It’s happened to the best of us, there we are with the will to get on the good foot and do the bad thing but all too late we realise we don’t have any paint to hand. What does an intrepid graffiti artist do? They refer to rule No.1 in the id-iom Graffiti Survival Handbook, which is ‘use whatever you can to make your mark’.
In this instance it was a power washer and a dirty patio that we had before us. The game was afoot. In scant seconds we had a figure emerging from the dirt. Then, in the name of our mum’s health and safety buffed our own work and the rest of the patio. Seriously, it was so slippery it was a broken arm just waiting to happen. Look after your mum.
Did you know that the human skull is comprised of 22 bones that fit together like a jigsaw puzzle? Every day is a school day. This skull however is made up of little flowers. How cute. Given that my favourite part of the Hop-Tu-Naa/Halloween related artwork we put up on Monday was the skull we used for the background I thought it deserved a second outing where it could feature a little more prominently. Plus, today is the Day of the Dead so it’s quite fitting. Here it is looking resplendent on some A3 paper I marbled then scrawled on. The dymo text reads ‘The skull flowers but once a year’. So there you have it.
When I was growing up I had a t-shirt that featured anime hero ‘Akira’ with a pill on his tongue and the legend ‘They’re just like candy”. For some reason this has percolated in my mind over the years (update: I’ve now found the image and it’s at the bottom of the post) and it’s recently found a way to get out again.
We’ve done a similar piece to this one before and whilst it was in the studio waiting to be sent to its new owner, somebody else popped by and after seeing it commissioned us to paint something similar for him. We were a little reluctant to start with but after the client stated they didn’t want the QR codes of DJ mixes but instead wanted us to come up with some new text we thought we’d proceed with it.
So, there you have it. Pac Man munching through his power pills and enjoying them like a bad little Akira.
UFO’s. We’ve all seen one (haven’t we?) We know they can make crop circles, traverse the skies at lightning speeds and steal both humans and livestock to experiment on… Well, we now have proof (of sorts!)
We don’t really get into the centre of London all that often so i was quite surprised when i came across a large Space Invader piece (as they usually tend to be quite small) on the side of a car park just off New Oxford street. It didn’t take too long for inspiration to strike and so once we’d come up with a suitable design we headed back down to complete our nefarious plan. I was quite surprised that this idea hadn’t been done before by somebody – but after a little bit of intenet research it would appear that it hasn’t…
Looking back we could probably have done it a bit quicker if we’d actually worked out a proper plan beforehand but i suppose hindsight is a wonderful thing.
Anyway if you see Invader tell him i want my cow back…
We were invited down to Freeze festival to paint some big boards up for the UPfest folks. After managing to have a fairly quiet Friday evening we got ourselves down to the site, in the shadow of Battersea power station, in surprisingly good time and in surprisingly good weather. After hitting our boards up with some cool blue masonry paint we set to work although didn’t really realise how long the paint would take to dry fully -d’oh! So after waiting a while longer and enjoying the banging tunes being laid on by UPfest in our little corner of the festival we set to work again with, by now, largely dry boards.
After wrestling with our big stencils (and hoping that the impending rain clouds would disappear – which they did) we finally managed to get it put up on the wall and by mid afternoon had (along with Asone, SPQR and Ian Phenna) we had attracted quite an audience for our little spot of painting. In fact there were so many people that i turned round at one point and was quite shocked by how there were staring at us that had fitted into the fairly small space.
Anyway, as you can see from the pics below (video to follow at some point soon hopefully) we went for a snow themed picture to keep in with the general Freeze vibe. All in all we had a good day and even managed to get finished up fairly quickly so we could enjoy a look around the site. Some of the jumps and tricks being pulled out on the big slope were very impressive and all the people seemed to be enjoying themselves.