1189. M32 cycle path (10)

There is quite a lot of development work going on around this spot, and the cycle path has been diverted. As a result, this spot has become a bit of a backwater recently, but it is always worth taking a quick look.

Smak, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2017
Smak, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2017

On one of my visites, I came across thuis wonderful Smak piece, that personally I think is really classy. I know that wildstyle writing is a fairly acquired taste, but the more you look at it and the more examples you find, the more absorbed you become. The skill needed to create pieces like this I think is vastly underestimated by the casual passer-by, indeed, many consider it messy and unartistic. I do not count myself amongst those people. I love this piece.

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1188. Dean Lane skate park (93)

Now that I have recently broken the ice with Ugar I feel I can post another of his works, which pre-dates his collaboration with Kid Crayon. This is a large piece which he sprayed alongside NEVERGIVEUP back in October.

Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017

It is a piece of two sections. On the left is his name UGAR bookended with a cat? and a dog and on the right a little scene being sprayed by the dog. I have noticed that Ugar likes to fill his lettering with a marbled effect, which works well and is unusual and organic.

Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017

The scene in green shades on the right is mysterious and dreamy and quite unlike his writing to the left of it. The green skulls add a slightly dark tone to this lighthearted piece, but they are contiguous with the other green clouds surrounding the whole piece.

Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017
Ugar, Dean Lane, Bristol, October 2017

Finally, Ugar has thrown in a whole bunch of fish bones filling the empty spaces…I’m not sure what that is all about.  There is a story in this piece somewhere. On the far right he has sprayed what looks like ‘I love cats’, but it might be something else. I am guessing he is being mischievous.

1173. Ashley Road (15)

This is the first of two tribute pieces in this exact location by Face F1st honouring Minty. My research about Minty has yeilded nothing, but his name has cropped up on a few pieces in recent times.

FaceF1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, August 2017
FaceF1st, Ashley Road, Bristol, August 2017

So this is a departure for Face F1st who normally writes FACE and incorporates the face into the lettering. The letters M I N T Y are more aggular and do not lend themselves to the incorporation of a face so well. Instead the face is added on to the end of the piece. I don’t think I have ever been disappointed by Face F1st’s work and this is another lovely piece.

1172. M32 roundabout J3 (55)

It can be very difficult to identify wildstyle writing sometimes, especially when the artist isn’t local or doesn’t spray too often. Having said this, my job is made so much easier when the artist plasters his or her name all over the piece.

Aona, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2017
Aona, M32 roundabout, Bristol, August 2017

This stylish piece is by Aona.  That gets me so far, but no further. I can’t find much about Aona on the Interweb, so this entry is brief. To the writing itself; it is beautifully clean and crisp and technically excellent and the colour selections really work well. It is uncommon to see wildstyle writing complemented by stencils, but it works rather well. Great to see different artists in town.

1163. Moon Street (38)

Perhaps not so subtle in this instance. Here we have another deliciously clean piece of writing from Subtle on the long hoarding in Moon Street. The orange and dark pink sit really well on the grey background. As mentioned recently, it seems that Subtle has become more active of late and I am seeing his work appearing on Instagram more often too.

Subtle, Moon Street, Bristol, November 2017
Subtle, Moon Street, Bristol, November 2017

I like the way the shading on his lettering is fashioned in such a way that there is a vanishing point somewhere behind and below the piece.Other less accomplished writers do much simpler shading to their pieces, as if a light were being cast from one direction. I’m not sure if that makes sence, but I think I know what I mean.

1162. M32 roundabout J3 (54)

This is a supremely beautiful work by Epok from a recent paint jam down at the M32 roundabout. I like everything about this piece, the proportions of the letters, the angles and curves, but most of all I think the colour selection is sublime, and I love the tinges of red in the middle of the piece.

Epok, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Epok, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

I have never met Epok, nor seen him spraying, but would surely like to see him at work. There is something different about his wildstyle pieces that really catches the eye. I think that one of the main things is that his writing doesn’t adhere to our writing conventions of letters having an equal height and proportion. His letters fit into his design, which often tapers at one end or the other.

Epok, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Epok, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

I love this piece. Outstanding.

1160. M32 roundabout J3 (53)

It has been some time since I last saw anything by Ments, so it was fantastic to come across this fine piece recently that was sprayed as part of an ASK paint jam. The wall was given a great backwash of grey-green, and several excellent works produced.

Ments, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Ments, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

Ments has a wonderful organic style to his wildstyle writing, which spells out MENTS…although I struggle to see all those letters. The colour selections are fabulous and work so very well against the backdrop.

Ments, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017
Ments, M32 roundabout, Bristol, November 2017

This is an outstanding piece and welcome return from Ments.