Laic217 is painting roughly every three to four weeks at the moment, which is great as it keeps a constant stream of his work in the limelight, and allows me to publish pretty much every piece I see.
This artistic piece features a chrome Satan Japanese Oni (thank you, Paul) crushing a spray can with his teeth, and some bronze paint/fumes wafting from the can in a rather stylised design. The chrome work is fantastic because it isn’t chrome at all, but looks like it. The colours used are actually black, grey, white and light blue, which used skilfully create an illusion of metal. Brilliant work from Laic217.
The best thing about photographing and chronicling street art in Bristol are the surprises, and they don’t come much bigger than this fabulous three way collaboration from Logoe, Sepr and Haka. Three old hands (I hope they won’t mind me calling them that) on the Bristol scene combining their talents on one wall.
To the left of the triptych is a truly fabulous piece of script graffiti writing from Logoe, who has been mad for it this winter. There really has been no stopping him, despite the fact he doesn’t even live in Bristol and blitzes our walls in short bursts.
The middle section is a superb character piece from Sepr, featuring a beautifully dresses satan balancing a flaming earth on his finger. Why would such a thing be happening?… oh yeah, the planet is being run by imbeciles and climate change is going to change everything. Satan surely has a hand in all of this somewhere.
The right-hand section is a cheerful piece by Haka, that clearly demonstrates his ability when he puts his mind to it. Often his pieces have a rough-edge, grounded feel to them, but not this one. Here he has pulled-off some stylish writing and excellent fills that do the job nicely and round off the whole collaboration. Great work from these three.
There so many things that I love about street art and graffiti writing. Firstly there is the beauty of the art itself and an admiration of the technical skills needed to create it in the first place; then there is the hunt… finding a piece and photographing it and if you get extra lucky having a chat with the artist whilst they are working; post-production includes archiving the pieces and finally sharing them here on Natural Adventures and on my Instagram feed. It keeps me busy. There is also resolution, which happens when you archive a piece, waiting for the day when you know a little bit more about it and can post it. This day is now and the piece is by Pura Decadencia.
I think that this was the first piece I saw by Pura Decadencia, but it is the third that I have posted. A girl dressed as Satan set on a purple and orange flame. I saw a sketch of this piece in her Instagram feed and the devil had a tail, which I think would have capped this piece off nicely. I wonder if she forgot to add it. Fabulous work nonetheless.
Painted alongside his compatriots, this stunning piece by visiting Spanish artist Sin Prisas complements the Satan by Dabuten Tronko perfectly. I’m not exactly certain when this piece was painted, but I think it was during October/November this year, and when I took these pictures, it all looked clean and fresh too me.
This is a satanic figure peering over a wall and up to no good, with a devil capped spray can at the ready. It is beautifully sprayed with plenty of depth and some nice details. These guys sure can paint and this wall is really impressive. If you’ve not been there to take a look yet, I can highly recommend it.
Lots of unknowns about this amazing piece on the Avon River pathway. I have no idea who the artist is and I don’t know how long it has been there, but judging from the fact that it looks pretty fresh and clean and the subject, it might be a recent Halloween piece.
Set on a blue and red broad-striped background this fabulously painted Satan face with enormous horns stands out a mile. The artwork is immaculate and this has been sprayed by an accomplished artist. The hand and spray can spewing out blue paint add a perfect finishing touch to the wall. The word MAFIA at the bottom right doesn’t help with identification. I am irritated that I can’t place the artist, especially as there is something familiar about the style that I simply can’t pin down. Too good not to post. I got there in the end, it is by Dabuten Tronko… see comments below.
I would hope that regular readers of Natural Adventures would recognise this sinister pair as being the work of Laic217, an artist who has appeared on these pages with great regularity and whose work just seems to get better and better.
On the left we see a skeleton draped with themes and motifs that Laic217 has been using for some years now, such as a bucket hat with a rather animated smiley on the front, multiple sets of eyes behind the glasses, and a distorted, exaggerated mouth/jaw. This skeletal character, holding a spray can is being led to one side by… is it Satan himself?
The satanic character brings colour to the piece and a little menace too. He seems to be directing the hand of the skeleton, clutching a spray can, perhaps forcing him to paint the wall. Is this in some way autobiographical? or something else altogether? This is an interesting composition once more beautifully painted by Laic217. Another keeper for the gallery.
Once more we see a pairing of Laic217 and Cort on this hoarding panel in Moon Street. Unfortunately I arrived to photograph it just a little too late, and the Cort half has been dogged with a throw up. This is an all too familiar sight in the Stokes Croft area and can at times be really frustrating, and indeed has driven some artists away from the area, which is a real pity.
The Laic217 half of this collaboration features a rather menacing skull wearing a red bucket had with horns sticking through the top. the word ‘inferno’ stitched into the brim of the hat suggests that this may indeed be Satan.
Another nice piece from these artists and another weekly (at least) dose of Laic217.
I have just noticed that the shadow on the pavement in the bottom picture looks a little like it could be the shadow cast by Satan.