Tour de Graff

DSCF2061While the many were watching mad men on bicycles I had a little wander. Got to this just after Meth had finished it. DSCF2058Nice bit of Bob.DSCF2054Byne and Haste are really on it at the moment.DSCF1925Interesting collaboration between Casino and Desmond, definitely different.DSCF2097D7606 has added another little yellow piece to this extremely very busy doorway. DSCF2102Kosh-9s definitive canine.DSCF2129 StitchaWas good to catch up with Burn and Kode of TCM as they finished this awesome wall, sadly Rackone had left before I got there.DSCF2146Love these cheeky chappies!DSCF2161This simply stunning piece featuring Gail, the dominatrix, from Sin City is another creation by Surge. DSCF2202Eug going large, I was amazed that the scary baby was still there by the time I got to it, but it is pretty firmly attached.DSCF2196A topical cracker by Rocket01 appeared a few days after the Tour de France had left.DSCF2191Not sure of the names for this one.DSCF2185Rateones’ scary cyclops,lurking in the darkness.DSCF2213 StitchThis is going to be awesome, can’t wait to see it finished.

Sharrow Jam 2014

DSCF1828I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to put this post together,but it has. The jam at the ball courts, Sheffields biggest graff event on the calendar, was as always well attended with many of the great and the good from here and further afield turning up to paint.  Byne and Haste were on it, in the same spot as last year, I believe.DSCF1825Iron Man being wonderfully recreated by Mace.DSCF1833Ryak, dressed appropriately for the weather,as were many others, because it was blooming hot!, working on their signature pieces.DSCF1845Si2, Hull Graffiti working his magic again, I’m so glad he likes coming to this city.DSCF1843Kosh painting a pooch.DSCF1854Trik9, having a little dancing interlude.

Only paid a flying visit to the jam on the day, due to having a very hot dog with me! Here’s some finished masterpieces.DSCF1966Si2 Hull Graffiti.DSCF1971 StitchMeth, CoLor, Kode and Lone.DSCF2002Byne and Haste.DSCF2003 StitchMTH, Irek Onger and Suer.DSCF1826Surge.DSCF1834Sone.DSCF1860Haven’t got a decent shot of this complete due to the goals being put back up, don’t know the artists name either.DSCF1994Cantastic Art.DSCF1852This one was spoilt by the goal too.DSCF1855I don’t know the names of these guys, sorry.DSCF2009 StitchTrik9, Prone and Xanone.DSCF1941Pawski and Shoe.DSCF1951Public Offender.DSCF2036Open and Link.DSCF1987 StitchRyak and ?.DSCF2042Core.DSCF1948And finally…

Sadly, as much as this is an annual event, so too is the dogging of some of the pieces as soon as the jam is over, lucky there was some star who came and retouched them all…… warms the cockles of my heart! 🙂

Whistle Stop

DSCF1743Paid a brief visit to Peace in the Park, met up with a few friends who were having a very good time! CoLor Meth and Mila K found time to have a paint while they were there and I think the posing peoples were in a band,DSCF1737Spotted a few of these about, don’t know who did them.DSCF1731Eug with one of his awesome characters.DSCF1727Stewy paid us a visit to drop this stencil featuring Jarvis Cocker, one of several different characters he’s done in various locations on the route of the Tour de France.DSCF1717Lovely tribute piece to the late Patrick Moore by Rocket01.DSCF1708 StitchKosh and…., I’m not guessing…DSCF1700I don’t know who did this either, but I do think it’s quite sweet.DSCF1671Venom, by Mace, superbly gruesome.DSCF1801Jiro?DSCF1819Angry Kitty (not it’s real name) by Mila K.DSCF1822Rambo and Nofx doing what they do best.DSCF1864Pretty lady by Black.DSCF1909C3 pasteup being reclaimed by nature.DSCF1874Don’t know who but much like.DSCF1875Love this too.DSCF1674I love my graff and I’m constantly amazed at the quality of work produced in this city, but I don’t often go wow! anymore, I did when I first saw this. I do have a bit of a soft spot for anything Batman related, but this is truly special.

