Angus: Tongue-in-cheek Bristolian stencil artist!
Angus is an artist from Bristol who creates (mainly) stencil cartoons with tongue-in-cheek messages… a process he says is fun because it reaches such a wide variety of ages; children, who “recognise the cartoons“, and adults who “recognise the text“!
Batman, The Flintstones, Aladdin, Minion-style Pulp Fiction (yup, you heard correctly), Family Guy… there isn’t one cartoon Angus is not willing to make his own.
Angus, like RIP (who I’ve featured before on the blog), is a member of SSOSVA (these guys are pretty prolific so I’m going to feature them soon). When asked about how Angus got started as an artist he says:
“I started taking an interest in street art at Upfest 2013. I met a group of guys painting and they encouraged me to give it a go, and also talked me into joining SSOSVA, a mixed group of artists of all styles and abilities who produce art and have fun in the process! We never take ourselves seriously and I haven’t looked back.”
There’s something special about the way that Bristol loves and embraces street art and everything creative… it has inspired many people to express themselves in ways they wouldn’t have thought of doing before. Many people, whether artistically inclined or not, find themselves turning towards more ‘alternative’ routes to make art and express themselves… Angus is one of these people, turning to the streets rather than a traditional medium.
He says, “I cheat (use stencils) because I can’t draw . The possibilities are endless with stencils, what with photoshop and illustrator and straight forward rips. Unfortunately I’m a bit of a technophobe so I don’t tend to rely heavily on these. If I could freehand I would.”
(Hey Angus, stencil work isn’t cheating… it’s a form of art in itself 😉 )
Gotta love how people find ways to express themselves and be creative even when they don’t consider themselves to be particularly artistically talented!
One of my particular faves as I love Batman 😉
WHO INFLUENCED ANGUS?
It seems Angus, like countless others, has been sucked into loving how these Bristol streets change on the daily. He says, “Growing up in Bristol must have had a massive subconscious influence on me with the ever-changing street art and graff around me. Upfest on my doorstep… I think it was this combination that had an effect on me”.
I know how you feel dude. This city really sparked my love for street art and graffiti.
NAME A FAVOURITE ARTIST OR STREET ARTIST
“Thats hard to choose. There are two at the moment , Smug One who just goes from strength to strength and SHOK-1 who is in a league of his own with his transparent x-ray like pieces.” (Carla says: Shok-1 is amazing, good choice :P)
WHAT DOES STREET ART MEAN TO YOU?
For Angus, street art is a hobby; a hobby that comes with major pros:
“I have travelled to parts of the UK that I’d never been before to paint and I have meet a good group of people I now call friends. As for the pieces, I do I get my inspiration from the people and streets around me; news and current affairs always give me topics. Inspired by others, created by me !”
Can’t wait to see what else Angus has in store! My request: the Powerpuff Girls. 😉
VISIT SSOSVA ON FACEBOOK / OFFICIAL SITE
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