August 13, 2014


The PST mural. Digbeth, Birmingham. Photo: Monika Olichwier 2014
HOAKSER painting the PST mural. Digbeth, Birmingham 2014
I had the privilege this summer to be invited by Tessa from Brum Spirit to paint the legendary PST club in the district of Digbeth, Birmingham, supported by Arts Council England. Twenty years after my first coming in Brum for the Blueprint festival in Sellyoak along the likes of MODE2, JON1, SHEONE or A-ONE (RIP), I was finally back to the famous Custard Factory.
Digbeth is a post-industrial area that looks exactly like the one I was raised near Paris, deserted brick warehouses where people like Pecker, Spector & Jake have established a long time tradition of underground jamaïcan sound-systems in the abandoned premises.

People Standing Together: RCF1 and PST founder Pecker Don. Digbeth, Birmingham 2014

Today the venue is aboveground and standing as a crucial cultures mix place. Tessa took care that me and local graffiti artist HOAKSER respected the colour scheme of red, green and gold requested by PST for its jamaïcan roots. Tho we hardly have planned any sketch before, we just got along on the wall in the proper graffiti style of improvisation, HOAKSER representing the Drum'n'Bass/Jungle stuff when I opted for the Two-Tone inspired checkered loafers and speakers. Rudie Can't Fail!
PST: 71 Lombard Street, B12 Birmingham

RCF1 and HOAKSER, PST mural. Digbeth, Birmingham 2014
"Shall we do more checkers?"

RCF1 and HOAKSER, PST mural. Digbeth, Birmingham 2014

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