Sheffield Calling

DSCF1408 Stitch (8000x1031)Much as I enjoy a road trip, I’m always mindful that I’ll be missing something going on in Sheffield. And I really hate missing out on things. Like this awesome collaboration between Such, Time, Pawski and the mighty Astek who made a trip up north and stopped for a paint while he was here.DSCF1415If you’re from this city you will be very aware of the terrible hit and run accident that resulted in serious injuries to one young girl and the tragic death of Jazzy Chan. This beautiful tribute appeared within days of the incident. I honestly do not know how the driver who did this can live with themselves.DSCF1396Trik9 just keeps getting better, love these characters. The man himself has an exhibition on in September, can’t wait to see it. DSCF0806Not seen one of these before, can anyone tell me what a Doriscy is? DSCF0802Cheeky little Greenz piece I spotted.DSCF0671The finished Rocket and Fauna piece Eye Catching, very!DSCF0658Trik9, again, because everyone loves TMNT right?DSCF0599 StitchBurn, Lone and Rack One, part of a larger collaboration that was pretty amazing, but sadly rather badly damaged by the time I got to it. DSCF1500Had to wait years, literally, to see this piece in the flesh, no idea who did it, but it was worth the wait.DSCF1418Cantastic Art, constantly trying new things, I really like this. DSCF1422Methosaurus, I can’t get enough of the awesome characters Meth is coming out with lately.DSCF1428Osiris, bluetiful! 😉 Osim not  osiris sorry.DSCF0648Not sure who did this, Suek maybe, but I have been wrong before…but not this time 🙂DSCF0636 StitchAsim and Erase? I probably shouldn’t be guessing, but whoever it is I like it. Osim not asim… I’ll get my coat….

I know I’ve got loads more to catch up on, better get my hiking boots on!

Derby Graff Jam : Court In The Act

DSCF1267Had a little trip over to Derby for the first ‘Court in the Act’ event. The above piece, by Tekonta Secta, greeted us on our arrival.DSCF1269Sheffield was well represented, Casino was in attendance.DSCF1282As were Xhastexo and Byne.DSCF1284Plenty of local talent was on display too. DSCF1289Deze, some names were shamelessly stolen from the Derby Graff page on Facebook 😉 https://www.facebook.com/graffitiderby?fref=tsDSCF1293Lisk Bot with one of his wonderful creations.DSCF1294I think this was an old piece, loving the style.DSCF1295An eye-catching piece by Repz.DSCF1324Rise, this was one of favourite pieces on the day.DSCF1336CoLor Art was there too to take on the container challenge, I think he won.DSCF1351Last saw this writers work at Russells Youth Club, great to see him in action again.DSCF1353Rews another local lad I think.DSCF1357Nice piece by Peach, good to see her trying different things.DSCF1359Rate One knocked out this cracking piece, not bad at all for his first paint at a jam.DSCF1349Byne and Xhastexo were asked to paint a car by nearby resident. Local children were very concerned that they had permission to do this, and even though the artists assured them they did, they still felt the need to check with the car owner as well!DSCF1365Gutted that we had to leave before the paper came off.DSCF1300Apologies to Lisk Bot for being one of the many who asked where the robot was……he was hiding all the time! 😉

Really enjoyed this little jam, hope there will be another one soon, and well done to Jay for organising it!

