I’ve had Phil Collins on my mind a little too much recently. It is entirely inexplicable. So today’s piece, with its Collins inspired title, seems particularly fitting. We’ve used this image before in for a limited run of six A2 pieces (there’s still a couple left!) but today’s laser cut mini edition comes in at just 10cm x 7cm and has some magnets fitted on the back for easy placement.
Anyway today’s piece is trying to express that duality that is contained within us all. Whichever aspect is on top doesn’t negate the fact the flip side still exists. Personally I think the key to happiness is trying to minimise the difference between the two. But maybe that’s just me. Anyway, I just love to get ambigrams into our work if I can and I think I’ve outdone myself with getting the angel/devil ambigram involved in a piece where it actually makes some sense. As I’ve put it on there twice (but flipped one of them) it reads the same whichever way up you have the picture so it’s like two for the price of one…
People are far more complicated than they generally realise or would lead you to believe. From the quiet unassuming man who sits opposite you at work but is, surprisingly, the life & the soul of the party come the weekend to the closet racist who you’d have thought loves everyone when, in fact, the opposite is true. In Japan they have the concept of honne and tatemae which are words that describe the contrast between a person’s true feelings (honne) and the behaviour one displays in public (tatemae or ‘facade’). Unless you get to know someone very well it’s rare to know both sides fully but they still remain flip sides of the same coin.
Anyway today’s pieces are trying to express that duality that is contained within us all. Whichever aspect is on top doesn’t negate the fact the flip side still exists. Personally I think the key to happiness is trying to minimise the difference between the two. But maybe that’s just me. Anyway, I just love to get ambigrams into our work if I can and I think I’ve outdone myself with getting the angel/devil ambigram involved in a piece where it actually makes some sense. As I’ve put it on there twice (but flipped one of them) it reads the same whichever way up you have the picture so with a bit of crafty framing you can flip it round whenever you want to give your room a bit of a change so basically it’s like two pictures for the price of one. Bargain or what? Anyway if enough of these sell and there is a clear preference on colour scheme I may go ahead and get a print done. I could even tailor the colours to personal preference if there was enough interest. Oh and did I mention there’s gold leaf of some kind on there too? This one’s got it all. Just drop us a line if interested…
PS I’ve also stuck an earworm in for the title. This pic really does have it all now.
Continuing with our attempt to fill our studio building with graffiti we have pretty much nailed one room now at least and here’s our final wall to prove it. As the other walls are a little dark we decided to continue with the sketchy feel of the other pieces but go down the tried and tested route of putting a lithe young lady on the wall. In the original image that this piece is (very loosely) based on the lady in question is reflected in a mirror although due to the fact that she’s at a funny angle to the mirror it’s not an exact reflection hence the fact that the two sides are slightly different. Eagle eyed viewers will of course have already worked this out due to my flipping of the id-iom stencil on her arm.
I’m sure our hordes of adoring readers will also be glad to hear that I’ve done a little internet research into how to get a decent panoramic shot and will be attempting to capture said shot today. Don’t hold your breath though…
For the first graffiti road trip of the year we headed up to Southport for the weekend to do a little painting at UpNorthFest. As seems to happen with alarming regularity we only managed to come up with a design at pretty much the last minute. Our final design features a huge version of Hugo’s head with Southport pier reflected in his sunglasses and the text ‘Hey la, it ain’t ‘alf pretty up north’ in the background. Our lackadaisical approach to planning left precious little time to cut it and get ready but we somehow managed to get it all done in time for departure.
Once we were all set up and disco bag was happily pumping out some tunes we got down to the messy business of creating the background. After we’d let the paint dry properly (a lesson learned the hard way) it was time to get the lettering and face up. Thankfully the weather remained good all day – or else our piece wouldn’t have made all that much sense! But you can’t let things like that worry you in advance… The reflection of Southport pier in his glasses seemed to go down well with the locals and I just like any excuse to get the chrome out!
On top of all that we had the extra bonus of catching up with old friends in the sunshine so all in all it was well worth the effort. Hopefully there will be the same again next year!
Stage 1 – getting the background done
Stage 2 – text
Stage 3 – Final pic with model posing next to it (he even has the same hat on!)
Stage 4 – Final – (You can see what a nice day it was!)