‘Son of a screwdriver’
Collaboration with ED209
This project has taken plenty of prep but we are proud to finally show you all the latest project collaborating with master craftsman Ed209. The results are all we hoped for and more.
Resin cast figurine robot head, adjustable jaw.
Custom painted box with a stand, nested in wire wool.
Limited edition of 23, each hand painted.
Made to order.
Head: 12cm high, 8cm wide, 10cm deep
Box: 16cm high, 11cm wide, 10cm deep
For a while I’ve wanted to brighten up one of my scooters. When I was riding my Lambretta home from the Big 7 rally in Kent I had one of my brilliant ideas (which don’t always turn out to be brilliant), which was to get the panels and horncover painted by a street artist. I’ve been photographing street art for a couple of years, having learned of its history on a hip hop tour of New York. I then started tracking it down, mainly in Brighton but also further afield in Toronto, San Francisco and Lisbon.
Getting just the panels painted would be cheaper, easier and quicker than getting the whole scooter done, but would tick my boxes for wanting something unique and colourful. I ran it by Lee, my husband, who is my yardstick for whether my ideas are indeed brilliant or not, and he was surprisingly positive so I set to work to find an artist and choose a design.
Choosing a street artist
I really wanted to use an artist that I knew, and also one from Brighton as it feels like home these days because I’m over there so often. It was a post on Instagram which inspired me to ask Snub23, and a garden wall he’d painted which captured my imagination
The wall featured Snub’s trademark isometric shapes applied skillfully using stencils, arranged to give a 3D effect. I thought it looked amazing and would work really well on a scooter.
I first met Seth and his girlfriend Amy (another artist whose tag is Sprite) on Christmas Eve in one of the most popular locations for street art in Brighton, Trafalgar Lane. I was in the middle of chemo, looking like a bloated hamster from steroids and frumpy in my wig, on one of my regular pilgrimages to this colourful street. We were checking to see if my angel wings were still there, and coincidentally they were being painted over right then by another artist, Ed209.
I introduced myself to Snub, and asked who he was (it’s an odd thing when you meet an artist because you probably know them already from their work and their ‘tag’). When he replied ‘Snub’, I was slightly in awe having photographed his work around the city for the past couple of years. It was like meeting a celebrity!
After a quick hello we left them to get on with their murals while we went for lunch and by the time we’d returned the walls were finished and the artists were long gone.
Here are the Christmas Eve walls!
I kept in touch with Amy and Seth and when I saw the garden wall they’d painted I knew that was design I wanted. Seth is very into his maths and has been painting the isometric designs for a few years, so I dropped them an email and luckily they said yes!
1. of or having equal dimensions.
2. relating to or being a crystallographic system characterized by three equal axes at right angles
Here are some other ISO walls Seth and Amy have painted.
They are really busy and in demand for private commissions and one-off pieces for other artists, but luckily managed to squeeze my scooter in between other jobs so we dropped off the panels and horncover and waited to see how they would turn out.
Spraying street art on the scooter
It turned out that scooter panels, and particularly the horncover, are a bit more tricky to paint than a nice flat brick wall. There are pesky corners and curves involved, and it’s on a much smaller scale. Seth had to make bespoke, mini-stencils and used a special technique to accommodate the curves.
Amy sent me these progress pics and I was so excited! The brief I’d given them was that it needed to be bright and colourful, and they certainly ticked that box.
After a week we went over to Brighton to pick them up, and I was so pleased with them. The next step was to get them lacquered, and there was only one man for that job – Dave Rose, aka DRC. Dave has sprayed a few of my scooters over the years and always does a superb job. For this project he applied seven layers of clear coat, which produced an awesome, shiny finish. The isometric cubes really ‘pop’ and the 3D effect is just what I wanted.
My street art scooter
Lee put the scooter back together, and changed the rubbers around the horncover from their previous grey to black, which looks a lot better.
The next step was to take the scooter back to its spiritual home in Brighton for a photoshoot. We went on Pride weekend which posed a challenge as the town was heaving, even on the Sunday, and there were many roads closed.
The perfect spot was in front of one of Seth’s large wall murals next to the Trafalgar Street car park.
Model : Spanish Lambretta LI125
Paint : Seth aka Snub23
Lacquer : Clear coat by Dave Rose aka DRC
Engine : Built by Gary at Allstyles Scooters using a Comet 186cc kit and Sito Plus exhaust
Next we went to find the artists! They were painting a wall next to the Prince Regent swimming pool so we scooted over there. They were amazed by how well the scooter had turned out when it was all put together. We got loads of attention from passers by, all stopping to take photos! It had been such a brilliant project, working with two really great people.
