Let’s just start with the basics. Sam Crow here isn’t even a crow. He’s a raven. But he was raised by crows. His first name isn’t even really Sam either but he doesn’t know that yet. There is much that Sam is yet to learn.
His adopted father had enlisted him in the Royal Bombardiers when he turned of age and he’d been progressing rapidly up the ranks ever since he’d masterminded a devastating ambush on the gulls at the Battle of Subway.
His education and enlistment had all been part of a mysterious agreement made many seasons ago when Sam, who was fresh out of the egg, had been adopted by Belasko’s nephew. The reasons for the rush adoption had been unclear but the payment for doing so was less ambiguous.
All said and done the wheels are already turning and great things are afoot for young Sam Crow. But he doesn’t know that yet either…
We’ve got previous in the world of crow related art and this is just the latest instalment of an occasional but ongoing epic tale of urban avian skullduggery with more aerial combat, vicious peckings and egg smashings than any story has a right to contain. All conducted right above our heads on the busy streets of London.
They’re A2 and made using the magic of spraypaint, stencils and imagination. Drop us a line if you’d like to give either Sam a home…
Due to incestuous breeding practices between many of the European royal houses over the last few centuries, poor Otto here has an unprecedented cross to bear which could have only come about due to these bizarre and ultimately unhealthy practises.
The problem arises due to the fact that poor Otto is now the king of four different European countries. Don’t ask me how this happened but I believe it has something to do with some arcane royal protocols that no one thought to have a look at and change.
If that wasn’t enough poor Otto was born with eyes that some in private circles have called bug-like and a head that is as flat as a tabletop. Now, this wouldn’t be too much of an issue apart from when it comes to making sure his crowns stay firmly in place…
It is painted on 60×60 cm canvas and made using the magic of inspiration, acrylic, pastel and spray paint.
After posting a while back about our part in this collaboration with the fantastic Mimilove we finally have our grubby mitts on the finished product celebrating our bonus April bank holiday. I have just checked on the web and found that the royal wedding even has it’s own official website. If i’ve ever come across a site that deserves hacking for some internet related tomfoolery (other than perhaps some of the multi-national corporate websites) then it’s this one. I’d just love to substitute our picture for the official one on there…
Not only has Mimi included some lovely little cockney sparrows she has also added a crown on the lovely Ms. Middleton and put some words in the mouth of our corgi headed future king William – ‘Cor blimey! I can’t adam & eve me mince pies. You’re a right bobby dazzler and no mistake.’ If you have any trouble understanding that sentence you are clearly not a cockney and need to go to the internet for translation.
If anyone is interested this lovely collaborative piece is for sale to commemorate the big day – which, you’ve got admit, was a good one. There were all kinds of street parties going on near us although it was difficult to work out if they were celebrating the marriage of Kate & Will, the fact that the had the day off, the fact that it was sunny or perhaps all of the above…
id-iom & Mimilove
Title: A right royal day off!
Media: Screenprint, watercolour and sewing