Graffiti mural dedicated to ‘Mibzy’

September 25 2015

SONIC the hedgehog, Bart Simpson, a pint of Guinness and a chilli pepper – these are just some of the images spray painted onto a café wall in Gloucester Road in memory of local graffiti enthusiast Matthew Hibbert.

SONIC the hedgehog, Bart Simpson, a pint of Guinness and a chilli pepper – these are just some of the images spray painted onto a café wall in Gloucester Road in memory of local graffiti enthusiast Matthew Hibbert.

Better known by his friends as ‘Mibzy’, Bishopston resident Matthew passed away last July, at the age of 39, following a year of feeling unwell.

MibzySince his death, many eye-catching murals have appeared across the city, commemorating the much-loved and admired figure who co-ran ‘King of Paint’ – a spray supply outlet and gallery by the Bearpit. It was a popular spot for everyone who painted in Bristol to purchase materials and hangout.

The latest Mibzy mural adorns the side of the Metro Café on the corner where Bishop Road meets Gloucester Road, and was painted by the Paintsmiths of Bristol, Felix ‘FLX’ Braun and Jack ‘Dones’.

Both friends of Matthew, the pair have been looking for the right place to do a memorial for a while.

Graffiti veteran Felix, who has been a friend of Matthew’s for many years, said: “We’ve been looking for the right place to do a memorial for Matthew. One day, we were just driving between jobs and we spotted the old KTF piece [on the side of the Metro Café]. We asked the owner Kim, who was great, and she kindly agreed to let us paint the mural.

“Matthew’s mum and dad live just down the road, he went to Bishop Road nursery, and his funeral was at St Bonaventure’s, so he was very much a local boy. It seemed like the right place to do it.”

Felix added: “We spoke to Matthew’s mum and dad, as well as his friends to find out what sort of things they wanted on the wall, and we put all the ideas together to create this design. It’s been in the pipeline for about a year now.

“Inside the letters ‘Matt’, is an overlapping montage of cultural references – some mainstream that people will recognise, and some private for the family.

“It’s all of the stuff that Matthew loved and enjoyed in life, starting off with Lego when he was a little boy, through to the Simpsons, video games, hot spicy food and Guinness.

“We also wanted it to be bright and colourful – a true celebration of his life.”

The mural also includes Matthew, depicted as an imaginary character out of the Simpsons, as well as his beloved childhood cat, Sam the ginger moggy.

For more information about the Paintsmiths of Bristol, visit: www.paintsmiths.org.

Mibzy mural