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12 cities, 12 walls, 12 days… id-iom vs Dogs Trust: A Dog is For Life

We’ve just completed an epic roadtrip for Dogs Trust where we painted 12 walls in 12 cities in 12 days for their annual ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ campaign. Each day had a different dog and featured a real (and entirely ridiculous) reason that a dog had been handed in to one of their rehoming centres.

We started off in London and then had to pack up the van and hit the road for 12 fun filled days hitting a new city each day and then moving straight on. We usually started about 9 and then had to be finished by 2 as  they’d bring along a dog from the nearby rehoming centre to get some photo’s in order to try and get some publicity for the campaign and spread the word about responsible dog ownership.

I think my favourite dogs are the collie from London, the playful puppy from Glasgow and our final wall in Brighton that features a pug who was handed in as he kept chasing frogs. Who could possibly hand a pug in for that? Remember kids ‘a dog is for life, not just for Christmas’…

Cheers

id-iom

London

Manchester (with staffy pup Tinchy)

Liverpool

Glasgow

Newcastle

Leeds

Nottingham

Birmingham

Cardiff

Bristol

Reading

Brighton

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Down boy!

Down boy!

I was reading something about the artist Jeff Koons and the fact that his piece ‘Balloon dog (orange)’ sold for a world record auction price for a piece of work by a living artist in November 2013. It sold for a staggering $58.4 million. Art critics are apparently divided over whether he’s due to be historically important or whether his works are crass and kitsch and are the product of cynical self-marketing.

Personally I love shiny stuff and I also love things that are comically out of proportion so the massive shiny metal balloon dogs are something that really appeal to me. Although whether I’d pay the best part of $60 million for one (even if I had it) remains to be seen. Anyway, all that may seem beside the point but now here’s the segue back to today’s piece. I recently had a very strange dream which I think was influenced by the article on Koons that I had read. It made little sense – as dreams are wont to do but one residing image I had of that dream is pretty much what you see before you. A man staring quizzically at the large and shiny Koons balloon dog that he has on a piece of string. I’d like to think it some kind of sub-conscious commentary on art as a commodity but I’m pretty sure I’m far too shallow for that. So there you have it. Take from that what you will…

Oh, and it’s all done on some fancy handmade rag paper which is slightly more absorbent that I thought it would be but I guess you live and learn.

Cheers

id-iom

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Taking the Cure – id-iom x My Dog Sighs collaboration

id-iom x MyDogSighs – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 – Pic by Neil Tomlin

id-iom x MyDogSighs – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 – Pic by William Matthews

id-iom x MyDogSighs – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 – Pic by Alf Myers

id-iom x MyDogSighs – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 – Pic by Jay Sharples

We’ve already written a post about our time in Blackpool for Sand, Sea & Spray last weekend but we thought we’d do a little update on the piece as we had a little extra work on our piece done on the Saturday when My Dog Sighs popped over and added one of his great looking eyes to our lovely looking lady. He also managed to paint a few other bits and bobs down the same alley so if you’re in the neighbourhood it’s well worth a look.

Cheers

id-iom

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Taking the cure – Sand, Sea and Spray 2013

Taking the Cure - Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure - Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure - Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure - Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure - Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure - Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Taking the Cure – Sand, Sea & Spray 2013 Blackpool

Last year when we went to Blackpool for Sand, Sea & Spray we had to work in the driving rain all day (but still managed to get a couple of pieces done) and despite the weatherman’s warnings that this year was going to be pretty similar we set off from London with hope in our hearts. This being the UK however our dreams were soon to be shattered. Despite waking to sunshine it soon became clear that was not going to be the order of the day and so after finding our billboard spot on the Winter Gardens we set to work in a steady drizzle. Soon this escalated to full blown torrential rain that stopped play for a while as we were forced to wait it out in a doorway. From there on in for the rest of the day it was a cycle of rain, a snatch of sunshine and then more rain. We had to get finished in a day however as we had a wedding to attend on Saturday otherwise a strategic retreat to the nearest hostelry would have been in order.

During the afternoon My Dog Sighs turned up and we all agreed that the addition of some of his eyes on our lady would definitely be a good thing so he added them on Saturday (in glorious sunshine i hasten to add) – and surely she looks good with her one real looking eye and one of our eyes? The title and text of ‘Taking the cure’ refers to the Victorian pastime of coming to Blackpool to bathe in the sea as it supposedly had healing qualities.

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Photos Courtesy of Jay Sharples

Once we’d finished and dried off a little we went to have a quick beer, see what the Q&A session was like and catch up with whoever was about. All in all a good day out and we’d just like to extend our thanks to the S,S&S team who were all very helpful and accommodating.

Cheers

id-iom

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Southsea Head Jam – id-iom x My Dog Sighs x Korp Round 2!

Southsea Head Jam – id-iom x My Dog Sighs x Korp Round 2!

Southsea Head Jam – id-iom x My Dog Sighs x Korp Round 2!

Southsea Head Jam – id-iom x My Dog Sighs x Korp Round 2!

Southsea Head Jam – id-iom x My Dog Sighs x Korp Round 2!

