We’ve done a large wall sized version of this piece before but decided to give it a little feminine twist for this little East End street drop – so rather than the man thinking ‘How can i tell her?’ it’s the lady who is in the worrying position of working out how to tell her lover that they are both just stencils.
One of the downsides of putting stuff out in the East End is that as the area is so saturated with all kinds of work, both large and small, that it’s difficult to make your work stand out. So, as the lower levels were pretty busy with wheatpastes and graffiti we decided to get up as high as we could. With scant regard to Health & Safety we had one half of id-iom getting a leg up and then monkeying up the bars to get it planted on the top of the security shutter. Job done. Although even there I can’t imagine it will last very long…
‘Butterfly in her hair’ on the streets of Brixton…
‘Music in her eyes’
Butterfly in her hair
This one didn’t even make it as far as the streets but at least we know she went to a good home.
Butterfly in her hair.
Music in her eyes.
Butterfly in her hair.
With Spring in the air we thought it best to take advantage of the good weather and hit the streets with a few small pieces we thought we’d put up around Brixton. It’s nice to have a reminder that we do occasionally get to see some sunshine.
For this drop we went with a few pieces of cardboard which we’d decorated with one of a couple of pretty ladies that we have been working on for some other pieces. They’ve been made using the magic of screen printing and spray paint and are signed on the back. Unless they’ve already gone they should be relatively easy to find if you’re in the neighbourhood…
You’ve seen pretty much all we have to offer at the House of Pain(t) – but not quite everything. Today we have a round up of all the stuff that hasn’t fitted in elsewhere. We’ve got some wheatpastes, stencils, bits of cardboard and a bit of wall…
My least favourite bobbleheaded creature has to that stupid dog from the Churchill adverts. If i’m honest I’ve got little in the way of explanation for this piece or why he has what appears to be a bobblehead other than the wall was there and needed painting on. Not everything in this world can have a purpose…
Mupan flexing his muscles. Just a little.
Mupan has bigger muscles than you without even flexing. You know it and he knows it. Now on your way…
One too many
We all know the feeling (well, Team id-iom certainly does) of having just one drink too many in pursuit of a good time. The main problem is the more you drink the less self control you have – just when you need it most. Ah well, at least it’s the wekeend soon enough.
Strange Facts #11 Siegfried and Roy once stayed in the House of Pain(t) (back when it was a normal house) and their tigers stayed with them in the basement. This was a warning sign above the door. And the male tiger always wore a hat. And that’s a fact. Or at least that’s what i was told…
We’re a little late for Movember but this gentleman is not the kind of man who only has a moustache for a month. No, siree. His is a permanent fixture and he’s proud of it.
I never really read superhero stuff as a kid
The funny thing about this piece is that i did read superhero stuff as a kid. Ha! Hey, irony, try that one on for size! I have a huge treasure trove of comics stashed away at home, an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of comic trivia and have even worked at a comics publisher. So there. Anyway, i digress.
I’m not sure if you will have seen a film called Super (which i quite enjoyed – maybe i should start doing film reviews too?) but the girl in this picture reminds me of his female sidekick Boltie (played by Ellen Page).
I’m a mole and I live in a hole
How on earth this mole seems to be climbing out of a pot that wouldn’t even fit him in I have no clue. Suffice it to say the mole was sat in the basement and needed a new home before we moved out.
We’ve got one final wall to show in the next day or two then we’ll hopefully have some demolition porn and then the House of Pain(t) will be no more. We will also have the video that the guys from Spraying Bricks shot that should be out before Xmas and also a little video for posterity that we shot ourselves (when it’s finally all edited together). Bring on the next condemned building…
Below are previous articles from our House of Pain(t) series:
Whilst we’ve been painting up the studio over the past month or two there have been a whole spectrum of inexplicable sounds that occasionally emanate from various parts of the house. For a while I just put it down to a big, empty and drafty house settling down but just before our eventual departure it was getting a little worse. I think the spirits were probably getting a little frisky at their homes’ imminent destruction.
As you can probably tell from the photo, the downstairs toilet is to be avoided at all times unless nature urgently dictates otherwise. So there I was stood over the bowl relieving myself and texting at the same time (how very 21st century of me) when i see a ripple on the water and then quick as a flash a skinny green arm reaches out looking to grab me. I managed to get a quick shot with my phone before the hand snaked back down into the bowl. I swear I could see some malevolent green eyes in the pan before the who lot disappeared like it was never there in the first place. I was just glad I wasn’t sitting down…
We’ve caught one of these unofficial residents on camera before but I now have evidence of further manifestations by malevolent forces. I’m pretty sure it was Jenny Greenteeth. Well, that’s my story and i’m sticking to it…
We did a few fake Tube adverts a while back but I’ve just found this one on the camera and realised that we forgot to share it with all the peoples on the interweb. Of course id-iom does not condone drugs in an official capacity but we do recognise that there needs to be standards for all parties involved otherwise some serious problems might arise and who would want that? Not us that’s for sure!!
