Monthly Archives: September 2015

Fortress Europe

Fully equipped to fight ISIS, migrants, refugees and Cobra command…

Sometimes things come about when you have some form of inspiration, some come through perspiration and some come when you’ve watched too much news and have an idle afternoon on the computer. This is the latter. I’ve got no idea what I was searching for when the GI Joe Headquarters flashed up in front of me but there it was and my eyes drank it in and the idea came fully formed into my little brain. A little bit of digital tinkering later and here we have ‘Fortress Europe’ ready to defend her borders from ‘ISIS, refugees, migrants and Cobra command’…

Cheers

id-iom

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The devil makes work for idle hands

The devil makes work for idle hands

The devil makes work for idle hands

So there we were painting a wall last Friday when we stopped as we needed a picture of the wall before we could progress any further. Due to the fact that the sun was shining directly onto half of the wall we just couldn’t get a shot of what we needed. Hmmm. What to do? Waiting around for the sun to move or a cloud to get in the way is difficult when there’s loads of spray paint to hand.

So we did what any self respecting artist duo would do and decided to paint up another wall in the interim so that we could at least get a photo for Next week. A sustained and furious twin attack on the wall later and this is what we had.

Cheers

id-iom

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The buff man cometh

It would seem that everyone is indeed a critic….

We only painted this wall up a few weeks ago and it’s already been buffed. How very disappointing. Especially as it was done with the owner’s permission as part of our annual street party. Apparently the Man is always going to have his say on such matters.

The way I heard it was that the insurance man came round to the garage it’s painted on and insisted that it be removed as it would attract vandalism or some such nonsense. As it goes I reckon our piece was largely graffiti-proof due to the busy background whereas a white painted wall is something of an invitation to many of the people I know. Oh well, c’est la vie…

Cheers

id-iom

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Me and Mr Snuffles – by Lila (aged 4)

It’s funny isn’t it. If a 4 year old passed you just about anything and motioned there was someone on the phone for you you’d probably have a quick fake phone call using the banana (or whatever you were handed) before passing it back and suggesting whoever was on the line wanted to speak to them again. You would probably feel a bit stupid doing it but you’d do it all the same to make the child happy.

Somehow, on the transition from childhood to becoming an adult we lose this mysterious skill of being able to imagine just about anything is real. Or face being carted off to the nearest mental institution. Which is quite a harsh penalty for something that’s positively encouraged as a child.

Anyway, this little girl is strolling round without a care in the world as she has her imaginary ‘dog’, Mr Snuffles, to keep her company. And who’s to say she’s wrong. Not me as I did the picture in the first place.

imaginary dog sketch

As a little bonus here’s my original child-like sketch of Mr Snuffles…

Cheers

id-iom

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Beware Super S

Beware Super S

Beware Super S

It is with serious misgivings that we even mention the name ‘Super S: The man of extraordinary power’ here at id-iom HQ and there’s a reason for that…

The first time we met him he was all in our face shrieking that we’d infringed his copyright for using the letter S in one of our pieces. He reckons he invented the letter S back in the 80’s and everyone has been biting him and copying it ever since. The second time ended even worse when I had to restrain the other member of id-iom after Super S poked him in the chest whilst reeling off an obscenity laden list of trademark lawyers who were apparently going to eat us for breakfast.

Our third encounter was in court and it turns out that not only did he come up with the letter S back in 1982 but he’s also been working on a new letter ever since and it’s due to drop soon. In lieu of not having any money to pay him we agreed to do a piece as compensation so here it is. And that’s how it happened. I swear.

Cheers

id-iom

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Baba Bo Peep

Baba Bo Peep at dusk

So it was that time of year again for our annual neighbourhood street party. As one half of id-iom lives on the street we were asked if we’d like to paint again and, after a fun time last year, could hardly turn the offer down. This time we were allocated the rather unloved looking front of the garage on which to work our magic. It was something of an uneven surface but we do so love a challenge so set about trying to come up with a good plan.

Thankfully after a few days of gloom even the weather decided to play ball on Sunday and before long we were happily throwing paint around and being ably assisted in our endeavours by local kids and residents in order to generate a messy background. Cue some beers and general tomfoolery and before too long we could almost see the finish line. We just needed some kind of finishing move. This was where local resident Veronica (#Vron) came to our rescue by suggesting the neon outlines on the heads which, as night was falling, allowed us to get a couple of LED’s in to give their eyes a sparkle and then call it a day. I wonder if we’ll be invited to paint again next year…

A big thanks to Baba motors for allowing us to decorate his wall, Charmian (#Pchar) for organising it all and Veronica (#Vron) for suggesting our finishing move.

Cheers

id-iom

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