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The horse stares…

The centaur lady in this piece looks a little unnerved as she rears up with her WWI era helmet on. The text reads ‘The horse stares at its captor, barely remembering the free kicks of youth’.

I’ve been trying to write this for a while and that’s currently the best i’ve got. Which is far below the usual lacklustre standard of my posts. Sometimes it’s easy to do the write ups that accompany our pieces and some days it’s like pulling teeth. Unfortunately today is proving to be one of the difficult days. Do you know what? I give up.

Cheers

id-iom

Title: The horse stares…
Materials: Watercolour, spray paint, stencil and an orange felt tip pen!
Size: A3

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Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round

Merry Go Round

Round and round we go, where will we stop, only id-iom knows…

It is A2 in size and is made using the magic of acrylic paint and ink. Signed on reverse.

Here is the ebay link

For further information about us and what we get up to you can visit our flickr (www.flickr.com/id-iom)and twitter (@thisisidiom).

Cheers

id-iom

 

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Horsey Horsey

Horsey Horsey

Horsey Horsey

This picture is based on a bust from a local pub of ours, sadly though someone stole it one night and its never been returned.

It is 41 x 41 cm in size and is made using hand cut stencils and watercolour. Signed on reverse.

Here is the ebay link

For further information about us and what we get up to you can visit our flickr (www.flickr.com/id-iom) and twitter (@thisisidiom).

Cheers

id-iom

 

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Horse Walking Weird

So another day and another couple of pieces in  picture in id-iom’s Yuletide Fundom Demolition Sale – both are A3 and we have started the auctions at a measly 99p! Game on!

The first piece is called ‘Walking Weird’. It’s A3 in size and consists of a hand drawn girl in the crab position dressed in a bikini with a watercolour background. Like you do. And it’s signed on the reverse. Here’s the Ebay link

Our second piece is titled simply ‘Horse!’ is an A3 screen print with hand finishing. It features two figures; one with a head of a horse the other a sexy woman in some kind of S&M gear. Need i say more?

Perhaps strangely the inspiration for this piece came from a toy horse that was bought at a market in Spain that had such magnificent packaging that he just had to be purchased. I can’t imagine the toy passed any safety inspections and was probably covered with lead based paint but i had no intention of sticking it in my mouth. He even had some text on the box which had been badly translated into English (I’m guessing from Chinese). The text reads:

‘Flips the tail, horse runs
Truly scamper action’

The toy and packaging were magnificent in their crappiness but it did supply us with hours (well, minutes) of entertainment whilst drunk one night and at least we managed to get some artwork out of it. All in all i’d say it was a pretty good toy. It’s just a shame we don’t have a picture of the toy or box for you to marvel at.

It’s A3 in size and is a screen print with unique hand finishing including acrylic and spraypaint. Signed on reverse. Here’s the Ebay link

Cheers

id-iom

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The Black Rosette

The Black Rosette

We were asked to produce something for a teenage girl which, it turns out, was something of a tough commission for us. Now I’m neither teenaged nor female so trying to get in touch with my inner little girl in order to come up with something suitable proved pretty difficult. We did our best though and despite the fact that there were many different avenues which proved to be design dead-ends we finally managed to decide on something which wasn’t that girly or childish (so hopefully she’d still like it in a few years) but featured a few of her favourite things – horses, music and sport.

I got to present it personally (which is always a nerve racking experience) but she seemed to genuinely like it and immediately took a picture to post on Facebook so I suppose that’s commendation enough.

Cheers

id-iom

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White Horse – Round 5. Fight!

We’ve done a load of work at the White Horse previously (see Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4) but we were asked back to go over a wall that we’ve done previously (that was looking a little grubby due to the addition of some low-grade graffiti), freshen up the gents toilet door, take care of a tall wall beside the bar and also throw in a few little extras scattered around the place. The White Horse is one of our favourite local boozers so working there is always good fun and design-wise we’ve obviously run with the whole White Horse identity but given it a little id-iom twist.

First up, for the wall by the bar we wheatpasted up a variety of White Horse flyers from over the years and then went over them with a little paint and some stencils and then blacked out the rest of the wall leaving a load of coloured horses with flyer backgrounds and one pure white stallion looking serene and ready to race.

