Brum Brum!

DSCF4262Although it was City of Colours that got me down to Birmingham, I did have a little wander to see some of the other sights of the city, well graff sites that is……How fitting to find Brum in Brum!DSCF3802Found a cheeky Bint around the back of a derelict factory. DSCF3806Wise words indeed.DSCF3841Omeza, a new name to me, really like his style.¬†DSCF4270Large stencil of a child or a small man, you decide. DSCF4319Good little urbex spot well trashed, just how I like it. ūüôāDSCF4340Another Omeza stunner, it was a wonderful surprise to find this.DSCF4568Roid MSK, next level.DSCF4598The Infamous¬†Vomet.DSCF3987Lisk Bot, my hero!DSCF4599Super¬†Shady One Amp.DSCF3836Stoe, up and down the M1 on a regular basis I think.DSCF4602Pref,I got chills…DSCF4253Hores?¬†DSCF4610Gent48, wonderful!

DSCF4247 DSCF4245Lews and Skank, so clever this, love it!DSCF4617 StitchVery special place, some truly amazing work.DSCF3794Everybody loves babies, right?DSCF4284Tame was a 16 year old graffiti writer who died doing what he loved,so sad. Nice to see that this has remained untouched.

So Birmingham, it’s worth a visit, seriously.

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

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DSCF0720This Corpse made me jump!DSCF0728Window Corpse.DSCF0740Colourful Corpse, really like this.DSCF0734Peach and CoLor – Opy-totor and Llaphalotl, bonkers. ūüôāDSCF0745Tekonta 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 ūüėÄ

No Head For Heights

DSCF8445So, after a tip off, ¬†I found myself on a rooftop early one morning before going to work. It’s a pretty good vantage point for the cheeky Narke piece, but imagine my surprise when a security guard arrived to escort me off the roof, I think he thought I was going to jump! To be fair, I was quite happy to see him, I hate heights and was starting to hyperventilate. Still a first though!

DSCF8479Double Bubba!

DSCF8501Dose, lovely letters piece.

DSCF8512Zoo, love the character, especially his little feet!

DSCF8516Xhastexo, missed this little ensemble last time I was here and had to have a return trip.

DSCF8993Phlegm, Tragedy and Comedy, which describes my access to this place, narrowly avoiding tragedy providing huge comedy for my son! This is a place I’d been looking at for a couple of years and was really surprised that this masterpiece was the only piece in here.

DSCF9021A revisit to a place we had been escorted from previously, I liked this a lot.

DSCF9023This was the Rocket01 piece we didn’t get to see on our first visit. Nice to have a more relaxed trip this time and no security guard, although he was a jolly decent chap.

Nearly up to date now, although this keeping up lark is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge, neverending, but I wouldn’t have it any other way

 

 

Brickworks/ Graffiti Works

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One of my favourite parts of my graffiti obsession is the sheer buzz that I get from it, the thrill of discovery, it’s new to me even if half the world has already seen it. To find just one piece can get me giddy, this place however, blew my mind. I have never seen so much graffiti in one place, it was everywhere. Some was definitely old, some definitely not, every style imaginable, I was like a kid in a sweet shop.

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Imer, Leeds based I think, was one of the few artists I recognised.

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This vast derelict brickworks was in places a little bit unsafe, please note the floor, or should I say lack of!

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Walls were painted everywhere I turned.

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This piece looked familiar.

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42…..that rings a bell too.

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I repeat, graffiti was everywhere.

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Graffiti overload, is that possible? Well to be fair, I came close, it made me dizzy.

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Toupe, from the North east? Lord of the Rings, love it.

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Eject EP, awesome.

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Part of an Eject piece I would have loved to have seen intact.

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One of the last photos of the day, by Debris.

I was exhausted and we still had a taxi and 2 trains to get before we were home. The charging about and clambering up and downstairs were going to take their toll as well.

Well worth it though.

Vinyl Marbles

I love this derelict, pigeon poo covered building so it was great to go and watch CoLor Art paint there and give him a tour of the place.¬†It’s fair to say he was quite taken with it, but he wasn’t the only one.

Clem Alice had done a ¬†few pieces here although I don’t think they were particularly recent.

French graffiti artist Ziru had done this piece some time ago, but this was the first time I managed to get a shot of it without shadows.

While the building was ‘open’ this time round Boms came and did this piece which was amazing.

Skint had been and dropped a piece with Suek featuring Skints’ signature character.

Mila K and Narke had done a wonderful piece along side one of CoLor Arts creations.

CoLor Art and Espre had done a piece together. Did I mention that CoLor Art liked it here?

This were the last pieces I saw before the place was sealed up again. I believe I bumped into one of the artists, but he assured me he was just there taking photos…..a likely story!

Graffiti Factory

This is one of those strange places that has been derelict so long it’s impossible to even guess at what it was used for, it’s literally a shell, even the graffiti was old, well most of it.

This was possibly¬†the most recent a Boms and Rocket01 collaboration, that was visited twice ¬†by the local constabulary while it was in production. Apparently they were quite impressed with it…

This Angel piece is from 2008 and it is staggering how undamaged it is after 3 years (4 years now). I thought the character was amazing, but had to be told it’s from the Japanese manga film, ‘Ghost in the shell’, which I’ve still never seen.

Fresh! I don’t know anything about this writer, they seem to stay away from the main spots and only paint occasionally, good stuff though.

(MR) Wolf, just 4 letters, doesn’t often do characters, but always eyecatching, in a smacks you in the face kind of a way!

Around the back of the building, through razor wire brambles and buddleia was this colourful Nero, Boms and Monkie collaboration.

Battling through the undergrowth some more we found this Phlegm piece.

If I’m being honest we didn’t ‘find’ this piece, we knew it was here, we hadn’t known about the Nero, Monkie and Boms one so I guess we found that. We did however fear that we may never find our way back out of this jungle, we did of course, but it was a painful process.

This little tri-telescope was on the inside of the door on our first visit, sadly on subsequent visits I am sad to report that it had been removed probably with a crowbar, a trend that sadly seems to be on the increase.

Tool Box of the World! (Ex)

Although a much loved urbex site for its ¬†industrial history, of late this building has become more famous for its artwork. We were a little bit slow off the mark with this place due to logistical reasons, mainly that the building was in use as an airsoft site at the weekends. But a chance encounter with the owner of that business in a place where we both shouldn’t have been, led to an invite to visit between battles. So we did.

Too Gritty For The City. Local artist Rocket01 had been able to make use of some of this vast space as a blank canvas with amazing results.

A collaboration between Riot68 and Rocket01, a real thing of beauty.

Rocket01, Septik, Ziru, Icole and the Mouarf. I think that other than Rocket the other artists are all french. They painted here and in another derelict building in the city.

Beautiful and terrifying all at once, not for the first time I find myself wondering what goes through artists minds, what an imagination, not sure I would want one like that.

Fauna Graphic had also painted here, this lovely peacock. I love the reflection but the photo is grainier than I would like as it was a late autumn afternoon and the light was poor.

I don’t ¬†know who, but I like it.

Possibly Ziru, but it’s only a guess.

Promised ourselves a return visit when the light was better and it was a little less busy, with less risk of getting shot!