Return To The Lego Factory

DSCF0841Had a lovely day out with two friends at one of my favourite urbex/graff spots.The first time I came here it was a cold grey November day and I was on crutches. This time the weather was glorious and I was running round like a spring chicken, well almost! It was great to see that much has changed since my last trip. I’ll apologise in advance for not knowing who most of the artists are. P.S. I have since been informed that the piece above is by Harriet AKA Ruby – Thank you! 🙂DSCF0843I know who these are though an unexpected sight this piece from Sico and Nymph.DSCF0851Eject Ep, love this character. DSCF0857Kombo (?) very colourful whoeverit is. DSCF0898 StitchInteresting combination of the old and the new.DSCF0946 StitchUKS, I’m a big fan of their work, was chuffed to see this here.DSCF0955Really like this. DSCF1038 StitchLove the pigeon, I’m sure I’ve seen his brother in Leeds.DSCF1044 StitchLike the colours in this, although the yellow one looks a bit out of place.DSCF1053Found the remains of an old piece that was inaccessible to me when I was on crutches.DSCF0881Another eye-popper.DSCF0994Lurking in quiet spot, I found this gorgeous painted Painted Dog, by CoLor, I wonder how that got there…DSCF0970Unfortunately I did manage to upset some of the locals, Mr and Mrs Swallow couldn’t wait for us to leave. Apparently, they thought we were a bad influence on the kids. I’m sure we’ll be back at some point, hope they’ll be pleased to see us then  😉

 

G’day! (Well 2 of them actually)

DSCF0275It’s always great to meet people as passionate about my hobby/ obsession as I am, so imagine how happy I was that one like-minded individual, was not only making the trip over from Australia to the UK (and Europe), but made it as far as Sheffield too! And it was my privilege to show her the sights over the two days she was here. Lady P as some of you may know is a graffaholic and I think it’s fair to say we have a lot in common. We tried to fit in as much as we could, but didn’t make it to all the spots I’d hoped. It was strange to realise how much I no longer notice, just because it’s there. It was good to see each place through another persons’ eyes.

Despite having never been finished the Phlegm piece above is still amazing.

DSCF0298 StitchThis Mega Production by Kode, Lone, Gzos and Mars was one I’d not seen up close, looks pretty special.DSCF0352Bumped into some of the new crop of artists in the city,was good to put names to pieces, the one above is by Desmond.DSCF0361Lady P caught in action photographing Peachz at work.DSCF0376The latest piece of loveliness from Eugene Booms.DSCF0444Lady P was able to see CoLor Art and Narke creating this fabulous piece, I think she took a few snaps too.DSCF0423I don’t know anything about Anubis, but I really like what he does, this is my favourite so far.DSCF0291Spied a beautiful Coloquix lady.DSCF0461Lady P was quite taken with this wall by H2i.DSCF0466Solo, I hope I got it right this time! Really like it anyway.DSCF0496I’ve not heard of Purpz before, not sure whether he’s local or not, cool piece though.DSCF0499Sico, seems to be all over the place at the moment. 🙂 DSCF0517Rather fond of these little critters by ABC.DSCF0523A horned lady by Casino, love the style of these.DSCF0526Really like this combination of paste up and paint by Dala.DSCF0540Making use of the architectural features, Meth.DSCF0543 Another making use of the architecture, can somebody tell me who it is please? I now know it’s Brisk 🙂DSCF0559Robo x Brisk, enjoying watching their styles and skills develop.DSCF0582Dyson consistently good.DSCF0572Paid a visit to the studio where Foundry works with his brother,and found this sexy lady on the wall.DSCF0570Lady P was keen to see as much as she could in her time with us, this piece by Rocket was the next to the last she saw on her trip.

It says a lot for Sheffield that someone like Lady P from so faraway, would be aware of what is going on here and want to come and see it for herself. I think we gave her a pretty grand tour, giving her a proper Yorkshire welcome and introducing her to a traditional English chippy and the questionable delights of dandelion and burdock!

It was a real pleasure to have her here I do hope she enjoyed it as much as I did…….Oh and by the way, she never said g’day once!

