Old School Graffiti

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We got a lift here from my son and his mate who scaled 5ft railings while we walked round and through the gate, that was wide open.

What a place this was, I felt like I was on hallowed ground, I haven’t seen a graffiti’d area like this in Sheffield, before or since. Again it was a tip from a friend that led me here, for which I’m really grateful.

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There was a youth club and an old sports hall that were covered with vibrant colourful works of art such as the Gzos piece at the top, the Kory piece above and the Risk piece below.

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I knew of a few of the artists at the time such as Fauna.

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The letters piece above is not her usual style, but I really like it.

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A great collaboration from Rocket01 and Boms above and below is my most favourite Rocket01 piece ever.

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There was just so much to see.

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Some.

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I didn’t know who did this but have been since told its Aroe MSK – Cheers Fry!

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Jaer did the piece above.

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Piece by Teas (I think)

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Collaboration piece by Fauna Amin and Rocket01.

The above piece may be still visible, but all the pieces on the sports hall have gone as the sports hall has been demolished to make way for a housing development. I only saw this place once and never got the chance again, such a shame that part of Sheffields artistic history has been lost.

Cracker Factory – You’d have to be mad to work here!

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In the world of urbex there are some buildings that a person requires ninja skills to access, this is not one of those. Frustratingly, I had not yet discovered the graffiti scene when this place was at its height, but despite that I had great affection for it until recently.

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I don’t know who did this, but I love this character and it’s a mark of respect, in my opinion, that this piece is currently still intact.

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Cheeky little Boms piece there…

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…Monkie…

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…Lucky Elsa!..

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I don’t know who did this either but it’s very good isn’t it?

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Ermmm.. some bloke who paints a lot, can’t remember his name…mmm.

I have since visited this place many times and it’s condition continues to deteriorate, but I haven’t given up on it just yet.

Hero Worship or Stalker? you decide..

Initially I was driven by the need to discover all things Phlegm and that took me to various places as I tried to document his back catalogue.

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This is an early piece. Another fascinating part of this process has been seeing artists, not just Phlegm, develop and grow as time has gone on.

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Through stalking Phlegm I gradually became aware of more and more local talent such as Skint although at the time I took this photo it was just a word on a wall, there was and still is, so much to learn.

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I still don’t know who did this.

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Another building another early Phlegm piece. He made a comment once on his blog about drug addicts knowing where the best derelict places are.

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Sadly he was right. I get very excited when I access a location that is new to me and it’s a real task to keep an eye on the floor for what horrors may be there, but the alternative doesn’t bear thinking about. This building was and still is one of the worst in the city.

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This was the first piece I saw of Fauna Graphics’, I know now it was quite unusual as she doesn’t do many letters pieces.

Both of these locations have changed considerably over time as you will see.

Fasteners Factory or Blank Canvas?

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I must first explain that the photo above has been tampered with, I don’t really look like, that but I was really quite impressed when I made it over that wall and the moment was recorded for posterity. Once again it was Phlegms’ fault, once I knew he had been there, I had to go too. This long disused factory had been a haven for graff writers and artists for some time.

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I don’t know who dream too is/was, but they don’t seem to be active anymore.

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Phlegm had done several pieces here, one was on a wallpapered wall. By the time we got there, all that was left was the foot!

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But the bespoke furniture was still there.

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Much of the building has been knocked down now, the Phlegm piece above has gone.

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So has this work of Puds’.

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This part of the building is still standing and the Carry Giant can still be seen. When intact this building was huge, the remaining part was being renovated for a while but appears to be falling into disrepair again now. The last painting is still an unknown artist to me an interesting work though and I’ve no idea what the brick thing is about.

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