The Street Art of Upfest 2018

A few weekends back we here at London Calling Blog had the absolute pleasure in visiting Bristol for Upfest 2018, marking the 10th anniversary of what is now Europe’s largest Urban Arts Festival and our second time attending the event. Bristol is very much a place with a long and rich history of a thriving Graffiti and Street Art scene, most notably – though by no means exclusively – for producing the world’s most famous Street Artist, Banksy. So it is no surprise that Europe’s biggest Street Art and Graffiti event with some 400 artists participating takes place in such a city.

Despite the on and off heavy downpours that punctuated the weekends event, the artists were on fine form and it was certainly a pleasure to spend the working sighting familiar artists and friends from London way, a few international visitors, and a veritable host of artists from here, there and everywhere, we had the pleasure of discovering for the first time with this roster of global talent. Despite the sudden dramatic downpours and countless miles we walked over the three days we spent in Bristol, the event was every bit worth the visit, a fantastic weekend in good company and with more fantastic and diverse artwork than we could find.

Whilst the works created on boards in venues such as Ashton Gate, South Park and various pubs around the area are no longer available to be seen, there are still many many fantastic works and murals to be seen from the festival about town for the next year until Bedminster receives a fresh makeover. We are certain there are many things we missed, such was the vastness of this brilliant event, however we also know we got to see a fair chunk of the festivities. There are a number of the larger walls we didn’t get to see finished or with the scaffold removed so we will be returning for a visit to see many of the events feature walls and shall update the blog then accordingly. Finally the theme of this years Upfest was The Simpsons with a number of works produced around the festival working to the Simpsons theme and many special additions to people’s works to be spotted all around the event.

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Aspire at work.

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Zase at work.

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Dima KashtalyanDima Kashtalyan

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Ketones6000 at work.

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Bao at work.

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Sr. X at work.

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Peter Sheridan at work.

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Karl Read at work.

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Jane Mutiny at work.

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Snub23 at work.P1220193

SkyHigh & Minto at work.

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Obit & Captain Kris at work.

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Darry Perier at work.

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Aspire at work.

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Andrew Colwill at work.

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Tim Marsh at work.

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Dan Kitchener at work.

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Carleen De Sozer at work.

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Gomad at work.

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Akse P19 at work.

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Hannah Adamaszek at work.

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Pahnl at work.

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Caro Pepe at work.

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Insane51 at work.

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Braga Last1 & Kowse at work.

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Matt Tieu at work.

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Decimart at work.

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Ceepil at work.

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Smok at work.

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Annatomix at work.

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Arcy at work.

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Candie Bandita at work.

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Airborne Mark at work.

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Piet Rodriguez at work.

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Ant Carver at work.

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Tymon De Laat at work.

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Nomad Clan at work.

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Aspire at work.

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Louis Masai at work.

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Voyder at work.

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Alex Lucas at work.

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Work-in-progress by N4T4 & Philth.

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Rosk&Loste at work.

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Si2 at work.

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Airborne Mark performing the sacrificial burning of his origami reference model.

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Detail of work by Rosk&Loste.

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Work by SKyHigh, Roo, ALi Hamish & Minto.

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Work by Roo & SkyHigh.

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Work by Ali Hamish.

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Work by Minto.

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Work by Minto.

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Work by Andrew Colwill.

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Work by Andrew Colwill.

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Work by Andrew Colwill.

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Work by Gage.

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Work by Nol.

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Work by Koe1.

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Work by Gomad.

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Work byC3.

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Work by D7606.

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Work by Face The Strange.

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Work by Si2.

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Work by Aspire.P1230116

Work by Aspire.

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Work by Aspire.

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Work by Aspire.

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Work by Aspire.

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Work by Aspire.

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Work by Bronik.

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Work by Ceepil, K.Shitone & Smok.

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Work by Ceepil.

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Work by K.Shitone.

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Work by Smok.

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Detail of work by Smok.

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Work by Ceepil, K.Shitone & Smok.

