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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

Lith

Geser

Aper

Sunz

Naimo

Lyfer

Getsa

Shrek One tribute to Jacques Parizeau.

Ekler (ground level) and Serum (above).

Serum

EK Sept (left) and Hope (right). Visible above is a tag by Daym.

EK Sept. Scroll up for shots of the Sunz and Hope pieces seen beneath.

Fokus

Pito

Oskar

Nixon

Dope

Arek

Dekor (letters) and Hesan (creature).

Hesan

Two forms of Dekor on sides of the window. Tags above are by Sunz (in black) and Nybar (in blue).

Dekor (left) and Rizek (right).

Talk


E2 – the car showroom

General view of the car showroom. Scroll down for close-ups of the Geser car and the Merp and Raker pieces seen at the back.

Geser

Algue representing 203.

Pro

Someone representing the VC crew.

Lyfer

Block

Faboo representing Ten Yen.

Aces

Aner

Raker (ground level) and Merp (above).

Same spot, earlier shot: Verse (ground level) and Merp (above).


E3 – the central room

General view of the central room, with the back side of the car showroom on the left.

Skor

Skor

Aces

Bewet

Neak


E4 – the warehouse

General view of the warehouse (sorry for the blurry shot, it’s the only one I have). Scroll down for a close-up of the few visible pieces in this shot.

Shok

Narc

Skam

Dekor

Dekor

Dekor

Dekor (ground level), with Neak and Bwet above.

Singe. Tags on the right include those of Dekor, Bewet, etc.

Ecler, plus a yellow tag by Bewet.

Rizek

Bewet

Oskar

Meth

Gypsr, perhaps with someone else.

Gypsr


E5 – the offices

Ekler

Ekler

Veto

Ecler throw.

Rizek


E6 – the end room

Bask and Part. Two red tags by Shok above.

Big throw from Etos, plus red tags by Shok.


Eastern building – outside walls

General view of the end of one of the buildings. Scroll down for close-ups.

Throw from Scaner.

Lyfer

Lyfer (ground level left), Cler (ground level right) and Balis (above).

Lyfer and Babar at ground level, Sneak and Venise above right.

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

Tuna representing the SIK crew (ground level), Balis (top left)

Shok. Tags by Getsa and Gnius above.

Nixon

What’s left of an old Nixon piece.

Bosny

Reebok aka Logre.

Reebok aka Logre.

Gnius

Gnius

Gnius

Raker

Kzam (bottom left), Jaws (bottom right), Ecler (yellow) and anonymous artist (text and prisoner).

Wase (top left), Jaws (top right), Rescue (bottom left)

Getsa

EK Sept. Tags by Mesk (black) and Venise (white) above.

EK Sept

Oper

This reads Fofo but I’m quite sure it’s Fiefo.

Ecler

Kelen (left) and Shake (right)

Clast

Pares (ground level) and Arows (top).

Some (ground level)

Obes

Mastrocola (2 colour swirls), Hitem (yellow throw).

Unidentified artist.

Unidentified artist.

Sceak (character), Bask (top tag).


Eastern building – roof pieces

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

Ekes

Algue

Bosny

Aloke


Western building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2016. Also visible on the right is a corner of the Eastern building.


W1 – the long room

General view of the long room. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces visible in this shot.

Shok (ground level) and Crops (above)

Fruit (left), Epos (middle) and Crack (right); red tag by Guest bottom left.

Same spot, later: Dekor (left) and Crack (right).

Crack (left), Ecler (right) and Duke (above).

Ekler on garage door, with partial view on the inner courtyard. Partially visible above are a throw and tag by Blek.

Hitem

Gaist/Guest

Cur?

Daym

Uzem

Scek


W2 – the small room

Aper and Sunz.

Nixon, with a blue tag by Scaner above.

Same spot, later: Deser.

Ensor

Jinx


W3 – the medium room

Apashe

Nixon

Vogue

Gnius, plus tag by Rake above.

Rake

Raes

Raes

Peace

Alber

Ekual (ground level) and Arow (above).

