1495. The Bearpit (146)

Another intriguing wheatpaste from the fantastic Object…, in one of the tunnels of The Bearpit. In this piece, Object… has written a lengthy statement which is wrapped around what looks like a sumo wrestler with a pi symbol tattooed on his chest.

Object..., The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2018
Object…, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2018

Now I haven’t been able to read the text…that might take a bit of time…and so I’m not too sure what the piece is about, but knowing the artist, I expect politics is involved somewhere along the line. I actually am rather fond of this piece, and am really enjoying Object…’s current penchant for paste ups.

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1483. The Bearpit (145)

So, here he is once again, this time making an appearance in one of the tunnels of The Bearpit. This toucan, by Touc, really is one of the cheeriest graffiti characters in town and I would suggest you have a cold heart if you aren’t the tiniest bit captivated by him.

Touc, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018
Touc, The Bearpit, Bristol, February 2018

I don’t know what HATOUCAN means…is it a toucan sneeze? My supply of Touc finds is drying up a little, so you might not see him for a little while – until then…farewell.

1478. The Bearpit (144)

In recent months I have become aware of a tag appearing all over the place, that is better than your average tag, and of course being a fish it gets my seal of approval. I have no idea who it is by, but I think they might belong to DBK crew, as those letters are never too far away.

Unknown fish tag, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2018
Unknown fish tag, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2018

The first of four tags was in The Bearpit not too long ago. Lots of drug references here.

Unknown fish tag, Bristol, May 2018
Unknown fish tag, Bristol, May 2018

I am not too sure what the letters spell, but to me it looks like ‘SOA’ and then I guess it is possible that the tail fin is also a letter.

Unknown fish tag, Anchor Road, Bristol, May 2018
Unknown fish tag, Anchor Road, Bristol, May 2018

As with all tags, the graffiti artist has got the consistency down to a T and can probably run one off pretty swiftly.

Unknown fish tag, Armada Place, Bristol, May 2018
Unknown fish tag, Armada Place, Bristol, May 2018

As I am writing this, It occurs to me that the whole thing says SOAK, and that the fish tail does form a letter, the letter K. Soak is a graffiti artist in Bristol who I featured not too long ago. It all makes sense now.

1477. The Bearpit (143)

Well this pasteup is a little out of the ordinary, and not something I would immediately associate with Object…, but it is a reasonably recent piece from this Bristol (Stokes Croft) based artist which appeared with one or two others in The Bearpit.

Object..., The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2018
Object…, The Bearpit, Bristol, May 2018

I would probably not like to delve too deeply into what is going on here, frankly it all looks a little bit scary. Regulars will know that I love a good wheatpaste, and this one certainly stands out with its arresting subject and exaggerated features. And what large teeth you have grandma…

1460. The Bearpit (142)

I have said it many times, it is always a real pleasure when artists from out of town come to Bristol and leave us a gift, and what a gift this was from London artist Tommy Fiendish.

Tommy Fiendish, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2018
Tommy Fiendish, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2018

I don’t know too much about the artist other than that he is at art college in London and he enjoys Hip Hop. I did however find this brilliant post on his Instagram feed which I highly recommend taking a look at – it features this piece and the throw up that went over the top of it. What a way to fight back!

Tommy Fiendish, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2018
Tommy Fiendish, The Bearpit, Bristol, March 2018

A highly detailed and technically strong piece, it was most eyecatching and on the morning I was photographing it, it had really attracted quite a crowd of admirers. Welcome back anytime.

 

 

 

1459. The Bearpit (141)

Many will instantly recognise this pair of rabbits as the work of NEVERGIVEUP. I’m not quite sure why I always put his name in full caps, I think it might be because he uses them on his Instagram account. He tends to sign his work NGU Familia or in this case #GGUFam. I tend to get locked into conventions, so it is difficult for me to change what I have been calling him from the start.

NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

I recently found out a little bit more about the artist, and he told me he works as a restaurant manager in the Harbourside – the flexible hours probably suit his insatiable appetite for street art. He hopes to ‘go pro’ on the art side of things, and I think with his determination he’ll make it.

NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
NEVERGIVEUP, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

These crazy goofy rabbits are brilliant as always, and seem to be getting better and better.

1458. The Bearpit (140)

This is the second piece I have posted by Daz Cat and interestingly this time it is a dog. I’m not sure what the slogan ‘Without a pack the dog days are back’ is all about, but it has a nice ring to it.

Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018
Daz Cat, The Bearpit, Bristol, April 2018

My initial reaction to this piece is that it looks a bit rough and ready, but actually I think that might just be an artifact of the style Daz Cat uses. If you look closely, the shading and shapes used in crafting the dog’s head are sophisticated and cleverly done, giving an appearance in places almost of a stencil (for example around the nose). I like his work, and I am pleased to see a proliferation of it at the moment. It is always nice to see new work about the place. This piece was created for the Spring paint jam.