Waders Not Included

DSCF8162So it’s throwing it down, freezing cold, howling gale, time to go hunting for a piece next to a swollen river, obviously. I guess there are worse things to have as your last view on the world than a cat-carrying water siren by Coloquix.DSCF8174 StitchGzos, Pawski and Shoe, another awesome wall to brighten the city centre.DSCF8185Stabby women, the new batch from Kid Acne, particularly liking the unicorn.DSCF8152Not an especially new Xhastexo and Bine collaboration,but a really good one.DSCF8112Espre, first one of the year, one of many I hope.DSCF8111Almost impossible to comprehend that this is a first piece by an artist, but the Inksurgeon, as his name suggests, normally performs wonders on a much smaller scale. It’s not bad for a debut (!), wonder what he’ll do next…DSCF8091I never was a fan of the Muppets, the only characters I ever really liked were Waldorf and Statler, Rateone must have read my mind!DSCF8107Saul Goodman from Breaking Bad, another cracker from Pawski.DSCF8108Skull by Mace, crikey what a scorcher.DSCF8085 StitchSkint and Sour collab, apologies for the poor pic, but they will paint in such awkward places!.DSCF8021Gradually disappearing as is the nature of all things graffiti, the first cat/manatee by Phlegm. Although as some pieces go this is probably antique.DSCF8150Some of Sheffields up and coming, mixed with a few that have been around a while, don’t think that slow fellow will go far though…

Can somebody do something to stop all this rain please, I think I’m starting with trenchfoot. Thank you! 🙂

The End Is Nigh!

DSCF7671 StitchI don’t like to get involved in the politics of the scene, but I do feel the vibe in Sheffield is really bad at the moment, it saddens me and it’s taking away much of the pleasure I got from my passion. There is far too much hate on individuals when it’s roots are not necessarily graff related. If you don’t like a style, fair enough but to publicly diss and damage individuals work is pointless. Not everybody likes everything, and why should they? Some ‘acclaimed’ photographers started by only photographing the work of one artist, some have stayed like that. For myself, I try to encompass as much of the scene as I can, and yes I get it that it must be frustrating for certain writers and artists that some of the newcomers to the graff photographic community will ignore many quality pieces to get to a piece by a specific person. But I think all this infighting is missing the point. It’s a good thing that there is a wider interest in graffiti/street art, more interest = more public support and more legal spots, good thing, yes? I think so. It has a down side though. I know there are many who believe that real graff should not be on legal walls, I get that too, the problem, as I see it now is that the areas are being blurred. I’m not getting into the bombing aspect, I mean the less legal sites, in derelict buildings etc. are being treated, by some, as in the public domain, they’re not. They were never meant to be mainstream,discovering and accessing these sites was never supposed to be openly discussed on social networks, it kind of defeats the object. I love the work on legal walls, the more the better, I think it looks amazing and it’s great to see more appearing in the city. But I loved the thrill of finding something unexpected or hidden too, I’ve spent hours and in one case months searching online and walking miles to find that special something, now that’s gone, chances are you’ll have seen a photo of a piece by loads of people within hours of it being done, you’ll have to join the queue to access the site and if you’re lucky, you’ll get there just before somebody’s dogged it! In my opinion this is not a good thing, it’s killed the urbex scene and it’s doing the same to graff. I was reading an interview the other week with an american graff photographer,he said much the same thing, it would appear it’s a problem everywhere. What’s the answer? Buggered if I know, all I hope is that some new fad takes over leaving those of us who like to spend our days sniffing paint fumes dodging syringes and standing in pigeon poo to get on with it. I think it will happen, I just hope the scene hasn’t imploded on itself before it does. We have some fantastic writers and artists in Sheffield, the city is becoming renowned for its graffiti and street art nationwide, even worldwide, long may it continue…. please.

So, rant over, good to see Phlegm back in the city with his Urban Foxes.

DSCF7676 Funny Ideers by CoLor, just a little bit festive.DSCF7690Our friends from the North East, have paid a return visit.DSCF7692D7606,with a cheeky little bit of Marilyn.

DSCF7698Trik 9 with 2 of Santas’ little helpers.ThisisSheffieldDSCF7732 DSCF7734 DSCF7745 StitchI can’t really do this wall justice on here, it has to be seen to be believed. ‘This is Sheffield’ the epic collaboration between Mace, Jaer, Gzos and Pawski.DSCF7758Nice to see Ryak coming out to play.DSCF7760Good to see Black out and about too, don’t see too much of his work.DSCF7777I really like this, Jonas x Meth.

Thanks for your support over the last year it’s much appreciated. I hope your 2013 has been better than mine and that your 2014 is better still. Happy New Year!

Catching Up Again!

