Goodnight Mr Heathcote

Once upon a time there was a woman who made an amazing discovery ( to her)… 0f an artist called Phlegm… and the rest, as they say, is history…

A very important part of that history evolves around one building A. R.Heathcote…                                                                    DSCF1628my first urbex….. .        DSCF6347 my first hidden Phlegm and Rocket01…      DSCF6323my first Fauna…      DSCF6333It could even be Phlegms first painting spot, got to be a very early one anyway.

DSCF1088 StitchTeas and Booms (I hadn’t got a clue at the time)

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DSCF0171Tekonta Secta, yes really.                                                     DSCF3340Following a partial demolition of the site, the place became a little more airy,but at least it was easier to photograph the ‘Beauty is a Beast’ in all it’s glory 🙂                                                                   DSCF1103The walls were still quite bare, I would visit regularly just to see if anything new had appeared.

DSCF6197Kid Acne was quite a regular visitor too.

DSCF3346But Phlegm was the busiest I think.

DSCF6641More artists began to visit the site, Perms went large.

DSCF7455The Phlegm and Rocket wall was painted over, initially with a Kid Acne x EMA x Drot collab  (there were tears, I can tell you!) and then this appeared by… mmm ..I wonder…

DSCF6640Dscreet painted one of his signature owls, I was quite giddy about this.

  DSCF2554Absolutely loved this, it was ages before I knew who did it, Jay Sharples.

 DSCF2552Mr Wolf, used to be all over the place.

 DSCF1394Kid Acnes’ woolly mammoth looking at home in the snow.

DSCF3076Colourful collaboration from Mila K and Color Art.

  DSCF2935Never knew for sure, but think this was by Misred.

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 DSCF2924Mila K

 DSCF8941There was an attempt to shut the site off, Color  registered his disdain, it was open again in no time.

DSCF8772Prone                                                       DSCF6742Mr Wolf                                                 DSCF6741Kaze

DSCF0480Foundry and Fauna Graphic

DSCF0695Xhastexo and Coloquix

 DSCF1148Zoo

DSCF1524Kyle Hughes Odgers x Kid Acne

DSCF2769Petro                                                   DSCF2778Leeks                                                  DSCF2779Bine x Xhastexo                                       DSCF3138 StitchEugene Booms x Tekonta Secta x CoLor x Phes

DSCF5107Eugene booms biggest character piece to date.

DSCF5519Kid Acnes’ touching tribute to Okie Dulo, a local club owner who died suddenly.

DSCF5835? x Miso                                             DSCF6731 StitchRyder

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DSCF7463Boaster from Nottingham paid a visit as did many others from out of the Sheffield area.Even though the place was renowned as a crack den, it remained a very popular spot.

 DSCF7690Angry Face

DSCF7814Xhastexo to the left with an unusual portrait of the Moors Murderers by CoLor and Nameless Nat.

DSCF9647KRSN , from Paris.

DSCF9691Color, EMA, Skint and Sour.

DSCF0056Coloquix                                                                       DSCF1422Marcus Method                                                                                                         DSCF9887 StitchaNymph x Sico

DSCF9869Eugene Booms

DSCF8451Skint

DSCF6007J Davies Arts

DSCF7931Xhastexo

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DSCF8421Ogosh

DSCF5727Skint

DSCF5703 StitchFMB boys

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DSCF3060Simon Kent

DSCF3588 Stitch  ? x sico x Skint xSuek

DSCF4773CoLor                                                     DSCF0156Bob                                                               DSCF0841

DSCF1355Kresh                                                                              DSCF2332 StitchTeml x Rambo                                            DSCF2765Asap, from the North East.

It was a nightmare going through photos for this, my biggest ever post, I’ll be bound to have put someone out and I apologise for that. I have 6 years of photos from this place, literally thousands. I really had a connection with it, rats,crack heads and all, and I am gutted at it’s loss.

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I haven’t included pics from the boards or the Niche wall, they’re worthy of a post on their own though, if anyone’s interested.

Below is a link that tells you about the industrial history of Heathcotes, includes pre-graffiti pics http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/a-r-heathcote-cutlers-sheffield.t21572

Sleeep well Mr Heathcote, I for one will miss you.

Bristol part Deux

DSCF7113Apologies in advance for not knowing who most of the artists are in this post. While Bristol is synonymous with Streetart, there is also lots of top quality graffiti, to say the scene is thriving is a bit of an understatement.DSCF7182This tunnel gets a very regular makeover, visited on Thursday, all painted over on Saturday.DSCF7675I do like stickers paste ups and slaps, saw a fair amount of these Loqui the Roman…DSCF7719…and lots of Angryface stickers too, so much so I’m beginning to wonder if he’s relocated.DSCF8190There seems to be little time or interest in having beef here, nothing stays around long enough.DSCF8193One, of many from the Hall of Fame.DSCF8200I’m sure there’s a story behind this…DSCF7939Sled One fantastic wall at the Deaner, gone within a week of me taking this photo I think. DSCF8014Love this little guy!DSCF8115Oky and ?DSCF8119Trust me, I wept, still not fluent in reading letters 😦  P.S. Just been informed it says RAWDSCF8121 3SoakDSCF8156Ziner,one of my (many) favourite pieces from the day.DSCF8166As was this…DSCF7332And this. passed this piece in the morning and due to the traffic, struggled to get a decent shot of it, this will have to do, by the time we came back to it, it had gone!DSCF7461Saw quite a bit of work from this artist Aspire, really like it.DSCF7957Last but by no means least, this gorgeous Raven By Shab, whose help was invaluable in enabling us to find our way around and get to see as much as we did in the time that we had.

