Turtle Caps

New York City expat QBNYC is better known in Montreal as Turtle Caps, which is the name of his main creation. It is basically impossible to have walked the streets of this city and never to have noticed Turtle Caps (the creature), a very recognizable 2-legged turtle shell with a spraycan cap as a head. It can be found on hundreds of stickers and wheatpastes and spray-painted on dozens of walls. It usually (but not always) bears a crank on its back, may have horns or wings, has been seen dressed in various patterns and designs, and sometimes carries a weapon.

The contribution of Turtle Caps (the artist) to the Montreal street art scene extends beyond his artistic work, as he has been instrumental in bringing artists from various spheres to work together in the context of events which he organised or curated. He put together the Cabane à sucre secret gallery which had almost 50 of the best Montreal artists – some street, some not – work side by side. He also curated the Montreal installment of the Boundless Brooklyn tour which brought together 20 graffiti writers and street artists from Montreal with 20 from New York City.

For more information, see QBNYC/Turtle Caps’s personal website and his Facebook page. For more photos of his art than is displayed here, see his Instagram page. You can purchase some of his work on Storenvy.

L’artiste new-yorkais QBNYC est plutôt connu à Montréal sous le patronyme Turtle Caps, qui est en fait celui de sa plus populaire création, une carapace de tortue sur deux pattes, avec le cap d’une bombe aérosol en lieu de tête. Il est pratiquement impossible de n’avoir jamais remarqué Turtle Caps (la créature) dans les rues de Montréal. Elle est présente sur plusieurs centaines de stickers, des centaines de wheatpastes et peinte sur quelques douzaines de murs. Elle a habituellement (mais pas toujours) une manivelle dans le dos, elle a occasionnellement des cornes ou des ailes, elle a été vue habillée de divers patrons et textures et elle arbore parfois une arme.

L’impact de Turtle Caps sur la scène montréalaise du street art s’étend au-delà de sa simple contribution artistique. Il a été impliqué à divers niveaux dans un certain nombre d’événements qui ont mené des artistes de sphères différentes à travailler ensemble. Il est celui qui a mis sur pied la gallerie secrète Cabane à sucre où la crème des artistes street de Montréal a travaillé côte à côte avec des artistes du circuit des galleries. Il a aussi été derrière le volet montréalais de la tournée Boundless Brooklyn qui a mené à une exposition réunissant 20 artistes montréalais avec 20 originaires de New York.

Pour plus d’information sur QBNYC/Turtle Caps, voir ses pages personnelle et Facebook. Pour plus de photos que ce qui est présenté ici, voir sa page Instagram. Certaines de ses oeuvres sont à vendre sur Storenvy.


Walls

QBNYC aka Turtle Caps at work on his own contribution to the Cabane à sucre secret gallery (which he put together – click on link for full info). Finished work to his left is by Il Flatcha.

Turtle Caps and Futur Lasor Now on the side wall of Chez José on Duluth.

In the Plateau.

In alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Above the door is a fat throwie by Sake and to the right another one by Peru143‘s Wastoids. Also visible are tags by Omen and others.

Same spot as above, after having been repaired.

See above. This is Turtle Caps’ seventh version of this door. Notice the new Waxhead piece on the left.

The eighth version of the above garage door.

Same spot as above, after a one-year break.

Contribution to the 2016 International Percussion Festival.

Turtle Caps surrounded by Open Mind aka Cam Novak (top left), Waxhead (bottom left) and a Positive Creation by Chris Dyer (right) on front of house on St-Dominique.

Collaboration with M.Abstrakt in a Plateau back alley.

Waxhead (left), Ether TFB (centre) and Turtle Caps (right) in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Free5 (left), Turtle Caps and Waxhead on Hôtel de Ville

Futur Lasor Now (left), FEone (centre) and Turtle Caps (right) under Ville-Marie expressway

In alley between St-Laurent and Clark, off Fairmount.

Turtle Caps (left) contribution to the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Other artists on the right are unknown except for Mastrocola at the extreme right.

