Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tagger baiting @ Leake St

Given that walls down at Leake Street last for just about long enough to grab a photo before someone throws up another piece or they’re relentlessly tagged we thought we’d make the most of the ceiling space we had to do a little tagger baiting. If you’re good enough and can get up to the ceiling to throw your tag up then you’re in, it’s as simple as that! We don’t mess about. This is ironclad!

As a side note I’m not entirely sure why we thought it would be at all easy to put lettering on a curved ceiling. But at least we managed to get there in the end. It’s pretty tricky to get a decent photo though…

Cheers

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John Henry and the Inky-Poo

The story of John Henry and the Inky-Poo is a cautionary tale from American folklore that is still relevant today. John Henry was a steel driver when they were constructing the railroads in 1880’s USA. His job was to drive a steel drill into the rock using his sledgehammer to make holes into which explosives would be inserted.

A steam powered machine, called the Inky-Poo, was developed to do the same job and, worried that a machine would take his job, John Henry set to test his prowess in a race against the Inky-Poo to prove that humans were more effective. They wrote songs about what happened in the ensuing challenge but the long and short of it is that John Henry beat the Inky-Poo but in doing so had completely expended himself then promptly died on the spot. Today we still have a similar concern of our roles being replaced by machines but I just hope we don’t have engage in war with a Terminator-syle Skynet AI to prove it…

Cheers

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Opportunity dances…

There’s not much of a write up needed for this one. Just know that when opportunity comes twerking over the dance floor in your direction you’d better have you dancing shoes strapped on tight.

These are an edition of 3 different hand-finished pieces all produced using spray paint, screen printing and a little acrylic paint. They’re A2 in size, are signed on the back, would look lovely once framed and can be had for a paltry £100 each. Just drop us a line if you’re interested…

Cheers

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Why my cat is sad…

My cat is sad because I had to swap her for a woodend stunt cat as she wouldn’t sit still long enough for my highly amusing photo shoot featuring a cardboard lion. Now she just stares listlessly out of the window thinking about the time she almost became a bigger internet star than Maru; the cat who will attempt to sit in any size box. Her sadness is compounded by fact that was irked by my repeating the mantra ‘big cat little cat cardboard box’ whilst setting up the shot and now she can’t get it out of her head.

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The First Earl

I’ve had The First Earl cut and ready to go for a while now. I just didn’t have anywhere suitable to put such a classy looking chap. After looking around for somewhere good to get it up I spotted what I thought was the perfect location; a likely looking rusty metal door that appeared to be just the right size with an agreeable amount of surface patina.

Once I’d confirmed it would fit it only remained to get him sprayed up which, as it turned out, was relatively quick and easy given that it was a one layer stencil. What I didn’t really think about in my excitement of finding a good spot was the fact that there would be hardly any contrast between the black of the piece and the darkness of the old door. Now I could go back and add some colour or an outline but that takes away from the nicely aged door and he was originally meant to be a standalone piece anyway so I’m hesitant to go back and mess with it. Perhaps the best answer is just to redo him somewhere else against a lighter background?

Eagle eyed viewers will of course spot why doing this piece in South London is somewhat inappropriate but I’ll leave that to you to figure out. Answers on a postcard…

Cheers

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Three go on an adventure

Pippa and Tom decide they require some extra income so come up with the plan of renting out their spare room. After advertising it on the internet for a couple of weeks they’ve strangely had just the one reply and so grudgingly decide to see the only respondent. He’s dressed oddly but seems affable and chatty enough and they could really do with the money so they agree that he can move in.

After he’s been there just a few days they spontaneously decide to take some holiday and embark on a uncharacteristically dangerous adventure with their new housemate Lucifer. They’d no sooner reached their destination in the distputed borderlands of Pakistan and Afghanistan when things start to go awry. It now appears increasingly unlikely that they’ll all be making it back from their little sojourn intact. What on earth went wrong?

Unfortunately Pippa and Tom failed to perform due diligence on their new housemate who just happened to be the devil incarnate. If only they’d checked his references before jumping to sign him up then perhaps they wouldn’t be in this situation. Here ends the lesson.