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Work by Ceepil, K.Shitone & Smok.

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Work by D7606/

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Work by Nina Gabriel.

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Work by John Curtis.

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‘Fishing for Likes’ by Angus.

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Work by L7Matrix.

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Work by L7Matrix.

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Work by Piet Rodriguez.

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Work by Piet Rodriguez.

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Work by Piet Rodriguez.

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Work by Cheo.

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Detail of work by Cheo.

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Work by Carl Cashman.

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Work by Kin Dose87.

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Work by Kin Dose87.

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Work by Face The Strange.

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Work by Face The Strange.

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Work by MeiMei.

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Work by MeiMei.

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Work by MeiMei.

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Work by Angus.

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El Barto strikes in Bedminster!

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Work by Dinho Bento.

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Work by Diff.

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Work by Diff.

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Work by L7Matrix.

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Work by L7Matrix.

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Work by Bao.

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Work by Bao.

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Work by Bao.

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Work by Bao.

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Detail of work by Bao.

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Work by Bao.

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‘Chop Suey’ by Sr, X,

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Detail of ‘Chop Suey’ by Sr, X,

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‘Frida x Marge’ by Akse P19.

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‘Frida x Marge’ by Akse P19.

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Work by ???.

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Work by Lemak.

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Work by Pikto.

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Work by ???.

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Work by Hannah Adamaszek.

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Work by Hannah Adamaszek.

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Work by Hannah Adamaszek.

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Work by Angus.

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‘Salvador Banksy’ by Tim Marsh.

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Fresh addition from Irony to a work painted for Upfest 2015.

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Work by Irony.

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Work by Sophie Long.

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Work by Ketones6000.

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Work by Idiom.

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Work by Elalfil.

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Work by Lokey.

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Work by Peachzz.

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Work by Mind Controls.

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Works by Mind Controls & Si Mitchell.

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Work by Si Mitchell.

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Work by ???.

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Work by Cheo & Dibz.

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Work by Dibz.

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Work by Cheo.

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RIP King Robbo.

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Work by ???.

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Work by Darry Perier.

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Work by Agwa, Obit, Captain Kris, The Real Dill, Oust & Dahkoh representing Gums and Tongue.

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Work by Oust.

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Work by Agwa.

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Work by Obit & Captain Kris.

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Work by Obit.

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Work by Captain Kris.

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Work by The Real Dill.

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Work by Oust & Dahkoh.

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Work by Agwa, Obit, Captain Kris, The Real Dill, Oust & Dahkoh representing Gums and Tongue.

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Work by Obit, Captain Kris & The Real Dill.

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Work by MazCan.

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Work by Wietse.

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Work by Zase.

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Work by ???.

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‘King Folds Kobrah’ by Airborne Mark.

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‘King Folds Kobrah’ by Airborne Mark.

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Detail of ‘King Folds Kobrah’ by Airborne Mark.

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Detail of ‘King Folds Kobrah’ by Airborne Mark.

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Work by Carleen De Sozer.

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Work by Michel Velt.

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Detail of work by Michel Velt.

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Work by Lady Jday.

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Work by ???.

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Work by Theo Efrig.

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Work by Odeith.

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Work by Odeith.

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Work by ???.

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Girls On Top Crew ‘Wasteland’ Production featuring work from Rez Niker, Neonita, Candie Bandita, She & Pisie.

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Work by Rez Niker & Neonita.

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Work by Candie Bandita.

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Work by She,

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Work by Pixie & Rez Niker.

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Work by Arladiss.

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Work by Piet Rodriguez.

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Work by Piet Rodriguez.

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Works by Michel Velt, Elalfel & Lady Jday.

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Work by Green Bow Tie Works.

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Work by Kaldea.

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Work by ???.

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Work by ???.

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Work by Stewie.

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Work by Face The Strange.

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‘Balloon Baby’ by Angus.

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Work by Kin Dose87.

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Work by Kin Dose87.

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Work by Kin Dose87.