DSCF7512Sorry for the gap between posts, been caught up in the festive spirit (blatant lie!) Anyway let’s get back on track. I do like stickers and slaps, nice to see a Tom Newell one.DSCF7580CoLor and Narke and an attack of the munchies I think.DSCF7583Cantastic Art, becoming an increasingly regular visitor to Sheffield, I like this much.DSCF7564This gorgeous lion is part of an amazing looking mural on the Hallam Uni Students Union building , painted by  graphic design graduate Sachin Limbachia, can’t wait to see it without the scaffolding around it.DSCF7569 Stitch (6000x1392)Gzos and Jaer, laying claim and brightening more of the bored boards in our city.DSCF7529Slugger, much more than that I don’t know, quirky characters though 🙂 DSCF7634Heard this character was being retired, a pity if it’s true, he’s one of my favourites, by Riseone. DSCF7516And finally, the last in the series….Bunny! this one is by Alex Ekins

My Milkshake Brings All The Boys To The Yard…

DSCF7315 StitchThis is what I’ve seen on very recent expeditions. Sour, pushing boundaries with this piece that looks like it’s raised up from the wall.DSCF7286Alex Ekins, little fox, lovely.DSCF7318 StitchKid Acne x Petro, for reasons I don’t understand, a bit of a ‘marmite’ wall.DSCF7381 StitchH2i (Pawski, Mace, Mars) and TIO (Gzos, Jaer) came together for this fantastic tribute marking the tragic extinction in the wild of the Black Rhino.DSCF7454Trex, not a regular contributor to city centre walls, more usually seen on the outskirts. I have now been informed that this is a different Trex and the original is not impressed.DSCF7457Cantastic Art has taken to night time manoeuvres recently, must be sponsored by a carrot farmer!DSCF7464Boaster MTH did this sneaky little character on a recent visit to Sheffield, love it!DSCF7267This wonderful owl, something a little different from Mars, awesome.DSCF7493Managed to catch two of the H2i fellows working on this stunner of a wall featuring Chali 2Na, (I confess, I had never heard of him, but the likeness is amazing!) DSCF7500The finished wall by Shoe and Pawski, completed just as it went dark, lucky to get a half decent shot thanks to fading light and dying camera batteries.DSCF7302And finally… another Bunny!

Catching up

DSCF6772Some of the pieces shown have already disappeared under the Halloween walls, but they’re very worthy of a viewing here. I don’t know this Gusk, a visitor I think, but I like it.DSCF6779Gzos, holy cow!DSCF6780 StitchMTH had paid a visit, not sure of the individual names, but it’s Boaster on the right. And Dilk on the left.DSCF6780Don’t know who but it’s fresh. It’s by Tals, a lovely lady writer, thanks for the info.DSCF6781Don’t know this one either, but I’m guessing part of MTHDSCF6784 I can read this (!) , but I read it wrong and it’s Irek.DSCF6790CoLor Art and Eug, love the colours in this.DSCF6837Eug busy as always,Teas, a welcome but less frequent visitor, he should get out more.DSCF6885KRS One by Mars,H2i, awesome!DSCF6770D7606s post box featuring Marilyn Monroe, love it.DSCF6829One of Coloquix’ luscious ladies.DSCF6889Nice to see Prone back on it after his extended tour of America with this colourful collab with Lone.DSCF7131 StitchKisk, Risk, Trik9 and Such, with an absolute stunner.DSCF7175Sadhu by Alex Ekins, and me, contemplating the universe, as you do.

I’m almost up to date since my holiday, apart from all the ones I haven’t got to yet!

This is Halloween

DSCF7157I love Halloween, and I’ve been well happy this year that so many artists have got into the spirit, so to speak. Love this piece by Coloquix.DSCF7102 Stitch (2) (6000x1160)Part of a huge wall in the city centre, this section features Trik9, Jaer and New Yorker Eli One.DSCF7122 StitchTrik9(again) and Kisks’ bit.DSCF7111 StitchSuch, with the most amazing Evil Mickey I have ever seen, Kode and Lone.DSCF7109 StitchGzos’ contribution. The whole wall is fantastic,I broke it down into sections so you can see more of the detail.DSCF7005CoLor Art went over to the darkside. DSCF7101Mila Ks piece, sensational as always. DSCF6763 StitchThis beast of a wall features the talents of Booms, CoLor Art, Danks, Trik9 and Prone.DSCF6752Lone did this spooktacular(did I just say that!) take on Jason.

All in all made me a very happy undead vampire bunny!

 

Art In The Garden

DSCF5382Just before popping off on my holidays I called in at this event at the Nursery Tavern, organised by My Life Project https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Life-Project/275414552515098 . I had expected a small scale event with just a few local artists, how wrong I was! Kisk and Trik 9 were working together on a wall.

DSCF5375Faunagraphic was busy on a beautiful piece featuring British wildlife.

DSCF5395Meth had been and gone by the time I got there.

DSCF5378Caught the lovely Mr Coloquix at work.

DSCF5398 StitchJaer and Gzos had completed this awesome wall.

DSCF6690Such completed a great piece featuring roadrunner.

DSCF669410 and Espre had done their bit.

DSCF6701Ryak, Lone, Kode and Cantastic Art each made a colourful contribution, stunning wall.

DSCF6702No party would be complete without Eugene Booms.

DSCF6716Cantastic art also sneaked in a cheeky 3 wise monkeys piece.

DSCF5379The only work I didn’t get a finished shot of, the My Life Project van, undergoing a makeover from CoLor Art.

DSCF6697 StitchThe collaboration by Kisk and Trik9, super, smashing, great!

DSCF5386I’ve seen this fellow before at graff events, I think he’s working under cover, bloody good disguise though!

A lot more artists were painting than I expected, many others had called in for support and a catch up, it was great to see so many friendly faces.  🙂

Such a fantastic event, lots of artists and lots of spectators, the landlord was an absolute star as well, I do hope they do it again.