Feez


W4 – the courtyard

General view of the inner courtyard. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces.

Stare

Shok

Monk.e

EK Sept (bottom left), Kelen (top left), Zion (top right) and Sunz (bottom right).

Ekler

Ekler

Ekler

Dekor

Rake. Tags by VC‘s Owk and Sunz above.

Gnius (top left of door), Blek (right of door), Arose (very top)

Jaws (ground level) and Bane (above).

Aper

Scaner (blue) and Crops (yellow).

Taike, plus a tag by Owk in black on the right.


W5 – the annex

Bane


Western builing – outside walls

Raker (ground level), Gnius (middle) and someone for SPK (above).

F.One in small and large formats.

Kzam (ground level), Bane (above left), Duke (above right), Shake (top right).

Smog

Raker (left) and Ecro (right).

A throw by Aero and a tag by Kelen.

KC Neuf

Someone representing YU8.

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Debza

Debza is a tattoo artist and graffiti writer originally from Toulouse but now based in Montreal. As seen in the image gallery below, he can be versatile and his writing style, at times influenced by japanese illustration, is quite unique. He belongs to a few crews, notably GF (“Ghetto Farceur”), and works alongside other writers and artists on multi-artist projects. For more by Debza than what is shown here, have a look at his Facebook and Instagram pages. The following Youtube videos show the artist at work: video 1, video 2.

Debza est tatoueur et writer graffiti originaire de Toulouse mais maintenant établi à Montréal. Il est très versatile et son style unique d’écriture est parfois influencé par l’illustration japonaise. Il appartient à quelques crews, en l’occurrence GF (“Ghetto Farceur”), et il lui arrive régulièrement de collaborer avec d’autres artistes sur certains projets collectifs. Pour en voir plus de Debza que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram. Quelques vidéos sur Youtube permettent de voir l’artiste à l’oeuvre: vidéo 1, vidéo 2.


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.

In Rosemont.

For the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

From an Art Gang production in Côte des Neiges.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Contribution to the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. This piece was dedicated to yours truly, amongst others.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In the Plateau.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Manga-style at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Blek (top) and Debza (ground level) on a Plateau wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Part of a production curated by 123Klan on a Plateau wall.

Quicker piece on the same wall as above.

At the 2016 edition of Festival Amalgam in Sherbrooke.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco. Notice the shout-out to yours truly in the bottom left corner…

In TMR.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In an abandoned parking.

In an abandoned parking.

In an abandoned parking.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

In an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

In an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

In Rosemont.

Debza and MSHL collaboration for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

Debza (bottom left), Sewer (bottom right), Crane (middle) and a Lovebot wheatpaste (top) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Debza (bottom left), Apashe (middle) and Saner (top) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

MSHL (bottom left), Debza (bottom right) and Joe, Seaz and Flow (top letters) for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

For the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial piece for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.


throws and tags

Inside the abandoned Transco.

On a Rosemont graf wall.

Unofficial throw at the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Inside an abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

A throw on a train side.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Doing Blek’s name inside the abandoned Transco.

Doing War’s name inside the abandoned Transco.

New graffiti May-June 2016

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during May and June 2016 and that I was lucky enough to catch (I was out of the country for 2 weeks during this period). Some graffiti from May is already featured in the earlier post titled New graffiti May 2016. If you want to see new works as soon as I photograph them, you can follow me on Instagram.

Cet article présente les meilleurs graffitis créés à Montréal au cours de mai et juin 2016 et que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et photographier (j’ai été absent deux semaines pendant cette période). Des graffitis faits en mai ont déjà été publiés dans cet article intitulé New graffiti May 2016. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Zek in Hochelaga, from a wall also involving Stare and Tchug (see below).

Stare in Hochelaga, from a wall also involving Zek and Tchug (see above and below).

Tchug in Hochelaga, from a wall also involving Stare and Zek (see above).

Pre-Muralfest piece by Zek.

Pre-Muralfest piece by Ether.

