Underpass Unity

As the busy M4 motorway rumbles above – this grey underpass below greets people each day on their travels around Cardiff’s Taff Trail. So take a huge slab of concrete and four local artists to help brighten up this popular thoroughfare. Based between the Radyr and Whitchurch areas of Cardiff – local artist Unity /…

Sala tribute

The 28 year old Argentine footballer, Emiliano Sala, has been missing since the light aircraft he was traveling in to join up with his new club, Cardiff City, lost contact with ground crews near Guernsey in January 2019. While the search for him and pilot David Ibbotson was officially stopped after only a few days…

2019 Park Life

The first week of a new year and time for a fresh new paint to kick start 2019 in true flying colours. A range of Cardiff based street artists have painted here during 2018 with the remnants of their work still apparent in Cardiff’s Maitland Park many months later. Pictured above is work from some…

Revolution of Dance

As the last minute Christmas shoppers made a beeline for Cardiff City Centre others found time for one last quick bit of graffiti before Christmas struck. Featured on a few walls in the Riverside part of the city some stencils had appeared in a purple colour with the line:- “Our dreams cannot fit in your…

Defo Deffro

A name not too familiar in street art circles in Cardiff but one that has instantly made an impact here already. Deffro is an artist based in Cardiff and in his own words describes himself as ‘creating weird visuals and using art for a cause.’ So it was great to follow a trail of his…

Banksy confirmed as Port Talbot artist

World reknown artist Banksy has visited the South Wales town of Port Talbot for his latest piece of street art. Featured on a grey breese-block wall in the Taibach area of the town – the work encompasses two sides of a back street garage sprayed in Banksy’s familiar style. One local resident from Caradog Road…

Brutal Warsaw

A Winter trip to Warsaw in Poland and a so called trendy area of the city called Nowa Praga located just over the river to the east. As gentrification takes place around every corner – the heart of vintage Poland is being ripped out of the city and replaced with stunning apartment blocks and reams…

Pluz brut alism

Pluzbrut is an artist from Barreiro in Portugal who has been based in Cardiff since 2015. He originally focused on art with a great attraction to wildstyle letters which has since transformed into several illustration styles and beyond. His work has graced the walls of Cardiff for many years now with the latest offerings dotted…

Buoys to Men!

An Autumnal visit to the capital city of Northern Ireland and a chance to wander the picturesque streets of Belfast. As development and improvements take place all around the city it was great to see the huge range of street art dotted around the place too. Starting around the River Lagan and the motorway interchange…

Bortusk posters

Bortusk Leer (to show off his full name) is originally from Slovenia, but now lives and works in Amsterdam where he creates his very colourful work. He can mostly be found painting bright coloured monsters on ageing newspaper – where the artist’s work can be summed up as happy, childish, neon and all a bit…

Cardiff Hub Pride

The last Bank Holiday weekend in August usually attracts an event to Cardiff city centre and on this occasion there wasn’t just one but two big events. First was the annual Hub Festival held throughout the venues in and around Womanby Street plus it was the same weekend that Cardiff Pride was also being held….

Mentalism vs Rmerism

From a distance everything may appear normal but moving past a tree that had fallen during the recent winds and some bright red lipstick seems to have been added to the Rmer piece in Sevenoaks Park. On closer inspection it appears that two red dots have been added to the eyes and some red lipstick…

Grungetown lane

A typical view across most cities in the UK and a typical back street lane featuring rotting doors, car parts and rubbish – complete with a fair splattering of graffiti too. Larger than most, this back street lane in the Grangetown part of Cardiff, has attracted a variety of graffiti emblazoned on the crumbling walls…

Freshers street art

September heralds the start of the new academic year and the arrival of a whole new batch of freshers to the City along with a whole new batch of street art brightening up the student quarters too. First up is this monochrome interpretation of the BBC drama Peaky Blinders featuring three of the main cast…

