365. Upper York Street (3)

More great art from one of the very best local Bristol street artists. (This is a difficult judgement to make, because there are so many of them that are just incredible). Sled One has created a wild and wonderful mural with curious giraffe-like creatures as its centrepiece.

Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016

I would say that the colours and overall style are certainly in the 3Dom school of street art, and far removed from the extraordinarily brilliant wildstyle burners that are Sled One’s trademark. I love Sled One’s work, and I would guess that he freestyled this, as he generally seems to freestyle everything.

Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016

I am always in awe of his work. The details and stories are great. In this picture the giraffe on the right appears to be peeing on the tent of the giraffe on the left – not sure what the background to this might be, but there is definitely a story there somewhere.

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332. The Bearpit (24)

This is another wonderful bit of wildstyle writing from Bristol’d rising star, Sled One. A modest piece from a little while ago on the northern steps down into the Bearpit. What I really like about Sled One’s work is that although his writing works always incorporate his name, they vary so much in their construction. No two pieces are alike.

Sled One, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2016

I notice that he will be at Upfest and has a site just to himself. I am so looking forward to seeing what he gets up to. I saw the map and list of artists coming to Bristol next weekend for Upfest. It is staggering just how many will be here. I do hope that I can catch up with as many as possible. It promises to be an amazing festival.

316. M32 J3 Roundabout (14)

There is little doubt in my mind that the brightest rising star on the street art scene in Bristol is Sled One. His work, both the wildstyle writing and his freestyle characters are second to none, and yet I feel there is still so much more to come from this extremely talented young artist. My son tells me he is a good skater too, which obviously adds to his credibility as a street phenomenon.

Sled One, M32 Roundabout,Bristol, June 2016
Sled One, M32 Roundabout,Bristol, June 2016

This writing demonstrates his incredible range. His shapes vary from piece to piece. He seems to have an incredible capacity to see what he wants to create and then go and do it. I find this piece really compelling, and just by looking at it you can see the quality shining through.

286. St Werburghs Tunnel (1)

This piece can be found in one of the Bristol hotspots that I have yet to feature in the blog – criminal really. I have been to the St Werberghs tunnel, which leads to the city farm, several times and there is always tons of new material each time I go. The main problem with this location is that the artificial light in the middle, and natural light at the tunnel ends, makes photographing the pieces really difficult.

Sled One detail, St Werberghs, Bristol, May 2016
Sled One detail, St Werburghs, Bristol, May 2016

This is an incredibly nicely worked piece of writing by Sled One. He is quite the master of disguising his wildstyle, and the colour combinations he uses never disappoint. The photographs probably don’t do this piece justice – it is a stunner.

278. Old Bread Street (4)

This is an older piece from the hoardings at Old Bread Street by Sled One. Although this is perhaps not his finest work, he crafts these in super-quick time, and I think freestyles them. In this work he has deliberately pixelated the artwork, which I have seen other artists do too. I am a big fan, he is young and has an amazing graffiti art career ahead of him.

Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, November 2015
Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, November 2015

I am hoping to get out tomorrow and find a more recent piece by Sled One in Stokes Croft, but I fear it might already be too late.

Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, November 2015
Sled One, Old Bread Street, Bristol, November 2015

For some, it might be difficult to read these letters, but if you concentrate, you will be able to make out the letters of his name SLED. Sled One is a member of ASK.

222. Armada Place (3)

One of Sled One’s incredible wildstyle pieces. He sprays these unimaginably quickly, and I consider him to be very talented. One of the best writers in Bristol who is both energetic and prolific. This can be found in Armada Place, parallel with Stokes Croft, and just around the corner from the Fois piece on Nine Tree Hill.

Sled One, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One, Armada Place, Bristol, April 2016

When you get your eye in with these wildstyle pieces, you can start to make out the letters and words. I saw some today however that were unfathomable.

184. Ashley Road (5)

It would appear that Friday late afternoon is the right time to be passing the street art hot spots. Last week I managed to catch up with Decay and Alex Lucas, today I met and watched Sled One working this practice hoarding in Stokes Croft.

Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016

I had just dropped down from Armada Place, where I had seen and photographed another of his recent works, so it was a real pleasure to meet him. What a nice guy, and an extremely talented artist. It was his work that I featured (the woody woodpecker one) a little while ago that I honestly believe to be one of the finest works I have seen in Bristol. I told him as much (he was chuffed) and he said that it was freestyled…which basically means he sprayed it off the top of his head – no plan. Below are some pictures of Sled One at work.

Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016
Sled One, Ashley Road, Bristol, 15 April 2016

You can make out the writing, it says Sled in silver and ASK in yellow (ASK is After School Klub – a group of Bristol street artists). A good afternoon’s work I would say.