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Hypo, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
Hypo, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

I am pretty sure that when I last posted a Hypo piece I said that his work was somewhat underrepresented on Natural Adventures, so I hope this post is in some small way addressing this.

Hypo, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
Hypo, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

Painted in the tunnel alongside his friends, this piece is a real beauty and pretty much on point. The letters spell Hypo, and have four tones of red making up the fills. There are some nice details and accent flashes, and a 3D drop-shadow with a disappearing point in the middle of the piece, something that Hypo certainly seems to favour. This is a really decent piece of writing from the artist.

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Kool Hand and Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
Kool Hand and Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

I really enjoy these occasional collaborations from Daz Cat and Kool Hand, who have been teaming up for several years now. Their creations are steadily becoming more sophisticated and intricate as each of the artists improves and develops.

Kool Hand and Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
Kool Hand and Daz Cat, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

Both artists have created characters on hoverboards, cruising through a deep red, starlit sky. Kool Hand has a crocodile on a ‘Silver Surfer’ kind of board and Daz Cat has painted an elaborate Ms cat with loads of detail in the face and clothing. The whole thing is an effective and atmospheric work, creating an exciting and dynamic scene.

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Merny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
Merny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

It is always, always a pleasure to find Merny pieces… he is one of my favourite artists in Bristol, always coming up with pieces that have a story to tell, and this one at the entrance of the tunnel is no exception.

Merny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
Merny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

Unlike many other Merny pieces, this one has remained untagged and intact for a week or two now, which is great news for those that don’t get an opportunity to see his creations. The message here is ‘don’t throw the baby out with the bath water’, but what it refers to I am not quite sure. The naive illustration is full of colour and movement and leaves little to the imagination.

Merny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
Merny, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

The right-hand side of the piece is a little bit of extra abstract work, and I am not entirely sure what it is about. There is a nice colour transition, and the shapes are quite pleasing. I wondered if it was finished, or whether Merny was simply using up some paint and having a bit of fun. As a whole, I like this wall, but of course I would, because I am a bit of a fan.

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DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

Anything by DJ Perks is always welcome on Natural Adventures and this slightly different piece of writing from DJ Perks was a nice surprise in the tunnel a couple of weeks ago.

DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022
DJ Perks, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2022

It took a few moments to register what the letters said (tunnel) and who it was by, as I am more used to seeing The letters PERKS. This is more than decent writing, nicely filled and presented with a neat and tidy border. Good to see DJ Perks painting in the tunnel.

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Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017
Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017

Every once in a while, I take a quick canter through my archives, just to see if there is something significant that got left behind. This is most definitely a piece that I should have posted back in September 2017, but like so many pieces before it, missed out. I am sharing it now.

Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017
Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, September 2017

The writing is by Dott Rotten and spells out SPOILT, which he most commonly writes. What is interesting about this piece is that it is quite unlike much of his other work, and could easily be by half a dozen other artists about the place. Everything about the piece is good, the background and the design of the letters and fills. It is the execution though that stands out; this is a perfectly finished piece, crisp and clean, from a master.

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Hemper and Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022
Hemper and Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022

Hemper does seem to love his collaborative walls, and has partnered so many Bristol graffiti writers over the years. In this piece in the tunnel he has paired up with Benjimagnetic, who has been a little quiet of late.

Hemper, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022
Hemper, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022

To the left is a superb piece of organic writing, so organic in fact that it is sprouting shoots and leaves, from Hemper. Spelling out HEMS, this is an utterly awesome piece of writing and shows off his talents to the maximum. I cannot really express how this piece is close to technical perfection and incredibly beautiful to boot, which is not always the case with technically great pieces. A masterclass in writing from Hemper.

Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022
Benjimagnetic, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022

To the right of the collaborative space is a bright and colourful piece that really brings out the best in Benjimagnetic. The letter fills, using straight lines, create a wonderful structural effect that gives the writing so much depth and texture. It is always a great pleasure to see any new pieces from Benjimagnetic.

Today I might get a chance to investigate a spot or two for the first time in 11 days. I wonder how much new stuff there is out there…

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Hypo, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022
Hypo, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022

Yet another hugely underrepresented writer on Natural Adventures is Hypo. There is no logical explanation, but he has painted a few pieces recently and perhaps I can address this imbalance, soon, I might even have enough pieces for a hypo gallery.

Hypo, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022
Hypo, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2022

This piece, was painted alongside a Benjimagnetic piece in the tunnel, and is a superb design, both in colour selections and in the incorporation of a bilaterally symmetrical lower portion in brown. I can’t quite make out whether it spells a second word under HYPO. Excellent work from an excellent writer.

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Mr Klue, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, July 2022
Mr Klue, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, July 2022

Just a quick write up of a quick ‘dregs’ piece by Mr Klue. I guess that one of the advantages of being an abstract writer is that it is easier to do a ‘dregs’ piece without it being recognisably so. Some artists use up their dregs to quite disastrous results, but other than being a bit small, this one by Mr Klue has turned out just fine.

Mr Klue, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, July 2022
Mr Klue, St Werburghs tunnel, Bristol, July 2022

Sometimes his letters can be so disguised, that they are invisible, but in this one it is possible to make out KLUE. Unsurprisingly the colours are Mr Klue’s favoured one’s, but of course that would be the case, if he was using up old spray cans.

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This is the second piece of ‘alien’ writing that I am aware of by Nugmoose, both of which have been painted in the tunnel. Normally, we associate the artist with painting extraordinary and imaginative alien characters, but it is great to see him transpose his skill into writing.

Nugmoose, St Werburghs, Bristol June 2022
Nugmoose, St Werburghs, Bristol June 2022

The interesting part about any writing from Nugmoose is that it is written in alien letters, so we can never know what it might say. It is quite a skill to be able to create imaginary letters and then use them to make graffiti writing, because there are no recognisable reference points. I’m not sure if it makes things easier or more difficult, because nobody is going to know if you have made a mistake. Gorgeous glowing bright green with a ‘plasma’ streak dancing around the piece.

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Two artists that you could probably set your watch by are Face 1st and Mr Draws – both produce pieces with reassuring regularity, providing some stability and reference points in this topsy-turvy world.

Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022
Mr Draws, St Werburghs, Bristol, June 2022

This piece is quite typical of Mr Draws’ work, although it feels a little bit laterally compressed, he usually likes to spread his letters out a little more. If this was by a different artist, I might describe it as a ‘dregs’ piece, meaning that it was an opportunity to finish up almost empty cans. However, Mr Draws loves to use lots of colour in his pieces, so this might simply be a joyful burst of colour.