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Game over

Game over

Game over

It would seem that the despicable character that is Nathaniel Bobois has managed to make another appearance in one of our pictures. He’s just too much of a rogue not to paint. It’s hard to believe that he and the amazing Roche Bobois came from the same parents. So,  Nathaniel challenged the might of id-iom to a game of pool and that’s not the kind of offer we refuse. With Nathaniel preening and boasting around the pub we had a quick game of Paper, Scissors, Rock to see who would play him first.

I won and took to the table with a quiet determination. Meanwhile Nathaniel was still fannying about selecting a cue when I broke and took down three yellows to boot. Already on the back foot Nathaniel tried and failed to claw it back. I sunk the black about a minute after he took his first shot but he was not put off so with a volley of swearing he put down more money and challenged the other member of id-iom to another game. This went on till we’d cleared him out of the $150 he had. Don’t ask me why he had dollars on him but he did. It was money and we took it anyway. Here at id-iom we both feel a bit sorry – not for Nathaniel – but for his brother Roche because he’s just going to have to bail him out yet again…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Game over
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, screen print, watercolour and charcoal
Size: A2

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Taking care of the necessary

Taking care of the necessary

Taking care of the necessary

Like  the infamous Mr Wolf from Pulp Fiction this guy takes care of messy problems. He’s a cleaner if you will and once he has done his job he’s ready to get the hell out of Dodge. Being a cleaner can be a tricky profession and  involves destroying or removing any incriminating evidence at the scene of a crime, typically a murder, to make it as if the crime never happened or certainly not in the way it really happened. I’d say most cleaners are at the lower end of the social scale but not this fella, he’s got important friends and is rolling in the deep end because he’s just the best there is at what he does.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Taking care of the necessary
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic and charcoal
Size: A4

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A dark cloud descends

The Dark Cloud Descends

The Dark Cloud Descends

It’s coming to the end of the brief UK summer but we’ll hopefully still have a few days of sunshine left. Sadly, this cannot be said for this chap as a dark cloud has descended on his life and there’s nowt he can do about it. Why i hear you ask? Well he’s just found out that his ex (who recently left him due to his infidelities) has just won the Euromillions with the same weekly numbers they used to buy every week. She’s changed her mobile, moved in with some friends he’s never seen or heard of and is not replying to any of his increasingly desperate messages or emails. He’d try sending a carrier pigeon if he knew where to send it. To add insult to injury he’s just found out that she has been seen out on the town with one of her old flames. Now that’s enough to get anyone down in the dumps. I tried to tell him that everything happens for a reason and that it’ll be okay in the end but he wasn’t having any of it and just glared at me and stormed out. You can’t say I didn’t try…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: A dark cloud descends
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, glitter and charcoal
Size: A3

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Relocation

For once I’m at something of a loss for this one. It started life as one thing and by the end had morphed into something quite different. It started life as a simple piece of A4 paper but by the time it was done was this concoction of cardboard, glue, stencils, spraypaint, stamped lettering and something of a dark heart vibe.

The gentleman in the piece is clearly something of a vagabond as it would appear he has cleared out all the bank accounts and made a hasty international departure to an uncertain destination. And all he left behind was a short note. The no-good piece of dirt. If I ever get my hands on him…

Cheers

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Elvis was a hero to most (but not this one)

Elvis was a hero to most (but not this one)

Elvis was a hero to most (but not this one)

Now most people might look at this fella and think of a young Elvis Presley but it’s not he. This is, in fact, a very dangerous man named Bobby Elvis Saunders and he is a teddy boy and not a very nice one at that. Just out of picture are his brothel creepers and a very snazzy jacket which contains a small bottle of vitriol in case he comes across any trouble. Which he invariably does. If you see him you’re best steering clear. You have been warned…

Cheers

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Definite Immutability

Definite Immutability

Definite Immutability

Although for this picture we’ve gone for the slightly highbrow name of ‘Definite Immutability’ you wouldn’t know it to look at us that we even know such big words. But we do. Well, one of us does anyway. And I’m the one writing. Immutability is attribute of something which is not subject or susceptible to change. You might wonder why this woman has definite immutability. And you’d be right to wonder. But revealing the secrets of the Universe is not my job. I’m just here to do some pictures and write the nonsense that goes with them….

