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Top 200 graffiti pieces of 2017

This image gallery brings together 200 of the best pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2017. I painstakingly trimmed down a first list of about 1500 pieces to the 200 seen below. I meant to bring it down to 100 but was unable, too much great work would have been left out. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

It was already difficult selecting 200 pieces, it was impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry (which means that I managed to cheat my way into actually including a bit more than 200 pieces!). Multi-artist creations, including quite a few tributes to Scaner, are found at the end of the list.

See also (to be published within 1-2 days):
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017
Top 75 pasted street art of 2017

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 des meilleures pièces de graffiti produites en 2017 à Montréal. Une première sélection de plus de 1500 pièces a graduellement, et avec beaucoup de peine, été réduite aux 200 pièces présentées ci-dessous. J’avais l’intention de la réduire à 100, mais ce n’était pas possible, un trop grand nombre d’excellentes pièces auraient été absentes. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées mais surtout celles des gens qui me suivent sur Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2017 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà assez difficile de choisir 200 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée (j’ai ainsi réussi à inclure quelques pièces de plus!). Les collaborations à plusieurs, incluant plusieurs hommages à Scaner, se trouvent à la fin de la liste.

Voir aussi (à être publiés dans 1-2 jours):
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2017
Top 75 collages street art de 2017


123Klan‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Letter pieces are by Scien and Klor at ground level, with their son Aiik above.

Above three: 123Klan session in Rosemont, featuring Aiik (top), Scien (middle) and Klor (bottom).

123Klan‘s Scien at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by Scien under ‘Persue’ down this list.

203 crew’s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Opire, Borrris, Arnold, Lyfer, Ekes and Naimo. Scroll down this list for solo and duo pieces by the latter three writers. Borrris, Arnold and Opire have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

The N2N wall from the Festival de Canes in Longueuil, supervised by Acek, featuring Acek, Janek, Arose and Nerv. Scroll down for more Acek below under ‘Lyfer’, and more Janek under his own name.

Agens in Côte des Neiges.

Ankh One in Rosemont. He has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Apashe from a 123Klan production in the Plateau.

Above two photos: Art Gang‘s Senck and Snipes tribute to Scaner above their St-Laurent store, over two walls. This was designed by Scaner himself.

Above two photos: Art Gang‘s Senck (top) and Snipes (bottom) from one of their productions in Côte des Neiges.

Ason‘s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, with guest Voguer above. Scroll down for more by those two under ‘Voguer’ below.

Awe‘s part in the production he supervised in St-Henri, one of the great prods of this year.

Awe‘s part in a Plateau production. Scroll down for more by Awe under ‘Zek’.

Above 4 photos: one of the walls of the Time Is Gold production, Scaner‘s last before he passed away. It is impossible to photograph it in one shot, so the first photo above shows Axe Lalime (top letters and figurative) and Jaber (bottom letters), the second one is Smak‘s part, the third one is by Zek‘s and the last one is King the squirrel by Axe Lalime. Scroll down this list for more by Jaber, Smak and Zek in solo and collaborations.

Axe Lalime‘s letters from a big prod in St-Henri supervised by Awe. Scroll down for more Axe below under ‘Zek’ and in the multi-artists tributes at the end of the list. Axe has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Bosny at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

BTH crew’s contribution to Scan You Rock featuring Jaker, Legal and Johste. Scroll down for more by these three guys in solo.

BTH crew’s contribution to Time Is Gold, featuring Jaker, Peace and Legal. Scroll down for more by Jaker and Legal in solo.

Casper’s tribute to Scaner, in Hochelaga. Also visible above is Amonizer.

Completed at the very end of the year, this is Cemz‘s letters segment on a long tribute to Scaner also involving Stare and Zek (not pictured here).

Cemz‘s part in an Art Gang prod in Côte des Neiges. Scroll down for more Cemz under ‘Five Eight’ below, and as Benny Wilding in a tribute to Scaner at the end of this list. He has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (as Benny Wilding).

