A beautiful coffee plant branch mural adorning the exterior of Coffee & Fandisha in the Baltic Triangle. The owners wanted to make the coffee shop more well-known and the building more beautiful. This mural has definitely ticked the boxes! I am very proud of this one. It works well with the exposed brickwork.
Its actually much cheaper, more effective and longer lasting to promote your business this way than paying for advertising it seems. Plus you get a beautiful piece of art that you and your customers can enjoy.
Recently the sportswear firm, UnderArmour, heavily featured my street art piece, “For all Liverpool’s Liver Birds” in an online video advert featuring the Liverpool Player, Trent Alexander-Arnold.
I wish to make it clear that I was not approached and gave no permissions for the use of my artwork in this video. The “wings” were always meant as a fun piece for the public to enjoy and not for advertising products. I have made exceptions to a couple of small charities whom had the integrity of approaching me in the correct manner.
I am particularly disappointed in this development as UnderArmour are well reported to have sponsored and supported big game hunting (such as elephants, tigers, lions etc). This is something I am against and I personally made the decision to boycott their products a year or so ago. This is also the main reason I was upset with the use of my work in this advert. I have absolutely no issues with Mr Alexander-Arnold.
The artwork is a public piece and I encourage people to take photos with it and enjoy it, that is the whole point, but I am against firms using the artwork for advertising. Legally, despite being public, they remain an intellectual property, and as such should not be used commercially without agreement (similar to how you can’t use a song in an advert just because it has been on the radio) .
I wish also to state that UnderArmour verbally apologised in a phone call but my request for a public apology on their social media sites was declined. I also asked for the videos to be removed.
Time lapse of Bumblebee Transformer mural by Liverpool artist, Paul Curtis Artwork. Painted in a lad's bedroom in Woolton Liverpool. It was the client's request to have the illusion that Bumblebee is on the other side of the wall like he has smashed the wall through.
The many panels and machine parts made this a toughie, but looks ok in the end. Painted in December 2017. The young boy was overjoyed with the finished painting