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.
Battle Lines is where two artists compete against each other over 90 minutes only using black and white on a board with the crowd and judges deciding who wins at the end. This month saw "Big Rig" Amanda Rigby go up against "Badass Babe" Kate Hawkridge with yours truly and last months winner Arran Macphail judging.
It was another epic battle with the regal stippled work of Amanda Rigby up against the fruity sharpness of Kate Hawkridge. As judges we found it very difficult and changed our minds several times but eventually the win went to Kate Hawkridge.
Battle Lines is where two artists compete against each other over 90 minutes only using black and white on a board with the crowd and judges deciding who wins at the end. Check out what happened when Arran Macphail took on Nik Gernert in the Halloween special.
Battle Lines is where two artists compete against each other over 90 minutes only using black markers on a white board with the crowd and judge deciding who wins at the end. Usually I don't like adding a competitive element to art as it is completely subjective but I knew I'd be painting alongside my long time compadre Process Smith so I thought it would be fun to do. With no idea what I was going to draw I turned up at The Ostrich Inn with a bag full of Poscas. It was really well attended and had music from Mista Crowe and food from Resist Vegan Kitchen which made for a really busy and entertaining night.
Its not important who won the event :) however I was really pleased that my artwork sold on the night to a member of the crowd who had a Korpworm tattooed on his leg. Check the photos below to see.
PHOTOS FROM TONY NERO
PHOTOS FROM KIRK CHAPMAN
Massive thanks go out to Prin for organising the event and Simon for letting us take over the venue. Hats off to Process for doing a great job on the other board and a final big thank you to everyone who turned up to support me, as always your support is greatly appreciated.
Next event is scheduled for 27th October, click here to confirm your attendance through Facebook.