It’s Alive (and Kicking!)

Hopefully I’ll be back up to date with my blog (don’t hold your breath) just had my internet repaired for the third time, so for the moment it’s back to being rubbish as opposed to none existent. This is some of what’s been going on in Sheffield. DSCF3520Well he’s definitely back, Hungry Horace rides again….Hooray!!  DSCF5109Dala pasting pretty ladies everywhere.DSCF5111Yabba Dabba Doo! Love it, can’t read it though…. although I am informed it’s Deap. (thanks to my secret mine of graff information)DSCF5116Touching tribute wall by Byne for his dad. DSCF5119 StitchDealt x Kosy, homage to Viz. Nice to see Kosy in the city again.DSCF5125 StitchOgosh x Alas much like.  DSCF5140Pfog M4 buzzing colourscheme.  DSCF5219Gums, very fond of his cheeky characters. DSCF5237Quite like this, Toefoo.   DSCF5263Little ray of sunshine, seen a few of these now, always make me smile. DSCF5267 StitchSTOG x Meth A Trik9, a rhapsody in blue, fantastic! DSCF5313 StitchaDouble Rocket01, does it get any better than this?  😀  DSCF5343Brayk Graff, kind of cute , kind of creepy, a bit like me 😉DSCF5344Coloquix’s lady is beginning to write…and so is her cat, lovely.DSCF5355Osim x Jonas, a cracking combination, always good to see.DSCF5406 StitchMace, absolute banger! DSCF5424 StitchJDavies (Kame) 4 pieces to melt your mind. DSCF54464eyes, always consistent but seems a bit more active recently. DSCF5474 StitchNo idea, but I like the colours,some one should give me a job as an art critic…….I’d be absolutely useless! Ha! 😀

Summer’s Postponed!

Due to bad weather Sharrow Festival is postponed until 22 August, gutted, but I suppose I should make the most of getting up to date with  sorting my photos.  DSCF3436D7606 waiting for a call from Sid and Nancy on the other side.DSCF3265Found this while hunting dragons. DSCF3252 StitchA few weeks ago, I spotted a mural I hadn’t seen before in my fair city, by two of my favourite none Sheffield artists, Kid30 and Boaster. So I proudly,feeling quite pleased with myself, posted the pic on Instagram, and Boaster says “Did you get a picture of the dragon?”! There’s a dragon?….Well it took a while, but I got there in the end, well chuffed! 🙂DSCF3244I thought this was Cantastic Art, turns out I was right, had to happen one day! DSCF3197 StitchFoundry and See(the rarely seen! 😉 ) collaboration, need more of these. DSCF3188Stunning Octopus by CoLor. DSCF2923PeteFowler, a Welsh Artist, came to Sheffield and made this. Alex Turner, Phil Oakey, ? , Joe Elliot maybe?

DSCF2917C***face by Obit, I know I should know better, but I absolutely love it! DSCF2915Kisk x Meth x STOG x Trik9, good to see these guys keeping busy. I photographed this in rush hour traffic and do have to thank various motorists for not running me over and one even stopped so I could get a clear shot!DSCF2904I don’t know who did this, but I think it’s great. DSCF2886Perhaps this post should come with a Parental Advisory rating! DSCF2882Some feeling the green.DSCF2859Like this, whatever it says 🙂 DSCF2832Gums, simple but effective and always make me smile 🙂DSCF2813 StitchDenta x Earth x Teml, probably….DSCF2802Pawski and Shoe go seriously large with this wonderful piece on a pretty unusual canvas. DSCF2796Osim x Deap x Jonas, going through a purple patch, looks lovely with the white umbellifers ( apologies for going all Gardeners World!)DSCF3439Disappearing Stabby woman with legs! I don’t think Kid Acne made her disappear…..must be magic!

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!

Guess Who’s Back? Back Again!

DSCF5328Quick round up of stuff seen out and about, got a bit of a backlog, due to being offline so to speak. First up a Barbie sticker, new to the scene but putting the work in and getting out there. Girl Power!

DSCF5320EMA gave the Access space a new lick of paint.

DSCF5311 StitchRiseone and Jonas were on the gatecrasher boards briefly.

DSCF5275Suek and Sour created a number of new characters, this one is by Suek, I think this little chap is my most favourite.DSCF5283CoLor Art, stopped taking the medication I see 😉

DSCF5291Interesting pasteup by Kent, a sculptor, I like these, definitely different.

DSCF5299Espre, what can I say, love it!DSCF6671Cantastic Art, trying something a little different with a reproduction of an image that’s been floating around the internet. I don’t know who it was by, not that it matters really in my opinion, it’s a quality piece and a fitting nod to the original.

DSCF6675Trevor by Trevor, with teeth!DSCF6682Skint, going green, an eco craftsman?DSCF6689Xhastexo and Bine have formed a formidable partnership, producing bigger and better pieces one after the other at the moment, excellent!

So yes, I’m back on it, more posts coming very soon 🙂

Graffiti Central

DSCF4977I am often amazed at the detail and skill that can go into graffiti, whether it be letters or characters, but sometimes it’s the simple things, that work best. I love this cheeky Bob piece, so simple, a quick throw up, but brilliant. I could watch him glaring at passers by all day.

DSCF4969 StitchJaer had some friends over to brighten these boards in the city centre.

DSCF4957 Stitch Mila’s been seeing double, with these gloriously sinister twins and Cantastics’ skills continue to go from strength to strength,

DSCF4951 Rayna has done a few of these around town, this is the best in my opinion.

DSCF4947 It’s a bear with a monobrow, what more can I say….Although I did manage, accidentally, to crash some band making a video at this location today, which made me laugh…

DSCF4944 Awesome character by Imer, letters by Jonas and then a quality Dyson piece as standard.

DSCF4938 Rambo, First Blood, I’m sure John J would be pleased.

DSCF4927C3, Rate One and D7606, interesting combination, like it a lot.

Some lovely things going on in town at the moment, good to see so many arty visitors making the trip too. I do hope the ‘in house’ shenanigans don’t spoil it.

If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

DSCF7865Trying to catch up on pieces I’ve missed, so went for a whistle stop tour of a few sites, not easy when you’re doing it by bus and foot, all good for the fitness regime though! Found Superman,check. Just Wonder Woman to get now. At least I know where she is, thanks to a little help.

DSCF8329Xhastexo, a bit of a deviation from his usual style, but I like this, a lot.

DSCF7873Rayna does these faces that are appearing more and more, I really like them.

DSCF7882I just love all the colour in this shot reminds me of photos of New York alleyways.

DSCF7890Half of me is seriously not happy about this piece encroaching on Phlegms cat/manatee, but the other half can see that it is deteriorating with time. I quite like the Smut piece, but it will be a sad day when the Phlegm piece has gone altogether.

DSCF7895Prone, self portrait, awesome as always. Handsome chap isn’t he?

DSCF7902Nikon, Riseone and Jonas have done a sweet wall at the ballcourts.

DSCF7853DSCF8008Sheffields answer to Hannibal Smith of the A Team, Gzos, has pulled off a very clever trick in the city.  I love it when a plan comes together.