Old Places, New Bits

DSCF3517Graffiti 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.

DSCF3496Dyson, a piece with a view.

DSCF3493A lovely blue horned monster thing from Rate One.

DSCF3490Teml, I think, somebody will let me know if I’m wrong.

DSCF3484Tekonta Secta in pink, a girly Tek?

DSCF3467Smiley Selasie, not a regular contributor, or perhaps I’m looking in the wrong places.

DSCF3463Color x Booms an excellent combination.

DSCF3534Shrooms by Nymph.

DSCF3527One of Coloquixs’ growing number of beautiful cat ladies, and this one is in extra large!

DSCF3509Is it me or are these cats starting to take over the world?

DSCF3455On my way back I spotted this piece by Rayna, a nice little find. Looking forward to what I may find next…

New Urban Era,Tamworth, Heroes and Villains 2013

DSCF3935 Stitch (5000x1120)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.

DSCF3806 DSCF4001There was also CoLor and Foundry representing.

DSCF3985 StitchPawski, Mace and adopted yorkshireman Shoe worked on another stunner.

DSCF3885And not forgetting the talented Duse, pushing his boundaries a bit with this brilliant  Joker piece.

DSCF3734 DSCF3909Skema was having a bad day that was good for everyone else as he fell out with each piece he did, 3 in all and painted over 2 of them, but they all looked great to me.

DSCF3879 DSCF3876 DSCF3853Silen 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.

DSCF3688 DSCF3959Hull Graffiti, like the Dynamo of the graff world, you can see his cans and bits of card, but even if you stand and watch him work and you’ve no idea how he does it!

DSCF3963 StitchMet some lovely chaps from Bristol, Shab, Cage One and Pen, who painted alongside the wonderful Steve Edwards.

DSCF3988Cracking piece from Camz featuring Dastardly and Muttley.

DSCF3990Brave, blooming marvellous.

DSCF3922Glimmertwin produced this Clockwork Orange piece, jaw dropping.

DSCF3928DSCF3934Emptea and Saker produced a fantastic piece of work, that is certainly different to anything I’ve seen them do before and Saker definitely wins my vote for the scariest mask of the day!

DSCF4003Nice to catch up with good people, Crisp and Tim (Brink Arts), love the wall too.

DSCF3999It’s exhausting this painting lark, featuring Sky High, Eureka and others.

DSCF3981Step Tone 39, getting beyond superlatives, I’ll go with Wow!

DSCF3991Ster, fabulous, that is all.

DSCF3977Anybody who knows me knows I’m not generally stuck for words, but when it came to Gnasher, I was. So chuffed to see him in action, so annoyed with myself that I hadn’t got the bottle to talk to him…

DSCF3863I don’t know how that happened, really.

DSCF3937So 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!

 

 

 

 

 

Rollin’ Under The Melody

DSCF3138 StitchWhat 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!

DSCF3394Well! You don’t see that everyday!

DSCF3132I think this is Bobs’ handiwork, I really like it, but I doubt it’s still there, there were adhesive marks at the side of this, so something had already been removed.

DSCF3028The Grim Reaper by Mars? A guess on both counts. I like how he’s guarding the doorway.

DSCF3178http://youtu.be/L9WfyUBZ7I4 Have to say that Kid Acnes’Art Fags are not generally my favourites but I love this tune!

DSCF3435Painted 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.

DSCF3105Bubba 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.

DSCF3103Last but not least, Pleb Alert! Because we all need to be alert to Plebs…don’t we?

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 😉

Summer Fun and Madness!

DSCF1524Kylehughesodgers and Kid Acne piece completed on Thursday, photographed on Friday, dogged by Saturday. It does sadden me that some people feel the need to destroy others work.

DSCF1973Trik9 likes Sonic the hedgehog, a lot! Lucky us! Another glorious piece in the city centre.

DSCF1717Skint, feeling the pinch…Skinter!

DSCF2161Xhastexo, does a really nice monkey stencil, love this cheeky chap.

DSCF2176Gzos and Jaer go large with a production loosely based on zombies. West Street Wasters, I’m guessing, is a parody of  the drug and drink addicts of the city centre.

