Goodnight Mr Heathcote

Once upon a time there was a woman who made an amazing discovery ( to her)… 0f an artist called Phlegm… and the rest, as they say, is history…

A very important part of that history evolves around one building A. R.Heathcote…                                                                    DSCF1628my first urbex….. .        DSCF6347 my first hidden Phlegm and Rocket01…      DSCF6323my first Fauna…      DSCF6333It could even be Phlegms first painting spot, got to be a very early one anyway.

DSCF1088 StitchTeas and Booms (I hadn’t got a clue at the time)

DSCF1736Early Clem Alice

DSCF0171Tekonta Secta, yes really.                                                     DSCF3340Following a partial demolition of the site, the place became a little more airy,but at least it was easier to photograph the ‘Beauty is a Beast’ in all it’s glory 🙂                                                                   DSCF1103The walls were still quite bare, I would visit regularly just to see if anything new had appeared.

DSCF6197Kid Acne was quite a regular visitor too.

DSCF3346But Phlegm was the busiest I think.

DSCF6641More artists began to visit the site, Perms went large.

DSCF7455The Phlegm and Rocket wall was painted over, initially with a Kid Acne x EMA x Drot collab  (there were tears, I can tell you!) and then this appeared by… mmm ..I wonder…

DSCF6640Dscreet painted one of his signature owls, I was quite giddy about this.

  DSCF2554Absolutely loved this, it was ages before I knew who did it, Jay Sharples.

 DSCF2552Mr Wolf, used to be all over the place.

 DSCF1394Kid Acnes’ woolly mammoth looking at home in the snow.

DSCF3076Colourful collaboration from Mila K and Color Art.

  DSCF2935Never knew for sure, but think this was by Misred.

DSCF2932Two Bob

 DSCF2924Mila K

 DSCF8941There was an attempt to shut the site off, Color  registered his disdain, it was open again in no time.

DSCF8772Prone                                                       DSCF6742Mr Wolf                                                 DSCF6741Kaze

DSCF0480Foundry and Fauna Graphic

DSCF0695Xhastexo and Coloquix

 DSCF1148Zoo

DSCF1524Kyle Hughes Odgers x Kid Acne

DSCF2769Petro                                                   DSCF2778Leeks                                                  DSCF2779Bine x Xhastexo                                       DSCF3138 StitchEugene Booms x Tekonta Secta x CoLor x Phes

DSCF5107Eugene booms biggest character piece to date.

DSCF5519Kid Acnes’ touching tribute to Okie Dulo, a local club owner who died suddenly.

DSCF5835? x Miso                                             DSCF6731 StitchRyder

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DSCF7463Boaster from Nottingham paid a visit as did many others from out of the Sheffield area.Even though the place was renowned as a crack den, it remained a very popular spot.

 DSCF7690Angry Face

DSCF7814Xhastexo to the left with an unusual portrait of the Moors Murderers by CoLor and Nameless Nat.

DSCF9647KRSN , from Paris.

DSCF9691Color, EMA, Skint and Sour.

DSCF0056Coloquix                                                                       DSCF1422Marcus Method                                                                                                         DSCF9887 StitchaNymph x Sico

DSCF9869Eugene Booms

DSCF8451Skint

DSCF6007J Davies Arts

DSCF7931Xhastexo

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DSCF8421Ogosh

DSCF5727Skint

DSCF5703 StitchFMB boys

DSCF1714Kosh

DSCF3060Simon Kent

DSCF3588 Stitch  ? x sico x Skint xSuek

DSCF4773CoLor                                                     DSCF0156Bob                                                               DSCF0841

DSCF1355Kresh                                                                              DSCF2332 StitchTeml x Rambo                                            DSCF2765Asap, from the North East.

It was a nightmare going through photos for this, my biggest ever post, I’ll be bound to have put someone out and I apologise for that. I have 6 years of photos from this place, literally thousands. I really had a connection with it, rats,crack heads and all, and I am gutted at it’s loss.

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I haven’t included pics from the boards or the Niche wall, they’re worthy of a post on their own though, if anyone’s interested.

Below is a link that tells you about the industrial history of Heathcotes, includes pre-graffiti pics http://www.28dayslater.co.uk/a-r-heathcote-cutlers-sheffield.t21572

Sleeep well Mr Heathcote, I for one will miss you.

