Stunning Wolves graffiti brightens up abandoned city shop

An abandoned shop front has been transformed into a masterpiece of gold and black to celebrate Wolves starting a new Premier League season.

A striking new artwork has appeared in Worcester Street, Wolverhampton, featuring Wolves manager Nuno
A striking new artwork has appeared in Worcester Street, Wolverhampton, featuring Wolves manager Nuno

Professional graffiti artist Joe Miles, who runs his own company under the name Artwork by Joe, took four hours spray-painting the cheering face of Wolves manager Nuno onto the boarded-up store front in Worcester Street, Wolverhampton.

He added the text 'Wolves ay we' with the help from his brother – after getting permission from the shop owner to carry out the work.

Joe, aged 33, normally spray paints bedrooms, office spaces and other areas as part of his day job – but said he wanted to paint Nuno to celebrate his team starting a new season.

He recently painted a fairytale tree at Walsall Wood Primary School, a Wolves design for the bedroom of a young football fan, a Disney castle for a little girl, and an Only Fools and Horses wall in Leamington Spa.

Joe said about his latest creation: "This shop in Wolverhampton has been boarded up for years, as long as I can remember really. So we had to get permission from the shop owner and then decided to freshen it up.

"When I'm indoors I can usually use a projector on the wall but outside I can't do that. So I have to make a grid first – that bit takes about an hour to start.

Brilliant

"The response has been really great. People were loving it and would stop to watch, and cars were honking their horns and drivers were shouting 'Come on the Wolves'. I'm even thinking now of updating it now and then with new players.

"I'd like to paint other places as well, maybe somewhere a bit more central in Wolverhampton – this place was a bit quiet."

Joe's work as a graffiti artist has taken him all over the world, including to New York, Hong Kong and Dubai.

He was born in Wolverhampton and grew up in Sedgley, but now lives in King's Heath, Birmingham with his partner Gemma and five-month-old baby daughter Luna.

He added: "I'm a big Wolves fan so would love to do more like these, it's just finding where to do them. I just hope Wolves do well this season.

"Maybe they'll see what I'm doing and they'll get me in to do some work in the ground – that would be brilliant."

Visit facebook.com/Artworkbyjoe for more of Joe's graffiti art.

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