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John Doh Confessions of a Street Artist

John Doh started painting in the 1980’s when he was a young kid growing up on the North side of Bristol.
Back then there was no specialised graffiti paint, it was just cellulose car paint, which stunk like hell and was far more difficult to control than the new modern paint. This type of paint was available from the local bike shop.

Influences

Like many of the street artist back then in the 80’s, John was heavily influenced by Hip Hop.
With graffiti being part of that culture, John began to practice his new found love.
At that time John worked under a different name and painted a popular character “Mr Chad” or just “Chad” with the sayings “what no?”. He also painted an upside down dead bird.
Admittedly the characters by his own admission were extremely basic but this was just the start of John’s journey into street art.

Painting Trains

Growing up close to a train coal yard it was only a matter of time before John painted his first coal carriage and it was around these times where John first bumped into well-known Bristol graffiti artist, Inkie.
Inkie told John about a graffiti club on the opposite side of the city, called Barton Hill Youth Club, but never got invited to this close-knit set up and so John Doh missed out on John Nation’s ‘School for vandals’.
As he continued to paint train wagons he had many run-ins with the Transport Police who’s determination in catching young graffiti artists gave them the reputation of being terminators, not stopping until they had tracked down their man.
around this time John had a break from painting, he settled into a long term relationship, got a job and left the street art world behind.

Re-emergence

After the breakdown of his relationship, John returned to the art world with renewed enthusiasm.
With many new life experience’s lived, John wanted to put his views and opinions out into the world, and express himself, but with an added bit of humour.
No longer was he prepared to be the guy sitting in front of the television, ranting. He started to get creative, and paint what he thought most of the general public were thinking but maybe too scared to say.

Present Day

Like most painters John’s art has evolved over the years and is now a mixture of all different mediums.
John is probably better known for his wacky street art installations and stencil work.
John is always looking to break boundries in street art and is always try’s to say something, hopefully brightening up someone’s day, or at least generate a smile.

Influences and style

His influences are the news, politics, anime, manga and the legends of urban art themselves.
It is very important to John Doh that he produces all his work himself. For example with his stencils that means no laser cutting and no eight man crew holding the stencils against the wall for him to spray. John is a lone wolf in the street art world.

John Doe’s work can be found all over the country, his lastest work can be found on the streets of Liverpool, Birmingham and of course Bristol.

Interview by Alex Tamasi.

John Doh’s website is here.
Check out his fun and humourous tshirts that he regularly produces.

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Folk music from eccentric duo Belshazzar’s Feast. Photo: Sarah J Dow

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Things to do

WINTER WARMERS: Today’s the first day in a week of festive events raising money for Union Chapel. Christmas films and mince pies feature heavily in the programme — think screenings of Home Alone and The Snowman, a Christmas market and a cockney singalong. Full programme here. Union Chapel (Islington), various prices, book ahead, 3-9 December

NEURAL ENHANCEMENT: An immersive theatre brain surgery session courtesy of someone called Dr Leon just off the Old Kent Road. Anyone else getting Dr Nick from The Simpsons vibe? We’re promised that this isn’t actual surgery. Secret location (Old Kent Road area), £35, book ahead, various dates throughout December

STORY CIRCLE: Got the gift of the gab? Sign yourself up for a slot at this story circle, and spin your audience a yarn on the theme of ice. If the thought of getting up there leaves you feeling cold, simply enjoy other people’s stories, and learn a bit about the craft of storytelling. Library (Covent Garden), £6, book ahead, 6pm-9pm

SUPREME COURT: It’s your last chance (for the time being, at least) to go behind the scenes at the Supreme Court. Ending up in the dock may not have been part of your 2018 plans, but a rare chance to tour the courtrooms and the triple-deck Justices’ Library sounds too good to miss, no? Supreme Court (Westminster), £15, book ahead, 6.15pm-7.15pm

BAD LANGUAGE: Why are some words considered taboo, while others are perfectly fine to use?  Should swearing even bother us? Have your swear jar at the ready for this debate on the subject of bad language. LSE (Aldwych), free entry, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm

