It’s probably just me but I think the phrase ‘I said I wouldn’t but I did it anyway’ has a kind of roguish charm to it. Pretty much a pirate amongst phrases. Why I saw fit to combine it with 80’s icon Pac-Man giving you a wink & a cheeky thumbs up and a weird black and white optical illusion style background is tricky to explain but I did it anyway. Designing and laser cutting the image on wood was the easy part. Hand painting the thing proved to be a bit trickier but I got there eventually. Now what to do with it? Perhaps the street beckons…
Sometimes, when you’ve run out of paper but the Muse is still riding you like a seaside donkey there’s nowt for it but to grab whatever is at hand and set to work. A newspaper advert for an estate agents was the selected canvas and a slightly sinister face in black and white was the preferred image. Don’t ask me why because I really don’t know. At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. If only I can find where I’ve put this then it may eventually makes it way to the Wheatpaste Department and then onto the street – unless someone demands it in their life. Which would be a bit odd. But stranger things have happened at sea. Or so they say.
It’s a simple enough message from us today. But at least we’ve made it look nice. If you look at it for long enough it makes your eyes go a bit funny. It’s probably best to just trust me on that. In fact I think I’d go so far to say that I’ve accidentally employed some kind of optical illusion when I was really just trying to make the font stand out. I think this little bad lad is going to get some magnets glued to the back and then become a bit of street art in some hard-to-reach area. I now just need some method of application where I can get him higher than you can reach on a handy piece of metal…
The back of the door into the gents toilet at the White Horse had seen better days and was festooned with an array of hastily scribbled tags and football related slurs so we were asked to sprinkle a little id-iom magic on it and make it all better. Given that a lot of their customers on a weekend have definitely had a few jars we thought we’d give them a discreet reminder of exactly where they were so hopefully when they wake bleary eyed the next day there is no confusion over exactly where they’ve been.
That, plus the pair of eyes at the bottom of the door (which I read somewhere make people believe they’re being watched and so behave better) and the fact that there’s not much space for any extra graffiti will hopefully allow the door to remain relatively unscathed for longer. That’s the theory at least…
As an aside I really should remember that doing somewhat complicated lettering that must be aligned straight and true is easy at the design stage but really rather less so at the actual painting stage. Let that be a lesson to me.
One of our local pubs asked if we could come up with a design for a t-shirt for their staff to wear during the upcoming World Cup. Despite the fact that we aren’t actually English we thought it only fair to come up with a design. The logo on the back is an adapted version of the World Cup logo which, obviously, features a white horse.
After the success of our first trip to the White Horse pub we were contacted to see if we wanted to work on the tables again (as we didn’t varnish them first time round as we wanted to see how they weathered) and also to take care of a wall leading into the gents toilet. As it was the gents toilet we didn’t think a little nudity would go amiss! So, like last time – we did some design, cut some stencils and grabbed disco-bag before heading down to take care of business:
MAKING A START WITH OUR WHITE HORSE WALLPAPER DESIGN
GETTING THE NAKED LADIES UP
NAKED HORSE HEAD LADY AND PARTNER FINALLY FINISHED
After we got the gents done the tables were cleaned off a little then we set to work on them. This time they got a couple of coats of varnish in the hope they’ll survive a bit better…
STARING AT THE SUN – PRETTY WORN LOOKING AT THIS STAGE
STARING AT THE SUN – SPIFFY NEW SUNBURST BACKGROUND DONE
STARING AT THE SUN – FINAL
ROUND TABLE – SCRUFFY LOOKING HORSE
ROUND TABLE – SOME MULTI-COLOURED DRIPS (DON’T YOU JUST LOVE KRINK!)
ROUND TABLE – NEW HORSEY
IS YOUR TABLE WORN AND TIRED LOOKING?
DON’T FRET, id-iom CAN HELP!
HEY PRESTO! ONE NEW TABLE…
See here for pictures from Round 1 at the White Horse (and more/bigger pictures from Round 2)…
We were asked if we would do some work at one of our local pubs – The White Horse on Brixton Hill. They were looking to get some work done on the outside and to some of the tables indoors – and that obviously sounded like fun to us. We had a few days to get our stuff prepared and then we grabbed disco-bag, some paint and stencils and headed down to get it done. For bigger (and more) shots go to White Horse flickr set
CHESS TABLE CLOSE UP OF PIECES
PIGS MIGHT FLY TABLE