Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Park Field At Glastonbury

So, here we go with the Glastonbury antics. Wasn’t going to blog this lot first, but it seems they may contain a Banksy (again), so thought it worth getting out of the way now.

So, Paris and Mudwig painted some more shelters in the Park field at Glastonbury this year before the festival opened. Watched them being done in the summer sun on the Monday, but didn’t get back to check out the finished works until the following Sunday. By this time a lot of the work had been tagged, and some of the shelter backs had other people’s work on with apparently no trace of any Kuildoosh at all. They may not have been finished in the first place, but a bit harsh to completely paint out and go over so quickly if that was what happened.

Round some of these shelters, there was a pretty knackered looking ice cream van, with various bits on it, but after a week on site it didn’t look too out of place really, so only bothered getting this photo of a sign on the back of it.

Very similar to a previous Banksy piece a few years back (the one of the Full Moon Pub oddly enough). Word on the net has it that it was Banksy’s van, selling Jay Z and hip hop style tat for a fiver, and putting on a bit of a sound system. Pretty sure it was in the stone circle on Wednesday night blaring out drum and bass, which is pretty off really, any other part of the site fair enough, but usually that place is left alone for a bit of peace and quiet.

Anyway, another ‘Was it Banksy?’ bunch of speculation for you. Hoorah. As a previous commenter summed it up a week or so ago, does it really matter? You either like it or you don’t.

Two other shelters there had non Kuildoosh work on, here’s the first, see what they did there?

And the second, another framed Michael Eavis portrait, but more pleasingly than that, one of a few of those Paddington Bear ‘Migration is not a crime’ stencils you see round Park Row and the Christmas Steps now and again. Really like them for some reason, and lots of other people taking photos seemed to too.

Bit of a close up on the Paddington.

And the stencil of a starving african child with a bunch of flowers, not seen this one before.

So yeah, could have missed some photos of a Banksy thing there, but never mind, if that was it, then there was definitely better graf and art going on elsewhere over the week.

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Glastonbury Photos Coming Up

Hello again.

Hope you enjoyed the last week’s worth of content whilst we all trooped off to Glastonbury Festival, good to see people still chatting in our absence.

So, have got utterly tons of graf photos to bring you from the festival, lots of Paris and Mudwigs (including a whole new lot of ‘Mudwig is…’ pieces that were quick a topic of conversation round the site) lots and lots of beautiful Xenz pieces, as well as Cyclops, Sweet Toof, Rowdy, Hacker and other random bits round the site.

Going to take a while to blog them all, but will be getting them all out as fast as possible over the next week, and for now, here’s the festival by line that had been stenciled all over the site by the organisers before people turned up. Guess they’re catching on to the messaging power of graf!

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Around The Bell Off Jamaica Street

The Bell is a pretty wicked pub down just off Jamaica Street. Perhaps because it’s just by Screen One print house, or perhaps because it’s just a very cool pub, it’s long been a hangout for graf and street artists in Bristol.

There’s a good bit of graf inside, that will get blogged here in due course (the tagging in the toilets is a bit of ‘who’s who’ at times), but the outside of it has seen its share of work as well.

This piece on the front of the pub has gone now, though you can still just about make it out. It was up around Christmas last year, at the same time as it appeared in the ’12 Days of Xmas’ show at Bridewell Police Station. Ghostboy and Ozzy Mandust collaboration, ‘Toffs Love A Bit Of Claret’ if memory serves.

This piece was round the back of the pub around the same time, a wicked tribute to Ireland from Messrs Dicy and Feek of the TCF.

It’s now been replaced with another piece by Sepr, semi-official decorator of the area round Stokes Croft.

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Richmond Terrace, Clifton

Keeping with the Clifton vibe, here’s a small stencil up on Richmond Terrace by the Lansdown Pub.

Nice work, don’t see too much stencil work round this area anymore since Banksy moved to London….

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Bristol Fine Art

Saw this sign outside Bristol Fine Art on Park Row the other day, and found it somewhat amusing.

A Fine Art shop, frequented by respectable Clifton oil painting types and part of the Royal West of England Academy no less, is advertising itself as a place to buy Molotow spray paints, which are apparently ‘essential writing supplies’.

How times have changed…

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Glostonbury Reminder

Don’t forget the Glostonbury Festival of Skate and Graffiti Arts is kicking off up at the Golden Lion on Gloucester Road this weekend.

Go on, what else have you got to do?

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Where The Nick Walker Butterfly Used To Be…

Remember this Nick Walker piece that used to be up on a door on the triangle?

Well, it’s now gone.

In fact it went a couple of weeks ago, but have been waiting to blog it whilst doing some digging to find out what’s happened to it, and have yet to reach any conclusions, so worth blogging now anyway.

Basically, the venue to the right of the photo, The Park, has Nick Walker work inside (must blog that at some point) and so initial assumption was they might have taken it down for safe keeping. But they state firmly that they haven’t. Terry Olpin, to the left, haven’t returned any calls about it as yet.

So, no idea what’s become of the original door, shall keep you posted if anything emerges…

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