Monthly Archives: February 2018

Lachrymose Mike

To say this guy is a little maudlin is probably the understatement of the year so far. The confluence of a great number of things have contributed to this feeling but, just to recap, the main things are: that he recently lost his girlfriend to a tatty Teddy Ruxpin talking teddy bear from 1985 which she claims can better provide for her financial and emotional well-being than he ever could, that his job was given to a AI computer programme built by a 6 year old using an old Commodore 64 he found in his parents garage, that misery was heaped on misfortune for this unfortunate soul when a freak accident involving a packet of Rolo’s and an elastic band caused him to lose all his hair overnight. It’s not all bad though. At least he’s got all those shares in Toys’R’Us…

It is A4 in size and made using the magic of acrylic, paint pen, pastel and charcoal.

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Heart of Ice

With the ‘Beast from the East’ in to visit the UK is experiencing a surprisingly cold spell which is apparently going to herald the end of Winter. I’ll believe that when I personally experience it. Now given the sub zero conditions I wouldn’t like to be out painting a wall but that doesn’t mean all bets are off graffiti-wise. You just have to be a bit more open minded. And quick. So when I spotted some crazed ice on a windscreen (I think it may have been cracked underneath) I realised it was time for some temporary vandalism so swiftly removed my hand from my glove and whacked in a heart with my nice warm digit. Job done. Ice graffiti complete. Bring on Spring.

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Complicated but rated

Here at id-iom HQ we’re honour-bound to respond when inspiration strikes. So when I had what I thought was a fairly simple idea to create a halftone stencil from one of my designs I was under the impression it would be plain sailing. Countless hours and multiple design dead-ends later and I am finally happy with my creation. It turns out that turning a line drawing with a little shading into halftone suitable as a one layer stencil isn’t quite as easy as I had imagined. It always wants to leave solid black areas black or have them black with small white dots. And that’s not what I was after. But I got there in the end.

Anyway, enough of my travails. This eye-popping young lady doesn’t want to be defined by lines or colours and so has decided to represent herself with a series of small black dots which, when taken together, give the exact impression she was after.  Here she is hanging out in front of her favourite wallpaper made in small batches by blind monks from the submarine kingdom of Atlantis in the mid to late 60’s. I expect she’ll instagram it. Or perhaps she’s now on Vero too.

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The death of a green and pleasant land?

With the ever looming threat of Brexit and constant mishandling of institutions like the NHS, some have started to think that this is the beginning of the end for our green and pleasant land and although I reckon that is a bit of an overstatement it’s certainly a worrying prospect.

Karen here has a superpower. She is a supremely sensitive empath and just can’t handle all these negative emotions swirling around the nation. She’s stopped looking at the internet, stopped watching TV, stopped listening to the radio, hasn’t read a newspaper in months and now just completely refuses to talk to anyone in case they overwhelm her with their dark emotions. In fact the only thing she does nowadays is volunteer at a cat sanctuary run by cats although she can only just about handle it when the kittens start play-fighting. Can’t we all just be nice?

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Lady Garden

Ladies and Gentleman may I present to you this season’s newest debutante – Lady Rosamund Garden of Brixistane. Lady Garden can be seen hanging out at all the finest soirees and elite celebrity events. She’s even been spotted on the catwalk at London Fashion Week.

We haven’t done much outdoor work yet this year so thought it best to remedy that with a quick paint in the yard to acclimatise ourselves to the brutal February conditions. Lady Rosamund Garden is the dubious result. She has poetry in her hair and a little bird that roosts in her elaborate floral headpiece. Whatever will she turn into next?

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Seolfor Strands

Silver was one of the seven metals of antiquity that were known to prehistoric humans and whose discovery is thus lost to history. It has many uses beside that of jewellery and currency. How very interesting. This lady however has taken things to extremes and has actually had her hair silver plated. It certainly shines in the sun and it’s antibacterial properties mean that she doesn’t even have to wash it. I’m not sure if she’s really thought it through properly though because winter can get pretty cold and you wouldn’t really want your freezing hair sticking to your head now would you?

Its A3 in size and made using Acrylic, silver leaf, tipex and pencil. Drop us a line if interested.

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Happy Happy (always) Happy

So with Valentines Day upon us, those without a significant other may start to feel a little blue this time of year. This is mainly due to the fact that every shop you enter is trying to sell you some overpriced, thoughtless gift with saccharine sentiments that just doesn’t seem to match where your head is at. It’s February, it’s cold, it’s the start of Lent, you haven’t been to the gym and it seems all you are eating is pie and chips on repeat. To rub your nose in it most people who have a significant other will be fawning over each other like their relationship didn’t exist yesterday and won’t exist tomorrow and that could possibly be said for some people who forget about today. You though have to deal with today and a number of loved up people asking you about your Valentines. It’s enough to get even the most stable and grounded person asking whether they are happy with their lot in life. Happy Valentine’s…

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Godzilla – The Final Kiss

What are you meant to do when the end of days is upon you? It all began in the 70’s with some demented genetic testing on Komodo Dragons. What we are left with is the gigantic nuclear-fire breathing colossus known only as Godzilla. He’s single handedly destroyed half the world and he’s headed this way. Some people will try things they’ve never done before but they always deemed a bit risky before they knew their world was going to end. This couple however felt that love was the answer and decided that all they needed before the reckoning was one final kiss. The irony of the situation is that poor old Godzilla is himself looking for some affection. He’s been roaming the globe looking for his one true love and is going to leave no stone (or tower block) unturned in his search for her. Silly humans.

A2 in size and made using the magic of spray paint, acrylic, paint pen and charcoal

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A tale of our times

A few years ago I went to the gym to get fit and be healthy as everyone kept telling me how good it would be for me. I’d only been going for about a week when I started to feel extremely ill. After a little self-diagnosis I went to the doctor to confirm I had type 1 diabetes. You may well wonder how going to the gym managed to give me diabetes. Well, one of the first questions that the doctor asked me was ‘Have you done anything unusual/new in the last few weeks?’ and I had to inform him that I had recently started going to the gym. Oh, how we both laughed at the dumb luck of trying to get fit but ending up with an auto-immune disease that means I now have to inject myself multiple times a day for the rest of my life. It’s a constant battle being a good dibo…

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The Third Dimension

Ever since I watched Jaws 3D as a kid I’ve had a special love for 3D. Especially the clunkier earlier format with the image split into red and blue versions with the throwaway cardboard glasses with matching coloured eye filters. Apparently this works by means of encoding each eye’s image using the filters of  chromatically opposite colors. When viewed through the 3D glasses, each of the two images reaches the eye it’s intended for, revealing an integrated stereoscopic image. The visual cortex of the brain then fuses this into the perception of a 3D scene. Aren’t our brains clever? I’ve even got a 3D tattoo. So there.

This canvas isn’t in the best of shape so I’m thinking she’ll make it to the streets some time soon. She can lead a new life with someone else…

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