My Dog Sighs

The inaugral Cheltenham Paint Festival took place over the first weekend of September in the Westcountry spa town in 2017. Around 70 artists descended on the town to work their magic on venues such as the North Place car park and the main High Street areas. Battling the weather conditions, and also the Tour of…

Upfest: Bear essentials

A new wall slightly off the beaten track of the photographed routes of North Street or the centre of Bedminster is a delight waiting to be discovered for all those that ventured to this part of the festival. Artist ATM was given quite a long thin wall to paint as part of the Upfest street…

Upfest: Enter the matrix

The yearly street art and graffiti festival ‘Upfest’ held in Bristol attracts a whole wealth of talent from across the UK and from across the whole world too. Born in Sao Paulo artist L7M or L7 Matrix arrived to bring his explosion of colour to a very white wall on Exmoor Street in the Bedminster…

Upfest: Angus robots

Local artist Angus has now been selected for three years consecutively to attend the street art and graffiti festival ‘Upfest’. Held for it’s tenth year now – Angus is no stranger as an artist to his home town of Bristol where the festival takes place over the last weekend of July. His recent work has…

Upfest: Stencil wowwing

A grey canvas on the side of Lilit Hair and Beauty was ready for it’s yearly makeover courtesy of the street art festival ‘Upfest’. The Upfest is now in it’s tenth year and Louis Masai was one of hundreds of invited artists to paint in Bristol in late July. Louis is known for his colourful…

Saw it first at Upfest!

It was the 10th anniversary of Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival where over 400 invited artists took to the streets of Bedminster in Bristol to take part in the Upfest. It was amazing to see so many walls were given over to act as giant canvas for the artists to paint but also…

South London Calling

A stone’s throw from London’s Crystal Palace transmitter and a short walk from the sprawling centre of Croydon is a small suburb known as Thornton Heath. There’s a real bustling South London high street with some prime buildings ready for some street art! Cue a 1960’s residential tower block in need of some love and…

Sevenoaks Paint Jam 2018

Such a large wall in the Grangetown part of Cardiff and such a long time since a large scale paint jam was held there. So step forward ‘Misery Hymns’ who organised the latest paint jam to hit the park. The event attracted a wide range of writers and painters from Cardiff and the surrounding areas….

Tooting Market

The street art bug has drifted further South across London over recent years with Tooting and Broadway getting in on the act and getting a very arty makeover. Both markets are separated by an Iceland and contains a LOT of street art within the maze of shops and outlets housed within. Walking in I thought…

Wild art life

Standing proudly near Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium is one of the city’s legal graffiti walls which attracts a whole host of talented work throughout the year. (football permitting!) The wall is usually a showcase for the city’s writers and artists but on this occasion local artist, Unity Millimagic, was joined by 170 school children to assist…

Grenfell Graffiti Jam

Marking one year since the Grenfell fire disaster struck this part of London – it is clear to see how the community has come together to help support each other and fight for justice in what was allowed to occur at this tower. Tributes were apparent throughout the Grenfell area from residents, children and visitors…

Teufelsberg Calling

Set a few miles West from the centre of Berlin is a former US listening station called Teufelsberg. For much of the Cold War, the Americans and British used the Teufelsberg – a 120-metre hill in the west of Berlin to eavesdrop – for surveillance over Warsaw Pact countries. It has now laid empty for…

Atlantic record

It was one of the first areas of Cardiff to be transformed as part of the Cardiff Bay redevelopment with a host of apartments being built around this stretch of water known at Atlantic Wharf. As the sprawl of the bay moved to other areas some street art and graffiti has become apparent in these…

Seven ways to spray

The longest legal graffiti wall in Cardiff is based at the city’s Sevenoaks Park and is continually updated on a weekly basis – regardless of the weather. It attracts artists and writers from the local area and some from further afield too. Back in April, after the recent deluge, regulars Unity and Amok are pictured…

Sokar Time

A regular to the street art scene around the city of Berlin and around the world – artist Sokar Uno held his very first exhibition at the ‘Factory Berlin’ in Germany launching late April 2018. Held in his homeland the exhibition ‘Delirium’ was a chance to showcase his talents in creating art that encapsulates vintage…

IS IT ART?