Clark in a Plateau alley.

Above 3 photos: a session in Rosemont featuring Crane (top), Royal (middle) and Korb (bottom). Scroll down for more by Crane and Korb under ‘Crazy Apes’ (next) and more solo work by Korb and Royal under their respective names. Korb has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Crazy Apes‘ wall for the Festival de Canes in Longueuil, featuring Fezat and Narc on central character, with letters by Lith (top left), Crane (ground left), Korb (top right) and Akuma (ground right). Scroll up above for more by Crane and Korb. Scroll down for solo work by Korb and Narc under their respective names.

Debza from an Art Gang prod in Côte des Neiges.

Debza in Rosemont.

Debza‘s contribution to the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Dfek (mostly top) and Kasp (mostly bottom), in the Plateau.

Dfek in Côte des Neiges.

Disek in Hochelaga.

Dodo Osé (ground) and Fleo (top, over 2 surfaces) from the RDV prod curated by Axe Lalime. Scroll down for more by Fleo in solo under his own name and in a collaboration with Monk.e. Dodo and Fleo have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Dodo Osé‘s part in a St-Henri prod supervised by Awe.

Dodo Osé at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by Dodo under ‘Monk.e’ below.

Durs in an abandoned Mile End building.

EK Sept (top) and Fokus (ground) collab in Hochelaga. Scroll down for more solo work by Fokus below under his name.

EK Sept in Rosemont.

Ekes at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Ekes at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up for more Ekes under ‘203’ and down under ‘Lyfer’.

Ekler on train side.

Eko at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Eskae in upper Plateau.

Eskae in Rosemont.

Eskro in Côte des Neiges.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in an abandoned building.

F.One in Rosemont.

F.One at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Face in Rosemont.

Five Eight in Rosemont.

Five Eight (ground left) and Cemz (ground right) on A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga. Scroll up for some solo Cemz under his name. He also contributed to a Scaner tribute as ‘Benny Wilding’ (scroll to the near end of this list). Cemz has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (as Benny Wilding).

Fleo‘s tribute to Scaner on this truck side. Done during the 2017 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival.

Fleo in the South West. Scroll for more Fleo above under ‘Dodo Osé’ and below under ‘Monk.e’. Fleo has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (under ‘K6A’).

Fler in Côte des Neiges.

Fokus on a Hochelaga garage door.

Fokus at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Fokus (letters) and Seork (monkey) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Scroll up for more Fokus above under ‘EK Sept’.

Fuser in Rosemont.

Above two: Gaulois (top) and Bopor (bottom) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Above two: Gaulois (top) and Bopor (bottom) contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Germ‘s piece done off-Under Pressure festival.

Haks (letters) and Monster Mash (character) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks on Mile-Ex garage door for Art Gang’s Project-Ex.

Hater in central Montreal alley.

Heks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

This year saw the return in action of Hest. This piece for Chris Dyer’s Akira Alley prod was the one that got the ball rolling again.

Hest in Rosemont.

Hest at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

NYC’s Hoacs visited us in April and in September this year. This is his contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod.

Hoacs in the upper Plateau.

Hoacs in a Hochelaga alley.

Hoacs‘ contribution to Time Is Gold prod.

Hoar in Côte des Neiges. He has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (under ‘Kor’).

Above two: Hsix (top) and Zek (bottom) for Awe’s prod in St-Henri. Scroll down for more by Zek under his own name and scroll up for a collaboration under ‘Axe Lalime’. Hsix has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

One of Jaber‘s contributions to the Time Is Gold production. Scroll up to ‘Axe Lalime’ for the other one.

Jaker in Rosemont.

Jaker at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Scroll up for more Jaker above under ‘BTH crew’.

Janek piece done off-Muralfest in a central Montreal back alley. Scroll up to ‘Acek’ above for more by Janek in a collaboration with his N2N mates.

