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Guest Post: 5 Games That Could Inspire Street Art

August 17, 2018
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Video games are some of the most underrated examples on the planet of terrific art. Perhaps because art isn’t necessarily the primary focus, we tend to let it wash over us and instead focus solely on the process of a game, or its prevailing image or atmosphere. But in everything from individual scenes to cover art, video games can really display some stunning work. So in this post I’ll look at some great examples across various types of games – specifically with an eye toward street art inspiration.

1. Spider-Man

This game has been in the works for quite some time for PlayStation 4, and is now finally on the cusp of release. And the latest gameplay trailer shows that it’s still every bit as gorgeous as it looked when it was first teased. This game presents a realistic enough version of New York that it’s liable to have its own street art. But any creative artist could also use Spider-Man action shots to inspire awesome street murals. Nothing looks quite as cool in a city as a cleverly rendered painting of Spider-Man doing his thing.

2. BioShock Infinite

BioShock Infinite is old news at this point, but it’s still arguably the most visually inventive console game of the last decade. And its steampunk/sci-fi blend of intrigue could turn any average city wall into a wonderland. Frankly, cities would be a lot cooler if street artists were inspired by this game in particular.

3. Jekyll and Hyde Slot

Perhaps a little bit lesser-known, the Jekyll and Hyde slot game actually does an incredible job of portraying Victorian gothic visuals in an interesting and replicable way. Capturing something of mankind’s dark side, the game focuses on the wickedness of Mr. Hyde and adds an almost ghostly element. Tales and games like this call to mind criminals from bygone eras stalking city streets, and bringing them to life in a similar visual style via street art would be a nice project.

4. Limbo

If BioShock Infinite is the most visually significant console game of the decade, Limbo might have the honor in the mobile category. It’s a very dark game, but one that uses shadowy spaces to hint at monsters and danger without always making them explicitly visible – an interesting challenge for a street artist to take on, for sure.

5. Creatures Such As We

Appearing on a list of iOS mobile games that are like interactive art, Creatures Such As We is labeled “a philosophical interactive romance novel.” It’s more specifically a text-based adventure, but the art – concerning people on a moon tourism colony – is beautifully rendered. It’s simple enough that a skilled street artist could accomplish something similar in a matter of hours, yet almost inexplicably deep and moving.

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Travel – 10 days in Sesimbra, Portugal

August 16, 2018
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Last week I got back from a 10 day holiday in Portugal, which is where I am from originally. It was the first time I visited in a year and a half and it was great to go back. We stayed in Sesimbra, a small town by the sea where you can enjoy the beach and the sun all you want.

I stayed mostly in Sesimbra and took little trips in the vicinity to do some sightseeing. There are lots of things to see around there, especially if you fancy exploring historical spots.

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The first spot we explored was the castle, a structure originally from medieval times, is worth visiting not only because it’s fun to climb up on its walls but also because the view from it is stunning, as it is perched on a hill.

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We then proceeded to visit the town centre, where it is somewhat touristic but still pleasant – and not too crowded. It’s also been cool to see that they’ve had a few artists come in and create sea and fishing themed murals, that really fit in with the old construction style.

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The area not only has historical spots but also places of geological interest – especially if you’re interested in palaeontology, as there are several areas where you can go and see dinosaur tracks, such as the ones we saw in Zambujal.

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Further down the same road, you can also visit Cape Espichel, where you can find the old lighthouse (and some abandoned structures that used to support an antenna), as well as the Nossa Senhora do Cabo sanctuary, a pilgrimage spot popular in the 17th century and now virtually abandoned, save for the church.

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While we were there, some days we suffered immensely with the heat, as there was a heat wave coming in from the North of Africa. We stayed cool by going to the pool or the sea and protecting ourselves with plenty of sunscreen, so we were prepared. If you are planning on going away on holiday as well, Groupon has a few discount codes for Argos, where you can stock up on beach appliances such as towels and windbreakers.

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I cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared against the sun, especially during a heatwave. Luckily Argos has all the necessary accoutrements necessary to spend our days at the beach as comfortable as possible – which is what we did! The windbreakers were a lifesaver, with the strong winds that occasionally rose up and insisted on throwing the sand at us! Umbrellas are also super useful and when they’re colourful they make for some cool photos of the beach, with all the colourful circles spread around.  

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Apart from the beach in Sesimbra, there are other beaches in the area that are worth visiting, such as Ribeiro do Cavalo. We ended up not descending down to the beach as I didn’t think it was safe to do in flip flops but with appropriate footwear for climbing it should be worth a visit. At least we got to see the nice views of the area!

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It was 10 days of sun, beach and good food – not to mention great company too. So, coming back was a bit sad… but there’s always next year again!

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Art – new mural collaboration with DRT London

August 10, 2018
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A few weeks back (before I went away on holiday) I had the privilege of collaborating with DRT London, a street artist well known for his stained glass-like geometrical murals. A wall opportunity arose in Hackney Wick and we finally got to do a collaboration mural, as we had been discussing for a while.

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The paste-up I used was the first in a series I am inaugurating and that I hope to work on further in the next few months based on relationship breakups. Some of the phrases used will be from situations I lived personally, others have been submitted by friends and other Instagram followers. All in all, I believe a relatable series… who hasn’t been broken up with?

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This was also the first time I have ever tried using spray paint in a mural (I’ve only used it minutely on some small pieces I have created on canvas recently). I found it hard to master, so that means I will have to be practising a bit more! It’s a challenge that I would be interested in trying anyway, so it all good!

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Anyway, enjoy the photos, we had a great time creating this and I’m looking forward to creating some more street art in London soon! In the meantime, if you’d like to join my mailing list – where you’ll be informed of any promotions, exhibitions and new artwork, sign up here.

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Book Review – The Mismade Girl by Sasha Grey

May 7, 2018
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I believe that by this point Sasha Grey dispenses any further presentation – she is one of the few adult stars that made a transition into “mainstream” culture and doesn’t seem to have suffered from her previous career choices. (I am particularly fond of a music project she collaborated with, aTelecine).

If you’ve been reading my blog for long enough, you will know that this is not the first time that I review one of Ms Grey’s books. The first in the trilogy was called The Juliette Society and you can read my review here.

I have to confess that I didn’t get to read the second book in the series but the publisher Cleis Press was kind enough to send me a copy of the third and final title in the trilogy, “The Mismade Girl”. Don’t let this stop you from picking up this tome – there are enough references to the previous happenings for the story to make sense.

The main character of the series, Catherine, is now a well-known journalist who gets offered the scoop of her life by a powerful man, Mr X. I don’t want to give too much of the story away in this review so I’ll leave it at that. I will instead say that Ms Grey has a very fertile imagination when it comes to risque situations! Another aspect that I enjoyed about the book is how BDSM is portrayed – Ms Grey knows what she is talking about and has many reflections on it throughout the book. It’s inevitable not to mention the 50 Shades of Nonsense book, as unfortunately, it’s still the most popular book on the subject, that perpetuates a lot of misconceptions – even recently, a new film in the series came out and I didn’t bother to watch it but this review is not only hilarious but also says all you need to know about what is wrong with it.

Anyway and going back to the book at hand, I think that the author’s writing has matured and while there are still a lot of thought wanderings about all sorts of things like relationships, sex, etc, they didn’t feel as shoehorned in as much as in the first book. This was an enjoyable piece of erotica and a great read to make those intolerable commutes in London a little bit more tolerable.

To purchase your own copy of The Mismade Girl, go here.