2571. M32 roundabout J3 (179)

More great graffiti writing from Smak on the south side of the M32 roundabout on a stretch of wall he has painted many times. As one would expect his letters are beautifully designed and presented and the colour patterning really cleverly used in each one.

Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2019

Smak really sets the bar for this style of writing in Bristol and rarely drops below this exceptionally high standard. It is the care and attention to detail that raises the quality of the piece, for example the darker colours on the background are carefully worked and in synchrony with the letters where he could have just presented the whole thing on a dark plain background. Lovely piece.

2557. Wilder Street (37)

I can’t think of a time when Sled One hasn’t been on fire. His work is always of such an exceptionally high standard and not only is it technically brilliant, but he combines that excellence with a fertile imagination and interesting concepts.

Sled One, Wilder Street, Bristol, October 2019
Sled One, Wilder Street, Bristol, October 2019

This piece on the ‘Where the Wall’ curated area is a beautiful (belated) birthday work for his frequent painting buddy Smak. It gives me a warm feeling to know that these guys pay tribute to each other in this kind of way and reassures me that the street art community is built on friendship and decency. The piece itself is a creative spelling of SMAK and is painted with a fabulous colour palette underpinned by a deep red and a scarlet. What a nice birthday present to get.

P.S. it is my birthday in January… any chance…?

2548. L Dub (8)

I only make occasional trips to L Dub, which is OK, because the turnover isn’t quite up to the same level as it is in places like Dean Lane for example. Those rare visits though are totally worth it, and the dog rather enjoys the trip too.

Smak, L Dub, Bristol, October 2019
Smak, L Dub, Bristol, October 2019

This lovely piece of writing by Smak was alongside the Sled One mermaid which I posted a little while back, and the subtle colour selections work so well placed on the cloudy sky background. I am a fan of clouds, and since I started playing around with spray paint I have been looking at clouds a whole load more to make sure I don’t make silly mistakes (for example clouds that are darker on the top than on the bottom – it just doesn’t happen). Nice to see this Smak piece, it feels like a while since his last one.

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.

Smak

A gallery of top drawer graffiti writing by Bristol’s artist Smak.

All photographs taken by Scooj.

Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, May 2019
Smak, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, Upper York Street, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, April 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Smak and Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak and Sled One, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Nelson Street, Bristol, March 2019
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2019
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Smak, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2019
Smak, Lower Ashley Road, Bristol, January 2019
Smak, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Smak, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Smak, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Smak, Wilder Street, Bristol, December 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 20189
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 20189
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, October 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2018
Smak, Tower Hill, Bristol, August 2018
Smak, Tower Hill, Bristol, August 2018
Smak, Tower Hill, Bristol, August 2018
Smak, Tower Hill, Bristol, August 2018
Smak, Ashton Road, Bristol, September 2018
Smak, Ashton Road, Bristol, September 2018
Smak, Hepburn Road, Bristol, March 2018
Smak, Hepburn Road, Bristol, March 2018
Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2018
Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2018
Sled One and Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Sled One and Smak, Moon Street, Bristol, April 2016
Smak, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
Smak, Raleigh Road, Bristol, January 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Smak, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2018
Smak, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2017
Smak, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2017
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Smak, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Smak, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2016
Smak, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2017
Smak, The Bearpit, Bristol, June 2017

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.