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Love tokens on Ward Street, Bristol
Love tokens on Ward Street, Bristol

 

He loves her so much,

his proclamation is clear

for all to witness.

 

 

 

by Scooj

  • One of a pair of Haiku, to be read with Black Widow. The inspiration came from two mysterious cards stuck to a wall in Ward Street, Bristol.

33. Stokes Croft, Palmer’s (1)

This mural is one of several tribute walls in Bristol dedicated to Matt Hibbert known locally as ‘Mibsy’.

Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr, Deamze and Dotcom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr, Deamze and Dotcom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015

Mibsy had opened a spray paint shop (King of Paint) that supplied many of the local street artists, and he was much loved within the graffiti community.

His untimely death in July 2014, he was only 39, sparked a large number of tribute works, in particular in the Stokes Croft area.

Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr, Deamze and Dotcom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr, Deamze and Dotcom, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015

This work, I believe, was a collaboration between Jon5, Silent Hobo, Sepr (see 19 and 22), Deamze and Dotcom, all Bristol artists.

Mibzy, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Mibzy, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015

The site is an interesting one. The once magnificent building dating back to 1868 was an ironmongery and hardware store but has fallen on hard times and is now derelict.

Hate is foolish, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015
Hate is foolish, Stokes Croft, Bristol, September 2015

There is also a further interesting feature that accompanies the mural. On the left hand side is a statement that has been over-painted, but can be seen in relief, which reads ‘hate is foolish’. Layer upon layer.

6.5/10

32. Hillgrove Street (2)

On a wall opposite the Phlegm mural, previously featured, is a beautiful stencil of a tabby cat.

Beastie, Hillgrove Street, Bristol, August 2015
Beastie, Hillgrove Street, Bristol, August 2015

The cat, by Beastie, an artist from Gloucester, has left its blue paw prints behind. This is a lovely and somewhat understated work.

Beastie has been nicknamed the Banksy of Gloucester by the local media, and he would appear to be both prolific and popular.

 

7/10

31. Leonard Lane (3)

This is a rather topical stencil which is by Stewy, whose dodo can also be found in Leonard Lane.

Stewy (DJ Derek), Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015
Stewy (DJ Derek), Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015

Stewy’s work includes stencils of iconic figures, and this one is of a well known celebrity in Bristol. DJ Derek is a 73 year-old disc jockey who plays sets in pubs and clubs in the Bristol area, and has also played at Glastonbury.

He went missing on 23 July this year, and has still not been found. Many fear the worst.

This stencil was produced before DJ Derek went missing, and the added graffiti makes sense when you understand the back-story.

7/10

30. North Street, No.222

With many thanks to a friend who told me about this tiny ‘shock wave’ by JPS, that is missed by most who walk this street. The pictures may give you some idea of scale.

JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015

In Weston-super-Mare, where JPS comes from, there is a full scale version of the same work on the side of a shop.

JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015

Weston-super-Mare is of course also playing host to Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition.

JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015
JPS, Shockwave, North Street, Bristol, September 2015

More JPS here and here, and also take a look at a great JPS post from Street Art Rat.

8.5/10

29. High Kingsdown (2)

Nick Walker, Rapunzel
Nick Walker, Rapunzel

Only a stone’s throw away from the new Unify stencil, is a memorable work by one of Bristol’s most celebrated street artists.

Nick Walker was born in 1969 (which makes him almost as old as me) and has become a world famous artist, having emerged from the Bristol graffiti scene in the early 1980s. He tends to use stencils and freehand, and many of his works will be found in more than one place. More about Nick Walker can be found here.

 

Nick Walker, Rapunzel
Nick Walker, Rapunzel
Nick Walker, Rapunzel
Nick Walker, Rapunzel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This particular mural is known as ‘Rapunzel’ and features a recurring theme in his work of a ‘vandalism’ motif with a heart. It appeared in August 2008.

I will be posting more of his Bristol murals in time.

8/10

28. Baffins Lane car park, Chichester

My mother told me I really should go and check out a beautiful bird mural in the centre of Chichester when I was visiting a week or two ago, so I did.

ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015
ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015

The mural, which overlooks the Baffins Lane car park, is by ROA, and was created during the Chichester street art festival in 2013.

ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015
ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015

Although his work appears throughout Europe and beyond, little is known about the artist from Ghent, Belgium.

ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015
ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015

He specialises in pictures of animals, often gracefully contorted in death poses. These birds however, are very much alive. I will have to look out his work in Bristol.

ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015
ROA, Baffins Lane Car Park, Chichester, August 2015