Monthly Archives: August 2008

The Upper End Of Trenchard Street

We’ve been here before a while back, but a bit of an update of some newer stuff on that skanky bit where Trenchard Street joins Colston Street.

Another in the series of those pens, the quick dub over it changes the message and kinda makes it better in a way…

Next to it, this paste up. No idea who by…

There’s writing on it, but anyone wanna translate?

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Inkie Update

Had hoped to bring you a round up of the Bristol related stuff at the Cans Festival by now, but still waiting for a couple more snaps for the set. Early next week seems a better option.

But anyway, as a very happy side effect of that, here are some shots of what Inkie’s been up to over the last few months.

Painting at Cargo in London

V&A Secret Wars with Teck 1

Piece for the Corked Exhibition in London (click the link, is Eine really the most prolific street artist working in the UK today? Who is it that’s largely acknowledging that?)

And finally a piece for the Big Chill Festival at the end of July.

Lovely.

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Banksy On Brandon Hill?

Suspect this one is a fake, it’s an odd location, where you’d spray if you were sitting on the bench, and the ‘Y’s quite shoddily done (the ‘s’ looks a bit sharply cut for that matter). He’s not done this straight up stencil tagging stuff for yonks now either.

But it is quite worn, and has been shown to someone who knows his stuff who thinks it may be right.

But, well, it’s there if you wanna go check it out and make your own mind up.

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Before Chrome On The BBC News…

…but possibly not in quite the way you would have expected.

Link to the full article here.

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Graf At Shambala Festival

Thanks loads to Midas for sending these in, some photos of some of the painting that went on at the Shambala Festival last week.

Few different things going on on site by the sounds of things. Biggest one for this blog was a bunch of Bristol related folks getting together to build and paint a massive fort.

This side’s Will Barras, Ponk and Paris

Finishing off one corner looks like some Yaka

Whilst Mr Jago took some time out from preparing for his upcoming exhibition to paint the other end of that side.

People like feek and Dicy were there too, so should be some more photos around that can be dug out of the other sides of this construction, will see if they can’t be found.

Then, as ever at a festival, some other bits were put up here and there. Here’s some Rowdy and Sweet Toof.

Then some as yet unindentified bits. If you know the answers, comment away.

Not 100% certain on this one, same person as does the brains round Stokes Croft?

No immediate idea here, nice though.

and this is really lovely, in an arty kinda way. Photo of it seems to work better at night somehow.

So, there you have it, hopefully some more photos of this festival coming along soon, but looks to have been some good stuff.

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Fanzine Reviews – Font Freak And Issue 2

Meant to do this a while back, but only just got round to it…

Anyway, there are two graf related fanzines around at the moment. Well, there are loads more obviously, but there are two around in this blog post anyway, ‘Font Freak’ by Bristol’s own 45RPM, and ‘Issue 2’ from Pirate Press.

You should buy them both, obviously, and if you’re getting paid at the end of the month and want to do so without reading the rest of this, then go right ahead. Font Freak can be bought here whilst Issue 2 is available through those good people at Tangent Press.

If however, in these times of looming recession, you’re a bit more choosy with your pennies, then here’s some thoughts on them both.

Overall, they’re both great.

Font Freak, as you might expect, is more focussed on the letterforms, and has a pretty bonkers array of reprints from lots of different people’s sketchbooks, from simple tags to sketches for larger pieces. Lots of shots of work outdoors as well, of the kind you probably won’t see on this blog, and a couple of brief interviews with Nylon and Ponk. If you’re into your letters, or actually especially if you’re not, you could spend hours looking at this one.

Issue 2 on the other hand feels a bit rawer and edgier, lots of shots of people painting trains or having just painted trains, along with a good few of painted trains. Really good photos as it happens, interestingly composed and whathaveyou, you’d probably enjoy it just for that if you were into your photography.

Alongside all this train work are some shots of some Sickboy work, some bits that have appeared on his site before now, but some others that, from memory, don’t seem to have done.

So, that’s the magazines themselves, but if you’re still hard pressed to decide, then what else do you get for your cash?

Well, as ever, stickers/postcards come with both of them, integral parts of a good fanzine.

Issue 2 gives you this fine selection of silkscreen printed stickers, even some that leave you some writing space of your own, presumably for purposes such as attaching to the fridge to leave a message for your flatmate to buy some more milk or the like.

Font Freak on the other hand has fewer stickers, but does have some full colour antics going on, as well as some postcards, that perhaps students newly arrived in Bristol this September may care to send to their parents back home to reassure them that all is still well. Heading across the channel and posting Paris’s postcard from Paris might add an interesting element of wordplay to the Royal Mail service as well if you’ve a care.

If still undecided, there are some more facts that might help you make your purchasing decision.

  • Font Freak is stapled on the spine whilst Issue 2 is cotton stitched
  • Issue 2 is slightly larger, at 62 pages, than Font Freak at 58.
  • Perhaps unsurprisingly then, Issue 2 comes in a slightly larger plastic bag than Font Freak.

Other than that the choice is yours. To be honest though, you should probably just buy both.

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College Lane In The Centre

One of those lanes you’d think there would be more on, this one. Tucked away down the side of and behind St Mark’s Chapel on College Green (the only church in England owned by a local authority, fact pickers!), there’s never been much there if memory serves, and isn’t a huge amount at the moment

In fact, the best that can be found there is on the back door of a council building.

There are these odd stencils, relating to a club night or something? Seem to remember them from back in the day.

and this stencil of dog with gun (below a paw funnily enough), that was definitely around back in the day.

With the exception of the occasional large piece, you don’t see as much in the way of new stencils appearing round these days do you. Odd.

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