Off-Muralfest piece by the AG Crew.

Off-Muralfest piece by Johste (letters) and Bezoman (character).

Off-Muralfest piece by Legal on letters and Jmoe on characters.

Off-Muralfest piece by Killa EF.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sino at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Skam at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Skam at the abandoned “Jailspot”. This is from the same prod as the Narc and Shok pieces below. Scroll down a bit for one more by Skam.

Narc at the abandoned “Jailspot”. This is from the same prod as the Skam above and Shok below.

Shok at the abandoned “Jailspot”. This is from the same prod as the Narc and Skam pieces above.

Shok in Ahuntsic.

Narc doing Shok’s name in Ahuntsic. This was started late last summer but finally completed in June this year.

Tuna‘s companion piece to the Narc/Shok one above.

Skor in Parc-Ex.

Skor at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Skor in Rosemont.

Scaner in the upper Plateau.

Jaber in the upper Plateau.

Dré aka Earth Crusher in the upper Plateau.

Off-muralfest piece by Scribe.

Scribe near the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Scribe from Ekes’ birthday bash (with 4 pieces below).

Acek from Ekes’ birthday bash (with 3 pieces below and 1 above).

Lyfer from Ekes’ birthday bash (with 2 pieces below and 2 above).

Janek from Ekes’ birthday bash (with piece below and 4 above).

Ekes from his birthday bash (with 4 pieces above).

Awe and Axe graf mural in St-Henri.

Five Eight in St-Henri

Skam in St-Henri. Scroll up for two more by this writer.

Fleo in St-Henri from the same prod as Five Eight above. Skam also contributed a piece but I will include it here later when I manage to catch it without a car parked in front.

This top piece of a St-Henri K6A wall (also featuring the 3 pieces below) was very likely done by Fleo.

Dodo Osé‘s part in the St-Henri K6A wall mentioned above.

Axe‘s part in the St-Henri K6A wall mentioned above.

Fleo‘s part in the St-Henri K6A wall mentioned above.

Osti One from another K6A wall in St-Henri near the one above. The four photos below are part of the same production but murals by Axe and Awe and a few others are not shown here because they were not completed at the time of publishing.

Nerv and Omar from the K6A production mentioned above.

Someone representing RCD (either Beaf, Snok or Yema) from the K6A production mentioned above.

One of two pieces by Naimo for the K6A production mentioned above.

The other one of two pieces by Naimo for the K6A production mentioned above.

Borrrris (character) and Naimo (letters) in the Plateau.

Naimo representing Underdogs at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Naimo at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Off-muralfest piece by Naimo in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Hitem‘s companion piece to the Naimo one above in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Nybar in Hochelaga.

Nybar at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Off-muralfest piece by Lyfer in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Lyfer on the side wall of a Plateau car wash (see also 2 pieces below).

Gsup (top) and Janek (bottom) on the side of a Plateau car wash (see also piece above and one below).

Ekes on the door of a Plateau car wash (see also 2 pieces above).

Ekes at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Ekes in Rosemont. This one and the 2 below were done on the same wall at different times, but they existed side by side for a few days.

Ekes in Rosemont. This one and the ones below and above were done on the same wall at different times, but they existed side by side for a few days.

Ekes in Rosemont. This one and the 2 above were done on the same wall at different times, but they existed side by side for a few days.

Pask in Côte-des-Neiges.

Pask at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Bosny at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Off-muralfest piece by Meor in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Off-muralfest piece by Usem in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Off-muralfest piece by Jaws in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Off-muralfest piece by Narc in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Off-muralfest piece by Kzam in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Jaws in the same spot in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark as his other piece above, but about a week later.

Narc in the same spot in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark as his other piece above, but about a week later.

Kzam in the same spot in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark as his other piece above, but about a week later.

Kzam at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Jaws at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Crane representing the Crazy Apes at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. The three pieces below are from the same production.

Egor at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen alongside the one above and the two below.

Havok at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen alongside the two above and the one below.

Lith at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen alongside the three above.

