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Pyrrhic victory

lady hugging herself pink

THINK FAST! Its Sunday morning you’re lying in bed with an awful hangover when the doorbell goes but who’s going to get the door? You or your girlfriend? This time, after a hard-won game of paper, scissors, rock, you know victory and thus allow your girlfriend to answer the door. She realises she’s lost and is resigned to getting out of bed and traipsing off to the front door and after putting on some pants she gives you that look over the shoulder. The kind of look that speaks of defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. You won the battle but lost the war. You’ll not be getting any Sunday morning action after all unless you can think your way out of this one…

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id-iom

Title: Pyrrhic victory
Materials: Paint pen, acrylic and charcoal
Size: A4

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Girl O’Dreams

So with Valentine’s day on the way it’s time for us to shamelessly try to jump on board and peddle some of our high quality wares.

Here’s the ebay link

It’s been a while since i’ve been in the situation this chap finds himself in. He’s done all he can; got himself dressed up nice, got some flowers and found himself the right door to knock on. From here on in it’s no longer in his hands and the best he can do is put his best smile on and pretend he’s all confidence (which, he’s been informed, the ladies love). I can only wish him the best of luck…

He’s a compact A4 in size and is from a small edition of 5. Each has been completed using the magic of screen printing, paint pens, spraypaint and stencils. The print is signed on the reverse side and all are hand finished and unique.

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id-iom

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Girl O’Dreams

Girl O’Dreams

Girl O’Dreams (x4)

It’s been a while since i’ve been in the situation this chap finds himself in. He’s done all he can; got himself dressed up nice, got some flowers and found himself the right door to knock on. From here on in it’s no longer in his hands and the best he can do is put his best smile on and pretend he’s all confidence (which, he’s been informed, the ladies love). I can only wish him the best of luck…

He’s from an edition of 5 and is an eminently frameable A4 in size and has been completed using the magic of screen printing, paint pens, spraypaint and stencils. Signed on reverse.

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id-iom

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The Lady on the Door

The Lady on the Door

The Lady on the Door. I think it sounds like a Victorian ghost story which is probably quite fitting considering the pedigree of the house it’s in and the more sketchy style we’ve gone for with this piece. I could spin a sad tale of a misguided young lady who suffers the indignity of unrequited love and then in a spurned fury turns to the dark side of the Force in order to ensure the object of her affections ends up loving her. Then, in some contrived plot twist the whole thing would backfire on her and she would be forced to wander the site of her misdeeds as a disembodied wraith for the rest of eternity. Sadly though, that isn’t the truth (as far as i’m aware) but just gave me a fun excuse for a post and as Nick Ross used to say on Crimewatch ‘don’t have nightmares, do sleep well’.

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id-iom

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I a-door you

I a-door you

I a-door you

Our studio is being demolished in a few weeks so we are having to move everything out which is a fairly traumatic – but there is an upside. Now that its getting more and more barren there are empty walls and surfaces emerging which are just begging to be painted on. And  that’s exactly what happened with this little beauty. Before we started tidying this door was largely hidden behind some bits of cardboard and MDF which is why only the top half has paint scribbles on it, but since moving all the clutter the bottom of the door looked strangely empty so I decided to cheer it up a little with picture of a pretty lady. Nothing too clever or original with this one, just a picture of a pretty lady to enliven an otherwise sad and abused looking door. Is it so wrong to try and cheer up inanimate objects?

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id-iom

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Toilet doors (a short history) by id-iom

If you’d asked me before I’d seen the back of the ladies toilet door at the White Horse I would (naturally I thought) have guessed that the gents toilet would have the more profane and numerous graffiti. As it turns out women can be far more creative and vicious and all seem to carry some sort of writing/scratching implement with them and are more than happy to whip it out to decorate the nearest available surface. Maybe because it’s they spend more time sat on the loo facing the door and therefore just have more opportunity? Maybe this is entirely standard for 2 years in the life of a busy pub? I’d like to know if anyone can help me bear this theory out (as i don’t usually hang round the ladies toilet..)  Answers on a postcard please.

