Monthly Archives: January 2008

Charles Street, Bristol

Seems like a while since i’ve covered an entire street in a way. This constant rain isn’t helping in going out and getting more photos certainly, but got a fair backlog to share with you, so not worried yet…

Charles Street is another of those Bristol streets that probably used to be something far more than it now is, thanks to bombing, the council in the 1960’s and recent redevelopment. You’d miss it these days if you didn’t have reason to go down it, but if you’re down Stokes Croft or near the bus station, take a look.

At the bus station end of it, there are some boards with a fair bit of work on, part of the PRSC project i imagine.

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A nice piece by Sepr, this dood’s pieces haven’t seemed to last too long generally, which is a shame.

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No idea what this all is, but like it.

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Close up on the above. If there’s a Brian Blessed Sonic Attack Force out there, then i want membership!

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Take a simple idea, repeat it hundreds of times, and it works. Nice one.

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Not graf, but it took me years to find, so thought would share it. Charles Wesley‘s old house, worth a wander round on open doors day i reckon, even if the rooms are surprisingly small.

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Know i said I’m not a fan of tagging, but had to include this, as the Gink was probably the first writer i ever met, many many years ago. Asked him why he called himself it once, and he just said ‘Cos i’m the Gink dood’. Top bloke, not seen him for ages sadly.

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Another Killer ghost. Something quite mournful about this one.

UPDATE: In fact, this is the photo that led to Killer and these ghosts wrongly getting tied up with each other. They’re not, in fact, by Killer.

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At the other end of the street, on the side of the now shut King Charles pub (such a shame when an old pub closes down) was this massive chinese dragon in red. Only got painted over recently, and could have sworn i got a photo of it before it was, but can’t find it anywhere.

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So for reference, here’s one in black that’s still there, up on Portland Street in Cotham.

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Killer does maths

Found these yesterday, very odd. Killer’s one of these strange writers who sit halfway between just tagging, and doing something interesting with thought behind it, this time with these mathematical statements. Anyone any ideas?

Up on Lodge Place

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Down by the Academy on Trenchard Street

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and again…

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Next Weapons of Choice night

Following the success of the first event, there’s another Weapons of Choice night coming up at Mr Wolf’s on the 12th of Feb. This time the artists going head to head are Mr Jago and Inkie. Nurse, the screens!

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Another Banksy wall sells

Not really made the news this one, but another Banksy on a wall has just sold on ebay. This time though, it’s not any old wall, but a piece of the Israeli security or segregation wall, depending on your point of view.

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Weighing in at an impressive 1500kg, it’s not the easiest piece to hang on your dining room wall, but it just made £86,400. Seems the reserve price wasn’t met though, so who knows what’ll happen to it now.

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Graffle night review

So tonight was the Graffle draw night, and they’d certainly done well in the final choice of venue! Posh as you like, and a window outside had pleasingly been expertly decorated by Mr Jago. My camera did two shots of this, not sure which is better to be honest, so here’s the flash and non flash versions…

No flash…

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With flash, watch the yellows turn to white…

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The VIP buffet had some pretty damn good food to be honest (yes, that’s a sausage stuffed with creamy mash)

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So started off with checking out the actual pieces on display. Here’s the Nick Walker ‘Morning After – Bristol’ print…

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Room was so tight that there was only a table for a Dicy original, a Pam Glew, a Mr H, and a Tristan Manco signed ‘street sketchbook‘ (if you haven’t bought this book yet, then do…)

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The Mudwig (right) and Dicy (left) prints on display. Both some of the top’er prizes to my mind.

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Where to start? China Mike, a Mr Jago original, two Failes and Yakahead.

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The main stage, with tombola and prints ready to be won. Respect to Niche Frames for their excellent framing job on the Nick Walker, again done for charity. Top people.

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Close up of the Nick Walker. Other people have photos of the man himself next to this, will find and share soon.

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The Banksy ‘Stop and Search’ Studio Proof. You wouldn’t believe the degree of sloaney pony they had posing next to this, grinning and holding Graffle tickets, for the purposes of Sky and ITN news. If you’re going to run a story, just include the people involved in it, don’t import people with little clue, surely?

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Motorboy’s piece, like it…

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This whole process has been characterised by things changing the whole time. So no surprise to turn up and find a Nick Walker decorated snow board as now part of the prizes.

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The ‘VIP’ buffet was pretty busy from the off. Did think of doing this piece as a ‘Hello’ style photo story about which famous graf and street artists who were there hanging out with who. But that would have sucked. Safe to say, lots of the Bristol Crew were represented, in many ways.

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So first they auctioned off the Nick Waker ‘Moona Lisa’ print, £1050 was the final price, top auctioneer, worked the crowd a treat.

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The crowd ‘look on’ with anticipation for the (g)raffle…

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Dom and the lady from Fairbridge ran the show, Dom drawing the lots, the good lady drawing the winner, from am oddly huge stockpot, it must be said.

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So here’s two videos of two draws. The first one is of the Mr Jago lot. If you won this, please let me know. We should talk. Thanks.

The second is for the lot of the night by most people’s standards, the Banksy studio proof, and you know what, i just can’t get the video to embed, so here’s the link for it in a new window instead…

Overall, it was an awesome night. The food was brilliant, the DJ’s were top, and the vibe was great (save for the occasional sloane in body warmer)

Dom the organiser has started something special here, we should help him continue…

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Graffle Night!

Just a reminder that the excellent Graffle is tonight down at the Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa, which is here. Tickets will still be available, as i understand it, up until the draw, but get there early i guess, not least to make it easier for the organisers!

There will also be more bidding for the unique Nick Walker Moona Lisa print, and i suspect the raffle itself will be pretty bonkers, given the value of some of the art they’re giving away for a fiver.

I have tried to work out the odds on winning something per x number of tickets, and failed (they’re in the region of ‘something-1’ was my best guess), but i guess the only certainty is that if you haven’t got a ticket, you’re not going to win anything.

So get down there and support a great cause!

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Live auditioning for this blog?

Something weird happened to me today, kind of amusing too. Was walking along Park Row, traffic was crawling along on the road, stopping every now and again, nothing unusual for Bristol. Then suddenly, when the traffic stopped, the guy walking in front of me stepped out in the road, drew his tag in the dirt covering the back of a van, walked back to the pavement and carried on walking.

Highly amusing, and has kind of left me with a slightly different feeling about tagging now. Will have to think some more.

Here’s the freshly tagged van

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A close up of the tag, can’t make the name, but part of the KP Crew, who I’ve not seen around before.

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