Graffiti and urbex go pretty much hand in hand, although sadly due to its soaring popularity too much information is ending up in the public domain and as a result not many new locations appear these days and if they do the window of opportunity is usually very small before a building is sealed up again. That said, the old favourites still become accessible every now and then and I was lucky enough recently to revisit two places that have a special place in my heart. Clearly I wasn’t the only one, Booms had been here too, as had quite a few others.
Don’t know where to start, Tamworth is an awesome annual event, organised by Vic of New Urban Era ,and it was once again amazing. And it’s fair to say that the Sheffield Massive was, well massive….The lush wall above by Jaer, Espre, Ryak and Booms was just part of it.
Silen T Bill, whom I believe I was talking to in the Wimpy, did this clever YMCA piece and the Hulk piece is by the charming, as always, Jay Sharples. D7606s’ post boxes made an appearance too and it was a pleasure to meet the man himself.
So yes it was a brilliant day saw a lot of lovely people I already knew, met a lot of lovely people I won’t forget and wussed out on talking to Gnasher….. Oh and did I mention that the wonderful Espre painted something especially for me, good job I’m not big headed… much!
What I love about my passion for graffiti is that moment when you see a wall you hadn’t expected to see, the buzz is awesome, and this was a jawdropper! Eug x Tekonta Secta x Phes x CoLor Art, wonderful!
http://youtu.be/L9WfyUBZ7I4 Have to say that Kid Acnes’Art Fags are not generally my favourites but I love this tune!
Painted as a tribute to a friend who has joined the RAF, Pawski and Mace have smashed it again. This is truly amazing close up and personal, so real that the gun follows you……………it honestly does! Another total jawdropper.
Bubba 2000 has decided to call it a day as far as the graff/art scene goes at the moment. I’m sure I read somewhere that he thinks it’s time to grow up. I’m sure he’ll get over it though, I stopped being a grown up a long time ago.
This 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!
There’s more much more, I’m seriously behind in sorting my photos, hopefully I’ll catchup soon……better than being bored I suppose 😉
I have been to some weird and wonderful places in search of graffiti, but this place I think tops the chart. That somewhere like this could be so close to a big city geographically, but a whole world away in every other aspect, really blew my mind. The people we met were really nice and helpful but the experience was surreal. Booms and CoLor Art were given permission to paint two caravans, the amazing results are above and below.
Speaking of surreal, Fauna Graphic and Foundry produced their first, hopefully of many, collaborations called Chariots of the Gods. Sadly it was damaged within days of completion, an increasingly common occurrence across the city at the moment.
The Jackalope by Nymph, new arrival to the scene. A Jackalope is a cross between a pygmy deer and a killer rabbit, a creature with an ability to mimic the human voice. The females produce milk which is useful for medicinal purposes, but they only mate during electrical storms, which explains there rarity, that, and there passion for whisky, which makes them easy to hunt, apparently….
Still loving the work that’s going on in the city, shame about those feeling the need to damage it.
Mila 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…!’
And that’s not the half of it!!
Yes we’ve got it all going on at the moment.
It’s becoming a very popular pastime this graffiti hunting lark. Still not sure what I think to wandering around a derelict building and bumping into at least a dozen other people, a sign of the times I suppose.
Got a chance to visit a paintball establishment http://www.asylumpaintball.co.uk/ where 2 local artists Trik9 and Kisk have done some excellent work. The above piece is by Kisk.
I have quite a backlog of photos to go through, again not complaining, don’t know when me garden’s going to get done though…