One of Turtle Caps’ three contributions to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. This one is a collaboration with Mono Sourcil (centre) and Labrona (right).

One of Turtle Caps’ three contributions to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. This one is a collaboration with Mono Sourcil and Labrona (both left) and Alex Produkt (right).

One of Turtle Caps’ three contributions to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. This one is a collaboration with Mono Sourcil (centre) and Labrona (right).

Contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Board piece for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

Mural by En Masse featuring Dan Buller (woman in helmet), Cheryl Voisine (woman with hair), Turtle Caps (middle), Jeremy Shantz (top), Cryote (right) and of course Jason Botkin tying it all together, in an alley off de Castelnau in Villeray.

Turtle Caps (left) and Lily Luciole (pasted birds) in abandoned church; photo © Lily Luciole.

In an abandoned spot in Côte-des-Neiges.

In an abandoned spot in Côte-des-Neiges.

A well-hidden Turtle Caps in the company of Deadliest Rosa.

This one was found downtown.

Two quickies in alleys of Plateau/Mile-End.

2015 group ‘autoportrait’ by:
top row: Shalak from Clandestinos, Jason Botkin, Kevin Ledo, Chris Dyer, Bruno Smoky from Clandestinos
bottom row: Lovebot, Turtle Caps, Linsey Levendall, Marina Capdevila, Labrona, Waxhead, Dave Todaro

Another group piece, this one featuring Waxhead (left and barely visible in bottom corner), Turtle Caps (above ladder), Futur Lasor Now (above door), Deadliest Rosa (middle bottom), Loks (right) and El Moot Moot (right wall). In alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

QBNYC, not Turtle Caps


Wheatpastes and larger paste-ups

Above pair is found in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Underneath expressway, above a piece by Bosny.

Miss Me (left) and Turtle Caps (right).

A Turtle Caps wheatpaste over an older Turtle Caps throwie. See higher up in this gallery for the original piece.

This one was applied over an older “go green” paste-up also by Turtle Caps (which can be seen further down this list)

Turtle Grenade

Paratroopas and Turtle Grenades. Collaboration with Futur Lasor Now (armed birds) in Chinatown.

Paratroopas. The image on the right also shows a blue paste-up by Pnda and stickers by Loopkin (yellow) and unknown (white)

Mad Turtle

The gladiator and the Medusa.

Note: the ‘BD!’ sticker is not by Turtle Caps.

Collaboration with 52Hz (fish).

Wheatpaste in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Large paste-up version of the above.

Futur Lasor Now (left) and Turtle Caps (right)

Right: Venom

This one is found in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Cheech wizard

In alley between St-Denis and Drolet

Left: Futur Lasor Now (top) and Turtle Caps (bottom)
Right: 52Hz (top) and Turtle Caps (bottom)

Large paste-up.

Larger wheatpaste version of the above, with Toronto’s Lovebot in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Another one with Lovebot. Panda stencils bottom left are by unidentified artist.

Large paste-up variation of the above.

With one of Futur Lasor Now‘s lasorbirds.

QBNYC vs Turtle Caps, the two sides of the same artist in one pasted poster.


Stickers and small paste-ups

Left: Turtle Maul

Right: Turtle Grenade

Collaboration with 69 aka 6ara9e.

Left: Mad Turtle

Above and below: paratroopas

Left: Turtle Mummy

Left: collaboration with Chris RWK aka Robots Will Kill.
Right: shared sticker with Waxhead.

Collaboration with Futur Lasor Now.

Venom.

Left: collaboration with Free5.

Left: Cheech wizard on Kone sticker
Right: Hell Turtle

Left: Medusa Turtle

2D sticker showing showing Turtle Caps’ experimentation in 3D.


Other

Wallpaper in glass door; see close-ups of Turtle Caps pattern below

Two close-ups of wallpaper pattern

Turtle Caps and Waxhead graffiti

With Waxhead (top left) and Futur Lasor Now (top right), on St-Urbain.

Turtle Caps tag

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