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Behind Enemie Lines

RISE has often been described as the ‘Banksy of Newport’  but in truth, Enemie is much more deserved of the title in terms of style, subject and delivery.

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He’s been painting his humourous and anti-establishment messages around the streets in the ‘Port for years, bringing equal parts joy and ire (dependant on your view of street art). 

After doing a google search to find out more about the artist, it’s clear he has had a few brushes with the law in the past - and not all to do with painting related activities. Whilst I don’t condone his non-artistic activities, we think it’s important to find out a bit more on the individual before drawing up any pre conceptions and conclusions.

So I reached out to him for a brief online chat, about as face to face as anonymous street artists go, to better understand the person under the hood and what motivates him. 

 

JF: What is the aim of ‘Enemie’?

Enemie: No aim really. it’s like a hobby, some people play football some people take photos of trains, I paint walls.

 

JF: How did you get into painting on walls?

Enemie: I got bored of paper I like working on a big scale.. so walls seemed the next best thing.

 

JF: Where do you get the inspiration for you images?

Enemie: Where ever, books newspapers, sometimes just things I see everyday, or something someone says mostly I look at other stencil artists work and get ideas from artists like, dolk, banksy , pobel e.t.c.

 

JF: So would you say your painting is art or graffiti? 

Enemie: Artificial graffiti 😏


JF: I’m a massive fan of your poppy soldier piece up by the handpost. Is there a story behind it?

Enemie: I got a lot of respect for the soldiers that served for our country, people forget to realise how lucky they are, thanks to them, I did it for Poppy Day last year sometime a little sign of respect, to show that not all graffiti has to be negative not all graffiti is Sarah loves John scribbled on a wall somewhere, 👌👍

JF: Haha. But I do love John 😉

Enemie: Pmsl 

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JF: You’ve had a few brushes with the law in the past relating to your street art. Being a little older do you regret any of your actions?

Enemie: No, I have never been arrested for graffiti my me and my mate got caught a few years ago. We were painting over by Pill, a police car came round the corner and I got away on a bike. He stayed and took the rap for me, but still I regret nothing.

 

JF: What does Newport mean to you? 

Enemie: Everything, Newport city is my roots it’s everything I know.

 

JF: If you could change one thing in the city, what would it be? 

Enemie:  The weather 😊

JF: Amen

 

JF: Any big plans for 2018?

Enemie: Just working on some new projects, I like to keep busy 👍 

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JF: Do you have any pieces for sale if so where can people get hold of them? 

Enemie: No, I’ve sold bits before, I don’t like selling the work I do. I don’t know why but I hate making money from painting”. Even if I sold my best piece for a tenner that took me 3 days to to I still feel like I’m getting too much, almost like a daylight robbery.

 

JF: Thanks for your time

Enemie: No probs mate, been a pleasure. 👍 

 

I can only speak for the experiences I have had with Enemie. Through our online conversations and he has always been polite and forecoming. Whilst I can’t justify some of his actions, there is no doubt in my mind that this is a person that lives for his art. I for one am looking forward to seeing more of his work in 2018.   

You can see more of his work on the streets of Newport or online at https://www.instagram.com/enemie_npt

 

 

 

Greyed Out

Today we are hand the reigns of the website to long time cherub Curtis Jones who explains his love of street art and his campaign to get a legal graffiti wall in the ‘Port:

“Greyed Out is an autobiographical film about my relationship with two motorway tunnels in Newport and how they inspired me because of the graffiti art that appeared on them.

”I think it would be great if Newport had a place for people to paint graffiti art legally, just like Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea and many others. I'm in contact with some others that want to make this happen and we're in the early stages of planning.

“Anything that gets people out creating and getting inspired is awesome – especially in these turbulent political times.

 “If you have any thoughts on a legal wall (positive or negative) – feel free to send me a message on Instagram (www.instagram.com/curtjones_)

Thanks to RISE for allowing me to share my documentary on their website."

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The 5 Best Bands from Newport, South Wales
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Newport has a rich history of music with so many awesome bands coming out of the city. But who ranks among the the best?

Local music historian, and director of upcoming TJ’s documentary The Rock of Newport, Nathan Jennings, sets the record straight. Here are his top 5 bands (in no particular order) to come out of the ‘Port:

 

1. GLC (Goldie Lookin Chain)

“Not to be confused or mistaken with the GLC music festivals of mid-80s.

“Not your atypical 4 piece band. The Goldie Lookin Chain continue to deliver for over 15 years, something so typically honest, socially cultural, comically fun and something that be best described as ‘Safe as f***’ about Newport. And proud of it.”

Key Track - Guns Don‘t Kill People

2. Skindred (& Dub War)*

“Benji Webbe is the frontman & larger than life character of rasta-metal outfit Skindred. A band which has elevated itself since the late 90s to international popularity and regularly thrilling audiences all around the world, notably with the ‘Newport Helicopter’.”

*a great mention has to be given to recently reformed Dub War from early 90s also!

Key track - Kill the Power

 

3. 60 ft Dolls

“The band that you could say put all eyes on Newport during the early/mid-90s. The

“Rock/britpop/indie trio had mass pop appeal, gained them extensive worldwide tours, major signings and top hits during their career.

“As well as once sharing a Transporter Bridge journey with DJ John Peel, Richard Parfitt who fronted the Dolls, can be best be associated with ‘The New Seattle’ period of Newport music.”

*Worth mentioning along with many notable others including The Darling Buds, Novocaine, Give Me Memphis and Five Darren’s just to name a few.

Key Track - Happy Shopper

 

4. Save Your Breath

“Some may say that I am biased in mentioning this Newport band (as the members comprise of my close friends).

“The now defunct pop-punk band, Save Your Breath for me gave an edge and energy to the genre of pop-punk. With roots distilled in Hardcore Punk, this band had some great singalongs and had a really great 10 years of fun enjoyed by all!”

Key track: Stay Young

 

5. Cowboy Killers

“Once described as the ‘Welsh Dead Kennedy’s’ defending frontman Beddis’ mad but melodic vocals.

“This band in their hayday tore up the UK punk scene through the late 80s/90s.

“As the regular support band of every touring punk band that came through the doors of TJs in the 90s, you’d be silly not to have witnessed the intensity and in-your-face sound of these guys!”

Key Track: Jesus Entering

Nathan is in the process of completing the Rock of Newport Documentary. If you have an amazing Tj's story to be told or just want to find out more about this amazing project, you can contact him on the details below:

Web: http://www.therockofnewport.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therockofnewport
Email: therockofnewport@gmail.com