Originally posted on Foreign Insight:
Graffiti for decades has been treated as social disorder, something to be fought by authorities to prevent more serious crimes from happening. Now that bombing has turned into a business, Amelia (Unity) Thomas is fighting for the essence of graffiti: creative and free paintings as self-extension of the writer. ?…

Crystal Phlegm

Welsh cartoonist and illustrator Phlegm was invited to take part in Belgium’s premier street art event held yearly in Ostend. The Crystal Ship took place during the first week of the Belgian Easter holidays (3-8th April 2017) where over twenty international street artists attended including big names like Axel Void, Alexis Diaz, Juane and C215….

Retro arcade

Artist Kera is no stranger to Cardiff and has painted in the city on many occasions but his latest visit was to help upgrade one of Cardiff’s little gems:- The Duke Street arcade! In the photo above from Mr Numb the floor does look rather unimpressive and as the sign to the left suggests –…

Buzz tributes

As the Veg Power campaign on the Millennium Walkway got painted over – then only a few days later and a giant Buzz appeared in it’s place with the line ‘Love life’ – what did this all mean? At this stage it wasn’t clear what the connection was but when Ceres painted his next piece…

It’s cold outside baby…

Whilst most people were staying indoors during the last cold snap – a few of us headed out to battle the sub zero temperatures to snap away! A whistlestop stop tour of a few locations around the city featuring some great street art and graffiti emanating from within the white wintry world. Starting in the…

Anytime is haus time

Set amongst some fantastic workshops just off Llandaff Road in Canton is The Printhaus which houses many creatives, artist studios and a large print workshop. A warren of red bricked buildings worm their way around the site and act as a fantastic canvas for all to paint. Local artist and illustrator Lucy Dickson is the…

The bird ride slide

Set on the cusp of the so-called trendy area of Cardiff – ‘Pontcanna’ – Colour Doomed’s creation in the Spring of 2014 was painted high up on the side of some art workshops in the city. Painted on a striking red bricked wall – the predominently blue bird is depicted having fun sliding down The…

Cans of Tizer

As a regular visitor to the streets of Cardiff, London based writer Tizer has joined forces with a host of local talent for his latest paint along the walls of the Millennium Walkway. This predominently pink piece really stands out thanks to it’s zingy colour palette and strong characters from everyone. Tizer’s wildstyle signature takes…

Women of the World

Cardiff based artist Helen Bur was commissioned in 2016 to paint a very large wall at the heart of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. View this post on Instagram Part 1 of a sketch for a new mural I'll be doing for WOW festival at the Wales Millennium Centre in a couple of…

Veg Power!

A new year and some new food resolutions to help kick start a healthy eating regime. And time for some new street art to adorn Cardiff’s Millennium Walkway – all for a great cause called ‘Veg Power‘ Veg Power is a campaign simply to encourage children in the UK to eat more veg. Something veggie…

Skull Attack

The legal graffiti wall running alongside the River Taff near Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium had become a showcase for the city’s street art where there was one last paint before it was made to stop to make way for the UEFA Champions League Final earlier in 2017. One of the last pieces painted was this pink…

Elephart

A corner of Cardiff that has seen much change over the last 30 years has now acquired some new residents. As the constant cycle of destruction and construction ensues all around – the red bricked walls of The Marriot Hotel are now home to some new art courtesy of LA based artist Matt Shapira. World…

Best Tepid Swpr!

