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)

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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.

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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.

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 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

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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.

2012 Sheffield Personal Favourites

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When it comes to choosing favourites for Sheffield, I may be foolish, even to try, there are so many. But I thought I’d give it a go anyway and I apologise in advance if I’ve managed to upset anybody, it really wasn’t my intention.

Above is my favourite Rocket01 piece of the year, I do love a bit of nature!

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Favourite Mila K, because I believe this was the first time he did the fully formed ‘Mila’ character in Sheffield.

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Wolf because…………………because he can!

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Fauna Graphic, Crane, because I think it’s lovely.

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Trik9, just awesome, best thing he’s done to date.

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Skint, I love the character and the range of colours he uses, always have.

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Mis Red Art, new to the street scene, force to be reckoned with I think!

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Gzos with a little help from Jaer ‘War of the Words’ a favourite because of the sheer amount of work that went into it. So disappointed I missed out on the ‘pants’ shots though!

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CoLor Art, S1N City, because it’s really good and I don’t want to have sort through the sheer volume of brilliant work by this artist, to have to try and choose another.

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Booms character piece, part of a collaboration with Rocket01. Favourite because, Booms is famous for his letters pieces but this year his characters have been amazing and I just adore this one.

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Earth/mune and Dyson joint favourites because when I first got into this I wasn’t really into letters pieces, because of writers like these, I’m getting into it a lot more. Although my reading skills still need to improve a bit ( a lot!)

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No favourites list of mine would be complete without Phlegm and I chose this as my favourite because when most  people would be suffering from jetlag, after a long haul flight from Sri Lanka, he was out painting boards.

So that’s it 2012 over, New Year just beginning, really looking forward to what lies ahead, whatever it may be. I’m so lucky to live in a city with such a thriving scene, 2013, bring it on! Continue reading

City Roundup

Bit of a mishmash this one of random shots and spots from the rather large, like this spectacular huge Booms piece….

…To this little Angry Face which is less than 3″x 3″. I’m very fond of the one with the Angry Face, he’s literally run through Sheffield with his angular buddy….

… the wonderfully anarchistic Lisk Bot whose appliance looking type Robots are apparently working on world domination.

Not so much world domination, but Mr Wolf is still taking over the city one wall at a time.

Mila Ks’ beautiful character is going through a short lived blue phase.

This is a close up of a peacock by Fauna Graphic. The whole piece is wonderful which I think is clear when just one part of it looks so stunning.

I’ve started to notice that my graffiti walks are getting longer,there seems to be more places to look for cracking urban art, good times.

Crack and Crackers

Keeping one eye firmly on the floor I revisit my favourite crack den Boms, Narke, CoLor and Ema had all braved it too.

Mr Wolf and Acab.

Initially I thought this was Bubba, but soon found out it was JS , a Manchester based artist.

Woolly Mammoth by Kid Acne, not necessarily anatomically correct, perhaps.

Mila K, found his way to the cracker factory and painted one of his wonderful characters, dark and surreal, fantastic!

Some purists don’t like paste ups, I do, this little chap is by Tekonta Secta and I think he’s ace, and various different creatures of his/hers are appearing all over.

Kaper, not a name I know, but it’s definitely an eyecatching piece.

The Penrose Triangle, a shape that is impossible, by Phlegm.

Again there is so much more I could show, I love the amount of graffiti going on in Sheffield!

Caught in the Courts

Mr Wolf spotted at Devonshire Green Skatepark.

CoLor Art did this Caymen (Okay Man), I don’t think it lasted a week. It’s funny how a spot will not get painted for months then suddenly will be repainted every few days, it became mental here for the next few months.

Rast, Skint and Kest had been at Mount Pleasant doing their thing.

Quality piece by Gzos up on current affairs, as always, making reference to a recent plot line in Eastenders.

4 eyes, Dyson and somebody whose name I don’t know, sorry, down at Eccy Road. Good to see that the lousy British weather doesn’t stop the creative flow.

Riseone, apart from his alien looking, baseball cap wearing character, does letters pieces as well.

Again this is a much abridged version of what was actually going on, even for this time of year (February March), it was hard to keep up. I’m not complaining though, it’s wonderful to witness and long may it continue.

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.