4979. M32 Cycle path (194)

Stivs, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, Jnuary 2023
Stivs, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, January 2023

I had meant to post this piece some time ago, but it just didn’t happen. The first time I photographed this rather special piece by Stivs, the lighting conditions were shocking and my pictures rendered useless. I got there in the end.

Stivs, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, Jnuary 2023
Stivs, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, January 2023

The vibrant piece seems to have a lot of robot action going on, almost in the style of Transformers. This is far removed from the calligraffiti we are used to seeing from Stivs, and shows us a completely different string to his artistic bow. All in different shades of orange and red, this is a stunner on the cycle path.

4978. Dean Lane skate park (561)

Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2022
Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2022

Maybe emerged on the Bristol scene in 2021 and has grown from strength to strength, building a reputation in the street art community over the last couple of years. His work is original and intriguing, working on themes of interlocking faces and galactic scenes. This ramp piece is a large interlocking face variant.

Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2022
Maybe, Dean Lane, Bristol, December 2022

This side of the ramp is actually a really great place to paint, because is receives a minimum of scuffing from skaters. As Maybe pieces go, this is a rather large one, and in his slightly older style. I am hoping to see great things from this unique artist, and it would be great to catch up with him again as he is a lovely man.

4977. River Avon (38)

Soap, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022
Soap, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022

This piece by Soap, was so good, I had to photograph it twice. The first time I tried, the results were terrible on account of strong sun and shade scattered over the piece. I made sure that my return visit was on an overcast day, with some better images.

Soap, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022
Soap, River Avon, Bristol, December 2022

Soap likes painting this character, which I think might be based on the cartoon character Ice King from the animated TV series Adventure Time, although I am not completely sure about that. This creation is a thing of beauty, and not only features the chrcter, but also spells out SOAP. A few gems thrown in for good measure, this is a masterclass in contemporary writing from Soap.

4976. Montpelier Park

Smak, Montpelier Park, Bristol, December 2022
Smak, Montpelier Park, Bristol, December 2022

I have been a little bit slack when it comes to posting recent pieces by Smak. I feel I have rather taken his amazing writing a little for granted, and I know I have several of his pieces from last year lurking in my archive. My bad.

Smak, Montpelier Park, Bristol, December 2022
Smak, Montpelier Park, Bristol, December 2022

Here is a lovely recent piece over in Montpelier Park, that looks incredibly weathered, but I think it is the effect that Smak wanted to convey, rather than that it is weathered, if that makes sense. Subtle colours and lots of lovely drips, interrupted only by a few tinges of red, blue and pink. There is something almost Miroesque about the final work, which is a real beauty.

4975. St Werburghs tunnel (342)

Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022
Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022

Dott Rotten is without doubt one of the best writers in Bristol, although he is just one artist in a very strong field. This beautiful ‘spoilt’ piece is filled with fruit salad colours, transitioning sweetly between the letters, with characteristic detailing and supreme finishing with clean lines and edges.

Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022
Dott Rotten, St Werburghs, Bristol, December 2022

The whole piece contrasts perfectly with the blue background of clouds and bubbles. To the right hand edge is the word Jelly, although I have no idea what this refers to. As with so many of Dott Rotten’s pieces, it is extra large, and took up the space of at least two typical pieces you might find in the tunnel. More magnificent work from the maestro.

4974. Purdown (51)

Full Time Ghoul, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023
Full Time Ghoul, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023

It feels good to post a new piece by Full Time Ghoul, because so many of his pieces end up in my archives without ever seeing the light of day, something I must resolve somehow, because I genuinely like his motif and the way he fills spots all over Bristol.

Full Time Ghoul, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023
Full Time Ghoul, Purdown, Bristol, January 2023

This trio of green skulls set on a fiery red and orange background is really rather special. I’m not too sure bout this, but the top of the skulls look like they spell OSM, although I have no idea what this stands for. Nice work from FTG.

4973. Green bank (68)

Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023
Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023

Haka has been living in a purple patch of form for at least a year, and pretty much all of his work over that time has featured children’s book or comic book characters. In this piece he has painted a brilliant Percival Proudfoot Plugsley (or Plug as he was known) from the Beano Bash Street Kids.

Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023
Haka, Greenbank, Bristol, January 2023

The portrait also doubles up as the second ‘A’ in HAKA. Haka has brought a lot of joy to Bristol’s streets, shining a little light on his world of bringing up a young family, with loads of children’s characters. Gotta love this one.

4972. Dean Lane skate park (559)

Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

As artists develop, they often change their names or identities, and that has happened with Mind Control, who naw goes by the name Mind 49. This kind of name change presents me with a bit of a conundrum. Do I continue my posts referring to the artist under their old name (which makes my whole system of filing and archiving so much easier) or switch to their new name? As you can see from the image captions, I have decided to go with Mind Control’s old name for the time being.

Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023
Mind Control, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2023

Mind Control has come such a long way, and his latent talent as a teenager is shining through now. This portrait piece in the tunnel is a first-class piece of art, that has a strong fine art feel to it. I have commented before that Mind Control’s work always seems to have an element of menace and I sense that here… the covering of the face and the chain tell you that all is not entirely well here. A fine piece indeed.

4971. Dean Lane skate park (560)

Rusk and Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Rusk and Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022

Well, Rusk and Shade One have done it again with this collaboration and completely blown me away. This is their second recent collaboration in this spot, and with any luck, there will be more to follow. The writing and character formula seems to work so very well with these two, and although there is no crossover of style, there is something complementary about the two pieces.

Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Rusk, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022

To the left is some very tidy writing from Rusk, which stands proud from the wall with some clever fills, shading and shadows. There is a kind of metallic feel to these letters which are filled exquisitely.

Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022
Shade One, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2022

To the right is the Shade One portrait of a woman, but I am not too sure who the subject is. With each new piece, Shade One is gently transitioning from a cartoon style to something more photorealistic, and I have to say that I am loving it. Another terrific collaboration from these two.

4970. St Werburghs tunnel (340)

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Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

have now met Kid Krishna twice in the space of a week, in pretty much exactly the same spot, which is pretty amazing really, given that I had never met him before that. He seems to like painting in the tunnel area, and this stunner was painted about a week before I met him.

Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022
Kid Krishna, St Werburghs, Bristol, January 2022

A notable thing about Kid Krishna’s work is that is very often very intricate and busy, and of all the writing in Bristol, his letters are the ones I struggle with the most. The creature in the middle of the piece is, I am guessing, a spider from Mars and is in such stark contrast to the writing. This is the work of a very talented artist.