Fans across the country have been painting murals of the late Prodigy firestarter
Following the passing of The Prodigy‘s frontman Keith Flint earlier this month, fans have been paying tribute to an icon.
Various graffiti murals have appeared around the country. Residents of Braintree – where The Prodigy first formed in 1990 – meanwhile are campaigning for a statue to be erected in the town’s centre.
Keith Flint was found dead at his home in Essex on March 4, with his Prodigy bandmate Liam Howlett confirming that he took his own life .“The news is true,” Howlett wrote in an Instagram post. “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life over the weekend. I’m shell shocked, fuckin angry, confused and heart broken.”
“A true pioneer, innovator and legend,” said The Prodigy in a statement. “He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.”
The band have thanked fans for their ongoing tributes, writing: “Thank you people for all the tributes , they have really touched us and kept us going.”
Here are a few of those graffiti tributes appearing across the UK – and where to find them.
Re-creating Keith Flint’s best known pose, street artist Nathan Murdock has painted a 12ft tall mural of The Prodigy icon in Peterborough. Pictured with the same green hair that Flint sported at the group’s gigs supporting Oasis at Knebworth in 1996 – he’s next to The Prodigy’s spider logo. Murdock, who works for a company that paints graffiti commissions, created this mural free of charge for fans. Posting on his company’s Facebook page, he said: “Keith Flint, you’ve given us years of great times and memories! We hope we’ve done you proud in return.”
Guitarist Gizz Butt, who played in The Prodigy in the 90s, lives nearby, and went to see the mural once it was complete. “Pay it a visit, it’s a brilliant piece of art,” he said.
The Prodigy’s Liam Howlett thanked fans for their tributes to Keith Flint on Instagram, posting a photograph of a new mural that has appeared on London’s Brick Lane. By the artist Ellwood-Leo, the wall art quotes the band’s song ‘Poison’, which appeared on their 1994 album ‘Music for the Jilted Generation’. The orange mural reads ‘RIP Keith Flint aka. Twisted Firestarter’
In Keith Flint’s home county, there’s now a new mural brightening up a railway bridge on Southend High Street. “It is an iconic image. “There are certain elements about him which people instantly recognise,” artist John Bulley told the BBC. “If you paint Bob Marley or David Bowie people instantly know who it is and Keith Flint is like that.”
The mural, which was commissioned by Southend’s Business Improvement District shows Flint in the role of ‘Firestarter’, quoting the iconic song’s lyrics “twisted animator” in sprayed scrawl.
On an underpass in Northampton, meanwhile, street artist Uncle Stubble 2 has paid tribute to Keith Flint with a close-up portrait in hues of pink and blue. Featuring the word ‘TALK’ in block letters, the mural is intended to draw attention to mental health issues.
“The tribute to Keith Flint is already attracting comments from people, in particular several men who said they were moved by the image, having themselves suffered mental health issues,” said Shereen Ingram, speaking to The Northampton Chronicle. She heads up the town’s renovation charity NorFAMton, who commissioned the work.