Happy New Year!

I had thought I’d be out and about over the christmas period, but due to the seaonal weather and over indulgence I haven’t got very far at all, bring on the spring, or at least some dry weather!DSCF6648 StitchI do have a strange fondness for this place, it was one of my very first explores, it had more walls and roofs and even windows then! But I do think it’s on borrowed time now as it is slowly but surely falling down, I’ll be surprised if it lasts another year.DSCF6575 StitchSurge and Britney, did it again, reclaiming a favourite spot.DSCF6651Simple but effective, and slightly disturbing.DSCF6616Mr Hastes’ monkey seems to have escaped 🙂DSCF6591Corpse, surely one of the most photographed pieces in Sheffield over the last few days, love it!DSCF6584Stickers! Featuring C3, D7606, Greenz, SSSOVA, VoxRomana and others.DSCF6522Mila K,Acid Junkies, took this after it had snowed and the sun was shining, it was literally blinding.DSCF6493 StitchNot sure who did the piece on the left, but Dyson in the middle and Teml(?)DSCF6469I like this, a commissioned piece #colourbritain sponsored by Dulux.DSCF6463Coloquix has an exhibition on at the Forum, go see it if you can. I went to the opening night, cue another hangover! 😉DSCF6668 StitchThe skatepark is going through a popular phase at the moment, practically changing every week.DSCF6485 Riseone and Rast, I may have seen Riseone painting this, but it probably wasn’t him… DSCF6673This is an art space, a space for art, the shutter apparently however, is not….

The Wild West of Sheffield

DSCF2589The Wild West, apparently. I have no idea what it’s about, it’s pretty big though.

DSCF2929Emit, Erase and Mr Danks, claiming the biggest wall in the skatepark, I wonder how long this one lasts, there’s a very rapid turnover up here at the moment.

DSCF3003Laura, by or for, I’m not really sure.

DSCF2934Evil Minion by CoLor Art, he’s a Minion and he’s purple, which makes him perfect.

DSCF2766 DSCF2768The rabbit is by Petro, the board which was propped at the side of it, maybe not.

DSCF2803This was one of a series of awesome pieces by Mila K that were painted whilst I was incapacitated with a broken leg. Nearly 10 months on, I finally made it up the huge ramp that they were above, much to the horror and amusement of a group of young boys, who insisted on helping me down so I didn’t hurt myself, bless’em!

DSCF2884 DSCF2887 DSCF2889 DSCF2902 DSCF2873Local artists including Booms, Jaer, Kode and CoLor helped decorate a set location for local film maker Theo Cane and I was lucky enough to get a sneeky peek.

DSCF3108Sour on it with his pussy cat, I really like this character.

DSCF2771You never just see one rabbit do you, this cheekychap is by new artist Greenz.

DSCF3123This was an unexpected treat, a Kid Acne piece done to coincide with Tramlines perhaps,whatever, I love these characters.

There’s more much more, I’m seriously behind in sorting my photos, hopefully I’ll catchup soon……better than being bored I suppose 😉

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 🙂

The Jam that wasn’t a Jam

As part of the Sharrow Festival held each year in Mount Pleasant Park there is a graffiti jam in the ballcourts. This year sadly, due to the inclement weather we’d been having, the event was cancelled.   However, on the actual day the weather was not bad at all and a number of the local artists turned up anyway.

DSCF7355The turnout was quite impressive, local legend Dyel was painting.

DSCF7343Lone was painting along with Kode.

DSCF7345Drot/Bob was one of the first to complete his piece.

DSCF7398ACAB had a change of writing style, that I think worked really well.

DSCF7356Skint was on it and CoLor Art dropped a couple of 3d characters as well.

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It was a good day and all the better for being so spontaneous, people just came and did their thing and the atmosphere was great.

The festival proper was rearranged for October.

 

Whirlwind Track Water Cracker and House Stop

Boms had paid a visit trackside with Teas to paint this wonderful collaboration featuring a rather unusual character doing something ….umm …well a little … mmm…inappropriate shall we say?

Saer has been doing his bit too, I haven’t seen him use this style before.

CoLor Art has got a thing about pigeons, if he goes to a building that hasn’t got any, he feels the need to put one there, and he felt the need to put one here.

As English summers go this one was even more rubbish than usual so although this is normally a winter retreat, it has remained quite active with Gzos and Jaer doing these awesome pieces.

Kase has returned to painting after a break and worked on this piece with Mis Red Art, a newcomer to the graffiti scene.

Went out onto a very dodgy roof to get a picture of this rat, I don’t know who did it but I hope they paint somewhere less life threatening next time.

The House Skatepark exterior has had a makeover, a huge production with Phlegm, Boms, Gzos, Jaer and Teas, still haven’t managed a picture of the full wall. Annoyingly every time I go there are vehicles blocking the view.

Boms part of the production was completed first, love it! I will get a picture of the full wall eventually.

 

 

 

 

Another Court Round-up

Before my OCD kicked in properly I just used to pop to the skatepark and the ballcourts every now and then. It only occurred to me gradually that I was missing so much, and I couldn’t  have that! At this point though, I was still pretty oblivious..

The spiky chap above is by CoLor Art, hindsight is a wonderful thing.

I was also unaware that there was a graffiti jam once a year at Mount Pleasant Park and by chance ended up there not long after one, there was some amazing stuff. I’m guessing, looking at them now, that the ones I don’t recognise are not Sheffield artists, but I could be wrong.

Like this piece above, I would love to know who did this.

This piece is  byBooms, I know that now, I really should have known it then.

Rast, Skint and ACAB, part of the Real Hate Crew, the bikes aren’t theirs by the way!

I spent a long time believing this was Kid Acne, only to be told, eventually, it was french (parisian even) female artist EMA.

This ballcourt  was not as popular as Mount Pleasant, although it is much more popular now as the street art community has grown in number, confidence and popularity.

This isn’t  a court shot it was in the town centre. Some purists don’t like stuff like this, but I love it. That someone had taken time to make this and  then gone and stuck it on a door in town for surely no other reason than to make people smile, I think that’s ace. I love the huge detailed fantastic pieces that symbolise what street art is all about, but there is always room for the simple things, isn’t there?

 Court Round-up

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As time went on, I began to do more research on my chosen subject and came to realise that Google Earth was my new best friend, that, streetview and flickr. I still find it amazing how many places I never knew existed till I got into this and I’ve lived in Sheffield all my life.

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Places like this little ballcourt were totally off my radar, but me and Mount Pleasant Court were already getting cosy.

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This was and still is the busier of the two courts, getting a full makeover on a very regular basis. This has given rise to   beef on occasions, with the aggrieved writer going over the others work on purpose. A common occurence in the graff world and one I find frustrating and fascinating in equal measure.

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The skatepark on Devonshire Green is quite a popular spot but many of the pieces are worn away rapidly as it is popular with skateboarders and BMXers as well. There is also a small section of wall that is used by artists, sometimes a piece will last a couple of months, but it has been known to change three times in a week.

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The more photos I took of graffiti I began to spot similarities, pick out individual artists, the guy above did lots of pieces here and it took me ages to put a name to him.

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The piece above is by Espre, I took this photo in 2009 and realised what it said about an hour ago. As stated previously I’ve still a lot to learn!