First up, i’d like to present the evidence of Door no.1:

Door 1 - original state

Door 1 - when we had finished

Door 1 - present state (although the photo isn't that great and you can't really see half the stuff that's scratched into it!)

and now, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, let me present Door no.2. I think the conclusions speak for themselves your honour:

Door no. 1 - original state (although we did add the colour stencils - but that was only to quickly brighten up what was an otherwise sad door chock full of swear words and character assassination!) Also, some of the best stuff was written in biro which really doesn't show up on the photo.

Door no. 2 - when we had finished

Door no. 2 - present state. FREE PALESTINE and occupy oakland! Get in there sista! I'm right behind you! Although my favourite bit of graffiti is "Theseus v Minotaur" - I loves me a bit of classical reference!

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id-iom

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Eeeny meeny miny mo

Eeeny meeny miny mo

Eeeny meeny miny mo

Eeeny meeny miny mo

Eeeny meeny miny mo

Now i’ve been out all day so couldn’t get this on earlier but here is ,once again, another door for Free Art Friday. I thought this would be my last one but on the way home just now i’ve spied another two doors that i’m going to go and fetch tomorrow if they are still there and knowing my luck they will be. This door is another one of those big heavy mama jammers as well which means its takes a small team of bodybuilders to move.  I can’t even understand how some measily little hinges could actually hold this bad boy up, i know i couldn’t.

The idea for this door came about when a friend of mine started singing the classic nursery rhyme Eeeny Meeny miny mo to his child. I hadn’t heard it in years and so when i was next in the studio and singing it to myself i thought well hot diggity damn i’ve got myself an idea. A few frantic hours later and this is what you get…

Now i’ve had a busy day so its time for my first beer i think. Have a good weekend folks!!

Cheers

id-iom

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She was strange. It was Free art Friday.

She was strange

She was strange

Another Friday and another free door! I just keep finding these blasted things on the street and being such a Womble I can’t  just leave them there alone and unpainted. It’s my civic duty to take these poor neglected doors and give them a new lease of life.  This girl was strange and she made me feel strange, she just had something about her. Perhaps it was the smoky ambience she provided or maybe it was the feeling of constant unease she seemed to promote. Perhaps it was a combination of the two…

As it would be nearly impossible to identify the location from the first shot we thought it only fair to include a second shot that may give it a little more context. Although you can’t really make it out in this pic we’ve got some glitter on her lips and on some of the gold splashes. Just to give her that extra sparkle. I wonder how long this one will last…

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id-iom

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Free Art Friday

For the Family

For the Family on Free Art Friday

As promised just the other day it’s Free Art Friday so we’ve hit the streets with our little contribution. When i say little, i don’t mean it of course as retrieving the door is definitely a two man job. But it’s free (if you can find it) so you can’t really complain. Also, we neglected to show a picture of the reverse side of the door which we have signed (sort of) so I can remedy that right now for you…

White Elephant

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id-iom

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For the family

For the Family

Now this is our second time at painting on doors and it’s definitely worked out to be trickier than first envisaged… That’s not because I dislike painting doors it’s just that the last two we happened to womble across ended up being the biggest, heaviest and most impractical doors in existence. It’s not like you look inconspicuous walking down the street with an ultra heavy painted door so that’s why I thought i’d take the first shot in the studio and will upload another when i have the necessary manpower to get it out on the street. That said though if i keep watching The World’s Strongest Man on Channel 5 i might just give it a go solo. After a quick chat with someone yesterday we realised we haven’t done anything for Free Art Friday for a while – so this will be out on Friday. Although it will probably take a two man squad to retrieve it!

As to the picture itself it comes from a member of our family who sent through some pictures of his arm so we could design some tattoos for him, needless to say he chose all of our designs and some time early this year will be having a full sleeve tattooed of our designs. I can’t wait for that one i can tell you. Charles we salute you! Watch this space…

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id-iom

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