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It’s not like there was anything good on anyway…

As part of ongoing sojourn into painting some weird stuff we’ve painted up 8 monitor screens that are to be used as part of a giant Christmas tree made up of screens. Apparently most of the screens will playing little video’s on a loop and we had to take care of the non functioning ones.  Hopefully some pictures of the big beast in action will be forthcoming. We were asked to make them a little ‘Christmassy’ so we did our best considering it was us doing them. Anyway, they are what they are and I just hope they went down well.

Cheers

id-iom

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Dashing through the snow…

We get some odd requests from time to time so when we were asked to paint up a wooden cutout set consisting of Santa, some snowmen, a couple of reindeer, a Xmas tree and a sleigh we thought it sounded like fun. Painting outside in freezing conditions however is not the most fun. If you combine the two then this is the end result.

Sinister Santa looks like he’s been on the Red Stripe all morning and he cares not that he’s pulled up on some double yellow lines, the reindeer appear to have been vandalised, the sleigh pimped, the tree dipped in psychedelics and the snowmen look like the result of some abominable colour based genetic tampering. It must have been quite the night. Let’s just hope it’s his final blowout before his Xmas rush…

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It’s all fun and games…

We haven’t posted for a while but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy – because we have. We were tasked with coming up with a nice Christmas design with a little id-iom twist. Which is sometimes tougher than it sounds. After a few schmaltzy design dead ends we finally hit on the ‘fun and games’ quote which seemed just perfect for a Christmas party. Once we’d thrown some green fade stripes and festive baubles on the design we were good to go.

The classy foldable board is about 2.5m square and is to be used as a dancefloor backdrop for an upcoming Christmas event. They’ve got some UV lights which will strobe on the board once it’s in situ so we included some UV reactive paint on the lettering and some little snowflakes which are otherwise invisible. Unfortunately we don’t have a blacklight in order to test how well it worked but I’m quietly confident. To finish we also drilled a few holes in the baubles so we could put some fairy lights through for that extra pizzazz. We couldn’t leave the boards out all day in order to get a twinkly night shot so you’ll just have to trust me that they look the business. That is all.

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Hop-tu-naa (my mother’s gone away)

We’ve been having something of a dilemma here at id-iom HQ this morning. We painted this on Saturday in Bromley town centre for their Day of the Dead celebrations. So far so good but this is where the problems start. We painted it on Saturday (28th Oct), the Mexican holiday of the Day of Dead is actually on Thursday (2nd Nov) but Halloween is today (31st Oct). Unfortunately coming from the Isle of Man we don’t even celebrate Halloween. We do Hop-tu-naa instead (pronounced Hop-Chew-Neigh) which also falls on the 31st October but predates Halloween and is the original New Year’s Eve celebration (it is thought to be the oldest unbroken tradition on the Isle of Man, so there).

Anyway after much discussion we decided to put this up today. Painted on some fancy 6ft x 6ft roller boards with fire jugglers beside us (you can the head of one of them in the pic!) we managed to get her done pretty quickly given the impending onslaught of darkness. The fancy skull wallpaper is probably my favourite part but what do i know?

Cheers

id-iom

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Gone for a Burton

There’s little id-iom enjoys more than a roadtrip – especially when it’s to somewhere new – so when we got a call from Smirnoff about jazzing up the smoking area of Society Bar in Burton upon Trent we didn’t have to think too long before agreeing. After a lengthy approvals process we finally got the go ahead so packed up the id-iomobile and hit the road. It’s lucky we started straight away as it turns out that doing loads of stripes is easy when designing on a computer but surprisingly time consuming when doing it with paint. Especially when we had to work with very little access behind the scaffolding poles. Which we would have been able to remove if we brought an adjustable spanner rather than some allen keys. It wasn’t our fault though, for once, as we were told that we’d just need allen keys. Anyway, we just about managed to get it all done and you can see the fruits of our labour yourself if you’re ever in Burton.

Cheers

id-iom

Bonus: We passed through the suburb of Branston on our way out of town and we joked about Branston Pickle being from there. It turns out that it is actually the case. So now you know.

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Mass forces to the rescue!

We got a call asking if we’d like to do a little live paint as part of a company away day and as we always like a trip to the countryside we readily agreed. Apparently the Mass Forces department has had a tough year (I’m still no wiser as to what the Mass Forces department actually does) and are now bouncing back and they wanted something to reflect that. The word ‘superhero’ was bandied about. After a couple of false starts the iconic ‘Superman pulling his shirt open’ image came to mind and we were off and running with an idea. As relating to our fairly loose brief it’s got it all. Something work related, something superhero related and the words ‘Mass Forces’. On the day the weather was lovely so it all worked out pretty nicely really. We even managed to invisibly cover over the little hole that had been accidentally been put in the canvas (not by us I hasten to add). Win all round.

Cheers

id-iom

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Shoulder to shoulder we stand

When we got a call asking if we’d like to come out to the countryside near Elstree and do a bit of a live paint and a graffiti workshop of kinds for a Samsung event we thought ‘why not? that sounds like fun’. Thankfully the weather was glorious as we were painting outside and over the course of the afternoon we had 22 teams come over and they had to produce a bit of artwork (either as a team or as individuals) which we would then judge with the winner taking home an original id-iom canvas. I wish my phone hadn’t run out of power as we had some great entries but the winner was the man who stayed for a good 25 minutes after his team had left in order to complete his entry. That’s dedication to the artistic cause for you.

After that we had to get busy creating the big canvas that they’d take away for their office as a reminder of their day chilling with us. How sweet. Using their ‘shoulder to shoulder’ theme for the day as our inspiration we set to work creating this bad lad. Featuring four guys wearing vests in the colour of their branding for the day, the Samsung ‘S’ as the necklace on one of the guys and the Samsung ‘A’ as the yellow wallpaper background element. Coming in at a sizeable 1.8 x 1.2 m it was fun to create but I dread to think what we would have produced if the weather hadn’t been so agreeable…

Cheers

id-iom

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