Wednesday, 26 February 2014

the city is an illusion

 Love Life, Stephanie Lindley
Artwork by students from Southampton Solent University in Old Northam Road, Southampton. 
This part of Southampton has been undergoing restoration for as long as anyone can remember.  It is an area that suffered serious bombing during WWII and has been sliced up by road developments ever since.  Back in the 1960s there was a Doll's Hospital where you could take your poorly or injured doll, leave it while you visted nearby Kingsland Market and pick it up later, all well again.  For years it has been the centre of the antique trade in Southampton.  Being close to Southampton docks it was home to many of the crew of RMS Titanic.  Cobwebs antique shop was just about the only place you could buy Titanic memorabilia before Leonardo de Caprio set sail from Hollywood and the Titanic industry was reborn.  The only independent record shop in Southampton - BooHoos - is in Old Northam Road.

 curated by Solent Creatives
These works are currently displayed on hoardings in Old Northam Road where work is being carried out to restore some very ropey buildings.  The pieces are by students from Southampton Solent University and the display has been put together by Solent Creatives, which, as its website tells you, is "a creative agency like no other.  Established in early 2011, Solent Creatives provides a unique opportunity for businesses and private individuals to tap into the diverse talent pool of students studying at Southampton Solent University for creative freelance assignments."

 illustration by Sophie Reynard

illustration by Max Ruddock
illustration by Sam Goodchild
illustration by Sarah Silverstein
illustration by Julia Soboleva
illustration by . . . inconnu . . .
illustration by Jessica Baulcomb (top)
and Camilla Daniel (bottom)
illustration by Max Ruddock

illustration by Jair Graham

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

greener, fresher, better
Community is important; knowing your neighbours, popping to the shops, nattering over the garden wall.  But what do you do when the shops have almost all closed down?  Call to paint new shop fronts on the shutters of the closed down shops.  Works a treat! 
These pictures were all taken around Princes Street, Northam, Southampton.  Still looking good, even if Northam hasn't yet won Britain in Bloom.
Dallas Foodstore,
The real Dallas Foodstore
Sugar Loaf Bakery,

Honest John Dave,
 Local Grocery,

I Do Bridalwear,

The Old Trout,
 Toy Library,
Hansel & Gretel,

Northam Community Cafe,
Northam Community Cafe,
Northam Neighbourhood Police Office,

Monday, 24 February 2014

Tesla: You stole me from mankind

Nikola Tesla, Villebon sur Yvette, 2014
OMD, Tesla Girls, 1980
Rap Battles of History

Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine
Nikola Tesla

Who wins?  Well I don't see any Edison graf.
ET, Villebon sur Yvette, 2013 
I posted this graffiti (c/o Mme Akriche) from a tunnel under the A10, Villebon sur Yvette a few weeks ago.  ET went, was replaced with another science fiction figure, which has now also been tagged over.

Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

Merci, Mme Akriche

Sunday, 16 February 2014

corn poppies

red corn poppy, thenewcornpoppy, 2014

the corn poppy, Kees van Dongen, 1919; the real life models, Flora Borsi, 2013
green corn poppy, thenewcornpoppy, 2014

another corn poppy, thenewcornpoppy, 2013

Friday, 14 February 2014

your turn to testify

You don't send me flowers

take note, you're learning the ways of the world

how do you sleep at night?

ever wanna tell somebody something?

think of Paris in the Spring

Monday, 10 February 2014

Marius The Giraffe Skinned In Front Of Children And Fed To Lions

"I'm beginning to wonder whether it's something to do with that house" said the woman who lived in a road where a murderer and a suicide bomber lived.  A decade apart.

 I can't help but feel that the human race needs to be taken to one side and had a word with.

don't make promises - you know you can't keep 'em

Double check, quadruple check, triple check. He does not get through this point, alright?
it's already done