Monthly Archives: July 2012

What remains unsaid.

What remains unsaid.

I wonder what the next line out of the man’s mouth will be? Will he be truthful or diplomatic? It’s tricky to be certain. There are a lot of variables that can help determine his response. Sometimes discretion is the key and sometimes not. Although if my girlfriend came home with Comic Sans newly installed as her default font I know that I certainly wouldn’t be very happy as it would annoy me before she’d even finished her first sentence. But that’s probably just me. C’est la vie.

Today’s pic is brand new (and currently for sale if anyone is interested) but i’ve always quite liked the idea of existential pictures that seem to be aware of their surroundings and we’ve employed stencils that can think for themselves to dubious comic effect previously:

How can i tell her?

Bugger! Wrong picture again!

How to get your man

Cheers

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Fancy a cuppa?

Brixton Brew is open for business!

Brixton Brew is our new local cafe – which has the added twist of being attached to the local pub! You can see the problems that could arise from such a combination but so far it hasn’t lead to any all day drinking sessions. Although i suppose it’s only a matter of time…

There we were enjoying a nice frosty beverage in the local when the manager pops up and asks if we’d care to do a little work branding their new cafe. We, of course, agreed and set to work on coming up with a few ideas. Once we had the design finalised it was time to get it on the wall. On a dry but very windy day we set to work and the biggest problem we faced on this little commission was ensuring that the lettering was straight, which is not particularly one of our strengths at the best of times although I think we just about got it nailed this time thankfully. Then it was just a case of getting the mug logo and steaming kettle on the door and we were good to go. Partial payment came via a tasty panini and a pint. Job done.

Cheers

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Olympic sports I’d like to see… The Hipster Hunt

The inaugural Hipster Hunt 2012

The rules would be simple. 50 hipsters would be rounded up from the streets of Shoreditch and Brick Lane and herded to the Olympic stadium in Stratford. There they would be hunted over a cunningly designed game zone by competitors from across the globe and the gold would be awarded to the one who brought the most glasses back in their trophy bag. Easy.

After a quick bit of recon to work out where she’d look her best we got her up complete with shotgun and official ‘Hipster Hunt’ poster. Where better but the East End of course. I’m sure she’ll be bagging braces of the swaggering bespectacled try-hard’s left, right and centre. Go team GB!

Cheers

id-iom

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Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome. (Isaac Asimov)

Isaac Asimov slate

Isaac Asimov has got to be one of my favourite authors ever. A proper icon. In today’s world of vapid and empty sounding celebrities who are famous for nothing more than looking good here we have a true celebrity. Famous for being outstanding in his chosen field. Not only was he terrifyingly prolific – his bibliography is over 500 works long (and that doesn’t include individual short stories) – but he was far ahead of his time when it came to imagining the future and humanity’s part in it.

His ‘Foundation‘ and ‘Robot’ series are some of the finest science-fiction works available and I would urge you to get them read. Countless of his stories have been made into films and many of his ideas have influenced a wide range of creators. In honour of his work and the inspirational stories he imagined we thought we’d immortalise him on slate. Combining his distinctive glasses with an exposed robot eye gave us the germ of an idea and from there we were away. I reckon that once this one has been framed suitably it will look spot on. Hopefully we’ll have a few more in this series once I can actually work out who else is worth commemorating…

Cheers

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Poet Mouse

The Poet Mouse

The Poet Mouse

“This street will become a shrine, and punks and skins and rastas will all gather round and hold their hands in sorrow for their fallen leader. And all the grown-ups will say, “But why are the kids crying?” And the kids will say, “Haven’t you heard? Poet Mouse is dead! The People’s Poet is dead!”

And then one particularly sensitive and articulate teenager will say, “Other kids, do you understand nothing? How can Poet Mouse be dead when we still have his poems?”