“When are you going to stop writing on the walls and make some money”

DSCF0593Jaers very clever tribute to Beat Street, with a little help from Kisk, recreating a piece by Ramon whose work was tagged by the infamous Spit! Must confess I haven’t seen this film, I’ll put it on my list.DSCF0096Eug x Mila x CoLor Art, quite a busy trio lately, love this….DSCF0221…And this by Eug x Mila x Color too!DSCF0192A taster of Mila Ks’ secret Konfess Exhibition, featuring the seven deadly sins. To appreciate this fully you should blink rapidly to recreate the strobe effect, that was brilliant but slightly disorienting on the day!DSCF0177Bine x Xhastexo, love the mixture of styles with these guys.DSCF0157Alien by Mase, stunning awesomeness!DSCF0151Marilyn by Pawski, his best yet in my opinion, simply jaw dropping.DSCF0484CoLor Art painted this handsome Troll, my new girl Stella is keeping him under control, I’d wanted her to sit with Alien, but he was far too scary 😉 DSCF0584 StitchI’ve an idea who did these, not least because I saw them doing it, but I’m not risking getting the names wrong. DSCF0052Obviously the Volt sticker is by Volt, but I have no clue as to who did the character.DSCF0234And finally this curious stencil, it’s odd but I like it.

My next post will have a slightly Antipodean flavour, good times 🙂

Yorkshires Top Graff Tourism Spot?

DSCF0116I read an interview with D7606 on New Urban Eras website, now there’s a guy who travels the country photographing graffiti, pasting his quirky telephone boxes on the way, and where’s his favourite spot? Sheffield! Hardly surprising really.

I’m guessing the paste up is another of the new batch in the city, all good.DSCF0113Rocket01s’ tribute piece to Neil Armstrong has been widely covered so I thought I’d post a close up, the facial features are amazing.DSCF0087 StitchRiseone and (insert name here), got a green thing going on here, I like. DSCF0085Meth,love this and the new big one I haven’t seen in the flesh is brilliant.DSCF0084I don’t know, made me smile though. 🙂DSCF0077This is just beautiful, I think it’s a real work of art, Foundry has excelled himself with this lovely lady. DSCF0069Solo, really like the colours and fill with this.DSCF0056Coloquixs’ lucious lady, gets about she does…DSCF0051Alex Ekins has been at it again, paste up Sherpas this time. This one’s my favourite.DSCF0028H2i have got the city looking lovely at the moment, this is a close up of  Maces’ latest in the centre.DSCF0026Pawski, definitely one with an eye for the ladies this fellow 😉 DSCF0022 StitchaEvo and Mars, bangin’!DSCF0006 StitchaaGzos with an ace piece to celebrate his mate Pete triumphing over cancer. Lovely tribute.

Perhaps I’m aiming too low with Yorkshires’ top spot, perhaps we’re the top spot in the UK, well nearly 🙂

City Centre Tootle

DSCF9297Love the positioning of this Kent piece.DSCF9293A friend of a friend bought a ventriloquists dummy from an antique shop on Abbeydale Road and every time they had friends round for dinner they would set a place for the dummy, not weird at all! I understand that this creation is being used as an album cover.DSCF9336 The peregrines at St. Georges have laid 4 eggs this year, I wonder if they have seen this awesome piece by Faunagraphic.DSCF9341Rocket01 getting busy again creating this lovely lady. I still think the badges are a marvellous personal touch. DSCF9339DSCF9304 StitchJaer, Mars and friends have redecorated some car park boards, they look really good but I’ve struggled to get a decent pic of the full wall without a car in front of it. I went back at the weekend to try my luck again only to find the car park owners have stuck signs all the way along it.DSCF9309One of Xhastexos  luscious ladies, he certainly has a variety of characters in his  repertoir….DSCF9346 Good to see this Booms piece is not lost forever, didn’t expect to see it in a tattoo studio though.DSCF9280 StitchRayna, loving this letter style.DSCF9289Another masterpiece from Skint,he’s becoming quite adept in painting in bloody awkward spots to photograph, I’m sure he does it on purpose!

I met a very nice (business)man this weekend who tells me he has big (very big) plans for a charity graffiti wall on  a well known Sheffield landmark, I do hope it all comes together, it will be amazing!