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Amor vincit omnia

Roman poet Virgil, writing way back in 38 BC, wrote ‘Omnia vincit amor et nos cedars amori’ which I’m sure we’re all aware translates as ‘Love conquers all; let us too, yield to love’. Which is a lovely sentiment so we ‘borrowed’ it. We’ve decided to go with the punchier, truncated version of ‘Omnia vincit amor’ and have left it in its original latin because quotes always sound classier in latin. 

That’s about all you’re getting by way of explanation for today’s piece. Quite why the lady is in purple is for us to know and you to find out however. We can’t just spoon feed you everything…

She’s A2 in size and made using the magic of acrylic, spray paint and paint pen. If you’d like this mysterious lady and her ancient quote to adorn your wall just drop us a line or you may find her on our Big Cartel page some time soon.

Cheers

id-iom

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Other People’s Graffiti – Corner shop cat piss edition

Here at id-iom it’s not all about us. Sometimes we like to showcase other aspiring artist’s work in our occasional series ‘Other People’s Graffiti’. Today we have a classic bit of graffiti found on the streets of London on one of id-ioms government mandated pandemic walks. Since first seeing it I’ve been trying to get into the mind of the artist. I mainly keep coming back to two simple questions 1) Why? And 2) What?

Is this not the goal of every artist? To get the viewer to ask questions.

Artist unknown. Completed in paint pen, London 2021. 

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Neon flake mistake

When you do commissions you always hope for the best but plan for the worst and this was the outcome of one of the bad times. We’d found the perfect colour to use but we later found out this was the last colour we should have used. After we had finished and dropped the piece off to the client we got a message back saying some of the spray paint was coming off the wood. We thought they must be mad as spray paint magically seems to go on anything or so we thought. Little did we know that the neon colours we used were made using some different type of alchemy to be produced and resulted in the paint flaking off the wood we were painting. After we got the piece back and started the remedial work needed to get the piece back to looking its best I happened to take these shots. Pretty but i must not forget it came out of disaster

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Look at me

Now it could be said that Carola here has what some call Narcissistic personality disorder or what others and my personal favourite, call megalomania. It’s not that she exhibits all of the symptoms but she certainly shows some and that’s enough for her.

  • A grandiose sense of self-importance – CHECK
  • Preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love – CHECK
  • Believing that they are “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people – CHECK 
  • Requiring excessive admiration – CHECK
  • A sense of entitlement – CHECK
  • Being interpersonally exploitative (taking advantage of others to achieve their own ends) – CHECK
  • Lacking empathy: unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others – CHECK
  • Often being envious of others or believing that others are envious of them – CHECK
  • Showing arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes -CHECK

Ok well it seems i might have misspoke. It seems Carola here is a full on Megalomaniac and from what I know of her very happy with the fact. In fact whilst she was posing for me all she could do was point at herself and quietly but persistently tell me to keep looking at her. As you can imagine this is quite difficult when you’re trying to sketch someone.

It is A4 in size and made using the magic of imagination, watercolour, acrylic, paint pen and ink. If you think she’s good enough to hang on your wall then get in touch…,

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id-iom

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Wrapped up and ready to go

So with nothing new to get on today, we thought we would share the packaging to some artwork we recently sent out to a client. We do like to jazz up our packaging because we’ve found it’s less likely to be damaged or stolen when we do it. That’s a pretty sad state of affairs but if it gets the job done then so be it. It also gives the client a nice little surprise when the postie eventually delivers it. Some clients have even been known to frame the packaging for an extra little something for their wall.

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Demotivationally Mapped out

A while back one half of id-iom started using maps as the background for a number of demotivational posters, the other half of id-iom is still working on his maps but hasn’t quite managed to get them finished yet. It seems we’ll have to keep our ears to the ground for them.

Anyway a collector from America got in touch because he needed that certain demotivational message for himself and his family for when things just got a little too much. Originally from the UK he asked us to use maps of where they live now or were born which was easy enough for us. I just hope the whole family aren’t staring at them right now just lounging on a sofa thinking that today is a waste and they should just call it quits. At least until tomorrow that is…

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Love will tear us apart

Sometimes it’s difficult to know where inspiration comes from. Was I listening to Joy Division’s ‘Love will tear us apart’ when I came up with this design? Or did I come up with it independently as it seemed fitting for the design? I really couldn’t tell you. 

I can tell you however that the Joy Division version was released in June 1980. Apparently the lyrics were inspired by lead singer Ian Curtis’ marriage problems and frame of mind before his suicide in May 1980. Which is really quite sad all things considered. I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this so maybe best just to leave the rest to you. 

It is made using the magic of imagination, stencils and spray paint on 60 x 60 cm canvas

Love

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Throwers and Knowers

‘Stay out of the black and into the red there’s nothing in this game for two in a bed’. So said the great Jim Bowen on classic 80’s game show ‘Bullseye’. And he wasn’t wrong. We’ve adapted last week’s astronaut themed wall into a Bullseye themed dartboard surround complete with Bully, flying darts, stars and a large ‘ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY!’.  

If you don’t know anything about darts or 80’s game shows then you may not be impressed with our updated wall. Anyone who does definitely wants to pop round to throw some arrers. We may even go the whole hog and throw in a general knowledge round and some prizes for that authentic Bullseye feel. Unfortunately we don’t have the budget for a speedboat but we could certainly stretch to a picture of one. Super, smashing, great. 

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id-iom

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Graffiti is a piece of cake

We are id-iom and we like idioms. There, I’ve said it. Sometimes we’re not quite so literal but today we are and there’s not much you can do about it. Here we have ‘Graffiti is a piece of cake’. Now we all know that ‘a piece of cake’ to mean a very easy task or accomplishment and graffiti to be the act of spray painting a wall. What do you get when you combine the two? You get a nice slice of cake. Plus a small stencilled fly.

In all fairness though painting freehand with spray cans is actually rather difficult. So, in a rather contradictory way I’m going to suggest reading to the end of this post and then forgetting you ever read it. It’ll be better that way. Just retain the image of the nice slice of cake. And try to forget about the fly that’s messing with your cherries. 

As an addendum to today’s post, my research – which consisted of putting the words ‘Graffiti piece of cake’ into Google – revealed the world of graffiti cakes. They’re a thing. Seriously. Check it out yourself. What kind of world do we live in?

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id-iom

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You have an easily forgettable face

Simply this piece is about the time a woman came up to me to tell me I had an easily forgettable face, the absolute cheek of it. I demanded to know what made her think such a thing.That was a mistake as she then proceeded to list numerous things that she deemed led her to the belief that my face was forgettable. I stood there for 45 mins before she came to the end of her rant. I just didn’t know that someone could berate you for your facial features or lack thereof for so long. Luckily I had my phone out at the time as I was using it to transcribe some of my musings and managed to get nearly 976 well thought out insults that I can now use in any situation. Lets just hope no one on twitter gets on the wrong side of me, otherwise the list is coming out…

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id-iom

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