifully colourful piece of writing from T-Rex with some wonderful and varied fills and her trademark dinosaur character rounding off the ‘X’.

Tasha Bee, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019
Tasha Bee, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2019

On the right is a very nice piece by Tasha Bee (Keep it Colourful) which reaches the very high standard I am used to seeing from her. Tasha Bee’s work never disappoints, and although she pretty much always paintsthese soulful styalised portraits, each one is an absolute beauty. All in all, it looked like these four artists had a great day out.

2288. M32 Cycle path (30)

There is no stopping Smak these days and this is another corker of a piece tucked under the M32 along the cycle path. This was painted alongside a whole bunch of other artists who had made the trip over the Severn Estuary from Wales to leave their mark in Bristol. There was a bit of a theme of  ‘zebra’ stripes in the pieces that were painted.

Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019
Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, June 2019

As Smak pieces go, this one is not as complex as some of his pieces, but it is wonderfully crisp and the neon pink A is to die for. In recent pieces I have noticed that Smak is enjoying giving the A a bit of special treatment and some of them have been outstanding, this one included.

2237. M32 Cycle path (27)

Another tremendous piece of writing from Smak along the M32 cycle path from a few weeks back. In some of his more recent pieces I have noticed that he is going for this style of blocking out letters in different ways, along similar lines to SkyHigh, and here, the M and A in particular are outstanding.

Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019

All the letters are blended and yet individual, clever work, but for me the jewel in the crown is the box around the A and circle around the M which make this piece extra special. I had difficulty photographing this piece, because it was very bright every time I visited, and the way the light falls in this alleyway makes photography really tricky. Yet another outstanding work from Smak.

2227. M32 roundabout J3 (145)

This is one of my favourite Smak pieces of the year so far, and my goodness there are a lot to choose from. This is another of his ‘double vision’ pieces where he has written SMAK twice and in this instance has played around with fonts and styles reminiscent of another brilliant graffiti writer, SkyHigh.

Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019

Often when photographing street art, I am confounded by parked cars or wheely bins that wind me up a treat. It is funny how I am somehow much more forgiving of a tree obscuring the art, although being a naturalist at heart it shouldn’t be a surprise. Wonderful piece by Smak on a great wall.