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News From Weapon Of Choice

Blog one show, and suddenly you find there’s a ton more to blog as well. More of that throughout the day, but let’s start with the ever busy chaps at Weapon of Choice.

The Nikill Show’s still on, and looks as grand as it does reasonably priced, definitely worth checking out, photos in a bit when the shiny new camera stops being shiny and new and starts actually downloading photos.

Next up is the launch of the Cheo colouring book, which has been a while coming but is looking great judging by the photos out there. Jer Forceone’s got a brilliant write up with preview photos for it, so head over to his blog to check them out. It’ll be being launched at the Weaon of Choice Gallery on St Michael’s Hill on Thursday 3rd December, with the man himself there to sign copies for you. There’s more about the event over on Facebook too.

Shortly after that, Tuesday 11th December, the regular Weapon of Choice night down at Mr Wolf’s is turning into a bit of a hip hop spectacular with a massive line-up to end the year. Painting from Cheo and Shadeone, again Facebook’s your place for info. Weapon of Choice is going to be two years old in January too, and there’s talk of a massive painting session for that at the moment as well, so keep an eye out.

Finally, there’s a big end of year group show up there opening on the 11th of December, with a line up including the following folks, with more still being added.

Jody, Lokey, Kato, Jeff Row, Acer, Inkie, Kid Zoom, Fake, 45rpm, Lorenzo, Dylan Shipley, Soker, Nikill, Song, Bevlak, Cheba, Copyright, Iain Sellar, Hoekon, Flo, Danimal, James Starr and Loch Ness

If somehow you’re still unconvinced, there’s promise of mince pies and mulled wine on the opening night too. What more do you need?

Incidentally, if you fancy a free Cheba print, you’ve got til the 30th of this month to sign up to the Weapon of Choice newsletter (top left of the page here), when two names will be drawn at random to win one of the prints below. Worth a punt for the cost of an email address for sure.

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Bristol Festival On Now

Bristol Festival opened up last night down round the Lloyds building on the harbourside. All a bit Bristol Media for the opening night, but today the festival kicks off proper, with all bands an that.

Loads of graf down there again as per last year, lots of different artists from last time, and it’s all looking good. The two runs of board down the ramp aren’t looking quite as connected as they were last year though, thanks to the council not allowing them to be painted on site. Still some great work though.

You should get down there to see all this for yourself, so a couple of crappy night time shots will have to do for now.

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Also last night, and sadly only for last night, the 3D virtual Stokes Croft system was on display. Navigate around the croft using a dance mat style floor pad, and check out the work there over time. Sounds like this is just the start of bigger and better things too, which is great.

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One of the best bits of this year is the virtual graf wall moving from a small tent and taking over the entire side of the Lloyds building. All done with lights and projectors and so on, but it looks really impressive.

Here’s some of last night’s antics.

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On today and tomorrow and looking great, you really should wander down.

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The Weekend’s Harbourside Painting

When Children of the Can came out, the massive length of boards in front of the industrial museum development were finally painted, having sat there unpainted for too long. That was a while back now though, so last weekend they got a fresh coat of paint from more of Bristol’s great and good. All done in conjunction with the museum, who are going to have a bit of a display about it when it finally opens to boot.

Some really nice work done, of all sorts of styles, and the usual ‘queuing to take photos’ thing going on earlier today. Here’s some results…

Thanks to Jer Forceone for the detail on some of the names!


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Get Dring Mobile – The Auction

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You may have heard of this by now, but if not you should do. There’s a charity fundraising drive going on at the moment called ‘Get Dring Mobile’, which is aiming to raise enough money to sort the legendary Mike Dring of Art-el fame out with a a modified vehicle he can drive himself. For those as don’t know, here’s the backstory from the fundraising website;

Michael Dring was 23 years old when he broke his neck in a road traffic accident, resulting in paralysis from the upper chest down – medically he is classified as having a complete Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) resulting in Tetraplegia (level C6).   Between April 2009 and April 2010, friends and family of Michael are attempting to raise money to put towards the purchase of an adapted car which will enable him to drive independently.

Being the kind of bloke he is, this isn’t just about Mike either;

Any additional funds raised over and above the amount needed will be either donated to Salisbury Spinal Unit or go towards a lasting legacy of this project.  Michael has been so inspired by this initiative that currently he is exploring the possibility of setting up an official charity in order to help other people regain any loss of independence due to SCI.  If Michael succeeds in setting up this charity any additional funds will go towards this charity which will assist others to afford hand controls or vehicle adaptations.