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‘One Small Step’ by Pahnl.

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Detail of ‘One Small Step’ by Pahnl.

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Detail of ‘One Small Step’ by Pahnl.

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Detail of ‘One Small Step’ by Pahnl.

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Detail of ‘One Small Step’ by Pahnl.

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Detail of ‘One Small Step’ by Pahnl.

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Detail of ‘One Small Step’ by Pahnl.

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Works by Ant Carver, The Hass & 8Mail.

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Work by Ant Carver.

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Work by Ant Carver.

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Detail of work by Ant Carver.

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Work by The Hass, 8Mail & Pahnl.

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Work by The Hass.

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Work by 8Mail.

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Work by Sema Lao.

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Work by Bex Glover.

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Work by Aspire.

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Work by Nol.

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Work by Bao.

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Detail of work by Bao.

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Work by Andrew Colwill

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Work by Inkie & Cheba.

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Work by Jody.

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Work by The London Police.

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Work by Guy Denning.

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Work by Kin Dose87.

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Work by Justinks.

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‘Basquiat’ by Zabou,

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Detail of ‘Basquiat’ by Zabou,

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Work by Bill Giles.

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Work by Thomas Brothers.

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Work by Envol.

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Work by Taka.

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Work by Chinagirl Tile.

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Work by Chinagirl Tile.

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Work by Chinagirl Tile.

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Detail of work by Chinagirl Tile.

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Work by Chinagirl Tile.

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Work by Kate Blandford.

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“Be More Lisa” by Nomad Clan.

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“Be More Lisa” by Nomad Clan.

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Detail of “Be More Lisa” by Nomad Clan.

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“Be More Lisa” by Nomad Clan.

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“Be More Lisa” by Nomad Clan.

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Work by Caro Pepe.

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Detail of work by Caro Pepe.

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Work by Caro Pepe.

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Work by Soker.

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Work by Soker.

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Work by Paul Monsters.

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Work by Paul Monsters.

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Work by Dr Love.

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Work by ATM.

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Detail of work by ATM.

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Detail of work by ATM.

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Work by Tymon De Laat & Nuno Viegas.

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Work by Tymon De Laat & Nuno Viegas.

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Work by Tymon De Last & Nuno Viegas.

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Work by Tymon De Laat.

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Work by Nuno Viegas.

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Work by Ione.

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Work by SakeOneDesign.

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Work by D7606.

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Work by Face The Strange.

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Work by Face The Strange.

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Work by Face The Strange.

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Work by Bronik.

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Work by Rosie Mclay.

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Work by ???.

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Work by ???.

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Work by Braga Last1 & Kowse.

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Detail of work by Braga Last1 & Kowse.

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Detail of work by Braga Last1 & Kowse.

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Work by Yaratun.

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Work by Mose78.

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Work by Angus.

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Work by Vanesa Longchamp.

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Work by No Title.

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Work by Ardfif.

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Detail of work by Ardif.

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Detail of work by Ardif.

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Work by Kid Crayon.

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Work by Roots0121.

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Detail of work by Roots0121.

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Detail of work by Roots0121.

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Detail of work by Roots0121.

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Work by Hoakser FKS.

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Work by Extra Crunchy.

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Work by Decimart.

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Work by ???.

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Work by Danny Rumbl.

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Work by J West.

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Work by Peter Sheridan.

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Work by Karl Read.

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Work by SPZero76 & Squirl.

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Work by SPZero76 & Squirl.

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Work by SPZero76 & Squirl.

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Work by SPZero76 & Squirl.

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Work by SPZero76 & Squirl.

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Work by Kali Dinosaur.

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Work by Leah Pendleton.

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Work by Jane Mutiny.

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Work by Jane Mutiny.

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Works by Jane Mutiny & Matt Tieu.

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Work by Matt Tieu.

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Work by Gary Drostle.

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Work by ??? & Dedd Ringa.

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Works by Matt Smart, ??? & ???.

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Work by Ejits.

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