The GS team head on down to Southsea, Portsmouth to check out MyDogSighs newly anticipated show ‘Quiet Little Voices’, MDS first solo event in two years. Hosting the exhibition is newly opened Tattoo parlour ‘Play Dead‘ in Highland Road owned by MDS good friends Samo White and Lex. Inspired by ‘Play Dead’ , Friday the Thirteenth and the local cemetery opposite, MDS chose a darker side to his art.
“Some (artworks) have embraced the nod to a gallery called play dead, opposite a grave yard and are slightly darker, but not all” MDS
We have already anticipated a large queue after we read on social media it had begun at 7am! These were true fans of MDS tackling the cold sea breeze of Southsea to get a one-off tattoo designed by the Portsmouth artist ahead of his exhibition tonight. This for some fans their first ever tattoo, a compliment to MDS.
“See art. Buy art. Be a canvas for art! How cool is that?!?!” MDS
There are goody bags packed for the first few through the door, glass jars included (below) …and MDS, founder of Free Art Friday, has left some little tasters around Southsea for lucky seekers to find.
The queue is hefty when we arrive, but there is a great crowd mixed with locals and fans from further a field, Spirits are high and we all grab a little glimpse into the window displayed full of MDS treasures of what’s to come.
MDS works the queue and stops to welcome and chat to everyone. This is a family affair and it was great to meet the family and close friends of MDS. His oldest son, D is dressed very similar to MDS… a mini version with paint all over his jeans! After chatting to MDS we find out D had to dress up as ‘someone who inspires him’ for school today… and he had chosen his Dad. Warm heart glowing I ask D if he wants to be an artist when he grows up to which he replies ‘No!’ Don’t you just love them!
We make our way into the venue and its filled to the brim with MDS goodies. There is a great diverse choice from Mydogsighs with prices to please everyone’s pocket, limited edition screen prints, t-shirts and recycled cans, with his signature faces look on. We spot the umbrella that MDS has just produced, gaining popularity since his own painted one from Glastonbury Festival last year, and with the threat of rain this is a must! Check out the photos below…
Street artist JPS pops down to see the darker side of MDS…
‘Quiet Little Voices’ runs for three weeks so make sure you get to visit the treasure trove of MyDogSighs goodies…and grab a tattoo by the friendly staff at the same time… remember they only Play Dead.