So, lots of stuff going on as a fundraiser, but one element of it, natch, is raising funds through grafurbanstreet art. A call was put out for people to donate pieces to a fundraising auction which has had a huge response, so they’re now going to be holding the thing down at Paintworks, viewing of the pieces on the 14th and 15th of October 2009, with the auction starting at 7pm on the 15th. Get down there early on the 15th though, as there’s going to be music and live painting from 4pm, with Inkie and Mr Jago just some of the names confirmed so far.

If you’ve got a piece you’d like to donate to the auction then there’s still plenty of time. The line up’s pretty special already.

Mr Jago
China Mike
Rourke Vandal
Will Barras
Levi C
James Baker
Angel 41
Dan Kitchener
Ripper 1331
Ill Joseph
Carrie Reichardt aka The Baroness
Nick Walker
Damon Ginandes
K Guy
Ben Allen
Brian Jones
Tom Hine
Guy Mckinley
Andy Council
Ria Hill
Pam Glew
Guy Denning
Mau Mau
Simon Riley
Agent Provocateur
Oliver Winconek
Jef Aersol
Crazy Jake
Ian Francis
Rene Gagnon
Dan Baldwin
Acer One

There’s loads of other fundraising stuff going on too, and this bit should be a great event for an extremely worthy cause. The only thing to work out now is how to stop Mike bidding on the pieces himself.

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June Events Roundup

Really loads of events coming up over the next few days if you fancy it, so here’s a bit of a round up…

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Starting with tonight (Thursday), you’ve got the dutch auction being run by PRSC closing. Sounds like there are stil some pieces available at bargain basement prices, so get down to their Jamaica Street gaff to see what you can pick up.


Tomorrow night, if you’re in Bristol, you could do worse than wander along to check out the Bristol Design Festival, lots of designy stuff going on obviously, but the matryoshka army project is interesting. Lots of those russian dolls that fit into each other, painted by the following folk.

Mr Jago, FLX, Goer, Epok, Sepr, Cheba, Afeks, Hakah, Lobb, Zesk, Sarah Jane, Zier, Dora, Heidi Gough, Tom Albinal, Lokey, Iria, Jedi, Lauren Millington, Nik Ill, Daddison, Millie Gleeson, Cheo, 3Dom, Poer

Possibly by some accounts meant to be opening down at the Old Fire Station on Friday, but their blog seems to say that there might actually be an opening of them down at 35 King Street (near the Old Duke) tonight too. Actually, the blog seems to say the dolls part of the show will be at 35 King Street the whole time. And also at the Old Fire Station. Who knows. Our money’s on this one being at the King Street address. The design festival itself is definitely at the Old Fire Station though.

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If you’re closer to London, also starting on Friday is a really good looking event, End of the Line presents Meeting of Styles. Tons of writers, tons of tunes, all over by Brick Lane in trendy Shoreditch. Here’s the lineup;

Nash, Does, Biser, Wany, Aryz, Heat, Nychos, Bird, Inkie, Probs, Zomby, Tizer, Zadok, Bleach, Bonzai, Insa, Solo, Busk, Twesh, Odisie, Roid, Snug, Skore, Aztek, Ekto, Sune, Xenz, Izer, Are, Stika, Teck, Rabodiga, Vibes, Town, Chrome, Intro, Replete, Cheo, Soker, Casm, Wisher, Jive, Sorn, Noir, Urge, Keen, Pryme, Mac1, Krah, Sick IR, Sares, Cosh, Jasik, Alfa, Relay, Pref, Mau Mau, Shok, Skire, Ebzke, Amuk.

They’re all over the web with info, so check out their blog if you want to know more. Epic.

Incidentally, if you’re in London, Rowdy’s show opened last night, and seems to have been promoted by a pretty cool van touring the city sometime recently.

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Of course though, the big one if you’re in Bristol this weekend is Upfest. Massive lineup from all sorts of styles and backgrounds, should be packed out. They’ve got a really nice website too, so check that out for all the info.

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Looking a bit further ahead, the Friend and Co Gallery are heading south of the river for a bit for a big show down at the Spotted Cow in Bedminster on the 11th of June. The line up for it so far includes;

Acerone, Andy Council, China Mike, Eko, Faris Badwan, French, Inkie, Mr Jago, Mudwig, Paris, Pinky, Richt, Sainty, Sickboy, 45rpm

and there’s more info on their blog.

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Also opening this month is the next Weapon of Choice Gallery group show, with the current show closing this Sunday. The gallery’s looking really good, and the next show looks like another top lineup.

Weapon of Choice Gallery’s 2nd installment of some of Bristol & the UK’s finest.