As work steadily returned to the Millennium Walkway a prime position closest to the Millennium Stadium got some serious attention featuring artists from both hemispheres. Cardiff based Peaceful Progress painted alongside kiwi Tepid. Created in very warm pink, purple and red colours the contrast of that green really stood out. There was tags for Sinstars…

Peaceful Riverside

The suburban community of Riverside, located just outside the centre of Cardiff, was the latest to get some attention from local artist Peaceful Progress. As the Edinburgh Court housing block got a makeover so did the adjoining red bricked wall. The huge task of painting the 180 foot bricked wall was attacked from the left…

Merry Christmas and Peace to all men

As another Christmas comes rumbling past it’s time to feature a festive addition to the Millennium Walkway. Situated on the hoardings alongside Cardiff’s Principality Stadium the work by Unity aka Millimagic and Myles Elliott capture some of the festive spirit. Unity has painted some large swirly red text featuring the word Peace with some sprigs…

Cheltenham Paint Festival

The very first Cheltenham Paint Festival took place over the weekend at the start of September in the Westcountry spa town. Around 70 artists descended on the town to work their magic on venues such as the North Place car park and the lower High Street. Battling the weather conditions and also the Tour of…

Chalk Farm Estate

A host of street artists have spruced up a north London housing estate in a bid to transform the drab buildings with vibrant colours and designs. An invited group of 30 artists visited the Chalk Farm housing estate in Camden to help transform the estate for the hundreds of people who live on the ageing…

Unity Draw

A bright Summer’s day and as September kicks off it’s time for another refresh of Cardiff’s 300 foot long wall at Sevenoaks Park. Nestling in the Grangetown part of the city – first up was this stretch of wall featuring the talents of Myles Elliot, Unity Millimagic, Jams and Mr Draws. Unity’s B-Girl took centre…

The Hall of Fame returns

So after the huge sport juggernaut of the Uefa Champions League Final came to Cardiff – the city almost instantly got back to normal within hours of the world’s most expensive game ending. Visit Cardiff advertising was added to the Millennium Walkway to help greet the ten of thousands of football fans whom had made…

Cofiwch Dryweryn

First we must begin with a quick history lesson unearthing why this graffiti is important in Wales. Once again normal service has been resumed. This time in less than 24hrs #CofiwchDryweryn #irgad #Tryweryn pic.twitter.com/hnAdABjOOK — Jez (@Jez_B) April 14, 2019 ‘Cofiwch Dryweryn’ which translated into English means ‘Remember Tryweryn’ – is a phrase that was…

Under the arches

An ever changing Cardiff helps bring different parts of the city to life with more places for street art to exist within the current confines. What was once the old Collingdon Road sprouted into a mega four lane avenue transporting people from the City Centre to the new area of Cardiff Bay. An area once…

Pr0les Pr0file

There’s a new kid on the block and his work is popping up on many old blocks around Cardiff recently. Predominently using pasteups – here is one of his first pieces pasted on an empty building situated on Cowbridge Road in Canton. Highlighting the plight of the homeless and the amount of empty buildings in…

More in-Port-ant than Banksy

As the first and only known Banksy holds on for dear life in the South Wales town of Port Talbot – it was time to visit the industrial town to view his latest masterpiece and try to discover whether the benefits from this work are paying off? Having seen original Banksy work in Bristol, London…

The Banksy Effect

In December 2018 world reknowned artist Banksy paid his first official visit to Wales and used the excuse of the Severn tolls being removed as part of the reasoning! He revealed his latest work in the industrial town of Port Talbot – set on the side of a breeseblock garage which featured a child playing…

Double decade duo

Two writers who have become some of the main players in the Cardiff street art scene are celebrating something very special with their latest paint. Cardiff based writers, Rmer and Hoxe, have painted their latest wall in Sevenoaks Park to mark their twenty years partnership of painting in the capital city of Wales. Rmer’s striking…

Washed up Simpsons

Featuring an area of Cardiff that has seen more than it’s fair share of graffiti and street art over the last couple of decades but this building has always escaped the spray cans…. until now! Cardiff based artist Unity/Millimagic secured the wall for a host of local writers to paint at the Roath site located…