March 14, 2014 · 12:23 pm
We’ve done quite a range of work down at the Electric Social in Brixton over the past couple of years and with the folks behind it getting themselves a new venue in Southend they came back to us for some more id-iom brand contemporary interior decoration. The East Coast Social is to have a similar look and feel to the Electric Social. They wanted that to include some spray painted work on the interior and we were more than happy to oblige. So, with the first nice day of Spring in the air we packed up the id-iomobile and headed for the coast. Knowing it was to be something of a long day we started early so we’d make sure to be able to finish as their grand opening is this weekend…
With the somewhat discordant accompaniment of a sound engineer running their speakers through a sound test and some workman hammering away we set to work. The main issue was having to work around the light fitting that was already up on the wall but, thankfully, we’d already thought this through in the design stage and so started there with the dark bulb logo stencil and worked the rest of the background from there. A couple of applications of the main stencil and a bit of colouring in later and here you have it. The somewhat sobering thought of needing another drink to be able to deal with her new fella…
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Tagged as Aerosol paint, art, Arts, cool, drink, east coast, electric, england, face, girl, graffiti, head, id-iom, idiom, lady, love, man, paint, social, southend, spray, spraypaint, stencil, street art, uk, urban, vandalism, wall, woman
August 14, 2013 · 11:07 am
Whilst we were down at the Electric Social painting the back stairs the manager came in with a lectern he’d bought off Ebay which was painted up in the colours of the Jamaican flag. Now, whilst in Brixton this is quite fitting, it doesn’t really sit with the style of the bar so we were asked if we could come up with something more fitting and we jumped at the chance.
Taking the lectern back to the id-iom lab, we ended up staring at it for a considerable amount of time before coming up with the notion that as the lectern will be used on the door at weekends it was somewhat like the gates of heaven and the divine being behind it has the power to grant you entry or to get you to sling your hook. So we came up with the idea of having an angel on one side and a devil on the other.
If you ever find yourself on the wrong side of this lectern maybe a mention of our name might get you past – then again, it might not…
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Tagged as Acrylic paint, Aerosol paint, angel, art, Arts, brixton, cool, devil, drip, Ebay, electric, england, eyes, face, gates, graffiti, head, heaven, hell, id-iom, idiom, lectern, london, man, paint, Paint marker, social, spray, spraypaint, street, street art, uk, urban
June 7, 2013 · 11:59 am
I’m a C Unit – out on the street
I’m a C Unit (front)
So I had to pop over to the East End for some paint for a big piece currently being painted at the Electric Social in Brixton and I thought to myself ‘What a perfect opportunity to do a little street drop!’ So before setting off from Brixton I packed a bag full of goodies to leave on the street for our ‘Back to the Future‘ mixtape & art project. Foolishly I only got one slate out as I somehow forgot to do the rest whilst I was enjoying the sun in a beer garden. That said one is better than none. Oh, what a C unit i am! Just wait til the other half of idiom finds out…
Anyway, the mix on the back of this piece of slate is by a good friend of id-iom’s who dj’s under the name of Rogue Fader. Even if you don’t have the chance to find the slate you can still enjoy the C Unit mix here. It should be enough to keep you amused on a Friday morning (or indeed afternoon or evening).
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Tagged as art, brixton, c unit, cd, dj, electric, england, fader, free, freeart, graffiti, id-iom, idiom, london, mix, Mixtape, music, Rogue, slate, social, stencil, sun, tape, urban, vandalism, woman
October 16, 2012 · 10:42 am
We are 1
Just over a year ago we did some work for a new bar opening in Brixton called the Electric Social. To promote the bar’s 1st birthday (how time flies!) we were asked to go out and do a small street campaign in the surrounding areas with a single layer stencil and some chalk paint (I love chalk paint by the way). So we put on some sturdy walking boots and hit the road for a pleasing stroll whilst at the same time spraying up the pavement near the likes of bus stops, crossings and bins where people usually slow down their pace a little so there is all the more chance for them to notice a little subversive advertising. Thankfully all went well and although we couldn’t make it to the actual birthday party we heard that it was also a massive success with one of their busiest night to date. Happy Birthday sunshine!!
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Tagged as 1, art, Arts, birthday, brixton, clapham, club, electric, england, first, graffiti, id-iom, idiom, london, music, one, paint, social, spray, spraypaint, stencil, street, street art, uk, urban, vandalism
September 10, 2012 · 11:15 am
Lord of the Concrete Jungle (in situ)
Lord of the Concrete Jungle
We were commissioned by the Electric Social (who we’ve worked for before) and Tiger Beer to design a picture that would adorn a large wall upstairs at the Brixton bar/club. Once we had a design finalised we measured up and went off to buy some canvas. At this point I didn’t realise quite how bit a 5.5m x 2.6m canvas would actually be…
It’s always fun to go big but we almost bit of more than we can chew with this one as the canvas was far bigger than any room we had to work on it so we had to come up with some fun logistical fixes to get it all done. Just priming the huge canvas took long enough never mind painting the background and cutting stencils. Anyway it took a while longer than expected but we finally managed to get it finished and drop it by the club with a feeling of relief. I believe they had a tricky enough time mounting it and getting it up on the wall but I think that was only to be expected with this billboard sized monster. At least they liked it and first impressions from customers have apparently been good so, thankfully, that’s another job done.