Saturday 13th June 5-10pm. Free entry
Exhibition runs until the Sunday 5th July 2009

14 St Michael’s Hill Bristol BS2 8DT

Artists include:
Ben Normanton
Dirty 30 (Brighton)
Dylan Shipley
Jonathan Farr
Julian Kimmings
King Audel (france)
Mick Hockney
Si2 (Hull)
Rory Doona
Turroe + special guest?

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They’ve also got a colouring book coming out by Cheo in September it seems, sounds like a perfect bit of early xmas shopping if you know any little people, or little people who’ve since got big.

Last thing for this month so far, there’s strong talk going round of Glostonbury happening again later this month up at the Golden Lion on the Gloucester Road. Last year looked like a large one, sounds like the same’s being lined up again.

Oh yeah, and Banksy‘s got a show coming up too.

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St George Skate Park – The Final Photos

Back in April a shout went out round about for people who might want to paint St George’s Skate Park at an organised event, and the organisers did a great job of putting together a bunch of people to paint. Huge space and took a while in the end, but has come out brilliantly by the looks of things.

Tons of pieces, tons of photos, so best done as a gallery, and even better done to go and check it out yourself, especially when the weather’s like this.

Cheers to Lokey for taking the photos, which are named as per sent over, so if anyone’s missed out then do shout!

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What’s Next Then?

Part of the reason this blog was set up was to show people there’s more to Bristol graf than Banksy, so, whilst today doubtless brings more rumour and speculation on his upcoming show, what else is coming up?

Well, first up, Rowdy’s got a solo show opening on the 4th June (with private view night 3rd June), running through to the 22nd June, at ‘Sartorial Contemporary Art‘ in London (WC1H 8AP). Sounds dead posh, but looks like it should be good. Here’s their blurb with it…


In his first major London solo show the King of Crocs showcases his diverse talent at Sartorial Contemporary Art. Expect to see Rowdy’s unique take on urban living and landscape in the form of his legendary boulders, abstract cityscapes and of course the ubiquitous crocs.

Bricks and mortar may mean money and mortgages to some but Rowdy prefers his building blocks in their raw state. ‘The local quarry provides the bedrock for our roads and cities’ says the artist. ‘I hit the rocks before they reach their destiny of becoming our new urban spaces’. Simultaneously caveman-esque and contemporary, the cartoon monoliths have been described as ‘Ren & Stimpy meets Goldsworthy’. Their arrival in the urban landscape provides jarring juxtaposition.

His Cityscape paintings show Skyscrapers constructed out of the tiniest marks a spray can can make, reminiscent of T.S Lowry’s ‘matchstick men’, combined with 1980’s graffiti fades. Some are hectic, others more meditative. Highly sought after, this accomplished series offers nuances and subtleties both in style and substance, often somewhat lacking in today’s saturated street art market.

Continuing the narrative of City versus The Ancient; Rowdy’s trademark crocodiles are often huge in scale and are indicative of the playful nature of the imagery in his work, and long may we continue to see these King-sized crocs attacking our walls and lurking in the concrete swamps. The last few years have seen him collaborate with cohorts Cyclops & Sweet Toof resulting in one of the most widespread bombing campaigns seen in the UK’s capital in the last decade.

‘Don’t be taken in by his welcome grin, he’s imagining how well you’d fit within his skin…’

They’ve also got some photos on their site of the Burning Candy show in Leeds last year if you fancy a gander.

Next up, there’s the Bristol Design Festival (5th – 11th June), which isn’t massively graf based, but has a competition called ‘Grafikea’ where you can customise an Ikea table (crying out for someone to enter it with a table covered in tagging). They’ve also been getting various design and graf types to customise a set of those russian doll things which will be auctioned off. Last year had this lot getting their paint on, should be a good turnout this time round.

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They’re linking up with an expanded Upfest this year (6th  and 7th June at the Tobacco Factory and to a smaller degree at the Grain Barge). Again it’s not an entirely graf type event, but in amongst the photoshop and stencils, a good contingent of graf artists seem to have sneaked there way onto the bill, and photos will be all over Flickr before you know it. Definitely worth checking out.

Finally, not an event as such, but something with a date attached. PRSC have found themselves entered for an award with Voscur (“an infrastructure organisation and a development agency for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Bristol”) to be recognised as the best ‘voluntary and community sector campaign’ in Bristol 2009.

All very wordy, but if everyone reading this blog gave them a vote, they’d doubtless rinse it, so go on, won’t take a minute. It’s open til the 29th May, so click here to submit your vote.

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