Jaws in Côte des Neiges.

Johste at Plaza Walls.

Johste (ground) and Joek (top) joint tribute to Scaner for the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam. Scroll up to ‘BTH crew’ above for more by Johste.

Kane‘s tribute to Scaner at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Kems‘ contribution to Scan You Rock mega-prod.

Kems wearing his best chrome in an abandoned Côte des Neiges building.

Kems‘s part in an Art Gang prod in Côte des Neiges.

Killa EF‘s fiery piece on this great Plateau wall.

Koal at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Korb‘s truck side on this rolling Crazy Apes tribute to Scaner. The opposite side by Narc also made this list, scroll down to view.

Korb in Côte des Neiges. Scroll up for more Korb above under ‘Crane’ and under ‘Crazy Apes’. Korb has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Legal at an abandoned industrial spot. Scroll up for more Legal above under ‘BTH crew’. There’s also more Legal below under ‘Smak’.

Lobs at an abandoned industrial spot.

Lobs in Petite-Patrie.

Lobs in upper Plateau.

Los Keos in Mile End.

Los Keos‘ contribution to the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

Lyfer and Ekes in the Plateau. Scroll up for more by those two under ‘203’. There’s also more Ekes in solo under his own name.

Lyfer in Hochelaga.

Lyfer, Acek and Algue triptych. See below for close-ups of each individual piece.

Close-up on Lyfer‘s part in the above triptych with Acek and Algue.

Close-up on Acek‘s part in the above triptych with Lyfer and Algue. Scroll up to ‘Acek’ for more by the latter writer.

Close-up on Algue‘s part in the above triptych with Acek and Lyfer.

Meor in a central Montreal back alley.

Meor, Baesr, Getso, Rock and Mine’s contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mersh‘s contribution to Time Is Gold. Scroll down to the multi-artist tributes to Scaner near the end of this list for more by Mersh.

Micer (left) and Kbron (right) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Monk.e from a St-Henri prod curated by Awe.

Monk.e in St-Henri. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here.

Monk.e, Fleo and Dodo Osé for the Alleycats prod in Rosemont. Scroll up for more solo work by Fleo and Dodo Osé under their respective names. All three artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Monk.e on letters and Rouks on characters, in Rosemont. Rouks’ part made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Myrage in Rosemont.

Giant Myrage piece found in an abandoned building.

Naimo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Naimo and Snok collaboration in the Plateau. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here. Scroll up to ‘203’ for more by Naimo. Scroll down for some solo Snok under his own name.

Narc‘s truck side on this rolling Crazy Apes tribute to Scaner. The opposite side by Korb also made this list, scroll up to view.

Narc in Rosemont.

Narc in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by Narc under ‘Crazy Apes’.

Nybar in the Plateau.

Pask in a Hochelaga alley.

Pask‘s contribution to the Time Is Gold prod.

Pedro Amos in a central Montreal alley.

Pedro Amos at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Persue‘s part in an Art Gang/123Klan prod off St-Laurent. The penguin is actually by 123Klan‘s Scien.

Above 2 photos: Peyo (top) and Liza (bottom) in Rosemont.

Above three: Peyo (top), Liza (middle) and Peack (bottom) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Above 2 photos: Peyo (top) and Liza (bottom) from a 123Klan prod in the Plateau.

Pito‘s contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod.

Raes in Rosemont

Raes in Rosemont.

Rask in upper Plateau.

Resok in Rosemont.

Resok at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Risek in Rosemont.

Roachi‘s contribution to the Scan You Rock mega-prod.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up for more by Royal under ‘Crane’.

Ruste in Côte des Neiges.

Ruste in Rosemont. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here.

Scaner in a Hochelaga alley.

Scaner outside his studio space.

Scaner‘s contribution to Scan You Rock, the production put together in his honour after it was announced he hadn’t much time left.

Scaner from the RDV prod curated by Axe Lalime. Scroll down to the end of this list for a few unfinished pieces by Scaner, and many multi-artist tributes to him.