DSCF2187Boms and CoLor have gone large too, Eug even…

DSCF2088Sour painted a board for the Knife and Folk Summer Weekender Event at the Riverside, as did several other local artists.

DSCF2007As part of the same event, Faunagraphic and CoLor collaborated on a fantastic wall that I still need to get a completed shot of.

DSCF2155An artist new to me, Leeks, like this character much.

DSCF1991Some people you just have to admire for getting up and out there, Mr Danks and Erase, on it !…

DSCF1952…And others you have to admire for just being awesome. Pawski and Mace with Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver, wonderful beyond words.

DSCF2197The end of an era? The Matilda Street boards have sadly come down, one little corner of the city looks a little less colourful now……it’s a good job there’s still plenty of others 😉

 

Graffiti – Camping Edition

DSCF0829I 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.DSCF1123

DSCF0487Speaking 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.

DSCF0799The 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….

DSCF0903There has been a new batch of Kid Acnes’ Stabby women spotted around town.

DSCF1143I don’t know who, how or why, but it’s small and sweet and I like it.

DSCF0897Big L, moving into a whole new ballpark, so to speak. Love the character.

DSCF1133Nice to see a Mr Dyson piece, I don’t seem to have seen much of his lately, perhaps I’m looking in the wrong places.

Still loving the work that’s going on in the city, shame about those feeling the need to damage it.

 

The French Connection

DSCF9200Kid Acnes’ Art Fags have made a reappearance either side of a rather lush piece by Jan Garet, artist parisian. I do hope there will be more.

DSCF9177Love this piece by Rayna, don’t know much about this artist, which roughly translated, means absolutely nothing, but I do like his style.

DSCF9072Fauna Graphic completed this wonderful portrait of Harry Brearley on the centenary of his invention of rustless steel, later known as stainless steel.

DSCF9088Jaer has made his mark at the citys’ newest spot, I really need to ask him what the E is about.

DSCF9111French Connection part deux, EMA and another  Kid Acne Art Fag with CoLor Arts’ worm playing gooseberry…

DSCF9186Narke’s going green, it suits him too!

DSCF9172A huge EUG from the unstoppable Mr Booms will hopefully brighten the day of many a motorist as they pass.

DSCF8493Jaer Trik9 and Booms did this fantastic collaboration, the owner of the wall is so impressed with it, he’s going to put up more boards for them to paint!

DSCF9192Lastly we have another newcomer, liking these a lot 🙂

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!!

More Much More

DSCF7666Boms is unstoppable at the moment, constantly pushing the boundaries. Notice the Bine below it as well, looking good.

DSCF7441CoLor, always the innovator created this lovely character, I call him Tanked Up!

DSCF7654He also created this awesome face from 2 foot baths(?) Due to the sunlight  at the time of my visit, I had to make him a visor from poystyrene sheets. I think it worked well.

DSCF7613Nameless Nat as she will be known for the time being, produced her own take on the Disney legend Mickey, her largest piece so far.

DSCF7539I love this Scream piece too, the nameless one definitely has a style of her own.

DSCF7495Emit is moving up a gear, his character pieces are looking really good.

DSCF7533Some is a real wizard with colour, amazing.

DSCF7703Oh and did I mention Mr Angryface has been again, both of him!

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.

 

 

 

Keeping up, but only just..

DSCF7240There’s been so much going on in the last few weeks I’ve been struggling to keep up, not that I’m complaining. I love this collaboration with Faunagraphic x CoLor Art x Booms

DSCF7377Not a new piece by Emit but definitely worth a look and there’s not many things I’d go onto a roof to see!

DSCF7180Suek, uses some interesting styles, I particularly like this. I haven’t figured out yet whether he doesn’t paint often or whether I just don’t know his spots.

DSCF7276Bine, a change of style from an up and coming writer, looking good.

DSCF7410Got 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.

DSCF7414This was one of Trik9s pieces.

DSCF7235A close up of Booms part of the collaboration at the top, a villain from the Batman comic apparently, I don’t know who he is but he’s awesome!

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…