Elusive street artist Karl Striker is releasing a limited edition print of a piece of artwork emblazoned on a Newcastle toilet wall.
Earlier this year, Karl created a tongue-in-cheek mural featuring a stern looking police officer just a stone’s throw from where a new Northumbria Police station is being built.
And such a hit was the creation that the Stockton-based artist is now releasing a limited run of 50 prints of the work.
Karl, who likes to be kept out of the limelight, has spoken exclusively to The Journal about the design.
He said: “I’d been tinkering with the image of the cop for a while and wanted to use it in a good location. When I was invited to do the piece it was the first image that sprung to mind.
“I’d had the idea of the cop looking stereotypical which people would relate to and the surroundings reinforced this thought.
“Viewing the site, the building lent itself to the cop on the corner next to a framed brick section with the stereotypical warning message . It felt like a pretty top notch placement considering the new building which is being developed.”
Businessman Jamie Potts, who owns the building it is painted on, commissioned the work on the toilet block on Forth Street, after hearing of Karl’s talents.
The artist was given the details of the location and Mr Potts, who owns nearby Jamie’s Tiles, wasn’t told what the mural would consist of or when it would appear.
Within three weeks Karl had gone to work on the wall, much to the delight of Mr Potts who has now had a Perspex cover placed over the design so it can remain in tact.
When asked what message he was trying to portray with the artwork, Karl’s answer was just as mysterious as his identity. He said: “There’s a lot I could say, it could mean different things to different people. Let’s just say the location in itself could even be a statement. “
The mural has been a hit with fans of the street artist, who work more commonly appears in the Teesside area.
He added: “The response has been excellent and through contact via my website I have received very positive feedback.”
The print, which is being produced by Newcastle-based Northern Print, is set to be released on Friday, September 27. They are anticipated to be priced between £50 - £60. Pre-orders are being taken now at www.neua.co.uk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org