The End Is Nigh!

DSCF7671 StitchI don’t like to get involved in the politics of the scene, but I do feel the vibe in Sheffield is really bad at the moment, it saddens me and it’s taking away much of the pleasure I got from my passion. There is far too much hate on individuals when it’s roots are not necessarily graff related. If you don’t like a style, fair enough but to publicly diss and damage individuals work is pointless. Not everybody likes everything, and why should they? Some ‘acclaimed’ photographers started by only photographing the work of one artist, some have stayed like that. For myself, I try to encompass as much of the scene as I can, and yes I get it that it must be frustrating for certain writers and artists that some of the newcomers to the graff photographic community will ignore many quality pieces to get to a piece by a specific person. But I think all this infighting is missing the point. It’s a good thing that there is a wider interest in graffiti/street art, more interest = more public support and more legal spots, good thing, yes? I think so. It has a down side though. I know there are many who believe that real graff should not be on legal walls, I get that too, the problem, as I see it now is that the areas are being blurred. I’m not getting into the bombing aspect, I mean the less legal sites, in derelict buildings etc. are being treated, by some, as in the public domain, they’re not. They were never meant to be mainstream,discovering and accessing these sites was never supposed to be openly discussed on social networks, it kind of defeats the object. I love the work on legal walls, the more the better, I think it looks amazing and it’s great to see more appearing in the city. But I loved the thrill of finding something unexpected or hidden too, I’ve spent hours and in one case months searching online and walking miles to find that special something, now that’s gone, chances are you’ll have seen a photo of a piece by loads of people within hours of it being done, you’ll have to join the queue to access the site and if you’re lucky, you’ll get there just before somebody’s dogged it! In my opinion this is not a good thing, it’s killed the urbex scene and it’s doing the same to graff. I was reading an interview the other week with an american graff photographer,he said much the same thing, it would appear it’s a problem everywhere. What’s the answer? Buggered if I know, all I hope is that some new fad takes over leaving those of us who like to spend our days sniffing paint fumes dodging syringes and standing in pigeon poo to get on with it. I think it will happen, I just hope the scene hasn’t imploded on itself before it does. We have some fantastic writers and artists in Sheffield, the city is becoming renowned for its graffiti and street art nationwide, even worldwide, long may it continue…. please.

So, rant over, good to see Phlegm back in the city with his Urban Foxes.

DSCF7676 Funny Ideers by CoLor, just a little bit festive.DSCF7690Our friends from the North East, have paid a return visit.DSCF7692D7606,with a cheeky little bit of Marilyn.

DSCF7698Trik 9 with 2 of Santas’ little helpers.ThisisSheffieldDSCF7732 DSCF7734 DSCF7745 StitchI can’t really do this wall justice on here, it has to be seen to be believed. ‘This is Sheffield’ the epic collaboration between Mace, Jaer, Gzos and Pawski.DSCF7758Nice to see Ryak coming out to play.DSCF7760Good to see Black out and about too, don’t see too much of his work.DSCF7777I really like this, Jonas x Meth.

Thanks for your support over the last year it’s much appreciated. I hope your 2013 has been better than mine and that your 2014 is better still. Happy New Year!

9 thoughts on “The End Is Nigh!

  1. You have encapsulated my own thoughts and feelings in your succinct and eloquent observation. Happy New Year and I look forward to bumping into you now and again as we are pottering about in the pigeon poo 🙂

  2. I too agree with you, though not as fit as some, some of the urbex stuff I’ll never see except the pics posted by yourself. Which imho is a lot easier and less dangerous, don’t like pigron poo on my shoes. But yes the dogging and tagging hitting certain pieces is ridiculous to say the least. Why hate, when you can enjoy the art, one of my favourite pieces of graffiti said “Earth without art is just eh!”

  3. Any crap about how graff should only be in illegal spots is just elitism. That or a failure to move with the times – things have evolved since the 80s! Why break the law when there’s an easier alternative?

    That said, there’s nothing stopping anyone going out, painting tracks, trains or wherever they feel like. So then what’s the problem if people stay out of each others way? Plenty of writers manage to straddle both sides of the law and don’t feel a need to kick up a fuss. End of the day, it’s about putting up or shutting up – the most important thing is getting paint up, not where it is.

    These naysayers wanna be careful though, before people start finding out where they live and they either get a good kicking or find their own homes being dogged!

    You’re spot on about the scene tourists acting like its all above-board and common knowledge. There was some dumbass fangirl just the other day commenting on Coloquix’s latest with “Is that ******?”. Ffs, do these braindonors never consider that there could be minors (or people distinctly unfriendly to the scene) reading? Drawing excessive attention to sites – in posts or in person – will only ever end badly!

    And yes, people should have to do legwork (or detective work) to find those sites, not have info handed to them on a platter. Where’s the fun in that?

    As regards being first to see a new piece? Well it annoys me when artists post up their new work within minutes, so you’ve got absolutely zero chance of being first to see it (unless you’re there with them). Should at least give it a day or two.
    But then, while your blogs are always welcome as great catchup, you’re often first to get the photos up on facebook, so there’s a definite double-standard there…

    In that sense, I can understand what your detractor was saying about “People like you made it this way in the first place then kick off when they realise its not how it should be”. Not that I’d be any less guilty on that score. Just because we were into the scene before others, doesn’t really give us any right to get precious about it *shrug*

    Ultimately, it’s all just a symbiotic relationship which is only encouraging the scene to grow more and more. Great post from ya, and it’ll be interesting to see where we’re at this time next year :>

    • Thanks for your input, I’ve been quite surprised how positive the comments have been in general, I was expecting a lot more grief to be honest.
      I put my hands up about having being to be first and precious about it all at one point, but I’m not now and haven’t been for a while. The sheer volume of work being produced did make it unachievable and I’ve accepted that. I can’t do it all – there I’ve said it! 😉 Although what you said about being first to post a pic on FB can often be right because dependent on the artist I’ll be the only one to post it, I was meaning more about numbers of people posting pictures of the same piece so it’s everywhere and you end up feeling almost like there’s no point in going to see it yourself, or perhaps that just me?
      Ultimately the whole post and blog is just my feelings and thoughts,I don’t profess to be an expert on any aspect of graff, I just love it and feel very passionate about it, but at the moment it would be fair to say I don’t like it very much…. and indeed it will be interesting to see what the next 12 months brings.
      Hopefully bump into you soon!

  4. I’ve been into graff for several moons and intermittently, phases of piece-spitting and tag-crossing has become frustratingly popular, in many cities it bubbles up, but then it simmers down and the troublesome and beautiful ol’ movement we love survives.

    As for blowing up sensitive information, that’s a downside to the internet in general, I think. People publicize far more personal details than I ever would, and graff is no exception, despite the culture of privacy that graffiti has always had. I have seen a big name Sheff bomber Youtubing a vid of some steel he’d done, and mind bogglingly he’d included the FIRST NAME of his fellow crewmate?! What’s going on there?

    I wouldn’t even want a Facebook profile for my tag if I was still illegaling, but writer’s do.

    Then again, maybe I am a little on the para side!

    • I totally agree, the dogging of pieces is all part and parcel of graf, it’s just got a bit nasty lately, in Sheffield at least.
      And I agree again about the internet,it’s such a pity that people can’t seem to see what they are doing by giving out so many details, but that, it would appear is the same the world over.
      Thanks for your comments 🙂

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