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I have just completed my most recent poster project – and this time it’s (very surprisingly) not cuppa related!

Having watched Gasland some time ago, and then gone and done a little reading around the subject, I was quite disturbed to hear of the extensive hydraulic fracturing already happening in the UK. My last trip to Bristol saw me paint a fracking related piece, and I decided to continue on the theme.

Caudrilla Resources are a UK based oil and gas exploration and drilling company, and their recent efforts in Balcombe have met with some strong resistance.

The original drawing for the CAUDZILLA poster.

I started by plotting out the design in pencil a few times before inking it. I really enjoy using a Pentel Fude brush pen to ink my illustrations – the variety of line widths you can create is brilliant.

I then scanned the drawing, adjusted some of the text sizes, and recoloured the image. The little red drop shadow on the text at the bottom of the poster is a bit of a photoshop cheat, and is done more to ensure some colour balance throughout the image than for anything else.CAUDZILLA - Drilla Killa Poster design

Please feel free to distribute this image digitally or place a print from your home computer anywhere you like!

It’s time again for another piece to go up for sale! This one is a painted seat from an old secondary school art classroom stool. I love the idea of “upcycling” old bits of wood for painting – they have a sense of history and solidity to them.Go and buy this now!Titled “Sittiescape”, and originally exhibited as part of the first “What We Do” exhibition, this piece is available now from my webshop. It measures 33 by 26.5cm, is ready to hang, and if you email me when you order from my shop, I can get it to you on Next Day Delivery.

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Now sold! Boy, that was quick… Keep your eyes peeled for new work going online soon – click subscibe, or follow me on Twitter for updates!

I’ve had this piece up on my mantelpiece since the end of my most recent exhibition, and thought that now was as good a time as any to get rid of it – so it’s up for sale!

Go to the webshop page to see it now!

This work consists of four canvases mounted on wood. Total dimensions are 62.5cm x 23cm. This original work comes ready to hang, with a personalised inscription on the reverse. Go to the shop to place your order – or live with the regret forever….

I’ve been fully occupied over the past couple of weeks, and although that’s a good thing, it always surprises me just how much busier I seem to get when I have “time off” booked. In between organising wedding related stuff (the missus and I have some weird idea about getting married) and going on “holiday” (read as “being busy somewhere else instead of being busy at home”), I managed to squeeze in a little painting tour.

A couple of painted ramps

First stop was Bromsgrove (a little town south of Brum), where I went to see some old school friends, catch up, and paint some of the local skate ramps – which I remember being far larger than they actually are. Apparently to local council dowsized the because all the little scooter-kiddies don’t know how to man up…. Shameful.

Side views of AS piece for S+P

Next stop was the Sneaks and Peaks mini-fest at Boxxed in Digbeth – Hoakser, Fluid, G87 and Philth were all painting, and were it not for the weather a lot more would have done. I love my crappy plastic pack-a-mack – as horrid as it looks, at least I managed to keep relatively dry and rain-free. Even the walls stayed fairly good, with the rain blowing (for the most part) away from the side most of us were painting.

Front view of AS piece for S+P

After Birmingham, I travelled to Bournemouth, and although I didn’t get the chance to paint whilst I was there, I did get a few cheeky stickers up before it was time to leave and head to Bristol.

Everyone Loves ACuppa Sticker - and the sea

Bristol is sick. The cops are easy, and the quality of a good portion of the work on the streets is excellent. I managed to paint near Nelson st, and in Stokes Croft, with very little bother. I even snuck in a little social commentry

AsOne piece just off Nelson St, Bristol

Get Fracked! in Stokes Groft, Bristol

London came next, with visits to Leake St, Stockwell and Shoreditch. It was good to bump into a few writers whilst down there – although I missed some others. I guess the lesson there is for me to actually try getting in touch with people beforehand! I did see some sick work from Sobek and Kcis at the Boxpark in Shoreditch though – watching them paint together is eerie. I swear there’s some sort of writer’s telepathy going on there. Or maybe it’s cause they’re twins. Whatever. It’s just spooky.

AS Piece in Shoreditch, London

AsOne piece in Stockwell, London

TLA Throwie in Leake Street, London

This September the Yardbird will be hosting Tempo33’s “Roys Castle Lung Cancer Foundation” Street Fair. This charity event, hosted by T33 himself, will have a range of stalls selling everything from cakes (standard charity fair) through to homegrown street and graffiti art.

Support this event!

I will not, unfortunately, be able to be there, but have been able to get rid of the guilty feelings this brings by knocking out a bit of graphic design in support of the good cause. All my Brummie readers should mark the 29th of September in their calendars as a day for good music, homegrown art, and charity.

Please feel free to download the poster design and re-post it on your own pages – the more we promote this event, the more money will be raised!

The new TLACrew Channel is up on Youtube.

The video home of TLACrew.

Featuring videos of us at play and at work over the past couple of years, the new channel will be updated regularly with new playlists, videos from the street, and shots of the studio in action.