All we’re asking is for people to heed the advice given on the advert. If everyone does there should be no need to get serious.
It’s my party and i’ll cry if i want to (UPfest pizza box)
It’s my party and i’ll cry if i want to (front)
It’s my party and i’ll cry if i want to (interior)
It’s my party and i’ll cry if i want to (back)
It’ll probably get worse before it gets any better (UPfest pizza box)
It’ll probably get worse before it gets any better (front)
It’ll probably get worse before it gets any better (back)
We’ve been working pretty much flat out painting our studio building and juggling a few commissions but when UPfest got in touch to ask if we’d be interested in painting up a couple of pizza boxes for them we jumped at the chance thinking that sometimes a change can be as good as a rest.
There are 50 boxes being produced by different artists and they are to be used as limited edition presentation boxes for the upcoming UPfest book for the first lucky punters. The book celebrates 5 years of UPfest and is a large format book with hundreds of shots from the Bristol festival. The book is released next week and you can order a copy here.
After a wait of a couple of days the boxes arrived and they needed them back by the end of this week so we had to pull something out pretty quickly. After a little inspiration and some fevered design I jumped to work on the screen printing equipment and, predictably, the other half of id-iom sat there gazing into the middle distance with a puzzled look on his face. After again explaining slowly and with small words what was expected of him the cogs eventually started turning and his eyes briefly brightened as some small glimmer of realisation came into his eyes and he sprang (slowly) into action. The rest is history.
The rules would be simple. 50 hipsters would be rounded up from the streets of Shoreditch and Brick Lane and herded to the Olympic stadium in Stratford. There they would be hunted over a cunningly designed game zone by competitors from across the globe and the gold would be awarded to the one who brought the most glasses back in their trophy bag. Easy.
After a quick bit of recon to work out where she’d look her best we got her up complete with shotgun and official ‘Hipster Hunt’ poster. Where better but the East End of course. I’m sure she’ll be bagging braces of the swaggering bespectacled try-hard’s left, right and centre. Go team GB!
So it is about that time of year when we grab our gear, jump in the id-iomobile and head to Bristol to take part in UPfest. Despite not having a design until Wednesday we managed to pull our collective finger out and get everything ready in time for an early morning departure on Saturday. After registering we found our spot in grounds of the Tobacco Factory and set to work.
As ever we like to take our time and building up the background took up most of the afternoon. Then, finally, it was time to get the big stencil up to be coloured in and to affix the lettering to the wall. Which is when we had a small crisis due to my complete incompetence at carpentry but after crying for help we eventually managed to get hold of a electric drill/screwdriver and get the lettering fixed to the wall.
This year’s design was based on a picture of a friend (original picture below). She doesn’t know it yet and I hope she likes it as we’ve gone for a looser, sketch style stencil.
Despite the fact I used a Eurythmics quote as the title for this post that was only because the more fitting ‘Why does it always rain on me?’ would, of course, make you think I was a complete whopper. It hasn’t stopped the evil song by Travis from becoming today’s earworm though. How very annoying.
We have had a load of street art ready for over a week now but the weather just flat refuses to play ball with us at all. One minute rain, then a brief moment of sun, then heavier rain. It really isn’t conducive to getting things done on the street at all. I was counting on being able to wander round in pleasant Spring sunshine, find some good spots and then hit them up. However we have at least been busy in the lab in the meantime trying to come up with even more new stuff. Anyway, as I don’t want to spoil the surprise I’m only putting a couple of little teaser shots up for now. Watch this space for further developments…
It’s Friday, the sun is shining and the art is free. Come on down! We have prepared a whole load of stuff which is hopefully already in the clutches of our good man MyDogSighs for his upcoming Free Art Friday event in Southsea this Sunday. As far as i’m aware he has hundreds of pieces from a wide variety of artists and all you have to do to snag one is head to Southsea and grab one for yourself. It’s a foolproof plan! We’ve provided a variety of pieces (mainly on cardboard) and all come complete with the ‘id-iom certified’ stamp that guarantees authenticity. My main concern is whether i’ll be able to get down in order to snag something for myself…