Sceak in Rosemont.

Scribe‘s part in a private Rosemont back space.

Scribe and Tchug‘s joint contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll down to the near-end of this list for more by Tchug in a multi-artist collaboration.

Scribe in a Hochelaga back alley.

Scribe at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scribe has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Seacrit in a Mile End back alley.

Sekel on an abandoned house in the Plateau.

Serak’s part in a St-Henri prod curated by Awe.

Serak reclaimed this great spot in Montreal’s highwayland.

Serak’s contribution to Time Is Gold. Serak has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017 (under ‘K6A’).

Serum in Rosemont.

Serum at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Serum at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sewk‘s contribution to Scan You Rock.

Shok found in rurbex.

Shok in Rosemont.

Shok in Rosemont.

Shok‘s contribution to Time Is Gold.

Sider on an abandoned building in Ahuntsic.

Sider in Rosemont.

Skam in Rosemont.

Skor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Skor‘s contribution to the Scan You Rock prod.

Skor in Rosemont.

Smak from an Art Gang prod in Côte des Neiges. Scroll up for more by Smak under ‘Axe Lalime’.

Above 2 photos: Smak (top) and Legal (bottom) in Rosemont. Scroll up for some solo work by Legal under his name, and some collaborations under ‘BTH crew’.

Snok at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Snok at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up for more by Snok under ‘Naimo’.

Snok (top) and Yema (ground) from the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Soten (letters) and Harry Bones (character) in upper Plateau. Harry Bones has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Soten in Rosemont.

Soten in a Hochelaga alley.

Soten‘s contribution to the Time Is Gold production.

Stare in upper Plateau.

Stare in a Hochelaga alley.

Finished right on time for this yearly retrospective, this is Stare‘s part in a long tribute wall to his KG brother Scaner.

Stare‘s part in the RDV production curated by Axe Lalime. Stare also finished a piece by his KG brother Scaner and contributed to a multi-artist tribute to him, scroll down to the end of this list for that.

Temps in Rosemont.

Timer in Petite-Patrie.

Trace‘s contribution to Time Is Gold.

Trace‘s contribution to Scan You Rock.

Tuna on an abandoned Ahuntsic building.

Tuna on an abandoned Plateau house.

Rooftop piece by Tuna in Ahuntsic.

Rooftop piece by Twik in Ahuntsic.

Voguer in Rosemont.

Trackside Voguer.

Voguer and Ason on this Plateau house. Scroll up for more by those two above under ‘Ason’.

Wory from Belgium at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Wuna in Rosemont.

Zek in upper Plateau.

Zek (ground left), Axe Lalime (top), Awe (ground right) and Dodo Osé in St-Henri. Scroll up for solo work and collaborations by the latter three artists under their respective names. Zek also helped complete an unfinished Scaner piece, scroll down a bit for this. Finally Axe and Dodo Osé have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Zoner in Rosemont from a March visit.

This is the main wall from the Time Is Gold production. Scaner did the outlines of his letters before he passed away. The fill and background of that area were completed by his KG brothers, Stare and Zek. On the left is Scaner’s crewmate in the Four S’s, Harry Bones (who has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017).

Tribute to Scaner by Sober, Benny Wilding, Mersh, Tyke and Sage at the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam. Scroll up for some solo work by Mersh. There’s also more Benny Wilding above under ‘Cemz’ as well as in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017. Sober also participated in the next piece below.

Scaner did the outlines of the first three letters of his name before he passed away in September 2017. Axe Lalime and Sober did the N, the fill and background. Bird of prey above is by Tchug. Scroll up for more by Axe above under ‘Axe’ and ‘Zek’. Tchug also made this list in a collaboration with Scribe (scroll up to the latter name). Sober also participated in the tribute to Scaner listed just above this piece. Axe has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2017.

