And something from the archives. I don't know if these older photos are of any interest, so I'll make this the last one. Following on from the Rowdy and Sweet Toof piece above, here's a close up photo of a piece which I'm guessing a lot of people have seen from a distance on Stokes Croft. There's a rough video of it being painted here.
Filthy Luker, Deams and Cheo and Sir Peter Blake - there are 80 of these Gromits around Bristol to raise money for the Bristol Children's Hospital as part of Gromits Unleashed. I've posted pictures of Cheba and Inkie's 'Gromits' in another thread here.
Dead and Sepr
Inkie, Rose, Dotcom and WBH
And something from the archives. The guy in the above piece is DJ Derek, who's possibly the finest reggae/dancehall/ska/dub DJ around and a local legend. He's 72 years old and will be retiring at the end of the year so if you've never had the pleasure of hearing him play I would highly recommend checking him out before it's too late. In the meantime here's some clips from his sets and this is SQPR's image of DJ Derek from 2008.
And something from the archives. I know Nick Walker gets a fair amount of flack on here and I don't own any of his work but I think you've gotta give credit where credit's due. I can't think of many other writers who have been painting continuously since the the early '80s and who still paint as many illegal pieces as they do legal pieces. This piece collaboration with Xenz, Eelus and SheOne was painted back in 2008 literally a stones throw (if that's not an unfortunate turn of phrase) from what was previously the Black and White Cafe.
And something from the archives. None of these pieces are actually in Bristol, but instead they're from abandoned places around the West Country and they're some of my favourite spots. If anyone likes their art in more out of the way places then I would recommend 'Out of Sight' by @romanywg. There's some beautiful photos of work by, amongst others, Aryz, Sea and Boswell and here's another piece by Boswell in an equally discreet spot. All the doors and windows to this place have since been bricked up which will probably inadvertently preserve all the amazing pieces inside by the past and present members of the Souls on Fire crew like a time capsule: [/quote]
SPZero76, Loch Ness, Dom W, Paul Monsters and Bill Giles
Midas, Khoi and Dusk
And something from the archives. The Midas and Khoi pieces above are all in a derelict warehouse where one half is relatively structurally sound and the other half is a death-trap, as illustrated by my photo below from 2011 which shows the remains of the second floor lying on what's left of the first floor. Unfortunately, the place is a bit of a maze and I was so busy checking out all the graffiti on the third floor this morning that it wasn't until I looked out the window that I realised exactly which half of the warehouse I was standing in. Suffice to say, the warehouse hasn't got anymore structurally sound in the last two years and I didn't hang around to see just how long it'll take for the third floor to collapse too.
And something from the archives. One of the things I love about Bristol graffiti is just how collaborative a lot of the works is and that was never more true than with the Souls on Fire crew who originally consisted of Vermin, Rowdy and Boswell and later consisted of Boswell, Sez and Pen (who painted the amazing piece below). Souls on Fire have since morphed into the Unwellcome Relatives crew and have been joined by Andy Council, CageOne and Shab (two of which painted the piece above) but the flow between different writers is still as tight as ever.
And something from the archives. DAN produced some fantastic street pieces about social issues as diverse as street drinking and inappropriate development but I haven't seen anything new by him for several years until the gem above popped up during the week. The piece below is a modern take on Alice In Wonderland from 2008; unfortunately, my photo doesn't capture the context very well but there's a better photo on the Wooster Collective website.
Cheo and Silent Hobo (apologies for the dodgy stitching; there were cars parked in front of the piece)
ASK and The Krah
And something from the archives. As everyone's getting excited about something new by Banksy, I thought I'd dig out something old by him. This was on the end of a terrace of houses until someone built another house on the end of the terrace a few years ago. I've no idea whether it's still preserved within the new house or if it disappeared during the building works.
And something from the archives. Apologies for the dodgy photo of the Sickboy caravan, it was too closely parked to the fence to get a photo from inside the compound. Here's a slice of properly old-school Sickboy from sometime around 2003/04ish. The photo was taken a couple of years after that but remarkably it's still in almost perfect condition 10 years after it was originally painted.
And something from the archives. I'm a big fan of Lokey and don't think he gets nearly enough credit. He used to paint with Banksy back in the day and has been doing his thing ever since. This piece is from 2009 with FLX1 to the left and 3Dom to the right:
And something from the archives. I thought that with Lucas Price's show at The Outsiders opening this week it would be a good time to dig out some Cyclops-goodness. The guy had so much talent even back then, so I can't wait to see the show on Thursday:
And something from the archives. This is Feek's 'Bling, bling, me babber!' piece which was a bit of an iconic piece of Bristol graffiti. It was painted in about 2000ish and ran for a full 10 years before it got dogged but fortunately it then got replaced with the 'Ou'est le mac?' piece below that.
And something from the archives. As Dale Marshall has announced the details of his museum show I thought it would be a good time to dig out a photo of a Vermin street piece painted with his fellow Souls On Fire crew member Boswell/Los Mutartis. Brutal, visceral and brilliant!