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Tagged as art, bar, beer, big ben, brixton, cctv, clapham, clocktower, concrete jungle, cool, drink, electric, electric social, england, girl, graffiti, head, Heineken, id-iom, idiom, kanji, london, paint, pub, social, spray, spraypaint, stencil, street, tiger, Tiger Beer, tigress, uk, urban, vandalism, wall
September 6, 2012 · 11:10 am
So there I was busily staring out of the window when I’m rudely disturbed by the ominous bleating of my phone. Happily it turned out to be Tommy (who has helped id-iom out before) but that quickly soured as all I heard him cry was ‘Spank the Bishop!’ a couple of times before the line went dead. Fearing the worst I gave Tommy a ring back but it turns out he wasn’t about to give himself friction burns but did, in fact, have a little job in mind for us. Tommy was looking to launch a new club night at Electric Social in Brixton called ‘Spank the Bishop’ and needed a snappy fresh logo to adorn his flyers.
After a bit of tinkering we managed to come up with the logo we have here:
Spank the Bishop logo
And her we have it on it’s debut flyer (it’s kicking off this weekend!):
Spank the Bishop flyer
I hope there are many more to come… Good luck!
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Tagged as art, bishop, brixton, cool, electric, electric social, england, girl, graffiti, head, id-iom, idiom, lady, london, music, pub, sexy, social, spank, spank the bishop, uk, urban
September 14, 2011 · 12:14 pm
id-iom's How to Get Your Man at the Electric Social
Electric Social downstairs wall
Electric Social dripping bulb logo
Electric Social cassette
Crack squirrel on bar
Gotta make it home for Eastenders!
Magpie on doorway - looking just a little shifty...
He doesn't look so shifty from a distance
A slightly worried looking rabbit. He knows what the squirrels are up to...
Mick the magpie looking for a good holiday read
Owl in the woodland
You have to look close but he's there...
Your lunch smells lovely...
Magpie in the woodland
There's a mouse! Where? There on the stair!
Since when can squirrels read?
Aha! That's why she has that enigmatic smile. Because of the cute squirrel.
We’ve been a little quiet of late but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy! We have in fact been very busy working with dangerous animals and giant stencils on a new bar that has opened in Brixton.
The Electric Social on Acre Lane is now open for business and looking spiffing – complete with id-iom enhanced interior! Downstairs we have done a 10 metre section of downstairs wall with an Electric Social lightbulb wallpaper and a big piece over it entitled ‘id-iom’s How to Get Your Man’. Then upstairs we have done a large Electric Social cassette tape behind the stage. Scattered throughout we have painted numerous happy woodland animals. There’s mice, rats, magpies, a stoat and an owl. Unfortunately there’s a couple of bad eggs that have slipped in too – as the bloody squirrels have only been at the crack again! They’ll be chewing on the wiring again before you know it…
The Brixton crack squirrels were actually inspired by a couple of ‘true’ stories (I use true in the loosest sense of the word – mainly that it was reported by The Guardian and The Sun newspapers).
NEWS JUST IN – it’s been confirmed that one of my favourite DJ’s – A Skillz – will be playing at the the grand opening of the Electric Social on Friday 30th September. Now I just hope they were serious about that bar tab for us…
PS – You can see bigger shots of all the work on our Flickr page (plus a couple of extra shots not uploaded here)
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Tagged as acre lane, animals, Anti-Squirrels, art, bar, bird, brixton, cassette, cool, drip, electric, england, face, gin, girl, graffiti, guide, hare, head, id-iom, idiom, lady, london, magpie, man, mice, mouse, owl, paint, pub, rabbit, rat, social, spray, spraypaint, Squirrel, stencil, street, tape, uk, urban, vandalism, wall, Wildlife
August 16, 2011 · 12:45 pm
After doing a blue version of this canvas which we gave to the manager of the soon-to-be open Electric Social we finally got round to doing a couple more for them to play with. The wording to go on the tape is yet to be finalised (depending on what they want).
We will be moving on with getting some work up in the venue in the next couple of days. And we even get to use a scissor lift. So there…
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Tagged as acre lane, art, bar, brixton, cassette, electric, electric social, england, graffiti, id-iom, idiom, london, paint, social, spray, spraypaint, stencil, street, tape, uk, urban, vandalism, wall
August 2, 2011 · 4:28 pm
We have been commissioned to do some work for a new bar that is opening in Brixton later this month. The Electric Social is to be reborn on the site of The Gold Coast on Acre Lane and is already looking to be something pretty special (and that’s before we’ve got in to add our bit of sparkle!) It’s set over two floors and is due to be open for the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend towards the end of the month so we’ve been hard at work for the past couple of weeks getting a load of designs together which will be adorning various walls.
Anyway the piece above was done as after doing far too many hours of pure design I decided to take a little time out from the computer to get practical and cut a couple of stencils that are definitely going to be used in there somewhere – and this is one of them. We are looking to get some pretty big pieces up so excited doesn’t begin to cover it (especially as all the design work is now pretty much all done – so it’s onto the exciting paint flinging part next!)
We’ll have some updates in the coming weeks but you can expect some classic id-iom work…
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Tagged as acre lane, art, bar, brixton, cassette, cool, electric, electric social, england, graffiti, id-iom, idiom, london, paint, pub, social, spray, spraypaint, stencil, street, tape, uk, urban, vandalism