Fezat from a Crazy Apes production in Rosemont also featuring the two pieces below.

Akuma from a Crazy Apes production in Rosemont also featuring Fezat (see above) and Korb (see below).

Korb from a Crazy Apes production in Rosemont also featuring the two pieces above.

Crane at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall alongside Nor and Royal below.

Nor at the PSC legal graffiti wall alongside Crane above and Royal below.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall alongside Crane and Nor above.

Off-muralfest piece by Beaf in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Yema in Côte-des-Neiges.

Someone representing RCD (Beaf, Yema or Snok) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Vogue in the Plateau.

Vogue at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Off-muralfest piece by Haks in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

EK7 at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Visible above is an older piece by his crewmate Aces.

Serum at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Yope aka Peyo in Rosemont, alongside the 3 pieces below.

Leaza aka Liza in Rosemont, alongside the piece above and the 2 pieces below.

Gaulois in Rosemont, alongside the 2 pieces above and the one below.

Bopor in Rosemont, alongside the 3 pieces abpve.

Hoarkor in Côte-des-Neiges.

Wuna in Plateau Ghetto.

Bibi Una in Hochelaga.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Temps at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. An older piece by Gaulois is still visible above.

Max (characters) and Ogen (letters) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. An older piece by Gaulois is still visible above.

Off-muralfest piece by Peams in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark, with a bit of contribution from Scribe.

Monk.e added letters at the base of the mural he did for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Arose in Rosemont (sorry for the slight cropping, someone took over the right side).

Peru143 throwie in Plateau End.

Rizek in Côte-des-Neiges.

Heras in Rosemont.

Shrek in Rosemont.

Lamo in Rosemont.

Loser in Rosemont.

Sceak in Rosemont.

Sceak in Rosemont.

Kurst and Owk in Hochelaga.

Faber at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Koni (character) and Saner (letters) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Resok at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Resok at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Pito at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Skope at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Miow at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Elsol25 in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Elsol25 in the same spot as above, one week later.

Elsol25 at the Canada Malting plant.

Elsol25 at the Canada Malting plant.

Ason in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Bask at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Bask in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Maine aka Secret in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark beneath the Bask one seen above.

Secret in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Zeyo(?) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Noka in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Dolar in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Getsa in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Herlen in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Herlen in the same spot in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark as above, but one week later.

Dekor at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Dekor at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Dekor at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Ecler at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Miles in Rosemont.

Able at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Ekual in Rosemont

Feez in Rosemont

Blek in Rosemont

War in Rosemont

Bomr and Nasp at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Bomr in Côte-des-Neiges.

Nasp in Côte-des-Neiges.

Bomr at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Nasp at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Deep in Côte-des-Neiges.

Cons in Côte-des-Neiges.

New graffiti May 2016

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during May 2016 and that I was lucky enough to catch. I am aware that at the time this post is published there is still one week left in the month of May, but I will be out of town on vacation for the rest of the month. Whatever else I find after I return will be added to this gallery if I know that it was done in May. If you want to see new works as soon as I photograph them, you can follow me on Instagram.

Cet article présente les meilleurs graffitis créés à Montréal au cours de mai 2016 et que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et photographier. Je suis conscient qu’il reste encore une semaine au mois de mai, mais je serai à l’extérieur de la ville en vacances jusqu’à la fin du mois. Suite à mon retour, ce que je trouverai qui aura été fait en mai sera ajouté à cette gallerie. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Fluke representing A’Shop for 123Klan’s FamJam. Creature by Aiik (scroll down for a graf piece by Aiik).

Zek for 123Klan’s FamJam. Scroll down for another one by Zek.

Slick was the main guest for 123Klan’s FamJam. Scroll down to Klor and Aiik’s pieces below for a few characters by this artist.

123Klan‘s Scien for their FamJam.

123Klan‘s Klor for their FamJam. Character by Slick.

Aiik, the son of 123Klan’s Scien and Klor. Character by Slick.

Shok at the Projet45 DIY skatepark.</