Huge chrome tribute done on an Art Gang wall the weekend of Scaner‘s funeral. According to them, contributors include Kems, Selek, Bacon, Stare, Tens, Snikr, Smak and Some. Stare, Kems and Smak also made this list with solo work, scroll up to view.

This huge Scaner tribute on an abandoned Plateau house was done a day or two after Scaner passed away. Artists asked to remain anonymous.

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Fluke

Fluke is one of those artists who started off in graffiti and has subsequently become one of the key players in the Montreal urban art scene. The artist learned his trade in the world of graffiti in the early 1990s, at the tender age of 9! In 2009 he co-founded A’Shop, “an artist-run production company specialized in graffiti murals, street art and urban aesthetics” (source: ashop.ca). He is still the president of the company, as well as one of its main artists.

A’Shop, which employs a handful of artists among the best of this city, has since changed the face of urban art in Montreal with the creation of an amazing number of murals and other artistic endeavours. And for the past few years the company has started shining outside Montreal thanks to major creations done elsewhere in the country as well as in the USA and Europe.

To see more of Fluke’s work than what I was lucky enough to photograph, have a look at his Instagram and Facebook pages. To find out more about A’Shop, check out ashop.ca as well as their Instagram and Facebook pages.

Fluke est un de ces artistes qui se sont développés dans le monde du graffiti et sont depuis devenus des acteurs incontournables de la scène d’art urbain montréalaise. L’artiste a fait ses premières armes dans le monde du graffiti dans les années 1990, à l’âge de 9 ans. En 2009 il a co-fondé A’Shop, “une compagnie de production d’artistes autogérés spécialisée en peinture murale, en street art et en esthétique urbaine” (source: ashop.ca). Il en est toujours le président ainsi qu’un de ses principaux créateurs.

A’Shop, qui emploie une poignée d’artistes parmi les meilleurs en ville, a depuis changé le visage de l’art urbain à Montréal grâce à la création d’un nombre impressionnant de murales et autres interventions de nature artistique. De plus, depuis quelques années la compagnie a commencé à rayonner à l’extérieur de Montréal, avec des interventions ailleurs au pays ainsi qu’aux Etats-Unis et en Europe.

Pour en voir plus sur le travail de Fluke que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Instagram et Facebook. Pour en apprendre plus sur A’Shop, visitez ashop.ca ou ses pages Instagram et Facebook du collectif.

figurative solo work

For the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood.

Tribute to Bad News Brown to replace an earlier one (see ‘Figurative collaborations’ section below).

Huge mural over two walls of a St-Michel school.

Tribute to Jackie Robinson for the 2017 edition of Mural Festival.

figurative collaborations

Most collaborations below are A’Shop projects.

La plupart des collaborations ci-dessous sont des projets d’A’Shop.

With Ankh One for A’Shop in Hochelaga.

A’Shop mural in the Plateau, designed by Fluke and done with Zek and Benny Wilding.

The Carey Price piece (goalie) is a collaboration with Axe Lalime. Also visible on the left are letter pieces by Maniak (top) and Zek (ground level).

A’Shop‘s mural for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Fluke, Axe Lalime, Zek and Apashe.

In just a few years this iconic NDG mural has become the most internationally famous one in Montreal. By A’Shop featuring Fluke, Axe Lalime, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

Tribute mural to Bad News Brown by A’Shop featuring Fluke, Saer and Zek. After having been painted over, a new tribute was done in 2017 (see Fluke solo section above).

Fluke and Axe Lalime for A’Shop on one of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

A’Shop mural in the Plateau featuring Dodo Osé, Phile, Zek and Fluke.

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For the Chemin Vert production in the summer of 2016. The prod was actually organised by Fluke.

Zek (left) and Fluke (right) for Plaza Walls.

K6A‘s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Fluke (bottom right) as well as Axe Lalime (racoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right) and Dodo Osé (middle right). See close-up on Fluke’s piece below.

Close-up on Fluke’s piece on the above wall from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Fluke’s part in a 123Klan production in the Plateau. Character is by Aiik.