We had to get a photo of Seth and Amy on the scooter. I think it suits them although their electric bike is probably more practical for zooming around Brighton.
Who is Snub23?
Snub23 is otherwise known as Seth, a full time artist based in Brighton. He works with girlfriend Amy, aka Sprite, on street art commissions and other pieces.
He comes from an artistic family, surrounded by creative people, and after gaining a graphics degree in London the financial crisis hit and jobs in that industry were harder to find. He became involved in the graffiti scene there and ended up working for an exhibition company, creating stencils for corporate clients and at events such as music festivals.
This led to him working on commercial projects and now he is in demand for all sorts of commissions which he works on with Amy. On their days off you’ll find them painting walls all over Brighton and beyond.
Seth’s robot artwork originates from comic book drawings, and is paired with the isometric blocks which are used on the scooter. He loves mixing digital with analogue, the idea of ‘ordering the chaos’ using regimented geometric shapes, and how different colours are used to produce the 3D effect.
To contact Seth and Amy about commissions or buy one of their pieces click Snub23.com or visit Snub23 or I.Am.Sprite on Instagram.
I can’t wait to ride the scooter more, and it’s just about run in so I’ll be able to open it up a bit more to really test it. If you see me at a rally or rideout please stop and say hello!
WE SMASHED IT, QUITE LITERALLY, AT URBAN ARTISTRY’S JUNK YARD JAM IN CREWE.
We were in our element on the Junk Yard. Surrounded by filth, rust and smashed up electronics and cars. The junk yard felt like a dystopian cyber wasteland which fitted our style perfectly, we had to take advantage and paint as many beautifully gnarly surfaces as we could.
We woke up bright and early on the day of the jam as we were eager to get started. The first thing we painted was a 6 wheel fibreglass Mini Bus. We started by throwing buckets water over the Van and painting it as the water dripped off to give a distressed background. On top of this we painted a SNUB Robot and Orange Isometric Cubes.
Next we painted an old metal drum which was inside one of the Junk Yard Jam warehouses. The drum was covered in rust, peeling paint at massive dents. Everyone was confused as to why we wanted to paint something so awkward and messed up, but to us it was perfect.
We painted the drum with SNUB23’s Iconic Robot and Red Isometric cubes. Then to make the whole piece feel like it had always been painted like that we took a scouring pad to the whole thing and scratched off the paint to reveal the beautiful rusty textures underneath.
Our final piece at Urban Artistry’s Junk Yard Jam excluding a few cheeky ISO’s hidden in places was a giant metal box. We have no idea what this was originally but it had the perfect rust surface which we utilised to our advantage and only painted the outline of the SNUB Robot so it looked like the rusty metal was the surface of the robot.
OH WE FORGOT TO MENTION ONE THING…
ONCE WE HAD FINISHED PAINTING THEM… THEY CRUSHED THEM!
We cannot thank the Junk Yard Jam Guys enough for their incredible hospitality and general greatness. We had the best time.
Other great artist who painted alongside us who you should also check out are:
To find out more about the Junk Yard Jam and Urban Artistry you can find everything here:
Last year a local Brighton resident commissioned us to paint a mural in their back garden, featuring our colourful iconic Isometric cubes. We selected a palette of bright vivid colours to really brighten up the area and make it feel larger.
A year later the very happy client got back in touch and asked us to extend the mural onto the other walls in the garden.
It was really nice to see that after a year the original piece still looked so new and vibrant. Even the plants which were cut back when we first painted the mural had now grown over and integrated themselves into the piece.
We painted the other walls in the garden in-keeping with the original mural design and colours. Wrapping the whole garden with cubes, making the space feel like a totally new world. We took into consideration the windows of the property, facing out into the garden, so the view from each window felt like their own canvas, full of colour.
The end result was really dramatic and beautiful. The client couldn’t have been happier. They were especially excited about all the BBQs they will have in the space.
SNUB23 X WAHACA SUSTAINABLE FISHING MURAL
Over 3 days we painted 2 feature walls in Wahaca Brighton’s VIP Room. Our brief was to create a mural design which helped promote their range of sustainably caught fish dishes. Thus we created a Mural which takes inspiration from edible fish which can be found around the coasts of Mexico, Yellow Fin Tuna and Mackerel. We then used our iconic isometric background to create an abstract bubble scene.
