Monthly Archives: November 2011

Zapped again

Zap

Ages ago our big brother said how much he liked these prints (which we’ve done a couple of before) so when we found an uncoloured one hiding at the bottom of a pile of other stuff we thought we’d do the decent thing and finish it off for him.

I would usually go for a bit more of a vibrant colour but the Muse took my hand and told me to go with brown. It’s not really a colour i’d normally choose but the Muse is usually right so I thought i’d take her at her word and give it a go. And this is how it turned out. I’m rather pleased with the end result and hope the big man is too. Right, what’s next?

Cheers

id-iom

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Tweet tweet

Ah, the sweet sounds of a songbird. Or in our case a raven proclaiming it’s raucous shriek to all and sundry. That will be our Twitter feed. To celebrate id-iom’s arrival on Twitter (probably just as everyone else is about to leave to use the newest up-and-coming social networking app) we thought we’d put a little blog post up to see if we couldn’t wrangle a few more followers than the paltry 17 we currently have (but big thanks to the 17 that have already signed up. I love you guys!)

So, if you fancy hearing our every thought and love the idea of a constant stream of tweets to interrupt your oh-so-busy day then all you have to do is follow this link and sign yourself up. Sorted. A million followers here we come!

Cheers

id-iom

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Upfest @ Freeze 2011 video

Unfortunately we forgot to get out our video camera out at Freeze festival this year – but fear not as it has all been captured and edited much better than we would have done in the short video above. Our piece gets featured a little and you even get a quick shot of someone having a crafty puff on our extra large art fag. Good times all round…

I smoke art fags for breakfast

For a bit more on our piece you can check here

Cheers

id-iom

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id-iom’s Graffiti Contract

If you sign it – then you’re in, it’s as simple as that!! We don’t mess about. This is ironclad!

Now i know anyone who is going to get out and do some graff doesn’t need to sign a contract as you’re already out there doing it but this is for all those people who sit on their sofas wishing they could get out and do something but don’t. This is for all those people who need to put their money where their mouth is. This contract is for me.

I need to sign it because as deepest winter sets in i can come up with a number of excuses to sit indoors and do nothing apart from playing the xbox, reading a book or cooking a stew. Ok i’ve never cooked a stew in my life but i’m sure i could learn as an excuse to not go outside into the freezing cold.

And it’s exactly for these reasons that i will both distribute and sign this contract. Also i don’t know who this 2can is but credit to him for getting out and hitting the streets…

Cheers

id-iom

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BANG BANG! I shot you down!

BANG BANG!! I shot you down

BANG BANG!! I shot you down from a slight angle

BANG BANG!! I shot you down from across the room

BANG BANG!! I shot you down the stairs

I shot you down in progress

I shot you down in progress

I shot you down in progress

I shot you down in progress

I shot you down in progress

I shot you down in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s nothing like applying paint directly to a wall in someone’s house to cheer you up. Heating, access to drinks and the toilet, no wind to contend with and access to Modern Warfare 3 on the Xbox whilst waiting for emulsion to dry. What more could a humble artist want?

As this was being going directly on the wall in his house we had been through a few iterations of various designs with the client until we finally managed to tweak it till we had something he was happy with. He wanted something impactful as you come into his house and one of the many reference ideas he had given us was the JR piece which had been on the Tate which depicts a man with a camera (although I think it looks like a gun on first glance) so we had gone down that route. As for the text I think I may have, at some point during the design process, been listening to ‘I shot you down’ by the Audio Bullys (below) which features extensive vocal samples from Nancy Sinatra‘s 1966 song ‘Bang Bang’ (although the song was originally written for Cher by Sonny Bono!) I particularly like the way in which the target character always seems to be aiming directly at you (which was obviously intentional…)

Cheers

id-iom

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F*ckshovel

Now let’s get one thing straight. Fuckshovel are definitely not for the faint hearted. As their Facebook page tells you – “as aggressive as their name suggest, Fuckshovel deliver gun shot drumming and sleaze-fuelled rock designed to shake your brain loose.” That pretty much sums it up for me. And if you’ve witnessed them you’ll know that i’m right. Here’s a little taster:

Despite their hard living image they are in fact some very nice chaps and we have come up with this as a little commission for them. It’s (clearly) another one of my little single layer black numbers and i’m sure i’ll get over it shortly. But for now this is what you get…

Cheers

id-iom

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The King Blues – Glastonbury 2011

The King Blues drum stick - Glastonbury 2011

There we were stood at Glastonbury earlier this year when the youngest member of our troupe announces that she is off to watch The King Blues and would anyone like to go with her. After a little conferring it was decided that it would probably too much effort for anyone to wrangle up the necessary energy to accompany her so it was suggested that perhaps she was old enough now to fly solo.

With barely a backward glance she was off and a further conference produced the conclusion that that would probably be the last time we’d see her for a good few hours. With a skill akin to GPS she unerringly tracked us down again an hour or two later only to regale us with tales of the good time she’d had and the great band we’d all missed. And to prove it she was clutching the drum stick that she’d managed to get after it was thrown to the baying crowd. As I had a backpack with me I took control of the drum stick and as this is the first time she will have seen it since then I thought it only fair to get it framed up to commemorate the occassion. Bring on Glasto 2013!

Cheers

id-iom

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Hands up!

Hands up! id-iom @ Seven at Brixton

 

If you’ve been down to Brixton Market any time recently you can’t help but notice the proliferation of quality independent food and drink establishments like Franco Manca and Honest Burger (to mention just a couple). So when we were asked if we’d like to paint up some walls in a new bar and tapas place called Seven at Brixton we jumped at the chance.

As usual, we ended up working to a pretty tight schedule and despite not having a confirmed design until Wednesday and the bar having it’s grand opening on Friday (4th Nov) we just about managed to pull it off. There are 4 more artists who have worked on spaces upstairs but we snagged the downstairs corridor which worked well for us. The photograph’s don’t really do this one justice and it’s difficult to get a feel for the whole thing without good photographs – which i’m clearly unable to get…

The corridor walls already had a lot of texture as the place hasn’t seen a lick of paint in many a year so we decided it best to go with what’s already there and make the most of it. The design consists of seven hands reaching up with lines of thread coming from each nail and all the threads converging on a big 7 sprayed on the wall.

Anyway shooting decent shots in such a tight corridor is definitely a challenge too far for my meagre photography skills and this one is definitely best viewed in the flesh. It will be up for at least the next 3 months so you should get down while you can… For more info you can check their blog

Cheers

id-iom

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RUN! SHARK!

This little piece was a commission for our id-iom’s trusty construction consultant. If there’s a need to install, build or otherwise use power tools then he’s our go-to man. One of the things he’s also interested in is diving so that was the inspiration for this little number. This picture must have confused our framer a little though as he’s managed to put the string at the bottom of the picture so it hangs upside down. Luckily it will be an easy task for our construction specialist to rectify this little problem.

Cheers

id-iom

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The Hand in Hand lives on…

There was a time a short while ago when our local publican was thinking of selling up and moving on. This, as you can probably imagine, caused a certain amount of consternation within the local pub-going fraternity. After much speculation they found some new people to take over and they duly took charge. Thankfully they appear to be fairly motivated to bringing a few changes which can surely only be a good thing – although saying that the extended opening hours have left some confusion as to what time I actually manage to make it to bed sometimes… Anyway, as they are giving the place a well needed lick of paint we thought it only fair to give them something to adorn their newly painted walls…

Cheers

id-iom

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