Daily Archives: February 14, 2013

You give love a bad name

You give love a bad name (featuring a very angry robin!)

So it’s Valentine’s Day again and we’ve been busy. This shot has really got it all – something Valentine related, an earworm and even a bit of wildlife. A winning shot if ever I’ve managed to take one. Despite the fact that the robin looks cute he was, in fact, very angry. He didn’t seem to appreciate our work. Everyone’s a critic…

We’ve previously done an earworm and I thought it was about time to give it another go. The success or otherwise of this piece hinges on the fact that just about everyone is familiar with Bon Jovi’s ‘You give love a bad name‘ and so I’ve done my best to try and get it playing unheeded in your brain. For no reason other than I can. It’s difficult to know how successful I’ll be but them’s the breaks.

Cheers

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You had me at whagwan

Brixton – you had me at whagwan…

Since living in Brixton I’ve become enamoured with the phrase ‘Whagwan‘. For the uninitiated, the phrase means ‘what’s going on’ in Jamaican Patois. The spelling can vary but the meaning doesn’t change. Anyway, once I’d combined that with a nice little romantic statement and a bit of traditional Claddagh ring design, hey presto, I had a fully formed idea that, after a little further work, became this little declaration of love for Brixton. Happy Valentine’s Day Brixton!

Cheers

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Be still my beating heart

Be still my beating heart (close up)

Be still my beating heart

We did a version of this on paper last week (which has already been on eBay) but the street was always where I’d imagined this piece to live. And not only did we find a great spot for it but the location also gave us a great idea for extending this piece that we’ll follow up on as soon as we can. Anyway, i digress. Apparently the earliest citation for the term ‘be still my beating heart’ comes from William Mountfort‘s Zelmane from 1705:

“Ha! hold my Brain; be still my beating Heart.”

Now I quite like that quote and think it’s a nice romantic concept so I thought I’d give it a little id-iom twist just in time for Valentine’s Day. Apparently Sting did a song called ‘Be still my beating heart’ but I’ve neglected to link to it as I’ve taken a hit for the team and it’s really not that good. On the plus side though at least we got out on the streets despite the inclement weather.

Cheers

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Shot through the heart

Shot through the heart

Shot through the heart (close up)

With Valentine’s Day swiftly upon us we thought it best to turn our attention to affairs of the heart and see what we could come up with in recognition of this day of love. Bon Jovi once famously sang that they’d been shot through the heart and noted the fact that you were to blame. Well, short of the whole blaming you for it thing I thought I’d turn that sentiment into some art using the magic of stencils and spraypaint. I’m not entirely sure why but the side of a rusting fridge just seemed the right place to put it.

I’ve just realised that this is the second post i’ve written today mentioning Bon Jovi. Maybe i have a problem.

Cheers

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C.O.A.

C.O.A.

C.O.A.

Every now and again whilst i’m working in my oh-so-glamorous shed I’ll glance at this design pinned to the wall and my mind will wander. Sometimes I’ll catch a glimpse of a future where the id-iom stamp of approval is as ubiquitous as pieces of Ikea furniture.

To a time when the secondary market will be awash with fake id-iom prints and people will be clamouring for signed originals. Looking back our initial run of screen printed id-iom stamp of approval pieces will be seen as a seminal statement and turning point that allowed us to move onto ever larger and more extravagant projects and will forever serve as both indicator of good taste and be it’s own Certificate of Authenticity.

I can just hear a cyborg David Dickinson in 2050 proclaim ‘If you’d been spotting future antiques and managed to get on board whilst these were cheap as chips you’d be quids in now.’

Then i usually wake up and realise I’d been drinking heavily the night before…

She’s a single level screenprint in process magenta on A3 paper and is from a limited edition of 5. She is also signed and numbered on reverse. here is the ebay link

Cheers
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