4077. St Werburghs tunnel (266)

To get the colours right in these pictures, I had to do a bit of manipulation, which if I hadn’t would have left them as yellowy-orange stains on the wall which really wouldn’t do. Instead, you can see the colours, which you can see with the naked eye, but in photographs are negatively impacted by the orange lighting in the tunnel.

Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2021

The letters STICK are by Corupt, who is going through a bit of a purple patch at the moment which means that you should look out for more of his work appearing on these pages soon. Corupt is an artist who keeps himself to himself, and although I have seen him paint, at the top of a ladder, I still haven’t met properly.

From a technical point of view, this piece is on-point and skilfully crafted, but it is also rather beautiful too, with some excellent blended shading in the letters. More outstanding work from Corupt is in the pipeline.

3433. M32 roundabout J3 (275)

When all else in the crazy world we live in is kicking off and our landmarks and routines are blown apart, there is a beating heart, metronome-like, tick-tocking in the background and that is the quiet, modest, ever-present production line of graffiti writing from Corupt. It is rather comforting when you think about it.

Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2021
Corupt, M32 roundabout, Bristol, January 2021

In this outstanding piece Corupt has written STICK, which is one of the two common letter combinations he uses. His humour shines through with this “Happy New Tier” story to welcome all of us into 2021 in a lockdown situation. The letters are beautiful, the fills are beautiful and the colour combinations are beautiful. A beautiful cheery piece.

2600. St Werburghs tunnel (112)

Now a little break fom all that heady Upfest stuff and this great piece of writing from Corupt, who as well as writing ‘Corupt’ also writes ‘Stick’ – don’t ask me wht… he just does.

Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019
Corupt, St Werburghs, Bristol, November 2019

Corupt is one of the unsung heroes of the Brisol graffiti art scene. His work is ubiquitous and he keeps a steady flow of pieces coming year-round, but he is rarely written about or mentioned in passing. I think he keeps himself to himself and paints for the sheer joy of it. This is a lovely sharp clean piece beautifully and thoughtfully constructed.