It turns out that Nightwayss’ birthday celebratory paint jam corralled a great number of artists and channelled some extraordinary creativity. It is a long time, for example, since I last saw a piece from Laic217 that didn’t feature a skeleton or emaciated character.
In this wonderful piece, the Laic217 has painted a weed smoking, trippy rat, complete with a bucket hat, hoodie and trainers. This is a wonderful little character and contains a nice call out to Nightwayss too. The ‘Mc Trash’ MacDonalds paper cup in the background is a classy touch that adds a bit of commentary. Great work from the man.
It would seem that Laic217 enjoys painting the walls at L Dub (Lawrence Weston) and has once again turned out a typically fine piece painted at or around the time of DJ Perk’s 50th birthday paint jam a few weeks back.
Dominated by pink and purples, the character is set on a light blue background with PAD (a crew name) and Laic217 scrawled all over it. However, we didn’t come here to admire the background… the smoking character sporting a bucket hat is wearing a magnificent trippy shirt festooned with smiley faces that ripple with every fold of the material, something that Laic217 does so well. It is a clever piece when you consider the limited colour range he has used. More excellent work from one of my faves.
This post contains two things I love about Bristol street art; Moon Street and Laic217. I think that Moon Street was central to my love for street and graffiti art, as it was on my walking route to work, along with The Bearpit. Both are, sadly, spots in decline. The Bearpit has been sanitised and painted with anti-graffiti paint, and Moon Street is on the edge of a huge gentrification development programme in the Stokes Croft area, and fewer artists visit these days, preferring other less disturbed spots.
This nice trippy skeleton piece is by Laic217, and I think I have said enough in previous posts about how much I enjoy his work. Three things stand out for me, the lovely folds in the hoodie material, the pink glasses and the smiley bucket hat. This piece couldn’t possibly be by anyone else.
It is a very good thing indeed that Flava136 has decided to visit Bristol several times recently, and long may it last – perhaps he should move here, that would be nice. His work is some of the cleanest you could hope to see, and by that I mean that everything, from the Emulsion backdrop to all the elements in his work are left with clean lines. There are no border lines tidying up little blemishes. Everything is perfectly painted, and this takes a lot of skill and patience.
The customary monster, with big teeth, is joined by a green smiley and decorated with all sorts of shapes, lines and colour schemes. The truth being tyold, I don’t think I can get enough of his pieces, each one being turned out immaculately. I don’t think I have seen a scrappy piece from the artist, ever. Superb piece, and more to come.
Conrico is an artist who seems to do most of his painting in The Easton area, and so I assume he lives locally. As well as painting some of the regular spots, he also sprays in places I don’t know about in Easton, so I have a job to do, when I have time, to hunt some of these down. Thankfully recent piece is on a column in the M32 Spot and was easy to find.
Conrico has a fairly unique style that often looks more like illustration than street art… it is something to do with his ‘brush strokes’ and compositions that makes his work unique. On this fine column piece Conrico features a smiley set on a background of multicoloured Smokey vapours. An unusual and rather likeable piece.
The message from Rtiiika here is very clear ‘stop telling women to smile’. I must confess to being a little bit puzzled by the sentence. I like to think that I am reasonably well acquainted with issues of gender inequality, and sensitive to the political and societal pressures, but I don’t really understand this message. It might be something that I am unaware of, and if so need to understand better.
The artwork is wonderful and adopts the characteristic long thin lines that Rtiiika uses in her work, this time in the form of her letters. The piece is capped off with a smiley in the centre in the colour of the original we are all so familiar with. There is a juxtaposition between this smiley and the message of the piece. I like the concept of messaging like this and wonder if she will do more of it.
Taboo clearly has a great sense of fun which really comes out in his work. He is an unconventional graffiti writer using large curvy and often erratic lettering that appears to be being used by a number of ‘new school’ artists in Bristol.
Taboo has incorporated a policeman, looking very much like an American cop, chasing after a smiley face that is scuttling away to the left of the piece. Although his work sometimes looks a bit ragged, I consider Taboo to be a talented street artist who is pushing the boundaries of convention.
The workmanship of the cop character is skilfully done and almost feels slightly underplayed and modest. On its own it would stand up as a fine piece of work. Looking forward to seeing where Taboo will take us next.
Another piece from Shoreditch in November 2018, this time in the distinctive guise of Osch. Part of his yellow circle series, this one adopts his ribbon work with a map of central London and a smiley face, although the Thames mouth is a little crooked.
Finding pieces like this by Osch is always a complete pleasure and because of their distinctiveness, they feel like a ‘collectable’ series. I have found a few before, but not living in London I guess each one discovered is very special indeed. I may have posted this one before, but I think it was in a different place. How is that even possible?.
One of the highlights of 2019 has been the emergence of Nightwayss on the streets of Bristol. Although he sprayed a couple of pieces last year he has really made his monkey mark all over Bristol this year and has become something of a regular on Natural Adventures.
I was fortunate enough to meet Nightwayss for the second time when he was painting this together with Laic217 (you can see laic217’s influence in the smiley faces), and he was happy to stop for a brief chat. Of course there is a monkey, sitting in a rather thoughtful pose, but it is the incredible effect Nightwayss has achieved in the face that intrigues me most, it almost looks like a chalk sketch rather than spray paint.
This was one of my favourite and most satisfying encounters this year so far, seeing two very different artists painting together and having fun. These guys really enjoy what they do and have the added joy of being really good at it.
I think the reason I didn’t publish this piece by the brilliant Laic217 at the time I photographed it is that the light was all wrong, and the colours of the piece were a bit disappointing. This narrow lane is a nightmare for photography if you are there on a bright day or at the wrong time of day.
The light is so bright above the hoarding, which means the artwork gets darkened by the auto settings. Now if I were a real photographer, which I absolutely not – I am an archivist – I would be able to use manual settings to overcome this conundrum. Enough excuses already…the piece itself is a nother fine work by this irrepressible artist.
This form reverts to his name accompanied by a character which is a distorted face, and the distortion carries on through all the letters as well. Signature bucket hat and smiley instantly tell you who the artist is. I rather like this overlooked piece and am glad that at last I have posted it.