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)

DSCF1736Early Clem Alice

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.

DSCF2932Two Bob

 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

DSCF1714Kosh

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.

April Splashes!

DSCF9026Mila K, seems to be keeping busy this year, long may it continue.DSCF9019D7606, Hangin’ on the Telephone with Debbie Harry.DSCF9015Face The Strange x Pop Art Is Dead collaboration,funky.DSCF9007 StitchOgosh x Alas, loving these guys work at the moment.DSCF0021Jahoer, not a name I’m familiar with, like the style though.DSCF0099Phlegm, the arty shot. 😉DSCF0105Rate x Monkey See, nice combination of styles.DSCF0128Mars, going large, for a change 😉DSCF0153Corpse doodlings on the back of one of his pasteups that was starting to remove itself from the wall. DSCF0156Bob, I do like Bob.DSCF0164Pawski, fantastic as always but this one is something really special.DSCF0215Dala, pretty flowers, patterns and decorated ladies are starting to appear quite regularly around the city.DSCF0218Zone,really happy to see this master back on it. DSCF0223 StitchXhastexo x Bine, has been altered since this photo was taken, due to some childish shenanigans, but this is the original in in all its glory.DSCF0234Alex Ekins, peddler Raven, sleeping on the job. DSCF0241 StitchaRackone x Kode’ banging wall, took me ages to get a decent shot because of cars parked in front of it!DSCF0282 StitchEarth x ?, popping up more regularly these days, which can only be a good thing. DSCF0321Dems x Osim(?), spongey floors are not a favourite of mine, but worth the trauma for this..DSCF0352 Stitch (15000x2795)Alan x Teml x Dyson x ? x Riseone x ?, great wall, 6 artists, I bet it was quite a party. DSCF0367Cheeky pair in a nice little spot!          DSCF0369Sheep, having a spliff… DSCF0814It’s been two years since we lost Clem Alice and the pain is still very raw for his friends and family, tributes have appeared marking the anniversary of his death, although the artists that were closest to him, commemorate him on every piece they do.DSCF3634This Clem Alice piece is, I think, where ‘Long Live The Explorer’ first appeared. Sleep well George. x

Trying to catch up…

DSCF7937Mr Marz has done some wonderful pieces his characters are amazing, but I think this is my most favourite…

DSCF7950Although I quite like these two too!

DSCF8342Phlegm finished this wonderful piece at the Millennium Galleries.

DSCF8388This fossil fish appeared quite soon after.

DSCF8308Bob has done a piece with a shout to Clem Alice which is good to see.

DSCF8321Spotted a nice little collaboration between CoLor Art and Xhastexo.

DSCF8365Narke x Alude x Atik colourful wall at Devonshire Green.

DSCF8373Teas x Gzos x Kode x Rack x SEN, part of the magnificent collection at the citys’ newest hotspot.

DSCF8380Ryaks cracking contribution at the bottom end of the spot.

DSCF8362And lastly, not graffiti in the strictest sense but a lovely sight to behold nonetheless, The Snog by artist, singer and local hero Pete Mckee.

I’ve seen a real change in the city over the last few months a lot more people seem to be becoming aware of and appreciating the vibrant streets around them. All good 🙂

Even More!

DSCF7691Xhastexo, man of many talents, has done another of his cheeky little characters.

DSCF7707Mila has been busy too with the fab piece above and the wonderful character below which, is in such a place that a little conversation kept running through my head….’So can you tell me how you managed to break your leg a second time?’…’Well, it was like this…!’ DSCF7748

DSCF7825Oh and CoLor Art painted an octopus on a car, as you do. The owner of the car was very pleased with it.

DSCF7835I’d only been thinking the other week that this wall was due for a  makeover and Lone must have read my mind…

DSCF7834…As indeed had 10 – Yeah him again!

DSCF7847Rayna and Skint have both done pieces in memory of Clem Alice who died earlier this month.DSCF8333

DSCF7828And Mr Eugene is bloomin’ Boomin’!

And that’s not the half of it!!

Long Live The Explorer! Long Live Clem Alice! RIP George xxx

DSCF8694georgeSometimes things happen that put life into perspective and we are reminded just how fragile we all are. Clem Alice aka George was a young and very talented young man, whom I am privileged to have met. He should have had his whole life in front of him but tragically he passed away on Wednesday 10th April from natural causes.

DSCF3353 His work was always eyecatching and very unique.DSCF3632 Initially it took some time for me to put a name to this artist whose style was so original. I still don’t know where the name came from.

DSCF5631 The now demolished former Pinegrove Sports Club was where he really came into his own and his confidence could be seen to grow in his pieces.DSCF5624 DSCF5579 DSCF8576 This was quite an early piece that I think is still visible in the town centre.

DSCF0354 DSCF0353 DSCF0381 I loved finding his work as did many other graffiti followers.DSCF3862 This piece seemed different again,constantly evolving.DSCF2224Unfortunately, Clem Alice fell out with his own work last year and deleted all his photos on his Flickr account. I thought he would be back with even more amazing art, but sadly it was not to be. Hopefully through his popularity with photographers, most, if not all of his art will have been recorded and saved for all to see.

DSCF7747Curiously I only found this piece last week, seems quite poignant now.

Friends of Clem Alice aka George will organise a fitting tribute to him and I’m sure that he and his work will not be forgotten.

I’m not a religious person, but would like to think there is more after we leave this place and that wherever George is now they appreciate what a bloody good artist and all round nice guy they’ve got.

Long Live Clem Alice!

 

Vinyl Marbles

I love this derelict, pigeon poo covered building so it was great to go and watch CoLor Art paint there and give him a tour of the place. It’s fair to say he was quite taken with it, but he wasn’t the only one.

Clem Alice had done a  few pieces here although I don’t think they were particularly recent.

French graffiti artist Ziru had done this piece some time ago, but this was the first time I managed to get a shot of it without shadows.

While the building was ‘open’ this time round Boms came and did this piece which was amazing.

Skint had been and dropped a piece with Suek featuring Skints’ signature character.

Mila K and Narke had done a wonderful piece along side one of CoLor Arts creations.

CoLor Art and Espre had done a piece together. Did I mention that CoLor Art liked it here?

This were the last pieces I saw before the place was sealed up again. I believe I bumped into one of the artists, but he assured me he was just there taking photos…..a likely story!

Return to the Water House

On a very cold, damp and miserable day we paid a return visit the Water House with no water, although, to be fair, on this occasion it was rather moist.

Time 4 Tea. Rocket01 had been busy.

Biobotanical by RocketO1, the face is based on a photo of David Miliband.

Clem Alice had found his way here too.

I particularly like Clem Alice spiders.

Skint had been here as well with his own personal rainbow, in my opinion he has a real eye for colour.

I don’t know who did this but I like the colours and patterns in it.

Having children that can drive has its uses hopefully I will be able to visit this place more regularly now.