Earth Crusher character on a temporary A’Shop wall, surrounded by tags from both Earth Crusher and his alter ego Dré, as well as Zek, Fluke (bottom right), Ankh One, etc.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

On a container near the A’Shop offices.

Fluke’s part in a A’Shop/123Klan production in the Plateau.

Shadow (top letters), Zek (bottom left letters), Fluke (bottom right letters) and Ankh One (figurative) on A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

Nature taking over this older Fluke letter piece on a K6A wall in St-Henri.

Axe Lalime

Axe Lalime, or simply Axe, is a very prolific and versatile Montreal artist active since 1995. He stems from the world of graffiti but excels in various forms of figurative art, be it mural or on canvas. He is very active with the K6A crew, but also pays allegiance to crews KG and CFC. He has in the past been a frequent collaborator on A’Shop productions.

The photo gallery below is therefore mainly split into sections featuring his graffiti pieces, his figurative work as well as the great collective projects by A’Shop and K6A to which he contributed. To see more than what I had the chance to photograph, check out his Facebook and Instagram pages and this great video showing Axe at work on various pieces featured below.

Axe Lalime, ou tout simplement Axe, est un artiste montréalais prolifique et versatile, actif depuis 1995. Il vient du milieu du graffiti mais excelle aussi en art figuratif qu’il soit mural ou sur canevas. Il est très actif avec le collectif K6A mais prête aussi allégeance aux crews KG et CFC. Il a été de par le passé un fréquent collaborateur sur des projets réalisés par A’Shop.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous est conséquemment divisée en sections présentant ses pièces de graffiti, ses oeuvres figuratives ainsi que les grands projets collectifs auxquels il a participé aux cotés d’A’Shop et de K6A. Pour en voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram ainsi qu’a cette capsule video montre l’artiste en action, travaillant sur plusieurs des pièces présentées dans la galerie ci-dessous.


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Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A winter piece at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In a big production in St-Henri.

Scaner‘s name by Axe and Sober. Scaner did the outlines of the first three letters before he passed away in September 2017. Axe and Sober did the N, the fill and background. Bird of prey above is by Tchug. See below for what’s on the left of this.

This is on the left of the above photo. Riding character by Axe, and perhaps also the snake.

Axe (top letters and figurative) and Jaber (ground letters) for the Time Is Gold production.

One more bit by Axe for the Time Is Gold production, this is King the squirrel.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Axe (top), Zek (bottom left), Awe (bottom right) and Dodo Osé in St-Henri.

With Fleo on the left, in Ville-Emard.

With Fleo on the right, and an older piece by Serak above, in industrial Montreal.

Axe’s contribution to Plaza Walls.

In a Plateau alley.

For the 2016 Percussion Festival.

Minivan side.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

In Rosemont.

Axe (top) and Wuna (ground level) at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Section of a K6A production in St-Henri, above Dodo Osé.

In industrial Montreal.

Axe (character and letters on the left) and Monk.e (character and letters middle and right), in Hochelaga.

On truckside, with Tchug.

In St-Henri.

Truckside.

Rooftop in Hochelaga.

Axe’s contribution to the Cabane à sucre secret gallery (on the back wall).

In Sherbrooke.

Axe’s part in a graff wall with Scaner and Kemr in Hochelaga.

Rooftop session next to Serak.

With Astro in Hochelaga.

Axe on doors and SBU One on the right, in St-Henri.

In a St-Henri alley.

Trackside Pointe-St-Charles.

Saer (left) and Axe (right) in Hochelaga.

Part of a K6A wall in Hochelaga.


figurative work

Pieces in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces de cette section de la galerie sont présentées en ordre chronologique inverse approximatif, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai eu la chance de photographier.

Contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

In the South West.

Same South West spot as above but a few months earlier.

In the South West.

Tribute to Scaner in the South West.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

In St-Henri.

