Loose Ends!

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I’m loving putting this blog together but going through literally thousands of photos in hundreds of folders is proving to be a bit of a nightmare. I’ve been trying to go through them and write the posts in date order, but I’ve made a couple of   mistakes in my chronological cataloguing. This post covers odds and ends not covered previously that are prior to 2010.

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The Bowery Rat appeared on the boards marking the construction site for the Bowery in 2008.

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This piece by Riseone was an early favourite of mine and is in my posession, with the permission of the artist.2009

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I saw this being painted in 2008, the traffic cone is a wizard hat in the original picture this is based on. I assume it was adapted to acknowledge the student community in the city.

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These had me fascinated, there were four characters in the end, they weren’t there for long as work finally started on renovating the flats.

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Yama Sushi London Road, 2009 only painted over a few months ago.

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One of Phlegms’ concrete blocks painted in 2009, I had a desperate search for these and ended up begging the man himself for clues. It wasn’t deliberate but his directions were less than helpful, I found them in the end though, just took a little longer than I expected.

So, back to cataloguing, from this point forward it will be in date order…….probably!

 Court Round-up

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As time went on, I began to do more research on my chosen subject and came to realise that Google Earth was my new best friend, that, streetview and flickr. I still find it amazing how many places I never knew existed till I got into this and I’ve lived in Sheffield all my life.

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Places like this little ballcourt were totally off my radar, but me and Mount Pleasant Court were already getting cosy.

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This was and still is the busier of the two courts, getting a full makeover on a very regular basis. This has given rise to   beef on occasions, with the aggrieved writer going over the others work on purpose. A common occurence in the graff world and one I find frustrating and fascinating in equal measure.

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The skatepark on Devonshire Green is quite a popular spot but many of the pieces are worn away rapidly as it is popular with skateboarders and BMXers as well. There is also a small section of wall that is used by artists, sometimes a piece will last a couple of months, but it has been known to change three times in a week.

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The more photos I took of graffiti I began to spot similarities, pick out individual artists, the guy above did lots of pieces here and it took me ages to put a name to him.

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The piece above is by Espre, I took this photo in 2009 and realised what it said about an hour ago. As stated previously I’ve still a lot to learn!

Cracker Factory – You’d have to be mad to work here!

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In the world of urbex there are some buildings that a person requires ninja skills to access, this is not one of those. Frustratingly, I had not yet discovered the graffiti scene when this place was at its height, but despite that I had great affection for it until recently.

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I don’t know who did this, but I love this character and it’s a mark of respect, in my opinion, that this piece is currently still intact.

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Cheeky little Boms piece there…

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…Monkie…

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…Lucky Elsa!..

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I don’t know who did this either but it’s very good isn’t it?

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Ermmm.. some bloke who paints a lot, can’t remember his name…mmm.

I have since visited this place many times and it’s condition continues to deteriorate, but I haven’t given up on it just yet.

House Skatepark / Graffiti Gallery

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The above production is a collaboration between Rocket01, Jaer and Esteo, one of several pieces on the outside walls of the House in 2009. I arrived here in my quest for more Phlegm (Yes I know), it’s a cool place that has a real feel of community about it, but also has an air of something struggling to stay afloat. Phlegm and other artists have taken part in various activities over the years to help keep it going and people do travel great distances to come and see the artwork here.

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Many of the big names in Sheffield Art/graff scene have painted here including Kid Acne…

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…the lovely Fauna Graphic…

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…Rocket01…

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…Ladoza…

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…and of course a bit of Phlegm…

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…and maybe a bit more!

This place gets a makeover every now and then and we’ll back to record the changes.

Hero Worship or Stalker? you decide..

Initially I was driven by the need to discover all things Phlegm and that took me to various places as I tried to document his back catalogue.

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This is an early piece. Another fascinating part of this process has been seeing artists, not just Phlegm, develop and grow as time has gone on.

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Through stalking Phlegm I gradually became aware of more and more local talent such as Skint although at the time I took this photo it was just a word on a wall, there was and still is, so much to learn.

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I still don’t know who did this.

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Another building another early Phlegm piece. He made a comment once on his blog about drug addicts knowing where the best derelict places are.

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Sadly he was right. I get very excited when I access a location that is new to me and it’s a real task to keep an eye on the floor for what horrors may be there, but the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about. This building was and still is one of the worst in the city.

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This was the first piece I saw of Fauna Graphics’, I know now it was quite unusual as she doesn’t do many letters pieces.

Both of these locations have changed considerably over time as you will see.

Fasteners Factory or Blank Canvas?

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I must first explain that the photo above has been tampered with, I don’t really look like, that but I was really quite impressed when I made it over that wall and the moment was recorded for posterity. Once again it was Phlegms’ fault, once I knew he had been there, I had to go too. This long disused factory had been a haven for graff writers and artists for some time.

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I don’t know who dream too is/was, but they don’t seem to be active anymore.

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Phlegm had done several pieces here, one was on a wallpapered wall. By the time we got there, all that was left was the foot!

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But the bespoke furniture was still there.

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Much of the building has been knocked down now, the Phlegm piece above has gone.

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So has this work of Puds’.

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This part of the building is still standing and the Carry Giant can still be seen. When intact this building was huge, the remaining part was being renovated for a while but appears to be falling into disrepair again now. The last painting is still an unknown artist to me an interesting work though and I’ve no idea what the brick thing is about.

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It’s all Phlegms’ fault

Not that I broke my leg, but that I got into this hobby/obsession, the piece below at the back of the Rare and Racy Book Shop was the starting point for my journey. It made me open my eyes and realise the street art scene going on all around me in Sheffield, sometimes hidden, sometimes in plain sight and I’ve been seeking it out ever since…

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