31.12.07

Best Bristol Street Art of 2007

I'm foresaking all traditions of posting "best of everything" lists at the end of the year, for one list and one list only. Here are the 10 pieces of Bristol graffiti you should have seen this year. If you didn't... well, that's what the list is for. In no particular order:

  1. Copyright's Roses
  2. Banksy's Sniper
  3. 45rpm's Owls
  4. Cheo's Tits
  5. Zesk's Feathers
  6. Voyder, Deltr0n, 3dom and Magic painted the Golden Lion
  7. Peter Kidd's stunning contribution to the PRSC
  8. With many thanks to knautia who did actually find this first, my most popular photo ever: Go to Work, Send Your Kids to School on Philip St.
  9. Sepr on Melville Terrace
  10. And then right at the end of the year, Seza pulled out this MONSTER of a wall and kicked 2007 in the ass.
We need more legal walls, more commissions and another Old Bridewell Police show, because it was a bloody brilliant year for Bristol artists.

Monterey Obeys


Monterey Obeys, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Monterey, California - spotted this on the way back to the parking garage after visiting the Aquarium (which I don't recommend) and that group of people gave me serious WTF IS THIS CRAZY PERSON DOING vibes. But all in good faith. The best part of street art photography is that passing people end up seeing something they wouldn't have ordinarily noticed.

30.12.07

Milly in Chinatown


Milly in Chinatown, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

29.12.07

Three


Three, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

San Francisco, CA

27.12.07

Perch


Perch, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

26.12.07

The Scream


The Scream, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

San Francisco, CA

Post-Christmas Meal Fodder



aka: ways to impress your boyfriend's family.

25.12.07

Crash Against the Pier


Crash Against the Pier, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

23.12.07

Child O'Mine


Child O'Mine, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

22.12.07

King Pin


King Pin, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

South Bristol Santa


South Bristol Santa, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

20.12.07

Drips from the Tank


Drips from the Tank, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

19.12.07

Shopping Again?


Shopping Again?, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

18.12.07

Link Dump 18/12/07

  • An interview with Courtney Love by Nigel Farndale: "She has a big mouth in every sense. A 'big dirty rock mouth', as it was once memorably described. I have to say, I like her instantly. I like her goofy grin. I like the crack in her husky voice. I like the fact that she is funny, chatty, animated, boastful, open, vulnerable, name-dropping and unselfconscious. "
  • Rudi Giuliani's daughter is supporting Obama. Oddly enough, if this is true, this reflects well on his parenting skills - he hasn't brainwashed her into adopting his POV for everything.

We Love FDNY!!


we love fdny!!, originally uploaded by destroy & rebuild.

17.12.07

12 Days of Xmas


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Seeing as I've uploaded 90% of what I took at the show, it's your turn to have a gander. 12 days of Xmas is a Bristol art/graffiti/street art exhibition in the old Bridewell police station in the centre of the city, featuring artists like Acer, Richt and Cyclops/Sweet Toof. It is open until the 22nd of December (this coming Saturday) and is truly immense.

15.12.07

ill Doctrine Round up

Caught up on *cough*3 months worth*cough* of videos from ill Doctrine. If you haven't already seen them, here's three worth watching for their veritable pearls of wisdom:

Blood Red Seak


Blood Red Seak, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Two Palms


Two Palms, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

14.12.07

Fire to the Prisons


Fire to the Prisons, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Fishy Fish


Fishy Fish, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Quickie

13.12.07

Wait


Wait, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Lowbrow is Highbrow

I've been a member of Oh No They Didn't since Mary Kate Olsen got anorexic (2003) and recently some people got together in Los Angeles to be interviewed by Fox News. If it had been a few weeks later, I would have been there. Here's the video, I'm so proud of how what used to be a little community has grown up into an epic beest:



I know it's only Fox News, but it's still insane.