Community-oriented wall in a Rosemont-Petite-Patrie alley.

From a Plateau production curated by Axe himself. The piece continues around the right-side corner, see below.

The piece in the above photo continues around the corner, beneath letters by Stare.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Crane on letters and Axe on character, from a Plateau production curated by Axe.

In Rosemont.

Dodo Osé with Axe on smaller characters, in the South West.

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe (character) contribution to the Scan You Rock jam.

A bit more by Axe for the Scan You Rock jam.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with Awe in Ahuntsic.

Work-in-progress nearly completed for the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

With Snikr on the right for the 2016 Chemin Vert production.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With letters by Crane on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

With letters by Naimo on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

For Plaza Walls.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With Fleo on letters at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rooftop part at the Plaza St-Hubert (2 sides displayed).

On back of truck.

In Petite-Patrie.

On a post of Plaza St-Hubert.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

In Old Montreal.

Character between Sewer and F.One at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

Scaner on letters and Axe on characters, in Petite-Patrie.

With Monk.e on this K6A wall in Hochelaga.

Full mural by Axe, for Muralité, in Mile-End.

Axe on character, Smak on bottom letters with older letters by Pito top right, at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Monk.e (left), Scaner (right letters) and Axe (right character) in Hochelaga.

Scaner and Axe’s contribution to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Maniak (top left), Zek (bottom left), Axe and Fluke for K6A and A’Shop (right), at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Scaner (bottom letters), Ether TFB (middle letters), Serack (top letters), Axe (bottom left) and Hsix (right) for the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

Axe on dragon and rats, with Stare on ‘K’ and ‘G’ and Scaner on other background lettering, in Rosemont. See below for close-up of Axe’s rats in the bottom right corner.

Close-up of Axe’s rats from the mural above with Stare and Scaner.

Letters by Scaner (center ground level) between hissing felines by Axe, Feka and Peur (middle) and wheatpaste by Lovebot (top), by train tracks in Mile End.

Detail of a larger mural piece with other artists in a Plateau alley.

Perhaps with others, doing the K6A logo in Griffintown.

Next to letters by Scaner in Ville-Marie. See below for another character by Axe on this long mural.

From a long wall in Ville-Marie, see also other segment above.

Scaner (text), Earth Crusher (central figure) and Axe (end figures) in abandoned industrial building.

In Rosemont.

Commissioned pieces on garage doors in Hochelaga by Scaner and/or Axe.

A’Shop featuring Axe and Fluke ‘mural’ on a pillar of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In a Hochelaga alley, perhaps with someone else.


contribution to multi-artist murals

Dodo Osé (geisha) and Axe (cat) from a K6A jam in the South West.

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 1/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 2/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 3/3).

K6A wall at the Festival de Canes, featuring Axe, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstiOne (click to zoom).

Under Pressure 2016 K6A wall featuring Axe (racoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right).

K6A’s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Axe, Monk.e, Fleo, Philemon.

Under Pressure Festival 2014 production by the K6A collective featuring Fleo, Monk.e, Dodo Osé, Serack, Axe, Dkae and Saer.

A’Shop‘s wall for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Axe alongside Fluke, Zek and Apashe.

This classic A’Shop mural in NDG features Fluke, Axe, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

NME mural on Papineau featuring Stare, Scaner, Monk.e, Kers, Axe, Vect and perhaps others.


bandaid logo

Axe’s signature bandaid logo is often used to sign his murals and pieces (as seen in many instances above). It is also often painted by itself here and there as some sort of elaborate tag. The handful shown below is just a small fraction of the number I have found over the years.

Tel que vu ci-dessus, Axe signe plusieurs de ses murales et autres pièces avec son logo représentant deux pansements entrecroisés. Ce logo lui sert aussi de tag. Les quelques exemplaires montrés ci-dessous ne sont qu’une très petite fraction de ce que j’ai trouvé au cours des dernières années.