First up, let me apologise for being so poor at posting regularly! The past month and a half have been particularly busy – I’ve unfortunately had to get two jobs - proper, meaningful employment jobs – in order to cover the costs of moving to Norwich and all the other incidentals life throws at you (like getting the car fixed, paying rent… eating…). This has left me with far less in the way of creative time than I would have hoped, and almost no time at all to document or share any of it! Time to fix that, I guess…

Let’s start with the important, fresh stuff. I will be at UpFest this year, painting at the Tobacco Factory over the Saturday and the Sunday. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of hearing about or going to UpFest, it is a free festival dedicated to street art and graffiti, and is hosted yearly in Bristol. This year they have a ridiculous number of artists heading down, across and up to smash some serious paint around.

There will be 250 artists and 40 DJs, Groups & Human Beatboxers spread over 3 sites inBristol city centre and it’s free. Seriously. Click on the flyer and get yourself down there on the 4th and 5th. I might give you a beer you never know!

Another festival that I had the pleasure of getting involved in recently was the Fierce Festival. Based in Birmingham, Fierce is spread out a little more that UpFest, and has a much more eclectic vibe to it. Myself, Tempo33 and Lisk were invited to come down and paint at a site-specific interactive installation near millennium Point. Working with Fierce, a  group called EXYZT had created a meeting place out of shipping containers and reclaimed timber, using local resources to create a local space. They didn’t have a license to sell alcohol, but as it was public land, no-one could stop the influx of tins from various off-licenses around the city centre. Good music played, and we artists developed our responses to Birmingham’s love/hate relationship with itself. My piece took influence from Brum’s Anglo-Saxon roots, using a decorative motif found on jewellery unearthed as part of the Staffordshire Hoard, as well as focusing on the attitude of many Birmingham residents: “Brum may be a bit crap, we’re the only ones allowed to say that, because it’s ours, and we love it, and woe betide any person not from Brum who slags it off”. Many thanks to Adam Ragg for these snaps from the morning after:

Photo of Brummagem Piece by Adam Ragg

Painting in the dark on steel with thick as hell corrugations is a little tricky, at least when it comes to straight lines and details, but the piece says what I wanted it to.

Adam Ragg's pic of the final "wall"Of course, I’ve also been as busy as time will allow me to be in Norwich. I’m now painting with Vandals Have Style, and I’ve been dropping the odd wheatpaste and skateboard around as well. Have a look at the flickr stream for recent work in that category. I’ve also been painting the legal spots a bit just to keep my hand in and to work on my letters – NOYZ from VHS and I painted a quick freestyle piece the other day which I was quite pleased with…

In the pic below you can see NOYZ VHS on the left and Ments on the right – unfortunately this wall sees a lot of dogging and cheap fame, but I guess it means we have a good excuse to keep burning over it time and time again!

Right then folks, I’ll leave it there for the moment. I’m working on new sticker and T-shirt designs at the moment, which I’m planning to drop as soon as I possibly can, and of course I’ll keep you all updated on the UpFest vibe as and when. I will be “tweeting” (God I hate that word) from UpFest as the weekend progresses, so be sure to keep an eye out for me on your twatstream over the 4th and 5th.

Here it is folks – the new AsOne webshop! Keep your eyes peeled for new stock hitting the virtual shelves soon – new stickers, new prints and new shirts…

Share the love and link your mates to this – they’ll never forgive you if you don’t! On sale now are a limited number of prints derived from the “Tentacles – 8 Panel” piece which was displayed at the Herbert alongside work by artists such as Newso, Pahnl, Ben Slow, SPQR, Lucy McLauchlan, Banksy, Sickboy, D*face and Shepard Fairey. The original will be up for silent auction here in the next few days – all you business owners get ready to clear some wallspace and get bidding!

My new series Gods/Angels/Monks is due up as soon as I can start to cover print costs and paint, which could be a couple of weeks. However – with my standard level of impatience – I can’t be hanging around waiting all that time!

I only really went to the Bench today to grab some caps and colours, but while I was there, I decided that I should get something up so that I could feel I was making some progress. A quick amble round the corner showed that the boards I wanted to hit on the corner opposite Digbeth Coach Station had already been nabbed for adverts. The boards just down from that showed some recent hits by Lucy McLauchlan and TX , so I made do with a clean-ish section in between the two of them and started getting up.

Having a ciggie and just getting my paint on when lo and behold, who walks past but the man Moans. A brief chat becomes a daytime paint session and before you know it we’ve done our work and are on our way. Not bad for a something neither of us had planned – but that’s life I guess! I particularly liked his little squre headed dude over on the left…

Can't see this? Go look at the Monk on my flickr page!

Prep Work?

Posted: January 10, 2011 in Commissions, Paintings, Updates
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A few weeks before Christmas I met up with someone who’d seen the exhibition at the Herbert in Coventry and who wanted a piece doing for their bedroom wall. We discussed colour themes and design elements that her partner could live with as well as the overall vibe of the piece, and I promised to get set on it straight away, but then it was Christmas, and then it was New Year.

And then it all went a little bit wrong.

I did a pencil sketch to cover the layout and idea of what I wanted to do for the piece. It looked okay, so I decided to give it a quick colour wash just to see what it could look like. It looked better. So I decided to add some detail. It started to look really tasty. But I’m always busy with a thousand things (aren’t we all), so I left it alone for a bit while I sorted stuff out and went and met with some other people who wanted work doing.

Then I went back to the prep work. And realised that this quick preparatory sketch which should only have taken half an hour had become a lot of time and something decent in it’s own right.

Guess I’d better buy a frame for it…