Welcome to the Hotel California, I mean Sheffield

I honestly don’t know where to start with this one.

Once upon a time there was an artist called Phlegm, he stumbled upon a long abandoned derelict hotel. First he painted on the roof and then on many of the floors and then Kid Acne came and painted too. Then the word spread.

And Rocket01 came and painted.

And Fauna Graphic came and painted.

And Boms came and painted.

And Kers came and painted, can you see a pattern emerging?

And CoLor came and painted, many times.

And Wolf came and painted.

There was even a register where artists could sign in, and most of them did.

There was loads and it was amazing. To have so much creativity come together like this was fascinating to record and I think this is where my hobby developed into an obsession. Skint ,Clem Alice, Narke, EMA, Angel and many more came and painted. I can’t include all the pictures here. If you click on any of the pictures you can go through a slideshow of 20 images. I also made a photo book called ‘Welcome to Woemart Halls’ there is a link where you can read it online to the left of the page, the price to buy is unjustifiable so until I can find a way of getting it printed more cheaply, online is all it will be.

I so wish there had been a fairytale ending to this story but sadly there is not. After about 8 weeks the building was resecured, but not before someone went in and emulsioned over every piece of artwork in the place. To me an absolute travesty.

Here and There

One for sorrow Magpie by CoLor Art, part of a project on Division street that included all ten from the nursery rhyme.

This post is a bit of a mish mash of wanderings tying a few bits together. The most frustrating thing with this blog is trying to fit everything in, it’s impossible. I’m not sure whether I saw more as time went on or whether the scene was just growing, a bit of both I  guess. So I apologise to anyone I may offend by not including their work, but I do try.

I don’t know who did this, there seemed to be a sudden spate of them in the city centre,  then, they just stopped.

I don’t know who did this either and I know to some it’s offensive,but it makes me chuckle.

Production by Phlegm, Kid Acne, EMA, Ghost Patrol and Barber Filth.

 

Saw these Gzos, Boms and the infamous Bloodaxe pieces by totally by chance, it’s amazing what you can find when wandering aimlessly, all have been emulsioned over now in some anti graffiti drive.

 

Bumped into these lot on one of our walks, it was good to put names to faces. I think they were more shocked to meet me than I was to meet them, as I don’t think I’m the sort of person many would expect to be doing this. Although the more like minded individuals I meet, the more I realise that not many of us are. I had been posting my graffiti photos online for a while and was well chuffed when they knew me from that, it was a humbling moment that I won’t forget.

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.

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?