Read: 3d & The Art Of Massive Attack
When Banksy is waxing lyrical about your ability to paint the streets there's a pretty good chance that you're doing something right. Sadly, Bristol (and the rest of the world) were deprived of a lengthy artistic career from their very own 3D but an illustrious career as part of Massive Attack feels like he may well have covered enough cultural and artistic ground to make amends.
This new book, which surely has to be a coffee table book as there's no chance of you wanting to carry this beast around with you on a daily basis, gives us an opportunity to have a look at 3D (Robert Del Naja) and his early street art. While the only words in the book come in the form of an interview in which the artist talks about everything from not going to gallery as a child all the way through to some of his most recent projects with Massive Attack.
The real draw is the impressive selection of imagery that makes up the bulk of the book as it flitters between photos of artwork, Bristol's creative types (including a picture in which Goldie has hair!) and a peek behind the curtain of some of the most iconic Massive Attack cover art. From these images you're able to gain an insight into the minds of the young creatives in Bristol and how many of them developed their skills to become key figures, cult or otherwise, in Bristol's artistic future.
Whether or not you're actually a fan of Massive Attack you'll find that plenty of these images catch your eye and the loss of 3D to the devilish mistress of music does feel like a loss to the street art community. Still, he's not exactly been twiddling his thumbs.
3D and the art of Massive Attack is out now via The Vinyl Factory.