Urban Ramblings

DSCF2209 StitchSaki x Teml, lethal combination.DSCF2205Kid Acne has been busy with a new batch of stabby women, now they’ve got legs!DSCF2165Trik9 with a lovely lady.DSCF2160 StitchDese x Ensa, been quite busy recently. DSCF2172May the 4th be with you, Trik9 x STOG x MethDSCF2189Yo Birdskulls…..no idea… DSCF2630Foundry x Pawski, these guys work so well together, marvellous stuff.DSCF2158Kaze x Sore, on one of the fastest changing walls in Sheffield, lasted about a fortnight, which is probably a record.DSCF2142Kid30 x Boaster, glorious,unexpected find, DSCF1714The Lurkers, absolutely love this, they have a blog that’s well worth a read 🙂 http://www.the-lurkers.co.uk/travel-sheffield/#.VV0PCflViko  DSCF1689Tekonta Secta, luscious in lemon.DSCF1598Sour, glamour puss 🙂DSCF1609Begins with a ‘W’, beyond that I’ve no idea, but I think it’s great…..Ahem!… I give up I really do, the W is a C for Casper, although the word is Corpse, just to confuse me, it worked!DSCF1610Cracking piece by Rambo.DSCF1655Seen a couple of these quirky characters about I think they’re sweet.DSCF1588Derp, like this a lot, it’s a dog thing.DSCF1577Brayk, an upstanding member of society….of course he is  😉 DSCF1101Bubba 2000 has placed various wheatpastes around the city, I’ve found 2 so far.DSCF1270Bob, with bit of Snoop dog.DSCF1548A grand piece from Solo.DSCF1634 StitchDeap x Mila K, fantastically colourful.DSCF1639Xhastexos placard  clutching creatures are lurking in all manner of strange places.DSCF2228 StitchSyke x Skint x Old x Bob,probably looked better before the goalposts were painted on but still a cool wall.DSCF2215Beautiful part of the magical window painting at Rare and Racy Book shop on Devonshire Street, by Magda Boreysza I chose this shot as there are plans well under way to demolish this wonderful row of shops that are the heart of the Devonshire Quarter, but there are ongoing campaigns to get the decision overturned. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-162-170-devonshire-street-sheffield?action_object_map=%5B842371122478661%5D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D&action_type_map=%5B%22indiegogo%3Acontribute%22%5D&fb_action_ids=10155564321015725&fb_action_types=indiegogo%3Acontribute#/story

Spring Is On It’s Way!

DSCF8901 Stitch (20000x2675)A BOK production, featuring Kisk, Trik, apologies for the piece I chopped off, it just didn’t work with the joiner, my fault, bloody useless with a camera.DSCF8901This is the one I couldn’t fit on.DSCF8891Big BobDSCF8828 StitchCoLor, Eug X Espre, with a little D7606 too.DSCF8804Coloquix , got his ladies playing a dangerous game.DSCF8796Little Bob and a big Gums, really like these, is he local?DSCF8794https://youtu.be/ScaQts1Q41c  Kid Acne playing the lyric round again, I’d never have got this one in a million years.DSCF8786Xhastexo, good to see the monsters still get out every now and then 🙂DSCF8784Dyson. one for his boys.DSCF8753CoLor and Tekonta Secta, not new, but I’d not got up close before and it probably won’t be there much longer.DSCF8724Very fond of this little chap, no idea who made him.DSCF8712 StitchTaken me years to get to this place, it’s old and well battered, but I though it was ace. Riseone and Wolf can be seen amongst others.DSCF8703 StitchOlds, samurai master?DSCF8699Skint, pastel foxyness or foxy pastelness. DSCF8677Mila K, From My Cold Dead  Paws Pt2,at the end of the rainbow, literally.DSCF8588Brayk with a very dark character.DSCF8892Kaze, not seen this fellow in a while,glad to see he’s still on it!

Looking forward to  bit of decent weather, it’s always better for painting!

I’m Still Here, Honest!

DSCF5559 StitchWell, I’ve been trying to work on this blog for almost a fortnight, but due to my internet going all nostalgic for the days of dial up, it’s been a fairly hopeless task! Anyway in other news, saw this lovely octopus by XBN7.DSCF5543Rateones’ monster has had an interesting makeover DSCF3493. DSCF5529Cat v Dog, Mila K and Kosh, my moneys on the cat, she’s got a gun!.DSCF5492I do like Sours pieces, always a treat.DSCF5480Coloquix version of Rapunzel perhaps?DSCF5468Tekonta Secta x Corpse, this awesome collaboration is huge, this photo doesn’t really show it’s scale.DSCF5423CoLor, looks like he’s been on some interesting pills….. 😉 DSCF5406MilaK piece for Run The Jewels.DSCF5359The family Stick  🙂DSCF5192Cantastic Art, getting in touch with his dark side.DSCF5163 StitchZinc x Skint great wall with that pesky little fox getting in on the act.DSCF5136Pawski’s on form, nice view from the sun terrace!DSCF5126 Liking this from Solo.DSCF5173Ogosh, love the Bender!DSCF5193Slightly mental piece by Rambo, Toys ‘r’ Them!

If my internet gets back to this century any time soon, I’ve got loads more to post!