Assisted by: Sprite
Coordinated by Tristan Manco @ Think Beautiful Design
Powered as always by KOBRA Paint
Wahaca Brighton, Wahaca’s home on the South Coast is a few minutes from the Brighton seafront & Brighton Marina in one of the UK’s most sustainably run restaurants. Featuring hand-painted murals by SNUB23 & Mexican street artist Mazatl, Wahaca Brighton is the perfect place to stop in for a quick bite, a long lunch with friends, or a private space to hire for an event.
Tristan Manco is a designer and art director, bringing his unrivalled wealth of creative experience and knowledge to each strand of his work. Design clients past and present include Cheltenham Festivals, Pictures on Walls (POW), Real World, Womad, Universal, EMI Records, Habitat, Rich Mix, Soil Association, Modern Art Oxford and the Arnolfini Gallery. High profile projects include the iconic Blur Think Tank album. Tristan’s design agency, Think Beautiful, brings together a team of highly experienced creatives providing the full spectrum of lead and support on design projects for corporates and small businesses.
YARDWORKS GLASGOW 2019
YARDWORKS GLASGOW 2019
In May we spent 3 days painting at Scotland’s only street art graffiti festival YARDWORKS in Glasgow alongside 120 other artists. 11,000 members of the public visited SWG3 where the event was held over the weekend and just like every year the sun was shining.
It was great fun painting this mural. Especially the roughed up “rust” background technique, which contrasts the sharp lines of the sketch and the crispness of our isometric cube designs.
Since “Yardworks” first started back in 2017 we haven’t missed an event!
Thank you to all the wonderful people who came to visit us and came to say hello throughout the event and a huge thank you to Gaz Mac, Marriene Vosloo and all the other organisers who make Yardworks so fantastic.
The finished mural can be found at the entrance to the SWG3 building on Eastvale Place.
Spray paint supplied by Kobra Paint.
It all begins with an idea.
SNUB23 x BOSS ALIEN
Painted over two weeks. Freehand spray paint characters and a stencilled isometric wrap. This project gave us the chance to fully wrap a room, rather than just a ‘feature’ wall. Getting in while the space was under construction we had the freedom to paint the entire room how we thought best. And then the interior design had something to work with, resulting in a total iso environment.
Assisted by: Sprite
Powered as always by Darkstar & KOBRA
BossAlien, a NaturalMotion studio, was founded in 2011 and is a collective of video game professionals with backgrounds spanning top franchise across mobile, console, and PC. Our award-winning debut title, CSR Racing, helped define a new genre for mobile gaming, and smashed critical reviews and revenue records for the App Store. In October 2018, NaturalMotion studios were listed as one of the Best Places To Work in the UK video games industry, at the Gamesindustry.biz Awards.
Boss Alien: bossalien.com
GTA Interior: gtainterior.com
It all begins with an idea.
We we’re lucky enough to take part in this years ADEV parade (info below)
We we’re lucky enough to take part in this years ADEV parade (info below)
Representing Friekens Brouwerij we painted a wall on a mobile platform, towed by an airport luggage truck through the city. It was a surreal experience, music booming, smoke bombs, beer and bumps. Finished by the time we all pulled up to party and drink a keg or two. We even painted a tiny car and a collab with Dive Jedi.
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Photos by Dive Jedi
Just like last year we’ll dance for the future of Amsterdam’s underground in a parade right through the city centre. We claim our free space in a week where the global dance industry exploits most indoor venues in Amsterdam. Join us in reclaiming the streets and dance to the mobile sounds systems from the Amsterdam underground: Villa Friekens, Schijnheilig, De Valreep, Nimatek, ADM, Dutch Acid Family, Betoeterd, Bajes Dorp and Kalash & Nikov.
The Dutch dance scene was born in the underground. In spaces that were free of commerce and permit culture. Where people could experiment without the need to make a profit. Where volunteers and amateurs could make a new scene flourish.
This fertile underground is under serious threat. Two squats have been evicted last year and existing ones are facing intimidation by the authorities. Meanwhile, Amsterdam faces the largest percentage of unoccupied office space in Europe.
The time has come for the underground to reclaim its fertile free space. For new subcultures to be born. We want to offer Amsterdam an alternative for the commercial clubs and regulated spaces.
‘Our dance parade is a non-commercial statement during ADE. It’s a free and fun alternative where we dance for a good cause. For reconnecting the underground locations and organizations. For inspiring the people to get self-organizing, stop consuming and start creating.’
