Category Archives: Graffiti

Other People’s Graffiti – Toy edition

Now we haven’t had an instalment of Other People’s Graffiti for a while so we thought we’d best rectify this. I was strutting around the local hood and I happened to come across this exceptional piece of graffiti which also included another writer’s thoughts on said graffiti emblazoned over the top. Now if you don’t know what a toy is here’s an explanation:


“A Toy is an unskilled, new or inexperienced graffiti artist or writer.Toy tags or pieces are usually crossed out with the word toy or the crossers tag around it. Having a tag crossed out is considered a very deep insult and the writer of the crossed-out tag will be likely to start a “war” or beef with the crosser, resulting in a series of crossed out tags. In some areas, they seek revenge by less peaceful means.

Toys can also be classified as one who does not know the scene around them, one who does not have knowledge of local graffiti, or one whose style isn’t too good, or is still developing”


Eeek! Not a nice sentiment at all, especially when you are tagging over someone’s admittedly less than stellar work. That said the person who wrote ‘Toy’ could go back to the Academy of Jack the Lademy and practise his handstyles as well in my opinion. Maybe I’ll go back and leave a note for both of them…


Cheers


Id-iom

Comments Off on Other People’s Graffiti – Toy edition

Filed under art, Graffiti, other people's graffiti

Let sleeping giants lie

Gather round for I have a tale to tell. I was on holiday when I thought I’d go for an afternoon stroll into the hills behind where I was staying. As I was wandering along the path I knocked a stone which started a small rockslide that seemed to terminate with a deep groan.  Having watched too much Murder She Wrote I decided to put on my Jessica Fletcher hat and began an investigation.

After clambering down the small incline I was surprised to find a large head peeking out of the ground and grumbling to itself. To my shock he started shouting at me about being careful about where I was going and to watch my step in a deeply toned accent that I just couldn’t place. I apologised profusely and said I would be more careful in the future and he grumbled something unintelligible and seemingly went back to sleep. Now, what the moral is I’m not entirely sure but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Cheers

id-iom

Comments Off on Let sleeping giants lie

Filed under art, Graffiti

Strawberry Letter 23

We were commissioned to produce a 1m x 1m canvas for a very discerning and influential couple for their new house (seriously, they’re the power couple behind one of the UK’s biggest soaps). The canvas was to be based on the song ‘Strawberry Letter 23’ by Shuggie Otis. It’s a great song and you really should give it a listen. With such fine pedigree to work with we knocked out some designs lickety-split and that was when it all really began…

This large commission now has the dubious distinction of being the picture that has taken the longest time from conception to completion than anything else we’ve ever produced. We’re talking well over a year. When it was finally deemed complete my relief was palpable.  

She’s on a 1m x 1m canvas and has been painted using all the paint we could find seemingly. She’s now safely ensconced in her new home in sunny Manchester. Let’s all wish her luck…

Cheers

id-iom

Comments Off on Strawberry Letter 23

Filed under art, Graffiti, mixed media, Painting

The shadows of pleasure

There I was having a few drinks late on Friday when inspiration struck. In front of me were a few empty beer cans, a pencil case and a few other bits and bobs needed to make quick work of the empty bit of paper.

Using the shadows from the beer cans I’ve created this minimalist piece which is a step away from what we normally do. Invariably we would stick some text or maybe a face across the middle of it and call it finished. This time though a modicum of restraint was used and I stopped before I could carry on. Everyday is a school day…

Cheers

id-iom

Comments Off on The shadows of pleasure

Filed under art, Graffiti, mixed media, sketch

September sale

Roll up, roll up! It’s been a quiet couple of months and we need some new spraypaint so it’s sale time here at id-iom. We’ve got 25% off if you spend over £60 on our big cartel page. Now you can’t really say fairer than that. So, if you’ve ever needed an id-iom piece to adorn your walls then now’s the time…

Just use discount code: SEPTEMBER

https://idiom.bigcartel.com/products

Cheers

id-iom

Comments Off on September sale

Filed under art, Graffiti, mixed media, Painting, products, screenprint, stencil

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Part 2 – Mr Edward Hyde)

Yesterday I had the pleasure of introducing the delightful Dr Henry Jekyll. Today however I’ve got a very different character altogether. Here we have a mugshot of convicted butterfly strangler Mr Edward Hyde. Legend has it he was raised in a sewer by a family of snakes but then somehow made his fortune after a few shady deals with an oligarch friend of his. This allowed him to switch to a slightly classier sewer. After his time in LA with Epstein and Ghislainehe fell off the radar and his current whereabouts are not known.

Well, that’s stage 2 of our overcomplicated 3-in-1 mural done. Now we’ve just got the reveal to go…

Cheers


id-iom

Comments Off on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Part 2 – Mr Edward Hyde)

Filed under art, Graffiti, in progress, mixed media, Painting, stencil, street art, video

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Ladies and Gentlemen. May I present to you the debonair and urbane Doctor Henry Jeykyll. He’s an intense and knowledgeable chap and he’s always the first to help when somebody is in need of assistance. Just last week he went to some considerable risk and personal cost to ensure the safe retrieval of the neighbour’s cat from one of the big trees at the bottom of his sizeable garden. He donates a decent portion of his wage to help disadvantaged kids around the world and loves sailing. An all round good egg really. If you look close you can just about make out the halo around his head….

As this is stage one of our overcomplicated 3-in-1 pieces then I guess it’s fairly obvious where we’re heading with this one. I look forward to introducing you to the slightly more nefarious Mr Edward Hyde tomorrow…

Cheers

id-iom

Comments Off on The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

Filed under art, Graffiti, in progress, Painting, stencil, street art

Caution!

I’m cautiously hoping it might well be about time we can dig our sign and ladder out and put them to some use as we get back to some sort of wall painting normality. It’s been fun painting my garden wall over lockdown and i’m sure there’s probably more to go but it would be good to spread the love and get to know some new walls too. Here’s to hoping…

Cheers

id-iom

Comments Off on Caution!

Filed under art, Graffiti, products, sign

Beware the Letterbox Bandit

During the pandemic some people haven’t been able to get their kicks where they usually would due to everyone being stuck indoors. This has resulted in a few problems here for Chanel, she always been a bit into voyeurism but due to lockdown can’t exorcise those demons and has resorted to some pretty ingenious ways to get her kicks.

First, she tried webcams but there was no fun in that at all, everyone knew she was watching them. Then she thought a simple bit of people watching out her bedroom window would work but with the shops closed and her living in the centre of town that didn’t work out too well.

Eventually, she came across the notion of watching people through their letterboxes. If she’s careful enough not to make a noise the only thing that gives Chanel away is the occasional gust of cold air through the letterbox then it’s usually time to beat a hasty retreat….

It is A2 in size and made using acrylic, watercolour and paint pen.

Cheers

id-iom

Comments Off on Beware the Letterbox Bandit

Filed under art, Graffiti, mixed media, Painting, street art

The new normal

It would seem I have French on my mind at the minute. I’m not sure why but c’est la vie. I keep hearing the term ‘The new normal’ being bandied about on social media and traditional media alike and to tell you the truth I don’t really get it. Of course, I get the obvious meaning but the pre-pandemic world we inhabited was an ever-changing Smörgåsbord of world threatening problems and the word ‘normal’ was never one I’d use to describe it. We just didn’t have to wear masks occasionally and wash our hands so much. Perhaps it’s a chance for improvement? 

Cheers

id-iom

Comments Off on The new normal

Filed under art, funny, Graffiti, mixed media, Painting