The Future’s So Bright So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades!

DSCF9225 StitchGood to see Ryak, Jaer and Gzos making the most of the sunshine.DSCF9250 StitchThe finished wall, positively burnin’………… pass the factor 50!DSCF9213The glorious weather had brought Faunagraphic out to play as well.DSCF9242Lovely isn’t it?DSCF9143Of course the sunshine is all well and good but can be a bit of a nightmare with a camera, so this awesome piece by Foundry is slightly cropped to remove the shadow of a lamppost!DSCF9133Mr Kent,getting a little darker me thinks, looks like he’s been raiding my childhood toy collection.DSCF8981Eug with another of his evolving characters, one of the early ones is coming to live with me. 😀DSCF8976Fishy business from the Fisherman, the walls of Sheffield are quite a spawning ground for fish with legs, should we be worried? DSCF9258Mace and Pawski working wonders again, gorgeous. I’ve destroyed all my photos of the first 3rd eye, that went a little wrong ( good to know they’re only human though! 😉 )DSCF9268Sead with an another cracking contribution to this famous wall.DSCF9272I think I’ve seen a couple of characters about by this artist, I know nothing about them, I’m curious to see how they develop.

I had a lovely walk in the sunshine and bumped into lots of great people I hadn’t seen for ages. A few days later I had another walk cut short by hail rain and snow, I love spring! 😉

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!

Wakefield Part Trois

DSCF4241Third and final trip, probably, to Wakefield and the last ‘Revive’ Jam of the year, and what a turnout! Kem Mef paid a visit and did a cracking piece that I managed to not get a single decent shot of.

DSCF4236CoLor Art  dropped a cool Chopper Harris character.

 

DSCF4374Cantastic, did something a little different to anything I’ve seen him do before, really like the elephants.

 

DSCF4487Spel and Beyond flew over, dropped an awesome piece and even had time to pimp a car!

 

DSCF4494Was really impressed that one of the organisers had been able to persuade Kelzo to come over too, I hadn’t seen him in action before, great to see.

DSCF4511There was much more full wall, as in floor to ceiling coverage than at previous Jams, they look amazing, well done to the guys working off ladders, it can’t have been easy.

 

DSCF4573Alfreshco were on hand to supply paint as needed and there guy Kak did this stunning wall too.

 

DSCF4550UKS came prepared, no balancing on ladders for them.

DSCF4710 StitchaSheffield was once again well represented, Ryak Lone and Kode on the case.

DSCF4720 StitchAdopted yorkshireman Shoe collaborated with Mace, Pawski and Foundry to produce this jaw dropping wall with characters Clay, Aisha and Cougar from the graphic novel and movie, The Losers.

DSCF4726 StitchMars and Evo were there as well, bang on as always.

DSCF4735 StitchThe completed wall from UKS, apologies for the pic, not the best joined image, but their production is fantastic.

DSCF4730 StitchAnother full wall, love it!

DSCF4739Kink Dhfam did the bottom eye and mind boggling piece, and another artist from the northeast did the piece above.

DSCF4741 StitchPryme, Inca, Spymad and Hull Graffiti, absolutely bonkers mental and fabulous!

DSCF4345By far the coolest customer that I met on the day, Ruby. She ran the burger van in between playing ball and refereeing in local disputes, an absolute star.

Apologies to any artist painting that aren’t featured, once again just too much good stuff, not that I’m complaining…

Sadly though I have to report a number of the large pieces had been dogged within days, jealousy makes children of some people it would seem…. but lots of photos were taken on the day by lots of photographers, so the images will remain in all their glory on line at least.

 

 

Sharrow Graff Jam 2013

DSCF2241Skema and Apps travelled up early from Walsall to take part in this years Jam, producing a stunning Star Wars themed collaboration. Perhaps it was part of a cunning plan to make sure they got finished sooner and didn’t fry like the rest of us, because it was certainly a scorcher.

DSCF2318Meth looking very dapper as he worked on a piece in his trademark style.

DSCF2267Mis Red, not been out and about as much as I’d like to see, produced a lush cats and mouse piece, hope there will be more soon.

DSCF2321Trik9, excellent as always.

DSCF2316Xhastexo and Bine, a winning combination, fuelled by Budweiser!

DSCF2334DSCF2332DSCF2330Bob, Public Offender and I’m not sure who, painted some of the smaller panels on the outside of the ball court.

DSCF2314I like this and wish my reading of letters was better, so I could tell you who it was.

 

DSCF2296Mr Ryak, always nice to see.

 

DSCF2340MTH Crew, great to see them in Sheffield, a really talented bunch.

 

DSCF2840Kosy, cannot tell you how happy I was that he came and did a piece at the jam and that I met him and he was great!

DSCF2834Si2, Hull Graffiti, I can watch this guy paint all day he’s like a magician, even if you’re watching his every move, you still don’t know how he does it.

 

DSCF2337Five Five in action.

 

DSCF2837Such, organiser of the graff jam, love the colours in this.

 

DSCF2842Lone and Bern key artists at the jam…DSCF2843…as is Kode it wouldn’t be the same without them.

DSCF2831Last but by no means least Pawski, Shoe and Mace, a force to be reckoned with. A fantastic piece, again, can’t wait to see what they pull out of the bag for Tamworth.

So yes all in all a good day out, met lots of people, got burnt to a crisp, saw some wonderful graffiti/art, got a Booms piece of my own and had some fabulous indian food, does it get any better than that? Probably not…

P.S. Apologies to any artist not featured here, there was just too much!