This was a cool little job for the guys at The Perch, a Swansea bar in the centre of town. The original Artwork is by Irish artist Terry Bradley, whose work is very Prohibition era and Docklands-inspired. Normally for these sort of commissions, i’d work on a primed surface, however the bar has some really nice exposed brick and we thought it would be better to incorporate this in to the wall, as it all seemed to fit together really well. This is the second Bradley mural in the space… Was happy to add to the ongoing collection.
Every now and then you need a good excuse for a road trip. Well, I didn’t have a good excuse, so instead I settled for a mission to Kent for Skore’s birthday BBQ. After spending a day and a half sorting out one of my caravans and getting it roadworthy, then to find out the brake lights were knackered just before leaving for the 4/5 hour journey in the slow lane, I forked out a few quid for a trailer board and off we go. 2 nights sleeping on Skore’s drive like a king. Well, it was either that or cuddle up with Merc or Crok on a sofa, but that wasn’t gonna happen.
Arrived at about 10 pm, to a place where street lights have yet to be invented. A pitch black reverse into Skore’s mini driveway and its beers and bed to warm up for the big day. Happy to say i slept well, and woke up to find out why Skore was happy for me to arrive early, as he’d prepared nothing and clearly needed help. Cue BBQ fixing, shopping, potato salad making, P.A assembling, toilet fixing (or not), and general sorting ready for the 3pm start.
From then on, it all gets a bit hazy. Enter the biggest band of misfits, reprobates, degenerates and drop-outs Graffiti has to offer, with a few family members for good measure. Good food, good company, good music and a top night had by all! We had big plans for painting on Sunday, with plenty of writers all up for the crack. As if that was gonna happen. Instead 2 of us just about managed to squeeze out a bubbly little number in the midst of a hangover, before preparations for the long trip home, back in the slow lane.
Good times! 🙂
Another year.. another Green Man festival. This is the 11th year we’ve been involved in the event, and a nice local one for us. Peaceful Progress runs and organises various things alongside our sister company Alternative Events, such as the Solar Stage, The Peaceful Progress cafe and Salon Mirela. The Graffiti walls are our longest standing gig with GM, here’s a few shots of this years wall painted in a continuation of the watercolour / experimental vibe.
Scorpions kickboxing gym in Bridgend recently got in touch to add some colour to their gym which is having a bit of a facelift. A great facility running sessions for all ages, it was a pleasure to come and brighten up the grey walls. I was careful to not make any mistakes… didn’t want to be on the business end of a roundhouse kick.
Sinstars crew has recently had its 25th birthday! What better way to celebrate it than to drive for 5 hours, carry tons of paint and ladders and emulsion across the countryside to a wall thats in the middle of no-where, stand in the baking hot sun with no shade for 2 days pulling 12 hour shifts up ladders, not talking to your friends all day or night because you’re either too busy or too knackered, and hoping its there in the morning to get photographs, then drive home for another 5 hours with nothing to show for it other than a few pics on a camera.
That’s what Graffiti is all about! 🙂
Breakin’ the Bay is a yearly Hip Hop festival held at The Welsh Millennium centre in Cardiff Bay. This year I was asked to do a drop-in mural workshop all day during the event. 2016 will always be known as the year of the Graffiti Dragon for me, as I’ve done lots of these commissions for people this year, and thats exactly what the good people at BtB wanted. Who am I to complain?! Perfect for photo-opportunities in the heart of tourist-Wales.
Looking forward to next year… 🙂
Every year we head up to Pwll Caerog farm and the home of Celtic Camping to do some more work around the site. We’ve knocked out about 8 murals up there over the years… inside and outside the barns and courtyards. We are very involved with the legendary annual Blue Lagoon festival which is held at the site every year, and we also represented at the Really Wild food festival which is in its 2nd year. Ian the farmer asked us to create a backdrop to his new sandpit on the site, using the graphics and images from the festivals flyers. We also held Graffiti workshops with some of the kids who attended the 2 day festival, creating work on boards.
Always a pleasure and never a chore, this site is one of our favourite places in Wales.
This is a new style I’ve been working on… mixing contrasting imagery such as Flowers and Skulls, but trying to paint them in a different way. Ive been looking at lots of watercolour paintings, and figured I could try and pay homage to the old styles using spray paint. Ive been keeping this wall on the back burner for a while, waiting until I had a good idea to use it for. Hopefully this wall qualifies… If not, well no pain, no gain 😉
Situated at The Bone Yard studios in Cardiff…
The third phase of the Pontcanna changing rooms project was painted in May… perfect timing as the Euros was fully under way and Wales was kicking ass! It was down-tools all over the country every match day, and rightly so as the boys did us proud!
This mural featured Cardiff based Welsh sports heroes… such as Colin Jackson, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Sam Warburton. Unfortunately these guys were all overshadowed (understandably) by Gareth Bale, who was performing spectacularly on the pitch at the time of painting. Fear not though… everyone was happy, with both Colin Jackson and Sam Warburton re-tweeting their respective parts of the mural. Even the papers and Wales online took full advantage and featured the mural in articles and various media outlets. Check the article from Wales online here – http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/amazing-mural-gareth-bale-been-11510034
Its a good time to be Welsh.