White Horse wallpaper

White Horse wallpaper detail

White Horse wallpaper detail

In the gents toilets we had a corridor wall and a toilet door and went with a (kind of) similar theme for both of them. In the corridor we opted to replace our ‘bizarre S&M horse mural‘ with a sexy lady riding a (white) rocking horse with the legend ‘Giddy up horsey!’ beside her. Then for the gents toilet door (which had a load of graffiti on but, i was surprised to learn, was nowhere near as bad as the back of toilet doors for the ladies – in terms of both quantity and offensive content) we have a naked horse lady and the text ‘Whoa there horsey!’ for the gents to leer at whilst taking care of business.

Giddy up horsey!

Whoa there horsey! (It was tricky to get a good shot of this due to the small size of the toilet...)

Whoa there horsey! detail

Other than that we hit another small wall in the toilet, a few tables, the hand dryer and a couple of random other spots. My favourite photograph is probably the one of the little centaur girl that is on the side of the DJ box. All done until next time…

White Horse text table

Little centaur girl

White Horse silhouette table

White Horse silhouette table detail

White Horse text wall

White Horse hand dryer - it just needed some cheering up!

White Horse gents toilet logo

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id-iom

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I know where Shergar is…

I know where Shergar is...

I know where Shergar is...

 

Since Shergar was kidnapped in February 1983 there has been much speculation as to his eventual fate.  Shergar was an acclaimed Irish racehorse originally bred and raised by the Aga Khan who sold shares in Shergar at the peak of his prowess so at the time of his theft he was owned by a syndicate of 34 owners (including the Aga Khan). Following his kidnap there was a somewhat comical police investigation and some negotiations with the thieves which finally came to nothing. The final fate of this majestic beast was known only by those directly involved.  Only now after years of painstaking research and gruelling interviews with witnesses can we reveal what became of the revered stallion.

Sometimes you really don’t know what the muse is going to get you to do next. This started out as a simple case of whitewashing the wall (with blue paint!) but then somehow managed to morph into a piece about Shergar. And that’s really all there is to it…

Cheers

id-iom

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White Horse – Stop! Thief!

One of our favourite local boozers, The White Horse, on Brixton Hill has recently suffered a spate of pick-pockets so we were drafted in to come up with some original signs for the purpose of informing people to keep their eyes on their belongings. I think the general idea was that some original signs, rather than the generic ‘Look out for pick-pocket’ signs, may hopefully get people to pay attention and look after their things a bit better. It’s a shame as it’s a friendly place but can get pretty busy on the weekends. I suppose it is London though after all so you’ve always got to keep one eye on the game…

For anyone wondering what a ‘tea leaf’ is – it’s cockney rhyming slang for ‘thief’. We printed them on textured ‘canvas’ paper for that extra classy look. Now we’ve just got to hope they don’t get robbed themselves…

Cheers

id-iom

Title: White Horse pick pocket signs

Media: 6 x framed digital prints on canvas paper

Size: A4

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White Horse – Time Out!

I was in one of our local hostelrys – the White Horse (on Brixton Hill) – yesterday evening to see about a little bit of new work that the manager wants us to do for him (see herehere and here for previous escapades at the White Horse) when he remarked that the piece we had done in the small corridor leading to the gents toilets (see below) had been mentioned in a review by Time Out. After a little bit of internet research i found the article and I particularly like the fact that it is described as a ‘bizarre S&M horse mural’ (you can read the full review here). Now you don’t get praise like that every day…

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id-iom

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It’s all just horseplay

I was just having a quick look through our Flickr page and realised that although i have already covered our work at the White Horse pub in Brixton I hadn’t posted the original image for the round 2 piece that we adapted to work on the wall. Strangely the inspiration for this piece came from a toy horse that was bought at a market in Spain that had such magnificent packaging that he just had to be purchased. I can’t imagine the toy passed any safety inspections and was probably covered with lead based paint but i had no intention of sticking it in my mouth. He even had some text on the box which had been badly translated into English (i’m guessing from Chinese). The text reads:

‘Flips the tail, horse runs

Truly scamper action’

The toy and packaging were magnificent in their crappiness but it did supply us with hours (well, minutes) of entertainment whilst drunk one night and at least we managed to get some artwork out of it. All in all i’d say it was a pretty good toy. It’s just a shame we don’t have a picture of the toy or box for you to marvel at. I’ll remember to do that next time…

Cheers

id-iom

id-iom
Title: It’s all just horseplay
Media: ink and pencil
Size: A2 paper
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