2012 Personal Favourites From Around The Country

As it is that time of year, just thought I’d do a quick overview of my year in graffiti. It’s made me realise how lucky I’ve been.

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Leeds, no idea of the artist, went to see some pieces by Replete, which were awesome by the way, but this was an unexpected treat.

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Sand Sea and Spray Blackpool. To try and choose just one from this was horrendous, but it was the first time I saw a piece by The London Police in the flesh and I was well giddy.

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New Urban Era, Aerosol Planet Jam at Tamworth, again the quality of work was mind boggling and ridiculously hard to pick one, but I chose this by Bonzai, because it’s so complex it hurt my head.

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Notts Property in Nottingham,  fantastic day out, met some really nice people, saw this jaw dropping piece from Mono.

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Ashes2Dust Leamington Spa, a really good day spent with good people. I chose this piece by Crom, possibly the coolest dude I’ve ever met.

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Like a trip to Manchester every now and then, nice to see some work by Alice Pasquini.

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The Black Duke Project ‘The Boat That Shocks, Eduk The Diver’ by the Cream Soda Crew, an awesome piece on an awesome boat, that still has lot of space to paint on it!

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At the old brickworks this piece by Toupe, chosen because it’s just a little bit mad.

In spite of everything, have to admit, I got about a bit. Hope I’m lucky enough to see even more in 2013.

Leeds Awayday

Somebody told me that they didn’t have any graffiti in Leeds, well I saw that as a challenge, so off we went to see what we could find. To be honest, it wasn’t the best day for it, it was chucking it down and I hadn’t really got very far with researching locations. The Kosy Crackhead was one of the first things we spotted.

At least got a nice reflection shot due to the soggy conditions and it looks like graffiti to me.

At the point we found this we were well and truly lost. It’s a lovely piece, I really like it.

This artist was one of the reasons we had gone to Leeds in the first place. Replete is hugely talented and paints these 3d creations which are mind bending.

This was another one of Repletes’. Both pieces are in a seriously nasty building with all manner of drug paraphernalia around, reminds me a bit¬†of Sheffields crack den, although this place is much bigger. There was other graffiti in there too.

I love this, it’s got a touch of the Conor Harringtons about it to me and it was a really exciting find.

Well despite being half drowned we had quite a good day in Leeds and we definitely found some graffiti. It was worth the trip and we’ll certainly be back, but might do a bit better research next time.