Dame Jacqueline Wilson is guest of honour at Coram’s Christmas Celebration

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson is the guest of honour at Coram’s Christmas Celebration. Children from the Trevor-Roberts School Choir sing festive songs, interspersed with readings from special guests. Money raised goes to Coram’s children’s charity.  St Andrew Holborn, £17.50/£8, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm

NEON LIFE DRAWING: UV lighting doesn’t normally feature in a life drawing class, but this time, the models are covered in neon and UV paint. Begin the class with some warm-up drawing exercises, before attempting more complicated sketches. Materials provided but you’re welcome to bring your own. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

CHRISTMAS GOTHIC: Christmas takes a dark twist in this gothic production, in which a spectral woman tells haunting tales about the festive season. Well, it makes a change from twinkly lights and upbeat carol services. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), £16/£14, book ahead, 7.45pm

LIVE MUSIC: Folk music is on the menu tonight, courtesy of Belshazzar’s Feast. The eccentric duo perform an eclectic mix of folk, classical, jazz and pop music, with seasonal twists thrown in. Sounds like a lively one. King’s Place (King’s Cross), £15.50, book ahead, 8pm

Good cause of the day

John Kearns, Sara Pascoe, Lou Sanders, Mae Martin, and Nish Kumar are all on the bill at tonight’s Gala for World AIDS Day, which brings a wealth of comedy talent to the Pleasance Theatre, raising money for the National AIDS Trust.

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On Sunday 16th December 11am – 5pm there will be a magical Christmassy event at Eastville Park. Santa will be visiting and setting up his Grotto at the lakeside, along with his elf helpers and reindeer!

Santa’s Grotto on the Lake is a community event organised by Frome Fairies and the Friends of Eastville Park. Children can visit Santa and enjoy a ‘Grotto Adventure’ with some fun surprises along the way, plus receive a lovely present, too.

As well as Santa’s Grotto, there will be a Christmas nature craft area where children can enjoy some arty fun, plus games, Selfies with Santa, plus live music by the lakeside entertaining children and families with some great tunes!

And, there’ll be a funky light show, too!

There will also be a ‘Quiet Session’ for children with autism and others with similar needs at 10-10.30am. Please book in advance on the Santa’s Grotto on the Lake facebook event page.

Snacks and drinks will also be available.

Eastville Park is a wonderful place to visit with kids at any time of the year and as well as the beautiful lake, offers woodland, wild flower meadows, a children’s play area and much more.

You can find Eastville Park on Fishponds Road, BS5 6XA. Last admission to the Grotto will be 4pm. £3 entry fee to Santa’s Grotto, under 3s free.

For more upcoming family friendly festive events do head over to the Bristol Mum Facebook page!

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https://bristolmum.com/2018/11/21/santas-grotto-on-the-lake-eastville-park-sunday-16th-december/

On Sunday 16th December 11am – 5pm there will be a magical Christmassy event at Eastville Park. Santa will be visiting and setting up his Grotto at the lakeside, along with his elf helpers and reindeer!

Santa’s Grotto on the Lake is a community event organised by Frome Fairies and the Friends of Eastville Park. Children can visit Santa and enjoy a ‘Grotto Adventure’ with some fun surprises along the way, plus receive a lovely present, too.

As well as Santa’s Grotto, there will be a Christmas nature craft area where children can enjoy some arty fun, plus games, Selfies with Santa, plus live music by the lakeside entertaining children and families with some great tunes!

And, there’ll be a funky light show, too!

There will also be a ‘Quiet Session’ for children with autism and others with similar needs at 10-10.30am. Please book in advance on the Santa’s Grotto on the Lake facebook event page.

Snacks and drinks will also be available.

Eastville Park is a wonderful place to visit with kids at any time of the year and as well as the beautiful lake, offers woodland, wild flower meadows, a children’s play area and much more.

You can find Eastville Park on Fishponds Road, BS5 6XA. Last admission to the Grotto will be 4pm. £3 entry fee to Santa’s Grotto, under 3s free.

For more upcoming family friendly festive events do head over to the Bristol Mum Facebook page!