Zombies? In June?

After a little detective work, we set off for a location where I had figured Phlegm had done a new piece.  As we were trudging towards the place we saw this lot. Now urbex and graffiti hunting attracts all sorts, but zombies, that was new.


Below is a preview of the horror trilogy they were making.

Anyway as zombies go, these were quite friendly and allowed us to have a nosy round as long as we stayed away from the movie cameras. The piece below was the one we’d come to see, but there was another surprise instore for us, a very bemused artist called Phlegm!


Phlegm was working on another piece at this site and he wasn’t having a good day. Phlegm prefers to paint in solitude but this day he’d got us, a couple of other guys that were ‘helping’ and about fifty zombies and a film crew. As we were talking they were staggering through the door.


It was quite bizarre watching zombies photographing graffiti. We left Phlegm to it after about 10 minutes and had a wander around the rest of the site.


There was another Phlegm creation too that we hadn’t known about.


Other artists had been at work here as well, one who had definitely been busy was Clem Alice.


His surreal creations were all over the place.


Phlegm had had the two guys mulshing a wall in preparation and was mortified when I pointed out that the spider they had painted over was one of Clem Alices. But I’m pretty sure Clem Alice forgave him.


There were other pieces there by local artists and writers. This was a particular favourite by Kest.


We had a bit of  wander around but between being in Phlegms way and being in fear of eaten alive by zombies we decided to call it a day and come back when it was a bit less lively – or undeadly depending on your view.

Probably the Largest Factory in Derbyshire (Not)

I was told about this place by a graffiti artist and am very grateful for that information, I never even knew of its existence. This building was huge and I wasn’t able to establish exactly what it had been although it was clear that it had at some point been split into several units and most recently parts had been used as an airsoft site.

The place felt totally abandoned even the graffiti was not recent, although it was fascinating.

It had obviously been a popular graff spot once, I didn’t know who most of them were then, but I do now.

Nature had been doing a paint  job of its own, I love these “Life finds a way”(Jurassic Park)  shots.

In what had been offices was more graffiti and much more evidence of the airsoft guys.

It was quite a maze, I couldn’t guarantee that we saw it all and we were in there over three hours.

Overall there was some really good stuff here and it was a fun place to explore. It will always be remembered as the first place I saw a graffiti’d  caravan. I was gutted that the whole site was flattened within a few months of our visit. This was a place I would have liked to go back to.


Urban Art School

Well, agile I’m not, so getting in this place was quite a feat for me. I was quite giddy once I was in and found the spongey floors hilarious until I realised I was on the first floor. I didn’t think it was so funny then!

Not for the first time do I find myself in a potentially life threatening situation in search of Phlegms’ work, but it was worth it.

In between dodging holes in the floor I was really struck with the beauty of this building, even with this level of dereliction it had such character. I know I’m biased but Phlegms paintings just went so well with the surroundings. It was all so very serene apart from the flooring problems and the potential for being struck by falling roof  tiles.

This was just a corridor, with lovely huge windows, that must have looked amazing when it was intact.

Just wonderful…

…and there’s more…

These doors were awesome, small doors, because they were on childrens toilets, which unfortunately made them portable and they had left the building within days.

It felt like this building  had been Phlegms playground, he’d certainly spent some time here and even he had nearly fallen through the floor. Personally I’ve resisted the urge to go back, I don’t think I’d trust my luck a second time.

Manchester Awayday

Apparently they don’t just have graffiti in Sheffield and Nottingham, somebody told me they have a little bit in Manchester too, so we decided it was time to go and have a look. It didn’t disappoint.

In fact we realised quite rapidly that there was a lot to see.

Invaders, I love them, I found about 20 0f these, that’s around half of them I think.

Kelzo, Manchester based artist, does a lovely bulldog. This wall included pieces from Sheffields own Rocket01 and Fauna Graphic.

Nearly got run over by several buses, while trying to get a decent photo of this.

This was on a parking ticket machine, I’d really like to know who John Smith is and why he made this, it’s really quirky and random.

Frank  Sidebottom!

I know Aryz did part of this, don’t know who the other contributers are, I think it’s great though.

I love this too, it’s a pity it was a bit wrecked by the time I saw it.

O and this was my first introduction to yarn bombing which I think is wonderfully mad!

So, I have to grudgingly accept that Manchester has a fair amount of pretty good graffiti. I also have to acknowledge that I barely scratched the surface of what there is to see. I think I will be returning, on a fairly regular basis, with a map.

The Watery Adventures of Hungry Horace

I’ll start with a contradiction, all Hungry Horace pieces and installations are by water, except this one!

I’ve put the Horaces in an artist specific post instead of place because they are quite unique, they’re not in the usual graff spots and well, I think they’re just a little bit bonkers.

The range of materials used has at times been mind boggling.

I mean this has taken real time and effort to set up.

That’s dedication and self belief that is.

And attention to detail.

What does it mean? I have no idea…

Sadly most of the installations were dismantled quite rapidly, whether by vandals, well meaning trophy hunters or Mother Nature, I’ll never know. Many of the paintings have been ‘cleaned off’ which is so frustrating. I covered the Sheaf Valley Trail and most of the Porter Brook, places I had never been before, looking for Horaces,  they are hardly vandalism. I really wish the protectors of these local areas, who in general I really admire, would realise that features like this can add to an urban trail and actually draw the public in.

After all who can look at a Horace without smiling, even if they are scratching their head at the same time?

Parallel Lines

Even though this place scares me to death, it’s one of my favourite spots, it has a real vibe to it. It reminds me of pictures I’ve seen of graffiti in New York, years of piece on top of piece, tags on top of tags, all colours all styles.

This piece by Meth, typically bright as always.

Long Live the Explorer by Clem Alice. I think this is an early piece of his. Much of Clem Alice stuff was a little bit different and very interesting, he’s not active at the moment, but I do hope he’s back on it soon.

Booms, the more I look, the more I realise, this guy owns Sheffield, he is prolific, and pretty awesome.

Boms Fase, Riseone and more probably, a real mix, vivid and eyecatching, love it!

Wolf I believe, is a real contender for Boms’  crown of busiest quality graffiti artist in town, but he’s a long way to go yet.

This character from a piece by ACAB was still visible although the rest had been painted over. Well everyone likes a piggy don’t they?

Old School Graffiti


We got a lift here from my son and his mate who scaled 5ft railings while we walked round and through the gate, that was wide open.

What a place this was, I felt like I was on hallowed ground, I haven’t seen a graffiti’d area like this in Sheffield, before or since. Again it was a tip from a friend that led me here, for which I’m really grateful.


There was a youth club and an old sports hall that were covered with vibrant colourful works of art such as the Gzos piece at the top, the Kory piece above and the Risk piece below.


I knew of a few of the artists at the time such as Fauna.


The letters piece above is not her usual style, but I really like it.


A great collaboration from Rocket01 and Boms above and below is my most favourite Rocket01 piece ever.


There was just so much to see.




I didn’t know who did this but have been since told its Aroe MSK – Cheers Fry!


Jaer did the piece above.


Piece by Teas (I think)


Collaboration piece by Fauna Amin and Rocket01.

The above piece may be still visible, but all the pieces on the sports hall have gone as the sports hall has been demolished to make way for a housing development. I only saw this place once and never got the chance again, such a shame that part of Sheffields artistic history has been lost.