Bristol, you were awesome, I do hope I get to visit you again!

 

Roadtrippin’

DSCF1732Been on a few road trips recently 2 to a place I’d been before and a third to a new (to me) spot and I went with a few friends this time. Found this Boaster piece, wish I’d seen it intact.

DSCF1736Somehow I managed to miss this magnificent Tekonta Secta piece on my first visit.

DSCF1811Love this wall and the reflection made my day.

DSCF1879Fancy seeing him here, he looks surprised to see me too!

DSCF2433Felt very privileged to watch Fauna Graphic work, and I witnessed her near death experience when some slates from the roof decided to relocate themselves to the inside of the building exactly where she was painting! Dangerous business this sometimes.

DSCF2461The finished piece ‘Nature Nurse’, a great new character I hope to see again.

DSCF2441A dark piece by CoLor at the entrance of a rather strange tunnel.

DSCF2542Foundry was practising a piece for an upcoming huge wall project in Wolverhampton.

DSCF2574Fauna and Color collaboration, Meerkats and a Great Tit, accompanied by a strange chap in a mask, obviously. Favourite shot of that day, when asked if I wanted to see the mask, this was totally not what I expected.

DSCF3208I’d love to know who did this, there’s no sign of a name on it, I like it, a lot.

DSCF3248Fame kills, apparently, set up for  a model shoot perhaps?

DSCF3370I spy with my little eye…

DSCF3377Him again!

DSCF3380Color and Nymph, good to watch her style and confidence improving with each piece she does.

Hopefully will be revisiting these places soon, can’t wait to see what’s new!

Spring is in the Air, Honest!

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As the awful winter staggers on relentlessly, it’s so nice to get out between the snow/ rain etc and find a  bit of something to brighten your day. These wonderful characters are by a new artist on the scene and SHE (Yes it’s a girl!) hasn’t got a writers/artists pseudonym yet. I’m loving these little dudes, there’s already 2 more to collect!

DSCF7178Cheeky little character from Skint, a self portrait I wonder?

DSCF7191A rainbow treat for the eyes this Skint and Sour collaboration makes up for the dull grey misery outside.

DSCF6979 DSCF6992 Xhastexo has produced 2 new mini characters for those brave enough to venture into a certain collapsing needle infested wreck of a building.

DSCF7161Eugene Booms continues to reach new heights, finding the spots where no graffiti artist has gone before.

DSCF7133Espre, a very skilled writer and a fantastic piece. I have to admit, with some embarrassment, that when I first became interested in graffiti/ streetart, I wasn’t really keen on letters pieces, I didn’t get it. I’m still pretty rubbish at reading them, but now I have huge respect for the effort and skill that goes into them.

DSCF7184Another artist new to me, BB I think he is called, really liking the style. Looking forward to seeing more of his work.

I know I’ve said it before, but it really is worth repeating, this city is buzzing and I am so privileged to be able to see so much of it first hand, just hope it keeps on keeping on!

 

Visitors

DSCF6899I discovered this by chance and I was very excited by it. I knew I had seen something similar in Manchester. It’s an artist called Sneak http://www.sneak-art.co.uk/ and he had paid Sheffield a visit.

DSCF6903This was the first one to be destroyed/ removed/ disappeared.

DSCF6905I got some strange looks off early morning motorists getting a shot of this I can tell you, as I stood somewhat unsteadily on a wall at the side of a busy dual carriageway.

DSCF6910 A friend of mine told me where this one was, I was searching in the usual graffiti spots and this was not in one.

DSCF6962AngryFace http://www.facebook.com/AngryFaceGraffitifref=ts had also paid us a visit. Although he had been previously with pasteups and stickers, this time he came equipped with paint!

DSCF7128 I’m very fond of AngryFace, he makes me smile, he’s a wonderful stress reliever.

DSCF7199Who couldn’t love a face like that ?

I think it says a lot about the way the graff/streetart scene in the city is viewed nationally, that artists and writers will travel to Sheffield because they want there work to be seen here.

And finally, even though it’s freezing and the weather is lousy, spring is coming, the clocks go forward at the weekend and Mr Angry Rabbit wishes you all a Happy F*****g Easter!

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City Roundup

Bit of a mishmash this one of random shots and spots from the rather large, like this spectacular huge Booms piece….

…To this little Angry Face which is less than 3″x 3″. I’m very fond of the one with the Angry Face, he’s literally run through Sheffield with his angular buddy….

… the wonderfully anarchistic Lisk Bot whose appliance looking type Robots are apparently working on world domination.

Not so much world domination, but Mr Wolf is still taking over the city one wall at a time.

Mila Ks’ beautiful character is going through a short lived blue phase.

This is a close up of a peacock by Fauna Graphic. The whole piece is wonderful which I think is clear when just one part of it looks so stunning.

I’ve started to notice that my graffiti walks are getting longer,there seems to be more places to look for cracking urban art, good times.