Work This Out


Work This Out, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

12.12.07

Renewal

I've just renewed my subscription to Nude Magazine, just because it's brilliant. Kind of like wading knee deep through the sewers of a major unnamed city: artists and punk musicians and street art and weird films and musings on the nature of society and book reviews. All the adverts are for things like alt. clothing stores and tattoo shops and the internet. The quality of print is stunning (see left, issue 12's cover is enough to rip straight off and put on your wall). And a 5 issue subscription, including post&packaging is only £16. Can't get better than that.

11.12.07

There's a Monster in my Pocket


There's a Monster in my Pocket, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Gasp


Gasp, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

10.12.07

Deciduous vs Evergreen Standoff!


Deciduous vs Evergreen Standoff!, originally uploaded by Trapac.

Things I have learned about Trapac over the last year and a bit: she really likes trees.

I'm going to stop pointing out that I'm posting from my favorites - there will be more than enough new pictures coming this way in 12 days time when the Great Christmas Road Trip kicks off.

8.12.07

Link Dump 08/12/07

  • I recently met pugofwar on Twitter, and this week clicked through and discovered their fabulously written Livejournal. I have short patience for long portions of text on the internet, and Livejournal is usually the place for throwaway thoughts, but pugofwar just breaks all the rules here.

God Loves His Children


God Loves His Children, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

7.12.07

Tiding Me Through


Dirty Handz 2, originally uploaded by Lil' Pete.

Still no new pictures from me, the weather for the last two weekends has been rotten to the core. Yet another Flickr favorite, this time from the stealthphotoninja Lil' Pete.

6.12.07

12 Days of Xmas


cell ceiling, originally uploaded by knautia.

The ultimate Bristol graffiti/street art exhibition opens tomorrow evening: 60 artists, an abandoned police station (complete with jail cells and courts), knautia is the official photographer and there are copious amounts of decently-priced prints to pick up. It's going to be brilliant. So if you're in Bristol, in town and between things, and you're near the old police station, what excuse do you have? 12 Days of Xmas awaits...

Link Dump 06/12/07

4.12.07

Smithfield Graffiti Obey


smithfield graffiti obey, originally uploaded by slimmer_jimmer.

Another recent Flickr favorite, this time some Shepard Fairey.

3.12.07

In Russia, Six Apart Sells You!

Livejournal has just been sold to a Russian company. What the fuck? This has to be a joke. I guess all the naysayers were right - they never cared about the community, they used the platform to make their own version and then passed it on without a second thought.

2.12.07

Quickie

  • Locate TV - "Find TV shows, movies and actors available where you live, on broadcast TV, online, and on DVD" - basically an online search engine-cum-TV guide-cum imdb for everything you might want to watch on television in the UK or the US. I have been searching for this kind of thing for years. TV.com was almost cutting it but the tiny fonts/corporate TV feel/poor navigation/ugly advertising just puts me off. LocateTV has white space and pinpoint perfect quotas of information, as well as being able to search by provider (for me, Freeview in the UK and Time Warner in the US). Instant love.

God is in the Wire


..., originally uploaded by littlehonda..

This week's weather has been dismal, so I'm short of my own discoveries. However, the rest of Flickr is still buzzing along, so here's one (fyi: this blog entry's title is my own) by littlehonda, who hails from Hitchen in the UK. His photoblog is all shades of lovely.

1.12.07

Levy Fines on Fatties

"Celtic tribes certainly took physical appearance and prowess very seriously. Despite a love, and surplus, of fine food and drink they did not tolerate obesity. Rather than banish the overweight members however they would levy fines upon the fatties till they slimmed down again. It was a sign that the person was taking too much food and not working hard enough in return. It could also prohibit a man from getting married or be grounds for separation from his woman, Celtic woman being as fierce and fit as the men and doubtless disinclined to share a bed with a beer-bellied husband she can beat up herself."
From Ask Metafilter, brautigan on Celts and obesity.

