It was the first Battle Lines of the year recently and it was me up against my good buddy Arran MacPhail. Had a great time...and I won!!
Its been too long since I've been to Battle Lines but I couldn't miss this one with two of my favourite artists battling it out at the new Resist Vegan kitchen restaurant inside the Key Theatre. The battle didn't disappoint with Si taking an early lead and covering most of his board within an hour, Chunxx came back strong though adding lots of detail and some very nice white on black. The eventual winner, decided by the crowd, was Si Mitchell who's freaky faces stole the show.
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It was the 1 year anniversary of Battle Lines so organiser Cur5 put on a special show featuring 10 artists. I was on a team of 5 battling against another 5 artists in a two hour live art show. Check out what we did.
Ably supported by Team Korp
Here is a recent commissioned mural at The Ostrich in Peterborough. If you haven't heard of the place it has quickly turned into a hub for street artists with regular exhibitions and art battles. I was very pleased to take a couple of walls and create Korps corner.
The lyrics on the wall are from a band that has played at The Ostrich called The Malingerers. I chose this song because it has such a powerful first verse.
As I was finishing off the uber talented Pigeon La Rue was in setting up her solo show and what an amazing combination her framed pieces and my wall made together.
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I was immensely proud of how the Battle Lines crew represented Peterborough at the Tamworth Urban Arts Festival over the weekend. I was joined on the boards by Battle Lines creator Cur5 and Battle Lines artists Process, Arran Macphail, Lee Mason, CurtisCreationz and making his street art debut was Simon Benton. Here are a selection of my favourite photos from the day.
Despite arriving to find out that someone else had already started painting on our boards this quickly turned into good news when I spotted it was RIP Smith and Kiwi (surprise). Always great to catch up with RIP even though I only understand about 50% of what he says due to him being proper northern.
Battle Lines Crew
Gotta say a big thanks to Vic and everyone who helped put on the jam, its the first time I've been and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Here are some photos from the rest of the day.
Battle Lines 9 was Spike from Brutal Truth Tattoo Club against Adi from Earls Tattoo. The BBC were in recording some footage for a feature so everyone was on best behaviour...not!
Another close contest but the winner was Adi from Earls Tattoo.
Battle Lines 7 saw Peterboroughs Rob Clarkson take on Frankie Curtis from London. Frankie took a quick lead by going straight in with a big black Posca pen while Rob was still sketching out but he soon made a comeback showing great technique with a Posca pen and brush to create some bold shading. Rob finished first with time to spare but Frankie kept adding to her piece which gave you so many things to look at.
With two completely different styles it was difficult to choose a winner however the crowd vote had Rob just ahead. Who do you think should have won?
Battle Lines takes place at The Ostrich on the last Friday of every month. Anybody wanting to take part needs to message the page...all links below.
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In a change to the usual format Battle Lines 6 consisted of 4 artists from 2 tattoo studios going head to head (to head to head) so instead of 2 artists collaborating on one large board each artist got their own A2 sheet of paper to draw on. Battle Lines is fun but it can be a bit of a pressure cooker especially if you start making a few mistakes. Look carefully in the following photos and you may see the start of the issue that left one artist (allegedly) tearing up his work and walking out.
Despite the controversy Battle Lines 6 was still a great night with delish food from Resist Vegan Kitchen, free art from Process and awesome tunes from Curs.
So did you spot the mistake? Check out the drip on photo 5...ouch!!
If that's not put you off and you fancy having a go at Battle Lines you just need to send them a message to register your interest...good news is if you're aged between 13 and 19 there is a youth event too so you don't have to slow down for us old timers!!
Battle Lines 5 was Mat Peacock v Graham George. I was only able to make a quick visit but still managed to get these pictures from the night. I was interested to see what both artists came up with, Graham as I was new to his work and Mat because he is one of those names you hear a lot of in Peterborough but I don't think we've ever crossed paths. Take a look at the pics, both boys smashed it. I have no idea who won though! Anybody?
Battle Lines IV was the first time for a team battle. It saw me partner up with Amanda Rigby while Process Smith joined forces with Arran Macphail. The Big Rig and I met up a few weeks before the event to discuss tactics and we decided to recreate a Christmas dinner scene with a twist. Some saw it as controversial but the Krampus worm was intended respectfully. What do you think, did we overstep the mark?
Battle Lines is always a great night out with music, food and art but this was special and as ever Tony Nero captured it all on camera which you can see on the slideshow below.
Its the last Friday of every month at The Ostrich if you fancy coming along. Search Battle Lines on Facebook and Instagram for more deets.
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