On Monday we showed you round 1 of our collaboration with MyDogSighs and today we jump on in to Round 2 with the added inclusion of Korp. This piece had no planning whatsoever as we weren’t originally even meant to be painting that wall. Sadly, Snik was unable to make it down to Southsea which meant that we had an even bigger space to fill. Not being ones to shirk our responsibility when it comes to applying paint to a wall we jumped in enthusiastically. It started innocently enough as a quick play with a can on this spare wall with no intention of actually using it for the basis of a piece but on one occasion whilst I was up sitting on the roof basking in the sun MyDog decided to come along with the other half of id-iom to use what was there for another off the cuff collaboration wall. This was probably one of my favourite parts of the day due to the fact that it was a free for all wall with an anything goes attitude. Win all round.

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id-iom

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Southsea Head Jam – id-iom V My Dog Sighs Round 1!

Southsea Head Jam - id-iom V My Dog Sighs Round 1!

Southsea Head Jam – id-iom V My Dog Sighs Round 1!

Southsea Head Jam - id-iom V My Dog Sighs Round 1!

Southsea Head Jam – id-iom V My Dog Sighs Round 1!

Southsea Head Jam - id-iom V My Dog Sighs Round 1!

Southsea Head Jam – id-iom V My Dog Sighs Round 1!

Over the weekend we popped down to Southsea for a little paint jam organised by My Dog Sighs. On the drive down the weather improved and we arrived in glorious sunshine without a cloud in the sky. It only took us about an hour and a half in the id-iomobile and due to the other half of id-iom’s echolocation skills we found where we were meant to paint straight away. Along with us and MyDog we also had the illustrious company of Miss Wah Wah, Korp and Process Smith. Snik was due down but didn’t manage to make it due to car troubles.

We had the courtyard area to fill in a day and we were a man down so we all just had to work that little bit harder. We were very well looked after by the Strong Island crew who kept plying us with beer and food. What more could we have asked for? As the day progressed we started getting attempting to tie it all together and had a load of fun collaboration with Mydog on sorting the backgrounds out and he also painted the eyes in on one of our ladies. For no better reason other than we could we decided to give her a glass eye.

Cheers

id-iom

Thanks to MyDog for the detail photo

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Dead Dog Squad

Dead Dog Squad

Dead Dog Squad

Have you ever heard of ‘The Dead Dog Squad’? I would imagine that you’ve never heard of them but let me assure you they do actually exist, they are very much real and are also very very good at their job. If you don’t know what they do then I’m certainly not at liberty to tell you. But you can rest assured their job is vital to your continued existence although you’ll never know it. The man in the picture is a retired member of the team and that’s the only way i could get to paint him. I probably shouldn’t be telling you about it but i’m sure i’ll be fine. Maybe.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: The Dead Dog Squad

Materials: Acrylic, spray paint, paint pen and charcoal

Size: A2

Please email if interested

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Bark or Bite?

Bark or Bite?

We sold another version of this picture a short while ago and then a friend got in touch saying she’d failed in her attempt to snaffle it on eBay and could she commission another from us. As it’s her birthday very shortly we sent it along as a gift in lieu of the fact that we will be unable to attend. So ‘Happy Birthday!’ You know who you are…

It’s based on an old Celtic design that was in a book which was lying around in our dearly departed studio. This was one of several designs that I was thinking of getting it done as a tattoo so I thought I’d see how it looked before I’d commit ink to skin. As i’m a fickle beast I have since changed my mind and will, in fact, be going for a photorealistic teal duck. Probably. Maybe this one will get a look in next time…

Cheers

id-iom

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Love don’t live here anymore

Love don’t live here anymore

So there I was minding my own business and quietly walking down the street when I see an abandoned mattress laying against the park railings. I’m sure it’s not the same for everyone  but I have always had a compulsion to write ‘Love don’t live here anymore’ on an abandoned mattress. It just seems so fitting. Abandoned mattresses aren’t the most common item of street furniture but whenever I’ve seen them they are either nowhere near home or I don’t have any paint on me. Until today.

As this was being discussed with the other half of id-iom we came up with the notion that this one is too obvious and must have been done before elsewhere. A quick internet search hasn’t revealed anything but I think I came up with it myself and i’m sticking to that. It is possible however that I have just subconsciously stolen the idea and then passed it off in my brain as my own. Who knows?

Cheers

id-iom

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King Dog and the Angels

King Dog and the Angels

King Dog and the Angels

When we started working upstairs at the House of Pain(t) we invited a couple of friends along to help out. In one of the upstairs rooms Perspicere went to work doing a thread piece that my poor photography skills just don’t do justice to as it’s pretty elaborate and nebulous (it’s the thinner dark thread you can just about make out in the background). He even came back the next week to try and get it completed but then had to leave early due to a small domestic emergency. After doing pretty much all the rest of the house we had his not-quite-completed room to contend with. As there were so many nails in the walls and thread all over the place the only thing we could really do was continue his work to some degree.

So we decided to make it some kind of  angel and ‘laser’ protected shrine to a strange canine king that is looking benignly down on a pair of kissing angels. It sounds odd now I’ve written it down but it seemed the only course of action we could reasonably take at that time.  You have to use your imagination a little to pretend the red threads are laser beams protecting the shrine but i must stress that the effect is really much better if you see it in person (which you can’t). The angels had been lurking in the basement for some project that never came to pass and they just took up too much space to be transported onwards with us. I hope they’re happy.

Cheers

id-iom

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