Link Dump 1/12/07

  • College Saga by Mark Leung. A live action Final Fantasy fan story, based on a college campus. 41 minutes long, so if you have the time, go go go. If not, it's also broken up into digestible chunks on his video page.
  • BBC2 is going to examine white culture next year: "The "White" season, coming at a time of intense political and media debate on immigration, intends to explore the complex mix of feelings that has led many white working class people to feel marginalised." I need to remember to download everything I can, it sounds brilliant.

Sickboy Vinyl

If you've got £100 lying around, you should go and buy one of Sickboy's unspeakably cool vinyl temples that are out today.


Shiny, yellow, red - a 3D version of his street temples, they're in a limited edition of 250. It makes me sick to my stomach that I can't buy one (I'm travelling back to California soon), and they are guaranteed to sell out sooner rather than later. Hopefully there will be more on the way in the future, this is the first vinyl "toy" that I've ever really really wanted.


No Parking outside the Temple

29.11.07

Sexy Shoes


Sexy Shoes, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

Shoes by Rocket Dog, a brand I have steadily fallen in love with over the last year. There are some hit or miss designs (eg: I don't like any of the faux worn trainers), but they wear well and fit great, even on my extra-wide feet. When it comes to suppliers, stu2109 on eBay (UK based) is where I go to spend my money. Now... to actually stop spending my money on these shoes.

28.11.07

They Go Back Home


They Go Back Home, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

27.11.07

Kero/OK


Kero/OK, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

26.11.07

Retro 80s Funk


Retro 80s Funk, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

25.11.07

Love Rusk


Love Rusk, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

24.11.07

Link Dump 24/11/07

  • A Brassy Side to London's Muck by Clare Davidson. A report into night workers: "Unlike some night work, which happens in seclusion, rubbish collection is public.But that comes with its own risks. The pair know to stay alert, to avoid the drunken punch ups that can erupt without warning. Mark was threatened only three weeks ago around two o'clock in the morning, behind Leicester Square. But generally people are good humoured, adds Neil, the tireless optimist."
  • The Periodic Table of Cleaning, a ridiculously easy chart to read of things that you should be doing weekly, monthly and yearly around the home. I always wanted one of these.

Hockey Pitch Sand


Hockey Pitch Sand, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

t.A.T.u - Belliy Plaschik (White Robe) clip



A preview clip of t.A.T.u's new video, and "shocking" is the right word to use here.

[direct link]

Broken Skateboard (Moss)


Broken Skateboard (Moss), originally uploaded by _saturnine.

23.11.07

Rupert Murdoch

From BBC News, Rupert Murdoch's influence over his corporation:

Mr Murdoch said Sky News could become "a proper alternative to the BBC" if it acted more like his US Fox News station. He stated that the only reason that Sky News was not more like Fox News was that 'nobody at Sky listens to me', the minutes read.
Terrifying. Just terrifying.

Floral


Floral, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

22.11.07

jerm9ine says "don't join the army"

Jerm9ine is a street artist in Vancouver, British Columbia. He likes words, and he's one of my new favorites on Flickr.

21.11.07

Quickie

The Old Man and the Sums


The Old Man and the Sums, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

20.11.07

Oh


Oh, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

19.11.07

Hot Pussy


Hot Pussy, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

18.11.07

Link Dump 18/11/07

  • YouTube: End Petlessness, a public service announcement for the Oregan Humane Society. Again, another thing that made me tear up.
  • Candid Cameraman : "But the downside of shooting in this town is people; it's frustrating when they start giving me the evil eye if I so much as glance in their direction. You'd think folks working in areas frequented by tourists would be used to cameras and would make an attempt to be friendly, but by and large that's not the case."

17.11.07

Bristol Street Art Collected

This was really more of an excuse to try out Flickrslidr, but for anyone passing by with an interest in Bristol street art, here's a chance to look at what I've been doing for the last few months with my new camera:


Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

[You can see my first set of Bristol Street Art here, and the original layout of the second one here. I highly suggest you listen to Gusset's new album Ask Dr. Kim whilst perusing this slideshow.]

