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Freeze!

We were invited down to Freeze festival to paint some big boards up for the UPfest folks. After managing to have a fairly quiet Friday evening we got ourselves down to the site, in the shadow of Battersea power station, in surprisingly good time and in surprisingly good weather. After hitting our boards up with some cool blue masonry paint we set to work although didn’t really realise how long the paint would take to dry fully -d’oh! So after waiting a while longer and enjoying the banging tunes being laid on by UPfest in our little corner of the festival we set to work again with, by now, largely dry boards.

After wrestling with our big stencils (and hoping that the impending rain clouds would disappear – which they did) we finally managed to get it put up on the wall and by mid afternoon had (along with Asone, SPQR and Ian Phenna) we had attracted quite an audience for our little spot of painting. In fact there were so many people that i turned round at one point and was quite shocked by how there were staring at us that had fitted into the fairly small space.

Anyway, as you can see from the pics below (video to follow at some point soon hopefully) we went for a snow themed picture to keep in with the general Freeze vibe. All in all we had a good day and even managed to get finished up fairly quickly so we could enjoy a look around the site. Some of the jumps and tricks being pulled out on the big slope were very impressive and all the people seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em

Another new piece which has already proved popular on our flickr page. Smoke ’em if you’ve got ’em comes from military slang and means ‘take a break’  or somesuch. This piece is on A2 paper and will hopefully be framed up pretty soon. It can be quite fun painting pretty ladies and this was no exception.

I’m not really sure (as ever) where the inspiration for these pieces comes from but it’s nice to stay busy and keep a steady stream of things that we can put on our flickr and blog coming up. Who knows what we’ll come up with next…

Cheers

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Title: Smoke em if you’ve got em
Media: Acylic, ink, spraypaint, charcoal and paint pen
Size: A2
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Disney’s ‘Blue – My life in the movies’ starring Pinocchio

Since we came up with the DUCK! piece a short while back i haven’t been able to get Disney characters off my mind. This time it’s Pinocchio that receives the id-iom treatment…

I had thought ‘BLUE – A life in the movies’ to be a biopic of the life of Pinocchio charting his early rise to fame following the Blue Fairy bringing him to life, a tragic lost period in his late teens and his monumental return to (adult) movies following a minor bid of body modification at the hands of a highly skilled Italian woodcarver.

I’ve clearly got an overactive imagination as i had Pinocchio’s life all worked out… After being a child star for Disney and enjoying all the trappings that would have come with it I imagined that Pinocchio would have had a few years of coke fuelled paranoia living in Hollywood whilst failing to get role after role as he was too typecast and the fact that “there isn’t all that much demand for sentient puppets anymore” – apart from maybe some seriously demeaning kid’s TV work. After a failed comeback on Big Brother or some similar reality TV show he’d slowly slip off the world’s media radar and spiral into a few years of failed relationships, drug abuse, debt and anonymity. Then, after a debauched weekend with an old friend they finally come up with what, even at the time, seems like a ridiculous and outlandish idea – that Pinocchio should take advantage of his old friend’s contacts, get a nose job and then start making some serious money again. He’s just desperate enough to give it a try and so one week after his return from Italy (where he’s been for surgery) he makes his triumphant come back to movies – this time of the pornographic variety. His rapid ascent to the zenith of the adult entertainment industry takes everyone by surprise and before he knows it he’s churning out porno’s at a prodigious rate and his star is once again in ascendancy. Before long he is a bonafide celebrity again and even Ron Jeremy concedes that he’s certainly ‘Got wood!’

I could keep going on and I’m sure i could actually come up with a decent script for this film (the visuals and adwork are clearly already done). I’d love it to be some kind of animatronic and/or animated tour de force. Basically i’m pretty sure it won’t be long till i’m working in Hollywood…

Keen eyed readers will (i’m sure) have immediately noted the use of part of the Electric Blue logo for the title of film (for those few uneducated readers that don’t know Electric Blue was a soft core porn show that was made in the UK and was shown on the Playboy channel in the 80’s) and therefore also the use of the Playboy bunny logo on Pinocchio’s top. The ‘Got wood?’ tagline was perhaps my favourite touch though as surely all the creatives in Hollywood couldn’t have come up with anything better for this film! As with DUCK! and Oswald the Unlucky Rabbit I would love to see this film get made…

Finally, on the art front, I just love working on the found bits of wood. It obviously works well for this particular piece as he’s a wooden puppet that comes to life but they are just really nice to work on generally and have a great weathered look to them. Now i’ve just got to get them framed to give them that final touch.

Cheers

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Title: Disney’s ‘Blue – My life in the movies’ starring Pinocchio
Media: Hand cut stencils and spraypaint on found wooden board
Size: 57 cm x 21 cm

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Here Be Dragons

I was reading something about ancient maps and how they would put something along the lines of ‘Here be Dragons’ (or maybe something like ‘Here be lions’) on unknown or unexplored areas so thought i’d come up with something inspired by that. I think it’s about 13 colour using about 9 stencils on A3 paper.

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