Other people’s graffiti

In our continuing series of other people’s graffiti here’s a bit of unintentional dirt graffiti that caught my eye. I just like the way the lettering is like a ghost of the launderette sign that was obviously there for years. Pretty classy in it’s own special way.

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id-iom v Coyote Ugly – round 1

There’s nowt id-iom likes more than a road trip so when we got a call from Smirnoff about doing a few murals for the imminently opening Coyote Ugly in Cardiff we thought it sounded like fun. If you’re not familiar with Coyote Ugly (there’s also a film of the same name based on the original Coyote Ugly in New York) they’re a chain of bars featuring dancing bartenders who will leap onto the bar and throw some shapes at the drop of a hat.  With the coyotes practising their dance moves in the cavernous main hall as a backdrop we set to work giving the place a touch of id-iom flavour.

Apart from a couple of errant light fittings in the middle of our paint spaces that we weren’t aware would be there it was reasonably smooth sailing. Thankfully though, after a little head scratching and a bit of jiggery pokery with the designs, we managed to make it seem like the lights being there was always part of the plan. A highlight of the trip was finding a couple of donkeys to take a selfie with whilst out for our lunch. We’re easily pleased.

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Other people’s graffiti

Other people's graffiti

Other people’s graffiti

In an attempt to bring a bit of levity to my Friday afternoon I’ve come up with a new feature I’m imaginatively calling ‘Other people’s graffiti’. Just putting up pictures of your own stuff seems a little self absorbed so I thought it was about time we branched out and started sharing the love – so each week (or frankly whenever we fancy it) we’ll be posting something that has somehow managed to snag our attention.

Today’s shot was taken at the Queen’s official residence in Scotland – The Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh – and features some ancient graffiti that was, I’m reliably informed, scratched in place over countless days/nights by bored guards. You’ve got to have a seriously mind-numbing number of hours on your hands to consider engraving your whole name and the date in stone by hand using (assumably) the tip of a knife or something similar. That’s dedication (or terminal boredom) for you.

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Cognitive dissonance

Cognitive dissonance

Cognitive dissonance

You know Christmas is approaching when the perfume and aftershave ads hit saturation point. In the name of science this poor soul has been watching back to back perfume adverts for 48 hours straight and, as you can see, the effects are becoming profound. He just can’t take it anymore and is now unsure of even the basics of reality. If he’s forced to watch more he will eventually believe he’s Gerard Butler with a faux French accent in an abstract world of soft focus women and cars in situations that make literally no sense whatsoever. You can see then why he’s looking a little discombobulated. He’s just lucky we didn’t make him watch the advert for Nicole Polizzi’s ‘Snooki’ perfume. He would be dead by now.

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No not me, never not

No not me, never not

No not me, never not

So the UpFest crew has gone and produced another amazing book celebrating eight years of The Urban Paint festival and the hundreds of  related artworks that have been produced by artists from far and wide. To celebrate the launch they will be selling 100 unique hand painted book presses (50 in Bristol & 50 in London) which will house the new book. All book presses will be blind wrapped and randomly sold making each copy a proper surprise! Oooh exciting!!

Anyway we were asked to paint up one of these fellas and this is what we’ve come up with. ‘No not me, never not’ is a common phrase for us to use as one of our general day-to-day rules is to deny our involvement in any given situation. It’s generally safer that way. So we thought we’d share this pearl of advice with it’s new owner. But rather than plaster one of our ugly mugs on something that may well be staring at someone from their bookshelf for eternity we thought it best to combine our rule of thumb with a more photogenic subject. Apparently that’s called marketing and it’s proved to be effective. So let’s hope it’s new owner will heed our advice of never admitting to anything (unless you have to). Here ends the lesson.

 

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Pocket size Emma Willis

Sometimes, when I’m feeling a little low, I imagine a small, pocket-sized Emma Willis giving me a big thumbs up and suddenly everything is better. Once I make this product a commercial reality I think the world will be a more harmonious place. Just make sure you read the instructions first. It can be tricky to get the settings right.

Today’s crystal resin on the piece represents the idea that ‘into each life some rain must fall’ – and pocket size Emma Willis is here to buck you up when that rain does, inevitably, fall.

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Just think of the exposure

Today’s piece is one for the artists out there. Unlike just aboutu any other professions I can think of there is some weird thing with artists where people seem to expect you to work for free on the basis that doing whatever job they’re suggesting would be good exposure for you. You try that with a plumber and I’m pretty sure what happens next.

Frankly, given that we like painting up big walls and signing them, we’re okay at gathering that precious exposure for ourselves. Anyway this picture depicts my face and general demeanour when anyone even mentions working for ‘exposure’, the crystal resin represents my tears and the little bird is telling us we’re chumps for even listening to such a proposal and to run away as swiftly as my little legs will carry me…

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