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Retrospective of 2018 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 200 great pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2018. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. 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.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist/crew name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular writers, I have set a maximum of 3 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art

Cette galerie-photo présente 200 pièces de graffiti produites en 2018 à Montréal. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés 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 2018 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 3 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2018 murales et autre street art peint
Retrospective 2018 street art collé


I never single out a piece in my yearly retrospectives, but this huge tribute to Scaner deserves a special mention. As far as I know, nothing of this scale has been done ever before. The piece is the creation of Scaner’s KG crewmates Zek (who wrote the letter outlines) and Stare, it features characters by Harry Bones and Axe Lalime, and is filled with pieces by nearly 100 local and international artists. A special post is dedicated solely to this historical creation, check it out here. Zek, Stare and Axe all have solo pieces in this list, scroll down to see them. Zek and Axe are also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Above 3: 123 Klan‘s Scien, Klor and Aiik in their annual Sun Youth production.

Above 3: 123 Klann’s Scien, Klor and Aiik at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

The 123 Klan‘s Scien (letters) and Aiik (figurative part) in Rosemont.

Acek’s part in the N2N crew’s section at the Estival de Canes 2018.

Acek in an abandoned building.

The AG Crew partly redid their classic wall at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Above 2 photos: The AG Crew‘s Senck and Snipes in a Côte des Neiges alley.

Algue at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Amon (ground) in Hochelaga. Also visible above is Vazy.

Amon in Hochelaga. He was also involved in the huge CEK crew roller further down this list, scroll down to ‘CEK’.

Off-Mural piece by Pedro Amos in a graffiti alley.

Aner at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Aper under an expressway.

Arek, Shok and Sewk were the first ones to make into the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome‘s main building, one of the best graffiti hotspots of this year.

Arose in an abandoned building.

Arrow in Mercier.

Ason at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ason on a parked train car. Ason also participated in this year’s edition of Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘Snok’ below to see it.

Awe on truck for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. The background is an earlier one by Fleo with the help of Dodo Osé. The opposite side was done by Rekal, check it out below under his name.

Awe in an abandoned building. Scroll down for more by Awe under ‘Serak’, as well as under ‘K6A’ as he joined those raccoons earlier this past year.

Axe Lalime, in a production put together by Miser for his return home after having spent half a year in Montreal. Scroll up to the Scan You Rock tribute at the top of this list, as well as down under ‘Fokus’ and ‘K6A’, for more by Axe. Axe is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Above 2 shots: Beast (right) and Nor (left) in an abandoned church. Scroll down for more by Nor under his name.

Beast in an abandoned building.

Bibi Una‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. She is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Boporc‘s contribution to this year’s 123 Klan/Sun Youth prod.

Boporc in Rosemont. Scroll down to ‘Mad Rats’ below for more by this artist.

Bosny at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Bosny trackside.

Bros in Rosemont.

A huge CEK roller in eastern Montreal. Pieces at ground level are (from right to left) by Bhar, Boes, Jher, Rcap, Amon, Resno, Police. Amon also made this list with solo pieces, scroll up to view.

The Boro wall for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Cemz (top letters), Esprit (left half) and Sight (bottom right letters). Scroll down for a solo piece by Esprit.

Cemz on Ashop’s wall in Hochelaga.

Cemz in the Plateau. Cemz is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under ‘Benny Wilding’.

Truckside Colfer. The opposide side of this truck also made this list, scroll down to ‘Haks’ to view.

Colfer at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Cosy at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by Crane under ‘Korb’. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art in a collaboration with ‘Royal’.

Dales behind an industrial building in the South West.

Dales in Rosemont.

Dars in a Hochelaga alley.

Deep hitching a ride out of the FMR temporary pop-up social space. I believe he was also involved in the CEK roller featured above.

Demsky (letters) and Smithe (character) at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Both artists made murals for this year’s edition of Mural Festival, check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art to view.

A great alley mural by Dfek in Mile End.

Dfek in Rosemont.

Above 2: Dfek/Enter in Rosemont.

EK Sept in Rosemont.

This unofficial cellograff by EK Sept was done in plain view of everyone during Mural Festival and remained in place for at least a week until the Festival was over.

One of many pieces by Ekes at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ekes on an abandoned warehouse in the East.

Off-Mural alley piece by Ekes. He was also involved in two 203 Crew murals featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

A fascinating piece by Eko at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Eskro going tubular at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Eskro (right), Resok (left) and Apok (top) representing YU8/TFS for the Canettes de Ruelle production. Scroll down for some solo work by Resok. There’s also more by Eskro below under ‘Myrage’.