[Other people who do the same (and do it better): knautia (uses a lot of different techniques), iyers, weirdoldhattie and Walt Jabsco - all recommended, 100%]

What are you in for?

“What are you in for?”
I raped a teenager.
“You?”
I killed a man.
“And what about you new fish?”
I uploaded Star Wars to the internet.

[comment by Anonymous]

In the Mood for Love


In the Mood for Love, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

15.11.07

Wow

Liam Gallagher calls Peter Andre a "fucking Paki cunt". Yeh, we don't have education issues in this country. Not one bit. Peter Andre is Greek/Australian, just for the record. Christ on a bike.

Give Way


Give Way, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

14.11.07

Over Ashton


Over Ashton, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

13.11.07

Link Dump 13/11/07

  • iPhone crowds? Don't believe the hype! The UK media tried their best to hype the iPhone launch, but it really wasn't as interesting the second time around, not when you've seen all the features already and you're paying out £200+ to be locked into a contract with O2.
  • DIY Speed Photography. I started looking at shutter speed (my camera goes up to 1/2000 I think) last week. It's ten times more fun than I thought it would be!

No Asbestos


No Asbestos, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

12.11.07

Link Dump 12/11/07

  • I hate to do this, because it's not going to help it stay online BUT: someone has split Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express up into 11 pieces and uploaded it to Youtube. Part 1 is here, and you can easily find the rest of the pieces from there.
  • Deleted Thread, a quick and dirty blog linking to the deleted threads of Metafilter, along with reasoning from the admin. Not endorsed by them I bet, but not much community driven things are particularly frowned on over there.
  • Ink and Thunder is artist Becky Cloonan's blog. I know I am late to the party when it comes to the comic book world (even though hello? I am only 23!?) but I'm exploring and reading as much as I can now that I've got my toes wet.
  • Hooray! Hitotoki London is now open to submissions. One of these days I'll live in a major city that can warrant this kind of website, but until then, London will do. Who doesn't have stories about London?

Broken Wing


Broken Wing, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

11.11.07

Bells and Aerials and Towers


Bells and Aerials and Towers, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

10.11.07

Link Dump 11/11/07

  • BBC News: "Lyrical Terrorist" found guilty. There has to be more than this - writing poetry and owning books, regardless of subject, can't possibly be a crime. Can it?
  • BBC News: The Lost Art of Leftovers by Denise Winterman: "Youngsters don't seem to know anything about shopping. They don't even make a list, they just pluck whatever takes their fancy of the shelf. It just seems daft to me, you probably end up with a lot of food but nothing you can make a decent meal out of."

Good Copy, Bad Copy

Just finished watching Good Copy, Bad Copy, a freely available documentary about the current state of copyright. Standing at just over 58 minutes long, I went into the movie thinking it would be a borefest crammed with lectures and legalese. I was wrong, it was engaging, interesting and really quite relevant. Includes interviews with the guys from The Pirate Bay, Nigerian film makers, Brazilian remix artists and company representatives from organisations like the MPAA. The outlook is positive: yes change is coming, but it's change initiated by people who love creativity and are determined to create as a viable profession without restricting the freedoms of their audiences.

The only negatives predictably came from the suits, who didn't really seem to understand what is going on around them - one in particular saying that only a small minority of people give away their work, and they're lacking the ability to profit. It feels pointless to correct these old guys with the real living examples that contradict their assumptions, so I guess we're just going to have to wait for them to die off or something.

But overall, a positive, progressive film that gives me hope. We're going to topple this ancient beast of copyright being used for evil, and I don't think we'll have to kill ourselves to do it.

The Torrent (remember: this is completely free and legal to download, you're not breaking the law by torrenting this)
On Wikipedia

Forty


Forty, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

PJ Harvey x 3

Three PJ Harvey videos:

St Oswald


St Oswald, originally uploaded by _saturnine.

8.11.07

Walking the Dog


Walking the Dog, originally uploaded by _saturnine.