You give love a bad name (featuring a very angry robin!)
So it’s Valentine’s Day again and we’ve been busy. This shot has really got it all – something Valentine related, an earworm and even a bit of wildlife. A winning shot if ever I’ve managed to take one. Despite the fact that the robin looks cute he was, in fact, very angry. He didn’t seem to appreciate our work. Everyone’s a critic…
We’ve previously done an earworm and I thought it was about time to give it another go. The success or otherwise of this piece hinges on the fact that just about everyone is familiar with Bon Jovi’s ‘You give love a bad name‘ and so I’ve done my best to try and get it playing unheeded in your brain. For no reason other than I can. It’s difficult to know how successful I’ll be but them’s the breaks.
Brixton – you had me at whagwan…
Since living in Brixton I’ve become enamoured with the phrase ‘Whagwan‘. For the uninitiated, the phrase means ‘what’s going on’ in Jamaican Patois. The spelling can vary but the meaning doesn’t change. Anyway, once I’d combined that with a nice little romantic statement and a bit of traditional Claddagh ring design, hey presto, I had a fully formed idea that, after a little further work, became this little declaration of love for Brixton. Happy Valentine’s Day Brixton!
- You had me at whagwan (thisisidiom.wordpress.com)
Shot through the heart
With Valentine’s Day swiftly approaching we thought it best to turn our attention to affairs of the heart and see what we could come up with in recognition of this day of love.
Bon Jovi once famously sang that they’d been shot through the heart and noted the fact that you were to blame. Well, short of the whole blaming you for it thing I thought I’d turn that sentiment into some art using the magic of stencils and spraypaint. In fact that’s given me an idea for a little street piece…
It is A3 in size and signed on reverse. here is the Ebay link
Be still my beating heart
Apparently the earliest citation for the term ‘be still my beating heart’ comes from William Mountfort’s Zelmane from 1705:
“Ha! hold my Brain; be still my beating Heart.”
Now I quite like that quote and think it’s a nice romantic concept so I thought I’d give it a little id-iom twist just in time for Valentine’s Day. Apparently Sting did a song called ‘Be still my beating heart’ but i’ve neglected to link to it as i’ve taken a hit for the team and it’s really not that good. On the plus side though I’ve also got a related bit of street work to go with this so as long as the weather holds we should have something up in time for the big day. This piece is created using the magic of stencils and spraypaint and is on a nice big bit of A2 paper. I’m sure it would make the perfect give for somebody’s special someone…
It is A3 in size and signed on reverse. Here is the Ebay link
At least id-iom loves you!
Down in the basement of the id-iom lab one of our R&D monkeys pointed out that it was Valentine’s Day today and that we should maybe do a little something to show how much we love everyone. Considering our last offering for Valentine was a little downbeat we thought we’d have something a little more sentimental this year. After some feverish tinkering we came up with the highly original idea of using a cardboard rose with a little note from us to try and brighten up a few peoples day. I can’t imagine they’ll last very long as surely they make the perfect gift (‘ooh urban art’ how very on trend!) for someone too lazy/forgetful to get something nice for their significant other half. Get ’em while you can…