912. Upper York Street (8)

I’ve noticed that Ryder’s work just seems to be getting better and better lately. His use of colours and textures in his writing has gone on to a new level in recent months and this is a prime example of a classy piece.

Ryder, Upper York Street, Bristol, June 2017
Ryder, Upper York Street, Bristol, June 2017

This is a more complex design than some of his previous work and it is only just possible to make out the letters in this wildstyle piece. both the top blue and bottom yellow portions go through a colour/shade gradient vertically which creates an impressive effect. I am liking =his work more and more. Expect further posts.

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911. Upper York Street (7)

There is a big reveal to come here. I met T Rex for the first time a couple of weeks back and felt very stupid indeed. Nothing too sinister, just that I have been making that terrible mistake of assuming gender, before knowing it. T Rex is a woman, and not a man as I had thought. I apologised accordingly, and she was fine about it, or so she seemed. I however, being a sensitive soul about such things, cringe with embarrassment still.

T Rex, Upper York Street, Bristol, June 2017
T Rex, Upper York Street, Bristol, June 2017

Oh well you learn each day. One of the things I am learning is just how much I love Bristol street/graffiti artists. All have been so kind and chatty and indulge me in my rather boring conversation, often trying to learn a little bit more about what makes them do what they do.

This is a rather fun piece in a neat little alcove on Upper York Street. I believe the previous piece there was by Whysayit. Just to the left of her dinosaur is a piece by her great buddy Ryder.

871. Upper York Street (6)

This is an old one going back a year, but what a great piece to be able to pull out of the archives. It s a stunning piece of writing from Epok, with all the things we expect from him, strong lines and sharp angles merging with round edges and curves. A geometric style that is pretty unique to Epok.

Epok, Upper York Street, Bristol June 2016
Epok, Upper York Street, Bristol June 2016

I dug this out, because I am trying to finish the Upfest 2016 posts before Upfest 2017 at the end of this month. This particular work was sitting in my folders from 2016 which I have been trawling through and screamed out at me…’publish me’.

Epok, Upper York Street, Bristol June 2016
Epok, Upper York Street, Bristol June 2016

There are other oldies to follow. I can only guess that I didn’t publish this before, because I always have way more material than I can possibly post about on two posts a day.

687. Upper York Street (5)

This is a quick one from Whysayit in Upper York Street, replacing one he had there before. It is also a quick one from me. I like Whysayit’s work, and the way that he fist his moniker into the space available, always retaining his characteristic ‘font’. While not his best or most colourful piece, it is still skilfully worked.

Whysayit, Upper York Street, Bristol, January 2016
Whysayit, Upper York Street, Bristol, January 2016

598. Upper York Street (5)

It has been a little while since Kleiner Shames packed his bags and set off for London to make his fortune. So it is with some cheer that he returned to Bristol at some point over the New Year period to remind us just how good his work is.

Kleiner Shames, Upper York Street, Bristol
Kleiner Shames, Upper York Street, Bristol

This piece is on the intersection with Upper York Street and Wilder Street and is in great company with other pieces by Deamze and Whysayit. The wildstyle writing spells out Fois (which for a long time I thought was the artist’s name – d’oh).

Kleiner Shames, Upper York Street, Bristol
Kleiner Shames, Upper York Street, Bristol

This two-tone work is actually quite simple in its construction, that is, there is no shading or over-the-top elaboration, but it disguises the writing really cleverly. I do like his work and hope this trip back to his home town is not just a one-off.

412. Upper York Street (4)

Another Bristol writer with a distinctive style is Whysayit. His work appears all over the place and he often collaborates with other writers and appears as a pair of works in the same colour regimes but differing styles.

Whysayit, Upper York Street, Bristol, September 2016
Whysayit, Upper York Street, Bristol, September 2016

This cheeky little piece is in the doorway between two larger walls favoured by Bristol writers such as Epok, Deamze and Kleiner Shames. Whysayit shortens his style for throw-ups by just spraying the letters YS. Really worth taking a look at his Instagram account.

365. Upper York Street (3)

More great art from one of the very best local Bristol street artists. (This is a difficult judgement to make, because there are so many of them that are just incredible). Sled One has created a wild and wonderful mural with curious giraffe-like creatures as its centrepiece.

Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016

I would say that the colours and overall style are certainly in the 3Dom school of street art, and far removed from the extraordinarily brilliant wildstyle burners that are Sled One’s trademark. I love Sled One’s work, and I would guess that he freestyled this, as he generally seems to freestyle everything.

Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016
Sled One, Upper York Street, Bristol, August 2016

I am always in awe of his work. The details and stories are great. In this picture the giraffe on the right appears to be peeing on the tent of the giraffe on the left – not sure what the background to this might be, but there is definitely a story there somewhere.