3262. M32 Spot (85)

I have said it before and will repeat myself. I love this modest board underneath the M32. Turnover is quite slow, maybe one new piece a month and the quality of work here is usually pretty good, and that fine tradition continues with this zany collaboration from Kid Crayon and I Am Ian

Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2020
Kid Crayon, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2020

I can’t begin to know what the story is in this piece and I will not attempt to unravel it, but it is full of fun and colour. On the left is a male head sporting a rather nice paper hat with a blue and white flag. All around the face are swords firmly planted in the blue substrate. The words between the two heads say Cloth Mother – I don’t know wat that is, maybe their crew name.

I Am Ian, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2020
I Am Ian, M32 Spot, Bristol, October 2020

On the right is a face from I Am Ian, one that has ben severed from its body, presumably by one of the many swords. The character has horns and might be satan, but I’ll not guess any further because I said I wouldn’t try to unravel the collaboration. Instead I will sit back and enjoy it. Crazy people, crazy piece.

3261. New Stadium Road (26)

I have quite a few photographs of work by Todoaciem, but I haven’t posted many, maybe only one before. There are several writers in Bristol at the moment whose letters follow more of a calligraphy style, with regular shapes and details, including Stivs. I don’t know if it is a fashion or something longer-lasting. It is great to see though and this is a great example of the style.

Todoaciem, New Stadium Road, Bristol, September 2020
Todoaciem, New Stadium Road, Bristol, September 2020

The piece looks almost like a heraldic banner, especially with the letter E? picked out with red in the middle. I have tried to decypher the lettering, but just can’t quite see it. More to come from Todoaciem soon.

3260. Nelson Street (13)

Sometimes I’m just not quick enough off the mark. This lovely collaboration between Mr Penfold and RichT is a case in point. I had seen the piece on Instagram and knew exactly where it was, ut by the time I got organised to check it out it had been tagged with the word WONK. Not really a surprise in this part of town, but really annoying nonetheless.

Mr Penfold and RichT, Nelson Street, Bristol, September 2020
Mr Penfold and RichT, Nelson Street, Bristol, September 2020

The mural is one of those ‘true’ collaborations which is a blend of the two artist’s styles incorporated into the one piece. The flowers are courtesy of RichT and the abstract shapes are Mr Penfold’s. I think that it works exceptionally well and I would love to see more of these blended collaborations in the future.

3259. M32 Spot (84)

All too often there are some really nice pieces that are easily overlooked. In skate parks this happens frequently because any ramp street art tends to get scuffed, damaged and tagged really quickly. Fortunately I managed to find this lovely writing from Nightwayss before it got too bashed about.

Nightways, M32 Spot, Bristol, Setember 2020
Nightways, M32 Spot, Bristol, Setember 2020

Sadly there are no monkeys, but the writing is very nice and the style and colour selections very typical of the artist. I have seen Nightwayss use this grey colour an awful lot in his work which in itself is not unusual for graffiti writers, but he uses it more artistically than is the case for most throw ups that you see about the place. My guess is that this is one of those pieces that goes largely overlooked… not by me though.

3258. M32 roundabout J(3) (258)

A beguiling and very clever collaboration brings together the complementary skills of Paul Monsters and Soker in a piece that has a little secret that isn’t at first inspection very obvious. It is a secret I’ll let you in to. The writing by Soker spells the word TRUE, but upside down it spells FALSE. Very clever stuff and very much in the domain of Graffiti writers who love this kind of letter-play.

Paul Monsters and Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol September 2020
Paul Monsters and Soker, M32 roundabout, Bristol September 2020

Of course the writing is top notch, but that is what we expect from Soker. The background design is unmistakably the work of Paul Monsters whose distinctive geometric designs and colour selections adorn walls all over Brisol. Note to self – time for a Paul Monsters gallery?. This is an outstanding collaboration from two great artists and fine fellows.

3257. St Werburghs tunnel (200)

I simply haven’t posted enough of Stiv’s work, but I guess the same could be said for a majority of Bristol artists. With publishing only two posts each day on Natural Adventures I am never going to be able to cover everything. At the end of each month I would guess that I only post about a third to a half of the pieces I record. Something for me to do in retirement perhaps?

Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2020
Stivs, St Werburghs, Bristol, October 2020

I think that thhis tribute piece must be in some way connected to the tribute collaboration with Frank Riot at the other end of the tunnel, because both are dedicated to a friend who died two years ago and was connected to the music industry. The letters are utterly awesome and the movement and vibe dancing off the piece give off a sense of sound and dance. A fine piece with meaning.

3256. M32 cycle path (79)

An artist that I feel I don’t see nearly enough of is Logoe. I first encountered his work in April 2017 while he was collaborating with Silent Hobo, and it was on that occasion that I was told that Logoe was returning to painting on the streets after a long lay-off, and that he had been a bit of a legend in the past – Silent Hobo’s words.

Logoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2020
Logoe, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2020

This piece is typical of his thin hand-written style letters. The letters are beautifully picked out spelling Logoe, but it is the additional decorations that bring the writing to life. The dots through the middle and horizontal thin lines that at first I thought were drips add real interest. It is always really good to stumble across one of these.

3255. Leonard Lane (27)

Varo has really hit on something that totally chimes with me – painting the same basic mega-tag of a bull in a variety of forms in different places. A simple idea that lends itself to the conditions of the spot chosen to paint and the amount of time available. To take this approach one step higher would be to paint them in the style of different artists, for example David Hockney, Matisse or Dali. That could be a lot of fun.

Varo, Leonard Lane, Bristol, September 2020
Varo, Leonard Lane, Bristol, September 2020

This particular bull, tucked away in a doorway in Leonard Lane is the full beast, including a tail rather than just the head, which we are more used to seeing. This is quite a raw piece, but is of interest because one knows that the artist is capable of doing much tighter work when the environment permits. A decent throw up.

Thursday doors – 22 October 2020

Doors 125 – More street art ‘memory lane’ doors

It is becoming more and more difficult to seek out new doors. The combined forces of coronavirus, the worsening weather and shortening days makes doorscursions particularly difficult at the moment, so I head straight for my comfort blanket and present you with some more archived doors this week, these ones mostly from last year.

Enjoy.

DNT, Grosvenor Road, Bristol, July 2019
DNT, Grosvenor Road, Bristol, July 2019

Cheo, Elton Road, Bristol, July 2019
Cheo, Elton Road, Bristol, July 2019

Dale Grimshaw, North Street, Bristol, July 2019
Dale Grimshaw, North Street, Bristol, July 2019

Nevergiveup, North Street Green, Bristol, July 2019
Nevergiveup, North Street Green, Bristol, July 2019

Andy Council, North Street, Bristol, June 2019
Andy Council, North Street, Bristol, June 2019

DNT, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2019
DNT, Moon Street, Bristol, March 2019

3Dom, Wilder Street, Bristol, July 2019
3Dom, Wilder Street, Bristol, July 2019

And that’s it I’m afraid this week, I am having to ration these out a bit because before you know it I will have run out of archive material and will be resorting to photographs of my kitchen cabinets and cupboard doors.

Have a great weekend.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors and you really ought to take a look at the Norm 2.0 blog – the originator of Thursday Doors where there are links to yet more doors in the comments section at the end.

by Scooj