Birmingham City of Colours

So me and my little dog (who had chronic wind by the way!) got on a train to Birmingham to see what all this City of Colours business was all about. I have to say that not having been to Brum on a graff mission before I was instantly pleasantly surprised and actually veered off the COC path for a couple hours looking at all there was to see, and there was a lot, I’ll cover that in a separate post.  DSCF3770This lovely lady by N4T4 was the first official COC piece that I saw.DSCF4001 StitchThis wonderful board wall was not an ‘official’ part of COC but hey it’s not a bad thing that everyone wanted to be involved.DSCF4022 StitchTizer and Gent 48 among others joined in the fun.DSCF4046The amazing work of Jimmy C, I’ve never seen it up close before, stunning.DSCF4047Dscreet, love all his work but my favourites are the owls.DSCF4058Spotted at the Custard Factory.DSCF4070Everywhere I turned there was a wall being painted.DSCF4101 StitchNHS crew.DSCF4111Corpse, the largest one I’ve seen.DSCF4125Loved this ladys’ work apologies for not knowing her name.DSCF4148Philth, on form as always.DSCF4154The Stencil Shed, not his real name, and I didn’t see a stencil either.DSCF4158Ennui, gutted I didn’t get to see this finished.DSCF4167 StitchMore awesomeness.DSCF4172I’m sure he didn’t do all of this with a pen.DSCF4357Skema, paintaholic  🙂DSCF4383Enzime, really like this.DSCF4390Bill Giles and PM(?)DSCF4410Andy Council, sponsored by Mr Whippy 😉DSCF4445Steve Edwards beautiful study of Kingfishers playing leapfrog.DSCF4453Lost Souls epic production.DSCF4456 StitchSPZero76, not just a figment of my Instagram!DSCF4461 StitchMade You Look, yes it did.DSCF4463Lisk Bot, very fond of these handsome robots.DSCF4480Rmer1, blooming marvellous.DSCF4482Loved this…DSCF4496….and this…DSCF4507Si2, I’m sure he’d not arrived by the time I went home, but he must have been there somewhere.DSCF4529Delightfully different.DSCF4192CoLor, Eug, Corpse and Tekonta Secta fantastic collaboration.DSCF4177Privileged to see Hoakser in action.DSCF4412 StitchTitle and Jim Vision, I’m running out of superlatives!DSCF4532Mila Ks’ luscious ladies guarding the entrance to the Custard Factory….

….There was more, much more, so much I didn’t even get to see all of it. For a first attempt I would say this was a roaring success, and City of Colours 2 is already booked in for next September. Congratulations to the organisers for a spectacular event. I’m sure I’ll be back, not sure about the dog though, had to sit in the bike racks on the train home…

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!

Away Day to the Infirmary of Derelict Rooms

DSCF9441I do like a trip out and this place was too big an opportunity to miss. I won’t bore you with the history (can’t be bothered to research it!) just know, it’s huge, and it’s incredible how much stuff has been left here. I had to go to the roof of one of the buildings to see this piece by Tekonta Secta. I don’t do heights and was in need of medical attention by the time I’d done.DSCF9434Nice piece by Zero.DSCF9442Corpse local to this area has definitely made this place his playground, quite fitting really. DSCF9351Security is not what it was, that owl’s not fooling anybody.DSCF9455 A bit late for that I think.DSCF9383Be afraid, be very afraid. The ghosts of many an urbexer can frequently be seen, wandering the corridors aimlessly, still looking for a way out.DSCF9425Another rooftop, not as high as the first with a glorious Tekonta Secta x Color Art collab.DSCF9360The chapel, with a commemorative piece to the pigeons who gave their all to give areas of this place that distinctive odour of decay.DSCF9367The kitchens and their amazing disappearing appliances. ( On a second trip, most of these had gone.)

DSCF9595Should you ever wake up to this sight, your day is not going well.

DSCF0685Grim reminder of what we come down to in the end. DSCF9578Tools of the trade, I found these shocking on many levels, not least because they were still there and appeared to be in full working order, although on my second visit, they had been effectively disabled.DSCF9600

 

DSCF9504This creation by CoLor Art was done on our first visit….below is the same room on our next.DSCF0712

DSCF0724‘Nuff said.

DSCF0720This Corpse made me jump!DSCF0728Window Corpse.DSCF0740Colourful Corpse, really like this.DSCF0734Peach and CoLor – Opy-totor and Llaphalotl, bonkers. 🙂DSCF0745Tekonta Secta ‘Elipan Species’DSCF0742Yeti, a regular sight around these parts apparently.DSCF0678CoLor Art, making use of the pool with this gorgeous seal.DSCF0688CoLor, Corpse and Peach, an interesting if slightly mental combination.DSCF0722A Horse….in a dark plant room, quite high up on a wall, random.DSCF9594Token arty shot.DSCF0744One of the many many corridors in this colossal place.DSCF0696As we left I spotted this little fellow, don’t know the artist but he’s a really switched on guy! (I’ll get my coat…)DSCF9619Heading for the train station this handsome fellow was lurking in the bushes, Angry Face, awesome end to the day.

Thanks to those who took me around and made sure I got home in one piece, much appreciated 😀