1722. Ashton Road

As is so often the case with finding new work on the street, I was not looking for this piece. On the contrary I was trying to capture a few more Upfest pieces that I hadn’t yet seen in their completed state and drove past this hoarding. I had to act quickly to pull over into a free parking space and jump out of the car for a quick snap.

Smak, Ashton Road, Bristol, September 2018
Smak, Ashton Road, Bristol, September 2018

This sublime graffiti writing is by the superb Smak, and is outstanding in many ways. The colour palette is beautifully selected and the chrome/grey parts of the lettering in particular have a great 3D effect. The letters spell out SMAK but are quite nicely concealed in this piece. Really great work.

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1698. St Werburghs tunnel (39)

Well, who might this gothic wildstyle writing be by? There is a clue in the writing, but it is so cryptic that you probably need to know what you are looking for to be able to see it. The writing says HIRE, and it is indeed the work of this naturalised Bristolian of Polish origin.

Hire, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018
Hire, St Werburghs, Bristol, August 2018

His work is so distinctive, with its long, sharp and jagged lines – his pieces always remind me of medieval battle scenes, with swords, axes and lances crashing in all directions – maybe that is just me, but I say what I see. I am really pleased with the picture above, because the light in the tunnel plays havoc with my camera and the poor lighting in the tunnel meets with bright light outside where this piece is situated. Nice work from Hire.

1693. Dean Lane skate park (158)

I have said many times on this blog that I really don’t like to write a post about a piece unless I know who the artist is. Occasionally I make exceptions, usually when I rather like the piece and probably have no way of ever identifying its creator. This is one such example.

Unknown artist, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018
Unknown artist, Dean Lane, Bristol, August 2018

This is a wonderfully cryptic wildstyle piece…so cryptic indeed that I cannot decypher it. The artist is definitely a visitor to Bristol, and sprayed this long wall in Dean Lane, which is something of a honeypot for visitors, because it is a well known ‘legal’ wall.

If you take a good look at this piece, it it beautifully worked, with carefully thought out fills and intricate detail. The overall styling and red circle in the middle remind me a little of Bristol artist Shab’s work, it has that abstract feel to it. A nice piece.

1689. Upfest 2018 (29)

Oooh! a stunning wildstyle burner from the Bristol graffiti writer Subtle. I am lucky enough to find his work dotted around the city from time to time and he is right up there with the best writers Bristol has to offer (and there are a lot of them).

Subtle, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018
Subtle, Upfest, Bristol, July 2018

This is a very tidy piece, clean and with some lovely colour choices, which are set off perfectly by the grey background. I wish I could tell you more about Subtle, but thus far I have never met him, and there is not a lot of information knocking about on the Interweb either. He has an Instagram account that will give you some idea of his work. Really nice piece.

1677. New Stadium Road (7)

There seems to be no stopping Soker at the moment, it seems that everywhere I go in Bristol there is a new piece by him. What this means is that there will be several posts following this one in the near future featuring his work.

Soker, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2018
Soker, New Stadium Road, Bristol, August 2018

I rather like this one in the foot tunnel under the M32 spot, and for once my photographs aren’t too polluted with the awkward light conditions that seem to be omnipresent on this wall. I like the colours – blue and yellow/gold are always a strong combination, but what I really like about this piece is the kind of effortlessness it conveys, Soker just seems to be, like several of his ASK fellows, an artist at the top of his game.

1617. St Werburghs tunnel (32)

I am loving this apparent renaissance by PWA’s brilliant Soap. I say apparent because He seems to have become much more busy on the streets in recent months and is posting like crazy on his Instagram feed. Whether this is a real thing or simply my perception is no matter really, he is putting out some great work at the moment.

Soap, St Werberghs, Bristol, July 2018
Soap, St Werberghs, Bristol, July 2018

This is a spectacular piece of writing, spelling out his name and incorporating some of his favourite themes, including the mouth and bones. The colours are perfectly selected and complement each other beautifully. I love the little bone cross decorations. Bravo!

1591. Dean Lane skate park (142)

I have always been rather fond of Hire’s work, it is wildstyle writing with a gothic twist. In this piece I am not certain, but it looks like he might have written HIRE in reverse, more likely though is that he has written something else altogether – writing can be very tough to read at times.

Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018
Hire, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2018

I like the colours he has selected and the depth of shading on his spiky letters. He’s also created a nice background, although it ends rather abruptly on the left hand side. Maybe he ran out of paint? A nice one from January.