Wednesday, 30 June 2010


The more times we do Secret Wars the longer its takes me to repaint the boards white. I thought one pot of matt emulsion would easily cover six 8 by 4 mdf boards. Four coats later and still no joy, I had to run to hyper value which has decided to close with out any one telling me. Now on the wrong side of town I have to run back to the other end of Queen St and dive in pound stretcher before it shuts. Underneath buckets of magnolia I managed to find the last tub of white paint, result. Next time I am going all out on some Dulux Paint, 5 coats of paint, no chance.

Anyway I met Mr K Lenny and Sjokojon (sorry if your names spelt wrong) at Cardiff's infamous Blue Dragon hotel. Mr K found a pregnancy test under his bed which read positive, congrats to the lucky lady (what a place to find out your pregnant). The England match was in full swing so we relaxed in the hotel bar and endured England's humiliation whilst eating some free ham rolls kindly donated to us by the receptionist. After laughing at Alan Shearer's complete dismay we headed off to Buffalo Bar to see if the paint was dry and to sink some Ales.

The battle was not overly busy, blame Stevie Wonder, Glasto, England, Students. But it was nice to sit down and watch the art and not constantly be nudged out the way. Amsterdam off started strong. Their stripping sheep in the the red light district, a comical alternative to two often over used stereotypes came across really well. Cardiff started slowly, by the half way point they where trailing to Amsterdam but in the last 20 minutes a combination of bold strong lines pulled them through. The final piece depicted the Amsterdam team on a bad acid trip in Cardiff. Local legend Ninja drumming on a magic mushroom and a old Welsh Pagan Wizard pouring out a mushroom tea.

Another close battle with contrasting styles.

Its always good to see the Amsterdam boys Lets hope we see them in the next round.










Wednesday, 9 June 2010


After a triumphant away win for Cardiff in London, it was time for what was to be the biggest grudge match of the tournament.

Buffalo bar was the venue for a second time running. With the Bank Holiday in full swing punters arrived early to get the party started. The London team rolled deep with there own private bus full of team members and fans alike. At 10.30 the venue was suitably rammed, our host Ruffstylzs called out the artists and the battle commenced. The Cardiff team came through with a good piece that depicted the London bus getting smashed up as it drove over the Seven bridge on its way to Wales. London drew a Welsh Rarebit being served up on a dinner table by a butler, about to be eaten by what looked like a hungry english man. The battle was very close, Cardiff's piece worked well as a whole, London produced an excellent collaboration, the rabbit was my personal favourite.

So to the judging. London won the first vote from Associated Minds head honcho Mayor. He liked the different styles on offer and the clean lines. Then for the crowd vote. This was too close for my liking, Cardiff just pulled through with 1.3 decibel lead. One all. The last vote went to Miguel Pirez a local producer and ex graff head. He called Cardiff.

Cardiff did well to win but London were very close to getting the away win they needed. Too close in my opinion. Over all it was a great nights entertainment. There were a lot of new comers who had missed the previous battle but had heard of the event via Facebook or through a friend. It seems each event is busier than the last and Secret Wars is spreading fast in South Wales.