This is what will be said of Poet Mouse in coming years but whilst his work lives on he will live in our hearts…

There we were, just minding our own business, when we hear a series of barely audible little squeaks that were somehow coalescing into intelligible words right in front of us. After casting round we found this little fella reciting Tennyson’sThe Lady of Shalott‘ to us. Once he’d finished we had a small chat and he said he was an urban poet but due to his diminished size had a bit of trouble getting an audience together although he had some fantastic material. I can only hope he gets the attention he deserves. He was a very modest and friendly fellow so keep your eyes out for him, till next time my friend…

I’ve started today’s post with an (altered) quote that I feel is particularly relevant to Poet Mouse. A prize to anyone who can tell me where i nabbed it from…

Cheers

id-iom

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Come one, come all

Come one, come all

Come one, come all

At last! Summer seems to finally be here! What a result! We got a call on Friday asking if we were interested in doing some boards at the  Whitecross Street Party on Saturday. We checked the weather, which was, surprisingly, promising warmth and sunshine and so promptly agreed. As it was in London it didn’t even require a particularly early start. Which was another good result. After finding ourselves a board to paint we set to work and had this done by closing time. I think the boy in the piece looks a little more sinister than we originally intended but I think it works quite nicely because of that. He certainly looks as though he’s been up to some kind of mischief…

Cheers

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id-iom @ Whitecross Street Party

It turns out id-iom shall go to the ball after all! After a last minute drop out we’ve been invited to do some live painting at this year’s Whitecross Street Party in London’s East End. The weather is looking up for the weekend (particularly on Sunday) so I’m hoping we’ll have a fun time painting outdoors for once this summer. Fingers crossed. We’ve not got long to prepare as it’s on tomorrow and Sunday but being the cowboys we are I’m sure we’ll make do. Yee Hah!

Cheers

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Tiger Tiger

Tiger Tiger

Tiger Tiger

Did you know that a group of tigers is known as a ‘streak’ or ‘ambush’. Which is probably a fitting name for them because by the time you’ve noticed them I reckon they’ve either streaked past or ambushed you. They are the largest of the big cats, the third largest land carnivore (after the polar bear and brown bear) and are surely the epitome of danger and grace. I’m no expert but i’m pretty sure William Blake was thinking similar thoughts when he put pen to paper with his poem, The Tyger:

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,

In the forests of the night;

What immortal hand or eye,

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

With that and a blank wall as some kind of vague inspiration this is what we ended up with. The Muse works in mysterious ways…

Cheers

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id-iom does Halfords BMX Sessions (with Tinchy Stryder)

So there we were working in the studio when a call comes in on the id-iomphone. A swift conversation reveals that Halfords is in need of our assistance as they are having a photoshoot with Tinchy Stryder for their forthcoming ‘BMX sessions‘ promotion and they need some urban style graphics – pronto! A brief confab later and – POW! – we have a design idea which just needs a little fleshing out. Following some rabid computer work we manage to come up with our design which, after just a modicum of tinkering, is then quickly approved:

The next step is to get it all ready to be sprayed. As is often the case with these types of job there’s a strict deadline – and it’s looming fast. No problem. We pull out the patented ‘id-iomscalpel’ and it’s all taken care of with a minimum of fuss. So far so good. Then all we need are a few cans of ‘Halfords orange’ and we’re good to go. We need to make it down to Skaterham (in Caterham! Ha! Get it?) for the ungodly hour of 7am (I usually only see this hour when going on holiday) but with the team down to one man down there’s no time to waste so I need to get there on time.

The design had to be sprayed a couple of times – indoors first in case it rained (really? in British summer time? Surely you jest?) and then outdoors as well (the light is much better apparently – when it’s not raining). It was all done and dusted in a couple of hours and then Tinchy showed up to do his thing. Apparently his name comes from the fact he’s tinchy (that much I can verify) and that he used to love the arcade game Strider (I can verify this to be a classic game). The final PR pics (and video) are below. So there you have it. Another case sorted. London can sleep safe again…

As a small addendum I can’t believe that after watching the video back to myself that no-one has ‘suggested’ I get myself a hair cut. Thanks very much my so called friends…

Cheers

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To bite the bullet

To bite the Bullet

To bite the bullet

To bite the Bullet (Detail)
To bite the bullet (Detail)

According to the internet an idiom is ‘A group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words’ We are called ‘id-iom’ and ‘to bite the bullet’ is an idiom. You can see what we’ve done there can’t you? How self-referential and hip we are.

Cheers

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