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Definite Immutability
Materials: Paint pen, watercolour, spray paint, acrylic, pencil, pastel and charcoal
Size: A4

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Chronicles of the Old West

Chronicles of the Old West

Chronicles of the Old West

If I was to write a book about the Wild West the cover would look something like this and it would contain all kinds of stories from the sublime to the ridiculous. There’s many a tall tale that originated there that seem perhaps a little too tall, but, it turns out that some of the best stories are entirely true.

Take Poker Alice who was originally from England but ended up moving to the US. By all accounts she always carried a gun and smoked a cigar and was known as something of a card sharp who dressed well, looked good and would as soon as take all your money off you as look at you. You know you’ve got it made when you’re christened with a nickname like ‘Poker Alice’.

Or, even better, the story of Elfego Baca who supposedly defended a small hut in which he’d taken refuge from between 40 – 80 men (the number is somewhat under dispute). ‘The Frisco shootout’ as it became known went down in legend as Elfego successfully defended the shack against the men for over 33 hours. The attackers fired between 1000 – 4000 shots at the hut and didn’t hit Elfego once. Although he managed to kill 4 attackers and wound 8 others he was eventually persuaded to surrender. The door from the hut was used as evidence in his trial – and it had over 400 bullet holes in it!

I could go on but we’ll leave it at that for now. You’ll have to wait until I actually get round to writing the accompanying book to find out any more…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Chronicles of the Old West

Materials: Paint pen, watercolour, spray paint, acrylic, pencil, pastel and charcoal

Size: A4

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The crown that sits upon the soul is enough to ruin one and all

The crown that sits upon the soul is enough to ruin one and all. Howzat for a hefty and pretentious title? I just thought if I start the post off sounding clever and literary then I can just take it downhill from there. Old Jimmy 3 crowns here has been having bad dreams as he’s been watching too much Game of Thrones and wakes up thinking that he’s going to become the next king of Westeros and meet a particularly grisly fate after a series of increasingly poor decisions. Or maybe I should rename the piece ‘Soul crown’ as that has a more jazzy ring to it then I can do a post which would probably be more about soul music. I’m undecided on the whole issue. Or perhaps I’m just making it all up as I go along in order just to write some accompanying text.  Sometimes even I’m not sure…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: The crown that sits upon the soul is enough to ruin one and all
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic, spray paint and charcoal
Size: 60 x 85 cm

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Lady in Red

I wanted to steer clear of the whole ‘I’ve never seen you looking so lovely as you did tonight’ shtick with this write up but the way I’m feeling this morning I’m really not sure where else to go. I’m a little hungover is the problem. Inspiration has fled my meagre brain and I’m only just able to string a sentence together. Anyway, I’ll start with something simple. ‘The Lady in Red’ apparently started life as ‘the way you look tonight’ but there was another song with that name so he had to change it. And, just in case you didn’t know, Chris de Burgh claims to have ‘healing hands’ so should be able to sort out any nagging ailments if you ever get to meet him. In all truth the lady in the picture is wearing red and that’s all there is to it. That, and the fact that Lady in Red makes for a very effective earworm. If it starts playing in your brain it’s pretty tricky to make it stop. I’ll leave you now. Make what you will of it all…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: Lady in Red

Materials: Paint pen, acrylic and charcoal

Size: A4

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King Rameses II

King Rameses II

King Rameses II

King Rameses II was also known as Ozymandias in Greek which, in the balance of things, are two pretty impressive names. He is often regarded as one of the greatest, most celebrated and most powerful pharaohs of the Egyptian Empire. A feat which I think we can all agree is pretty special considering the history books are littered with failed, feared and hated kings.

So that, in a nuthsell, was my inspiration for this little number. I came across the idea whilst doing a bit of ‘research’ (or, more accurately, viewing random articles on wikipedia) during a slow afternoon when i came across the big man. You might say “That isn’t research” but you’d be wrong. Strictly speaking I was just amusing myself on the internet but inspiration strikes when we least expect it and i’ve read some pretty amazing stuff pressing the random article button. So therefore it was work. Sometimes something a bit different can recharge the old tanks. As it happens I also know a crow called Rameses but that is a different story entirely…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: King Rameses II

Materials: Paint pen, acrylic and charcoal

Size: A4

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