High Vis Festival 2019 – A Gallery

 

On the weekend of the 7th September, Birmingham’s High Vis Festival hit Digbeth in and in the streets around Custard Factory. Street Art, Comics and Music? More besides? Coinciding also with 2000 AD’s Day of Dredd I just had to get on down for the Saturday…

Check out some of the great stuff and people that was happening there and get along and support the next one if you possibly can…

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On the way in, some tag-style graffiti in progress along High Street Deritend including a cartoon Doctor Doom… And we could truly get carries away including some of the gorgeous street art already gracing the area (check back for a dedicated post soon), but just had to include the stunning vertical work by DanK right next to the Custard Factory…

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Just around the corner, this awesome portrait in progress and nearing completion… 

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Into Zellig for the Comic Convention! Some Manga-style work complete and in progress by Jowybean…

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And that there’s Martin Simmonds! Martin hit my radar from his art on the second volume of Monty Nero’s Death Sentence from Titan Comics (check a preview of that here) which is truly stunning.

More recently – and depicted here – he’s created Punk’s Not Dead with David Barnett, published by Shelly Bond’s Black Crown / IDW and collected last year. Think I missed David but very much looking forward to a read of their work…

Also a real pleasure to meet and have a chat with Comic Laureate and creator of Britten and Brulightly Hannah Berry, who I saw at the Women in Comics panel at the London Book Fair in 2016 (either there was another panel I had to attend or a queue of people ahead who wanted to say hello to her – probably both).

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And also great to touch base with the legendary John McCrea, frequent collaborator of Garth Ennis (I remember well their first work together Troubled Souls). I’d caught John for a chat back at 2016’s LSCC when he was working on Mythic with Phil Hester – he’s currently teamed with Gerry Duggan on Dead Eyes from Image. Smashing to catch him at HVF and many more folk including Laura Howell and Lew Stringer around besides…

CA - LBF - WiC - Britten and Brulightly

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Out the back (or is it front?) in the Zellig Car Park, it’s the Graffiti Arena where raw old school tagging and images were going up…

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Then under the Arches where there’d been a dance battle happening, popular enough there were too many spectator’s for a clear picture. Had to take a picture of the stunning piece of work on the left which was just up: a considerably clearer shot but I was just feeling a bit too British to ask the guy who’d posted the sign above to move his roller 😉 Only feet away the skateboarding was in full force… 

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And opposite more live art had just been completed…

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On to the Old Crown, Birmingham’s oldest pub and a superb place all round with an awesome beer garden, where smaller scale live work was happening…

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Yep, the car is a blank canvas waiting to be filled (anyone see the end result on Sunday?) smack bang in the centre of the back of the garden. Some lovely abstract work happening on every side around it…

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And, to round off, a bigger piece of a fox!

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All round an absolutely smashing day. Huge kudos to High Vis Fest – looking forward already to next year’s!

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And check out more on Street Art on Carabas here…