3933. Alfred Street (8)

Every year there is a special paint jam that takes place outside the Dare To club in St Philips. I haven’t yet managed to get to one of these paint jams, which is a pity, but it is hard to be everywhere always. This year’s session seems to have been largely confined to a couple of walls and fences in Alfred Street, rather than on the Dare To building itself.

Emotional Waterfall Art, Alfred Street, Bristol, September 2021
Emotional Waterfall Art, Alfred Street, Bristol, September 2021

This post features a rather unlikely collaborative wall shared by Emotional Waterfall Art and T-Rex. I first encountered Emotional Waterfall Art’s work earlier in the year with her massive Upfest mural. What a contrast this is to that, a small and beautifully colourful ball or globe – the Earth maybe? The message – More Love.

T-Rex, Alfred Street, Bristol, September 2021
T-Rex, Alfred Street, Bristol, September 2021

Next to the globe is a rather sweet looking Tyrannosaurus Rex surrounded by ‘butterfly’ hearts and the tag line ‘Nuff Love’. I imagine T-Rex must be able to paint these dinosaurs in her sleep, she has done so many of them, but they all have their own special personality. An interesting combination.

3907. M32 roundabout (345)

On environmental grounds I am not totally on-board with the trend of spray painting onto cling film suspended between two posts. The effect is a good one and it does create ‘walls’ where none exist, but the plastic waste and disposability doesn’t work for me. I have to be careful though, because spray paint isn’t particularly environmentally friendly and I could end up tying myself in knots.

Ryder and T-Rex, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021
Ryder and T-Rex, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021

All of that said, I do like the creativity of these mega-tag pieces by Ryder and T-Rex. These tags can be found all over Bristol, but these ones are temporary and ephemeral, and not in any danger of being over-painted. The ‘R’ character is by Ryder and the dinosaur head by T-Rex and the two fuse in the form of a true collaboration.

Ryder, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021
Ryder, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2021

The second piece is by Ryder and typical of his ‘R’ tags. I don’t know if it is more difficult to paint onto cling film, but I expect it is not as forgiving of mistakes, but then again these artists don’t make many of those. An interesting addition to the array of street art possibilities.

3738. Brunel Way (109)

I think that the paint was probably still drying when I saw this lovely collaboration from Ryder and T-Rex under Brunel Way. And what a fun piece it is, with a taste of the Wild West about it. Ryder posted a little cartoon of it on his Instagram feed, which is great.

T-Rex, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021
T-Rex, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021

To the right of the piece we have a Tyrannosaurus rex 🦖 pulling a cart, so full of movement, and mischief. I expect that T-Rex could paint these characters in her sleep. I love the western touch of a red neckerchief round the dinosaur’s neck.

Ryder, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021
Ryder, Brunel Way, Bristol, June 2021

Being pulled by the T-Rex is a RAW ‘band wagon’ with a Ryder googly-eyed letter R playing an instrument. What madness is this? The whole thing is a bit of a riot and the collaboration a memorable one. Great to see that both of them are able to get out and paint together.

3497. Dean Lane skate park (389)

Being in the right place at the right time is a big part of photographing street/graffiti art. Mostly you get to see a finished piece as a fait accompli, admire/critique it, photograph it and then be on your merry way. Sometimes though you get lucky and catch the artist(s) at work and I did just that as Ryder and T-Rex were just finishing off this curved wall piece at Dean Lane.

Ryder, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021
Ryder, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021

Both were in great form and thrilled to be able to paint together while their little one was having a sleep. Opportunities to paint together have been few and far between in recent months, so this was a treat. Ryder has painted a wibbly green piece with reference to James Bond, with the words ‘007 shaken not stirred’.

T-Rex, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021
T-Rex, Dean Lane, Bristol, February 2021

I spent quite a while chatting (socially-distanced of course) with T-Rex, which was fun, as I have only spoken briefly with her before. Here she painted an outstanding example of her trademark dinosaur in pink – she must be able to do these in her sleep. She let me into a little secret, that she struggles to write the letter ‘J’ and that Ryder helped her with the ‘J’ in Jack – we had been talking about the J in Scooj, which prompted the confession. Best of all I got to see the little one when she woke up. A happy family outing.

