2755. St Werburghs tunnel (143)

Yay, let’s hear it for the boys whose recent collaboration in the tunnel is full of happiness, music and soul. Last year, Face 1st and Soap went through a period of not collaborating for whatever reason, but they seem unstoppable just now with several walls that this pair have painted already this year.

Face 1st and Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020
Face 1st and Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2020

On the left of the piece is a nice piece of writing from Face 1st with a beautifully worked horizontal gradation through his lettering and a decent 3D effect using a vanishing point underneath. On the right is a cheerful mariachi singer surrounding the whole collaboration with happy notes from his guitar. I’m not too sure if Soap has ever actually played a guitar, but the left hand is gripping the neck in a rather awkward upside-down position. Overall a wonderful and joyful piece.

2650. St Werburghs tunnel (124)

Not exactly a Christmas Day kind of piece, but one I photographed in the tunnel of St Werburghs way back in July this year and have only just got round to posting because… well just because.

Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2019
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2019

It is a rather nice collaboration between Soap (a regular on these pages) on the left and Bad Taste on the right. Soap was undergoing something of a renaissance during the summer and seemed to be churning out bright and happy pieces of which this is a super example.

Bad Taste, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2019
Bad Taste, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2019

I know nothing about Bad Taste and can only think that he/she was a visitor to Bristol who’d hooked up with Soap to find a cool place to paint. The rat is really nicely painted and stood out from the crowd in the tunnel for quite some time I seem to recall.

Now get back to your turkey (or vegetarian alternative) and enjoy the rest of this joyous Christmas Day.

2612. M32 Cycle path (43)

Yet another fine PWA (Pirate Wall Art) production from Soap and Face 1st down under the M32 along the cycle path. I think that this is quite a good wet-weather spot, because there is a small overhang to protect the wall and artists from the rain.

Soap, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2019
Soap, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2019

On the left is a ‘traditional’ soap face, with two mouths agape. Looked at onother way, the shape can be seen as a kind of skull, with the mouths forming the eyes or eye sockets – that’s what I see at least.

Face 1st, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2019
Face 1st, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2019

On the right is a Face 1st ‘beauty’ in a rather unseemly situation, vomiting toxic looking stuff. Now I’ve noticed that in recent weeeks Face 1st has been animating his faces with things like this, to tell more of a story than simply creating a pretty thing to look at. His faces are beginning to convey sadness, frustration, disgust, nausea and so on. An interesting development and great to see.

2547. M32 Cycle path (35)

How fantastic to see these two PWA artists hooking up again after what feels like way too long. Soap and Face 1st have been painting buddies for a long time, but lately have been doing their own thing. I was beginning to think that they might have fallen out and may maybe they had, so it was with some relief  that I came across this fine collaboration on the M32 cycle path.

Soap and Face 1st, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2019
Soap and Face 1st, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2019

The collaboration itself is a lovely crisp piece, which is tapping into Face 1st’s recent theme of a crying face, which I interpret as a metaphor for the desperate state of our nation. This collaboration is really tight and one of my favourites that this pair have produced. The yellow boundary contains the two elements into a ‘proper’ collaboration of shared paint and merged ideas rather than the loose collaboration of when artists paint different things together.

2504. St Mark’s Avenue (3)

In my favourite recently discovered spot, St Mark’s Avenue in Easton, is this great collaboration between Soap and Zake which I had seen previously on Instagram, but never knew where it was. Well now I know.

Zake, St Mark's Avenue, Bristol, September 2019
Zake, St Mark’s Avenue, Bristol, September 2019

On the left is a portrait by Zake that unusually for this alleyway has been altered by some idiot, goofing the eyes and the lips This is a real shame because it gives the character a completely different and rather sinister ‘personality’ than that of the original. Even though it has been altered, I felt it worth including, partly to demonstrate that not everything I get to see is in its perfect pristine state and also to explain why I try to get out regularly to find new pieces before they have been tagged or ruined.

Soap, St Mark's Avenue, Bristol, September 2019
Soap, St Mark’s Avenue, Bristol, September 2019

On the right is some colourful and uplifting writing fro Soap. The photograph is a little bit rubbish, partly because of the rather unhelpful wheelie bin and also because of the width of the lane at this point is quite tight and ‘front on’ pictures are an impossibility without a wide angle lens. Unlike much of the work in this lane it is relatively recent and was painted this year. As an aside, the tag on the bin is one that can be found pretty much everywhere in Bristol – I don’t know the tagger’s name, but it is probably concealed somewhere within the tag.

2415. Brunel Way Bridge (20)

There is something a little understated about this piece by Soap on the footpath under Brunel Way. It is a fine piece of writing spelling out SOAP with nice fills and background, and something of a cosmic feel about it, but for me it just falls shy of the mark, and I can’t get my head round why.

Soap, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2019
Soap, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2019

After a very active spring and early summer, Soap seems to have slowed down a little more recently, maybe he has been away or been working hard, or equally possible I have just missed his works – I cannot be everywhere all of the time. Looking forward to seeing more of his stuff soon.

Soap

A gallery of versatile street art and graffiti writing from Bristol’s Pirate Wall Artist  – Soap.

All photographs taken by Scooj.

Soap and Bad Taste, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2019
Soap and Bad Taste, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2019
Soap, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2019
Soap, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, November 2019
Soap and Face 1st, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2019
Soap and Face 1st, M32 cycle path, Bristol, October 2019
Soap, St Mark's Avenue, Bristol, September 2019
Soap, St Mark’s Avenue, Bristol, September 2019
Soap, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2019
Soap, Brunel Way, Bristol, August 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, June 2019
Soap, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
Soap, Dean Lane, Bristol, May 2019
Stupid Stupid Meathole and Soap, Sandbed Road, Bristol, May 2019
Stupid Stupid Meathole and Soap, Sandbed Road, Bristol, May 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Soap, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019
Soap, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2019
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2019
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, March 2019
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2019
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, February 2019
Soap, Lawrence Hill roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Soap, Lawrence Hill roundabout, Bristol, February 2019
Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Face 1st and Soap, Mina Road, Bristol, February 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2019
Soap and Tasha Bee, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Soap and Tasha Bee, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2019
Soap, Ashfield Place, Bristol, January 2018
Soap, Ashfield Place, Bristol, January 2018
Tasha Bee, Soap and Supid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2018
Tasha Bee, Soap and Supid Stupid Meathole, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2018
Face 1st and Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Face 1st and Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2018
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2018
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2018
Soap, Star and Garter, Bristol, November 2018
Soap, Star and Garter, Bristol, November 2018
Soap, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2018
Soap, M32 Spot, Bristol, November 2018
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Tasha Bee and Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Tasha Bee and Soap, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2018
Soap, Tasha Bee and Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2018
Soap, Tasha Bee and Face F1st, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2018
Soap, St Werberghs, Bristol, July 2018
Soap, St Werberghs, Bristol, July 2018
Soap and Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018
Soap and Face 1st, St Werburghs, Bristol, July 2018
Soap, Norrisville Road, Bristol, May 2018
Soap, Norrisville Road, Bristol, May 2018
Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2018
Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, January 2018
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Face F1st and Soap, Stokes Croft, Bristol, December 2017
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
Soap, M32 roundabout, Bristol, September 2017
Soap, PWA, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2016
Soap, PWA, M32 roundabout, Bristol, March 2016