Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Bristol: Street Art Part Two

I am knuckling down again to some work and have yet again been sidetracked thinking about uploading some more photos from my trip to Bristol. I guess I am just going to write a little more about Bristol and share a few more photos and clear my head and then I can get on with my MASSIVE 'to do' list.

If anyone read the post the other day you will know that I uploaded a few of my favourite photos of some street art that I discovered while I was wandering the streets. If you didn't read it click here and you can have a little look. Bristol, is a City where it is very hard to miss amazing street art, inspiration and colour! The people that are making Bristol the place it is with all the wonderful walls covered in art, you are providing loads of people with a smile a day I reckon.

I have loads that I want to write about Bristol's shops such as Dutty , Blaze, Cox and Boloney Vintage Boutique and eateries like the canteen, which doubles as a music venue too. I feel like I want to devote more time to the shops and eateries though. I will crack on and share some more of the pictures and my mind is now ticking about writing about the wonderful shops I found and my 'to do' list is staring at me. I will save the shops for another day as they deserve more time.....a little something for now though......

One of my favourite finds. A shop full to the brim with creativity and colour, with one off designs, customised vintage, artwork, spraypaint, handmade pieces, accessories and loads more. It has to be checked out. They also play Prince and the owner and staff are ace. I will write more on Dutty soon so watch this space!

I will start the photos with this picture, that I didn't even take. My friend that took me to some good spots last week sent it to me today, well rather Hannah (his girlfriend did!). Thank you Dave and Hannah! a combined effort that made me smile. Dave also runs a community radio show called, A cup of Tea and a piece of Cake on bcfm 93.2fm. He has loads of Bristol based artists on his show. It's more acoustic and folk singer songwriters so if that's your thing then you should tune in!

Love Vandalism :)

Picture taken by Dave.
Thank you!

I LOVE Panda's

Panda chillin' in a boat on Hillgrove St.

It's all about Knowledge.

Loving the colour.

I like the way the peapod is dressed.
Very dapper.

Beautiful butterfly boy hanging out on Brookfield Avenue.

R.I.P Stegosaurus and all other Dinosaurs of course.
(I think it's a Stegosaurus!)

A continuation of the last......

Sitting on a bomb, next to a bin with a birdbox stuck on his head.
The woodpecker about to peck.
I would say he isn't having a great day!
Just wait till it explodes....

Hanging out with a tickle stick.
Isn't her dress cool? :)

Let's play hop scotch.
One of my favourites!

This part of Bristol is so lovely.

I live at Number 2.

I have so many more which I will keep sharing over the next few days, weeks or when I feel like adding a bit of brightness to my posts. I made loads of discoveries while in Bristol and am itching to go back sometime soon to see how the walls have changed, to dance to some ghetto tech (or whatever else is on offer at the time), buy some clothes from Dutty, eat more great food and maybe even go to the Thekla and perhaps even wander over to the Clifton suspension bridge. Yep, I missed that, too busy staring at walls and hanging out with my amazing friends there :)

I have added some links of venues, galleries, shops and other things that caught my eye or I find interesting, all Bristol related. I am no great expert but some of these places kept me happy for 3 days.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Bristol: Street Art and more

I am in the middle of trying to be constructive and organised, and it seems like tonight is not the night for me to be getting it all sorted. I'm embarking on ebay for the first time and sometimes the relatively simple is a headache. Where is my geek when I need him? my skinny jeaned, wearing twiglet legged, dodgy pimpin, porno tashed geek? most importantly, one that is great at organising and has the patient of a saint when ebay rejects my password SEVERAL times, when it cannot be anything other than the one I have inserted a squillion times! Aaaaahhhhhh! So you are feeling my pain I guess and if you aren't well then you have probably never used ebay or are an actual total geek and would never face the problems that I am having this evening or just aren't that arsed about empathy for someone you don't know, who writes a blog you have stumbled across (I don't blame you). I guess this little glitch has brought me to writing this post (they have been fairly absent of late I know!). This is due to loads of stuff but bear with me and I will be back in full swing, embarking on more interviews, pictures, recommendations and all that kind of thing.

The fact that I am writing this post and being thoroughly peeved with my passwords not working brings me to enlighten you and update with some of the things that I have seen and discovered over the past few days. If I go back weeks the post will go on forever and as this isn't a novel I will spare you the words (or try).

I have just spent a few days in Bristol for various reasons (sounds rather important doesn't it?). I will leave you all wondering.... I had never been before and all I assosiated with the city was Drum n' bass, street art and a fantastic music scene. I discovered a whole lot more while wandering about. I shared a few the other day on my posting, you can have a little look here. I found amazing places to eat well for a fiver, great galleries, quirkly little shops, loads of vintage boutiques and a folk night in a scout hut! I'm not even into folk music particularly so that was a random little discovery indeed.

I could write so much about Bristol and all that I found but I think first I will incorporate some of my favourite pieces of street art from the last few days. I made loads of these discoveries either by wandering solo or with my amazing friends that kindly took me to some specific areas. The other discoveries will be shared over time.

In the midst

The major discoveries about Bristol is rather a lot of amazing street art and that DJ Godfather is playing at Timbuk2 on April 15th. I think that anyone that will be in Bristol that weekend shouldn't give it another thought and buy your ticket now. I have seen DJ Godfather play before and can't wait to see him again, sometime soon I hope. I reckon it'll be a night to be remembered, with no room for standing at the bar dancefloor gazing. This one should be a biggie. It's Brock Out's 3rd Birthday! I say go, go, go.....

On Safari

Hand car wash

Beautiful angels and dreams of mountain ranges

Semiotic Servants

Think Local....

Monkey riding a cow

Horley Road

The end result

The streets in England are often grey due the weather and concrete everywhere, but, Bristol is totally brightened up by the colourful street art. Wherever you turn there is something to look at and make you smile, turning the average day into something much brighter. Street art is something that should be embraced. I spent a lot of time just staring at the walls which would normally be a very unacceptable and strange thing to do. I got away with it in bristol though! I even played my first game of skittles in a pub! Apparently another thing that is quite typical.