Upfest: The Spirit of Tokyo

One of my all-time favourite street artists is Dan Kitchener (DANK), and I am absolutely in love with the Japan-inspired work he does. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I heard he would be painting an epic wall really close to where I live in Bristol. When I went along at the beginning of Upfest the work had barely begun (well, the wall had been painted entirely black, but there was only an outline of what was to come).

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

A little later some colour had been filled in, but there was still a long way to go.

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Finally this week I noticed it had been finished – and it was worth the wait!

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Upfest: Dan Kitchener (DANK) - 'The Spirit Of Tokyo' - East Street / Church Road, Bristol

Wow. Just wow.

Incidentally, limited edition hand finished prints of ‘The Queen of Neon’ are currently available from the Upfest Gallery and online here. They are a very reasonable price… I just wish I could justify it to myself!

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Upfest: L7m’s Parrot

Last weekend saw Upfest, Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival, return to Bristol. The weather could have been better, but the artists did not disappoint! I’m still editing and uploading all my pictures, but for now here’s one of my favourites. This is by L7m, a Brazilian street artist I had not heard of before. Isn’t it fabulous?

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Here is the work in progress…

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Parrot by L7m at Upfest

Parrot by L7m at Upfest


2 Worlds

I recently spotted this fantastic piece of street art by Dale Grimshaw called ‘2 Worlds’ in Bristol. Isn’t it cool?

'2 Worlds' by Dale Grimshaw

'2 Worlds' by Dale Grimshaw

'2 Worlds' by Dale Grimshaw


Cretins

Spotted these cretins the other day…

Cretin, Upfest 2013

Cretin, Upfest 2013

Cretin, Upfest 2013

This mural was part of Upfest 2013.


Graffiti on the move

I spotted a few painted vehicles at Upfest the other weekend – aren’t they cool?

Upfest 2013 - graffiti car

Upfest 2013 - graffiti car

Upfest 2013 - graffiti car

Upfest 2013 - graffiti car

Upfest 2013 - graffiti car

Upfest 2013

Upfest 2013

Upfest 2013

Upfest 2013

Upfest 2013

Upfest 2013

Upfest 2013

Upfest 2013

Upfest 2013

Upfest 2013 - Cheo

Upfest 2013


Airborne Mark

I discovered lots of new artists at Upfest last weekend, and one of those was graffiti artist and rapperĀ Airborne Mark. I really liked his work, which was all themed on flight and, well, being airborne. Airborne Mark is concerned with “Painting Songs, Singing Pictures For Eternity and Beyond“.

Upfest 2013 - Airborne Mark

Upfest 2013 - Airborne Mark

Upfest 2013 - Airborne Mark

Upfest 2013 - Airborne Mark

Upfest 2013 - Airborne Mark


Dan Kitchener at Upfest

It was a real pleasure to see one of my all-time favourite street artists painting at Upfest last weekend – Dan Kitchener (also known as DANK):

Dan Kitchener

Dan Kitchener (with Airborne Mark on the left)

Dan Kitchener

Upfest 2013 - Dan Kitchener

Upfest 2013 - Dan Kitchener

Dan Kitchener

Much to my surprise and delight, another piece appeared really close to where I live! I feel like it’s my very own piece and I’m so happy I can see it every day!

Dan Kitchener

Upfest 2013 - Dan Kitchener