3460. M32 Spot (102)

I have expressed before how much I like this wall. Protected from the rain, it is a wall that can change at almost any time without warning. Sometimes you need to be patient to photograph it because this is a DIY skate park and it can get quite busy, but there are often some really nice pieces here, including this one from T-Rex, so it is worth waiting.

T-Rex, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2021
T-Rex, M32 Spot, Bristol, January 2021

Spelling out T-REX, this is an extraordinarily colourful and happy piece, with each letter having at least two fill colours and patterns expertly and cleanly executed. I have a feeling it is dedicated to Ryder – perhaps a birthday or anniversary or something like that. This is great graffiti writing.

3212. John Street (3)

It is so good to see T-Rex gaining such a prominent spot for one of her fabulous dinosaurs. This is the third archway, looking from left to right, in this magnificent back-street gallery offered up by the developers of a hotel that is being built right in the heart of Bristol’s old quarter. The developers have their work cut out, because the buildings they are converting are probably the ugliest in the whole city.

T-Rex, John Street, Bristol, September 2020
T-Rex, John Street, Bristol, September 2020

I was told by John Nation that T-Rex’s piece is not one of her regular dinosaurs (unsurprisingly a tyrannosaurus rex) but a depiction of one of the dinosaurs displayed up at the Bristol Museum (so well worth a visit if you ever get the opportunity). This is a beautifully painted, clean and happy piece with very broad appeal. Perfect for a city centre location.

2862. Cheltenham 2019 (33)

Aah, this is a real beauty from T-Rex at the Cheltenham Paint Festival 2019. Three mischievous dinosaurs on the rampage in the Honeybourne Line tunnel, simply perfect. I said a short while ago that I don’t feature T-Rex nearly enou* in Natural Adventures and that this is another opportunity to put that right.

T-Rex, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019
T-Rex, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2019

T-Rex is so adept at painting these characters that I expect she could do it in her sleep. For good measure she has complemented the rascals with a couple of fanged snakes for good measure. A lovely piece from the RAW (Read and Weep) artist.

2830. Alfred Street (2)

Not all that long ago I was saying on Natural Adventures that I don’t post enough pieces by T-Rex, so here is a gorgeous winnged dinosaur from her on the recently discovered (by me) Alfred Street wall. There piece is linked with the Aspire piece to the right by incorporating toadstools, and an alien theme.

T-Rex, Alfred Street, Bristol, March 2020
T-Rex, Alfred Street, Bristol, March 2020

T-Rex has absolutely nailed these cartoon-style characters and they appear all over Bristol, often on caravans and vans that people live in dotted about the place. At any one time you are never too far away from one of these dinosaurs. This is an uplifting and happy piece, and I guess we could all do with a bit of happiness in our lives at the moment.

Yesterday, the UK went into lockdown which means that artists shouldn’t be spraying on the streets and I won’t be out taking photographs. This will give me an opportunity to go back through my archives and share with you pieces that deserve to be liberated. Watch this space for pieces going back as far as 2015.

2808. Wilder Street (39)

I don’t quite know why, but I don’t think I post nearly enough piece by T-Rex on Natural Adventures as I should. I have a great many in the archive and inn time they will surface. I guess the same could be said for most of the artists I write about, but I feel I might have neglected T-Rex a little more than most, so it is time to put that right.

Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, February 2020
Ryder, Wilder Street, Bristol, February 2020

This is a lovely romantic Valentine’s day piece by T-Rex painted in the colours of love and with a little heart under the T. She has put a little ‘Queen’ tag with an arrow pointing at the work, which I think is more than deserved. I’m not too sure who painted the little cupid, but it might have been Rusk whose piece was adjacent to this one. Lovely to see this piece in Wilder Street.

Scratch all of the above

The piece was by Ryder, T-Rex’s partner. Thank you Paul for pointing this out. Now the piece makes so much more sense.

2468. Dean Lane skate park (250)

It always feels a little unusual finding a T-Rex piece in Dean Lane probably because she doesn’t paint here as often as in North Bristol, so coming across this rather nicely done piece of writing was a pleasant surprise.

T-Rex, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019
T-Rex, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2019

This piece oozes with confidence and competence. The letters are beautifully done, the character dinosaur with its cheeky grin, the leopard spot and giraffesque fills in the letters and the 3D blue shadowing are all masterfully created with what appears to be total ease. She really is a fabulous writer and we are lucky to have her brightening up the streets of Bristol.