2830. Alfred Street (2)

Not all that long ago I was saying on Natural Adventures that I don’t post enough pieces by T-Rex, so here is a gorgeous winnged dinosaur from her on the recently discovered (by me) Alfred Street wall. There piece is linked with the Aspire piece to the right by incorporating toadstools, and an alien theme.

T-Rex, Alfred Street, Bristol, March 2020
T-Rex, Alfred Street, Bristol, March 2020

T-Rex has absolutely nailed these cartoon-style characters and they appear all over Bristol, often on caravans and vans that people live in dotted about the place. At any one time you are never too far away from one of these dinosaurs. This is an uplifting and happy piece, and I guess we could all do with a bit of happiness in our lives at the moment.

Yesterday, the UK went into lockdown which means that artists shouldn’t be spraying on the streets and I won’t be out taking photographs. This will give me an opportunity to go back through my archives and share with you pieces that deserve to be liberated. Watch this space for pieces going back as far as 2015.

2828. M32 cycle path (54)

Ryder has stamped his moniker all over Bristol, either with the letters RYDER or with his ‘R’ character. Because his work is everywhere, it is sometimes difficult to know whether you have already photographed a piece or not, and that was the case with this one on the M32 cycle path. While I might have photographed it, I haven’t posted it until now.

Ryder, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2020
Ryder, M32 cycle path, Bristol, March 2020

The obvious thing to comment upon is the dynamic and free-form fill that Ryder has used – not solid, but rather more organic, like the kind of fills you might see from Ugar (what’s happend to him recently?). The whole thing is unusually subtle from Ryder, but look closely and you’ll see that it is a real gem.

2814. Dean Lane skate park (291)

Rusk is so, so busy just at the moment as you will notice on Natural Adventures in coming days/weeks. This piece was painted on a very special day last week when there was a gathering of some of the best Bristol graffiti writers including Rusk, Soker, Inkie and Hemper. I got extraordinarily lucky as I had decided to take the dog for a walk in Dean Lane at the exact right time (more on the others coming soon).

Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

Rusk is a friendly guy and when I arrived he made time for a quick chat and even posed for a picture. I have said it so many times before, but I’ll say it again, his work is always tight and he takes a lot of care in keeping it tidy. In this piece the colour fills are merged vertically, which is quite unusual and which looks rather nice.

Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, March 2020

I have separated out his piece from the others that were painting at the same time, because this end of the wall is somewhat separated from the rest of the wall in terms of photography due to a wall opposite it and being in a narrow space.

2808. Wilder Street (39)

I don’t quite know why, but I don’t think I post nearly enough piece by T-Rex on Natural Adventures as I should. I have a great many in the archive and inn time they will surface. I guess the same could be said for most of the artists I write about, but I feel I might have neglected T-Rex a little more than most, so it is time to put that right.

Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, February 2020
Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, February 2020

This is a lovely romantic Valentine’s day piece by T-Rex painted in the colours of love and with a little heart under the T. She has put a little ‘Queen’ tag with an arrow pointing at the work, which I think is more than deserved. I’m not too sure who painted the little cupid, but it might have been Rusk whose piece was adjacent to this one. Lovely to see this piece in Wilder Street.

Scratch all of the above

The piece was by Ryder, T-Rex’s partner. Thank you Paul for pointing this out. Now the piece makes so much more sense.

2805. M32 cycle path (52)

One of the most consistent writers in Bristol is Rusk, always meticulous in the turnout of his pieces. This is a gorgeous example of his great work on the M32 cycle path, adjacent to an already featured piece from Soker.

Rusk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2020
Rusk, M32 cycle path, Bristol, February 2020

The letter shapes are most pleasing and the blue 3D shading contrasts beautifully with the chrome letters and red gaseous background. This wall is no push-over as it conceals a metal door, so the surfaces are pretty uneven and made of different materials, not that you’d know it from looking at it. Rusk is pretty busy just at the moment, which is a very good thing as far as I am concerned.

2777. M32 Spot (60)

Sometimes it is better not to write too much about a piece, especially when it is this good. Smak posted this on Instagram and said what a banging board this is, and I quite agree. Hats off to whoever erected it under the M32.

Smak, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2020
Smak, M32 Spot, Bristol, February 2020

This writing is close to perfect and there is something that is extra good about it, it might be the choice of vibrant and contrasting colours. Anyhow it is simply a really good example of how great technical graffiti writing can be.

2769. St Werburghs tunnel (145)

Well, he’s on fire really isn’t he? Each time I do my rounds of well known street art spots there seems to be a Smak piece lurking there somewhere. This relatively recent one is bang in the middle of St Werburghs tunnel. I am quite pleased that the photograph has come out reasonably well considering the dire light conditions there.

Smak, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020
Smak, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020

This has all the elements of a typically technically brilliant Smak piece. Sensational design and lines, clean and tidy, wonderful 3D and fill work. I’m not sure he ever has a ‘bad hair day’ and if he does, I’ve yet to see it.