Cheers

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Glen Fandango – The Wild One

In the silence that blossomed you could have heard a pin drop. No one knew quite what to say. It wasn’t so much that they couldn’t comprehend the words more that they were agog at the person who was presenting them. Glen Fandango stood a shade over 7ft tall (including his horns) and was dressed in the leathers of a now defunct biker gang. He glanced round the puzzled faces and repeated his question ‘Can I get a beer please?’ The lady behind the bar was the first to gather her wits and she pivoted towards the beer tap with a glass in her hand without either taking her eyes off him or saying a word.

As he waited for the beer he casually surveyed the other people in the bar before adding ‘I’m also looking for a bit of information. Does anybody here know an Alice Gerhardt?’ With that pronouncement the temperature in the room dropped a further few degrees as it would seem he had struck a nerve. Perfect, that was just what he wanted. Glen smiled. Not that you’d know it though as his goat face was largely inscrutable to the average person. It would seem that he was in the right place after all.

Glen had not had an easy life but it’s not all been his fault. Ever since his ‘father’ rescued him from a government lab in North Korea and escaped across the border to the south with the infant in his arms people have been pointing and whispering. A small measure of fame followed his arrival in Seoul and within a few years they had been invited to the USA to start a new life.

As a young kid, whilst his father continued his work in genetics for the US Department of Defense, he was relentlessly teased until his tormentors learned the hard way that the horns on his head weren’t just for decoration. This, in turn, led to an early involvement with the police. It’s one of the few relationships he’s managed to successfully maintain over the years. By the time his father died he was an angry young man with a chip on his shoulder and the face of a goat.  The next decade was an epic spiral of booze, bikes and bad decisions. It was only after hitting rock bottom that he managed to come to terms with himself and emerge, not entirely unscathed, on the other side. Nowadays he’s (more or less) working on the side of the angels and if you can find him and convince him your case is worthy he is, without doubt, the best manhunter on the planet…

Cheers

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Baebyebar

Baebyebar

Baebyebar

After a few years the wall by the side of the bar at the White Horse had become a little worn and weary and that’s no wonder with hordes of partygoers causing havoc near it every Friday and Saturday. We were asked to give it a new lease of life whilst still keeping as much of the old piece as possible as the owner really liked it. So off we went to put our collective thinking hats on to try and come up with something even more spectacular – but also the same. A tricky brief if ever we’ve had one.

After a enjoyably small amount of time an idea popped in to our head and that was all it took. Once it was approved the next stage was actually painting it which took a little longer than I anticipated. I said it could be done within the hour (edit – he actually said half an hour) which was a little too optimistic, it took us about 3 or 4 hours due to the fact that we ran out of paint and had to make a swift move to grab some more. Even with all these problems we managed to get it finished before the pub opened for business. Job done. Phew.

Cheers

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A gentle reminder

The back of the door into the gents toilet at the White Horse had seen better days and was festooned with an array of hastily scribbled tags and football related slurs so we were asked to sprinkle a little id-iom magic on it and make it all better. Given that a lot of their customers on a weekend have definitely had a few jars we thought we’d give them a discreet reminder of exactly where they were so hopefully when they wake bleary eyed the next day there is no confusion over exactly where they’ve been.

That, plus the pair of eyes at the bottom of the door (which I read somewhere make people believe they’re being watched and so behave better) and the fact that there’s not much space for any extra graffiti will hopefully allow the door to remain relatively unscathed for longer. That’s the theory at least…

As an aside I really should remember that doing somewhat complicated lettering that must be aligned straight and true is easy at the design stage but really rather less so at the actual painting stage. Let that be a lesson to me.

Cheers

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It’s colouring time!

It’s been a little while since we’ve been asked down the White Horse to furnish them with a little patented id-iom art for their fine establishment. We’ve done the ladies toilet doors before and they are quite something to behold before they get repainted.

Before working in the ladies I was under the impression they would be a demure locale refreshingly free from the kind of low grade graffiti often on show in the gents. How wrong I was. The gents toilet was, it turned out, pretty clean by comparison. And certainly had pretty tame graffiti given the calibre and number of swear words and associated pictures on the backs of the toilet doors in the ladies. Talk about potty mouth.

Anyway, given the proclivity of the ladies who frequent the toilets to keep adding embellishments to the decorations we thought we may as well bow to the inevitable and give them something fun to work with. I just hope they stay within the lines. We’ll be back in a few months for an update and I imagine you’ll see what I mean…

Cheers

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