Wall of flops from the Time Is Gold production featuring Axe’s bandaid amongst many others (in yellow, second row from the top, second from the left).


tags and throws

Tags by Scaner (above) and Axe.


stickers

The “Jailspot”

The “Jailspot” is the name given by graffiti writers and urban explorers to two contiguous abandoned buildings on Henri-Bourassa at the level of the now closed Tanguay prison. These buildings were not actually part of the closed prison, they belonged to Transport Québec who once used them as hangars for heavy machinery. They appear to have been used in the recent past as offices and warehouse space. The westernmost of the two is older than the other one which seems to have been built around 2006-2007. For the following years the latter new construction was used for sporadic warehouse sales.

Business must not have been very good, the buildings were left unused as early as 2011-2012 and signs of graffiti action started appearing, first outside then inside. Within a few years the two buildings were completely taken over by explorers and writers/artists. Everything except the warehouse at the front of the easternmost building quickly deteriorated, through the combined actions of vandals and rain/snow through broken doors and windows as well as collapsed roofs. The two buildings were finally gradually demolished over the spring and summer of 2016 to make space for the construction of controversial residential/commercial towers.

If you have any additional information about this spot, feel free to write in and contribute to this article.

The gallery below is divided by rooms and other areas where artists left their mark. The names of the rooms are not official ones, I just came up with them for comprehensive purposes. A plan of the spot can be seen below, at the top of the gallery.

Le “Jailspot” est le nom donné par les graffeurs et explorateurs urbains à deux édifices voisins sur Henri-Bourassa devant l’ancienne prison Tanguay. Ces deux édifices ne font en fait pas partie de l’ancienne prison, ils appartenaient à Transport Québec et ont déjà servi de hangars pour de la machinerie lourde. Ils semblent avoir ensuite servi de bureaux et d’entrepôts au cours des années précédant leur abandon. Celui situé le plus à l’ouest semble dater d’avant l’autre qui a été construit vers 2006-2007. Au cours des années qui ont suivi sa construction ce dernier a été le lieu de ventes d’entrepôt.

Les affaires n’ont pas dû être très profitables, déjà vers 2011-2012 les édifices n’étaient plus utilisés et les graffeurs ont commencé à arriver sur les lieux, d’abord à l’extérieur ensuite à l’intérieur. Très rapidement l’endroit a été pris d’assaut par les explorateurs urbains et les graffeurs. Tout sauf les pièces du devant s’est rapidement détérioré, sous l’action de vandales et de la pluie/neige entrant par les portes et fenêtres brisées ainsi que des portions de toits effondrés. Les deux édifices ont finalement été démolis au cours du printemps et de l’été 2016 pour permettre la construction de controversées tours résidentielles et commerciales.

Si vous détenez de l’information additionnelle sur cet endroit, vous êtes invités à me contacter et contribuer à cet article.

La gallerie-photo ci-dessous est divisée en pièces et autres zones où les artistes ont oeuvré. Les noms des différentes pièces ne sont pas officiels, ils sont ceux que j’ai utilisés pour mes besoins d’archivage. Le plan ci-dessous montre les positions relatives de ces pièces.


Plan of the various rooms and areas. The codes E1 to E6 and W1 to W5 refer to the room sub-sections below. Click to expand.


Eastern building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2015. Visible in the front are abandoned limousines!

Different angle; visible at the back is the dome of the old Tanguay prison which gave this spot its name amongst writers and urban explorers.


E1 – the galleries

General view of the galleries on the right, and the central rooms on the left.

Kems/Kemr

Skor

Skor

Skor

Skor

Kemt

Tuna

Shok

Shok

Shok

Shok

Shok from a Four Lokos prod.

Skor from a Four Lokos prod.

Narc from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna (ground level), Koni (above left) and Saner (above right).

Tuna

Tuna

Tuna representing the SIK crew.

Ekler (left) and Tuna (right). Visible above are throws by Hems (left) and Shake (right).

Narc

Korb