“VERTIGO” – UPFEST 2018
From Friday the 27th of July to Sunday the 30th of July I spent 3 full days swaying 50 ft up in the air in the wind and rain on a Scissor lift at Europe’s largest street art and graffiti festival UPFEST 2018 in Bristol featuring more than 400 artists dotted around the streets of Bedminster visited by over 50,000 members of the public.
Despite the torrential rain and heavy winds, it was great fun making this mural come to life. I haven’t missed an Upfest event since its conception back in 2008 and this is my largest one to date. You can find some of my previous walls including one with My Dog Sighs, here on my site.
The finished mural can be found at Red Point Climbing Centre Bristol
Thank you to all the wonderful people who came to visit us throughout the event!
It all begins with an idea.
Internationally renowned graffiti artist Snub23 is unveiling a giant mural at Village Underground, Shoreditch, promoting Love Music Hate Racism and Stand up to Racism, in the run up to the United Nations Anti-Racism Day demonstrations in the UK and internationally on the March 17th.
Using the Great Eastern Street Wall Gallery, generously donated by Village Underground, one of London’s leading clubs and cultural spaces, Snub23 hopes his art will help drive home the message that music unites, while racism divides.
“Music and solidarity messages go through many movements and we’re reinforcing a strong message that music brings people together. We’re such a multicultural country it’s ridiculous that we have racism,” says Snub23, whose parents took him to demos called by Stand up to Racism’s forerunner, the Anti-Nazi League, and to punk gigs as a child.
After two decades of painting street art, Snub23 describes his work as “hard-hitting, raw, in your face, strong imagery that makes you feel powerful.”
Red Saunders, co-founder of Rock Against Racism, the spiritual and organisational forefather of Love Music Hate Racism, says, “The mural stands on the route of the 80,000-strong march to the first RAR carnival in Victoria Park 40 years ago. Incendiary graphics were at the heart of RAR’s work back then and it is brilliant to see graphic artists standing up to be counted again.”
Village Underground says, “Village Underground loves music and hates racism or bigotry in any form. We are delighted to have the opportunity to support an organisation that recognises the universal power of music to break down barriers and build relationships.”
Love Music Hate Racism Coordinator Lois Browne says the fight against racism has never been more important, and music is back on the front line of the struggle.”
“Love Music Hate Racism is about celebrating the vibrant multicultural and multiracial society we live in. We’ll be doing that on the M17 demo with a big sound system and guest artists appearances.”
“We are facing a massive rise in racism in Britain and across the globe. Migrants and refugees are being scapegoated. EU nationals are used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Anti-Muslim campaigns by the press have led to a dramatic rise in Islamophobic attacks in the wake of terror attacks in London and Manchester. Institutional racism is seen through deaths in police custody and the tragedy at Grenfell.”
“We have Trump in the USA and in Europe, the rise of the Freedom Party in Austria, Front National in France and AfD in Germany are signs of a resurgence of the far right. Music can help turn back this tide.”
Musicians have always understood their art thrives on diversity. They have always stood firm against efforts to segregate our communities, and their fans have responded. That is why, for example, efforts to marginalise and ghettoise musical forms such as Grime, now the UK’s best-selling genre, have failed.
From Nina Simone to Kendrick Lamar to Stormzy, artists have constantly challenged the status quo to ensure that people remain united.
Music is a connector, a cultural fabric that transcends social barriers and LMHR’s aim is to celebrate and defend the vibrant multicultural and multiracial society we live in and enjoy. Spread the message…
photo credit: GUY SMALLMAN
First flight out, last one home. Completed in one day.
Parallax wall. Painted at ADM squat, Amsterdam. To celebrate it’s 20 years strong and to say goodbye as they are being evicted next year
SNUB: Keep Moving, Stop Thinking
Street artist and graphic revolution SNUB has announced his first hometown gallery residency in Brighton.
The first of its kind, ‘Keep Moving, Stop Thinking’ encourages interactivity. A responsive exhibit where new work will be painted and installed throughout the show’s duration. This is the manifestation of an urgent creative stream of consciousness. No holds barred.
SNUB will be in residency throughout the exhibit. Attendees will have the opportunity to buy work and meet him on the day. His work will be influenced by his interactions with the public.
‘Keep Moving, Stop Thinking’ opens on Friday the 1st of December and runs for six weeks.
SNUB is fighting the uninvited visual invasion of commercialism. Inspiration is fired by frustration; emotion becomes a plan of attack. Anger is the weapon, and any object the ammo in the fight against the optical overload.