Esprit‘s part in this year’s 123 Klan Sun Youth production. Scroll up for more by Esprit under ‘Cemz’.

Five Eight and Dré for the Estival de Canes 2018. Five Eight has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art, and Dré’s alter ego Earth Crusher has made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Fleo‘s part in the Estival de Canes 2018.

A great off-Mural collaboration of Fleo (top letters), Frank Bo (left character), Snikr (right character) and Chizo (ground letters). The Awe piece bottom right was salvaged from last year. Scroll down for more Frank Bo, Snikr and Chizo below under ‘Rekal’. Fleo, Snikr and Rekal also contributed to the K6A wall featured below under ‘K6A’. Snikr and Rekal also collaborated on a mural featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Fluke‘s part in a K6A production in the South West. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for a huge mural of his.

Fokus in an abandoned building.

Fokus in Rosemont.

Fokus (letters) and Axe Lalime (basketballers) on a wall piece announcing the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for a solo letters piece by Axe (under his name) and his collaboration on the huge Scan You Rock tribute wall at the top of this list, and down to the K6A wall for Under Pressure.

Tribute to Scaner by Fonki and Smak (and perhaps others?) under J.Shantz‘s wall for the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. Scroll down for more by Smak.

Fuser in Rosemont.

Gaulois in Rosemont. Scroll down to ‘Mad Rats’ below for more by this artist.

Grils at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Habit in Rosemont.

Above 3: “East To West Connection” wall at the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Habit and Acro (top shot), Imp and Rask (middle shot) and Montreal’s Hoar (above). Scroll down for more by Hoar under his own name.

Truckside by Haks. Scroll up to ‘Colfer’ to view the opposite side of this truck.

A big solo wall by Haks. Haks has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Haks’ and under ‘Monk.e’.

Heks aka Macadam Monkey at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

One of two flaming chromes done by Hest in a Plateau alley in 2018.

Hest in a Laval park.

Wild Child Hest at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Hoar in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by Hoar under ‘Habit’.

A sick letter piece by Hsix beneath Mono Sourcil‘s piece at the Estival de Canes 2018.

Jaker‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

It’s always a thrill to catch some autorack piece by Jaker.

More autorack work by Jaker.

Janek‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll down to ‘Snok’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Johste on a parked autorack.

The huge and impossibly difficult to photograph K6A wall for the 2018 edition of Under Pressure featuring Monk.e, Ankh One, Axe Lalime, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer. Check out the Under Pressure link above for close-ups. Scroll up and down this page for more solo and collaboration work by Monk.e, Axe, Fleo, Serak, Snikr, Royal and Rekal. Monk.e, Ankh One, Axe, Snikr, Royal and Rekal have also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Kbron in Rosemont.

Tribute to Scaner by Kbron, Micer and Fault. Scroll down for some solo work by Micer.

Keos‘ truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll down to ‘Meor’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Keos in a Hochelaga alley.

Killa EF‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Koal on frozen metal.

Korb and Crane‘s awesome collaboration for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by Crane under his name.

Korb at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Korb had one of the prime spots for photogenic shots at the Estival de Canes 2018. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for more by Korb.

A quick but great tribute to Scaner by Kwest, bonus material to his part on the huge Scan You Rock tribute wall at the top of this page.

Kwun‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Legal‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Legal in Rosemont.

One of many pieces by Legal on this parked autorack.

Above 2: Liza (top) and Peyo (bottom) at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for one more by Peyo.

Lobsta in an abandoned church.

Lobsta‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

A letter piece by LSNR at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for great figurative creations by this artist. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Lyfer in an abandoned building.

Lyfer in an abandoned building.

Lyfer in the Plateau. He was also involved in two 203 Crew murals featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Mad Rats Gaulois and Boporc’s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Click on the latter link for close-ups of each individual piece. Scroll up to ‘Boporc’ and ‘Gaulois’ for some solo work by each of these artists. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for some of this duo’s ‘abstract’ work.

Meor‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Keos’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Micer on an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga.

Micer in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Kbron’ for more involving Micer.

Monk.e‘s part in a K6A and friends production in the South West.

Monk.e in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by Monk.e. This multi-talented artist is also heavily featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Moxe at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

A striking tribute to Scaner by Myrage and Eskro in an abandoned church. Scroll up for more by Eskro under his name.

Myrage in an abandoned building.

Naimo at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Naimo in Hochelaga. The making of this piece was filmed by Graff Funk (view here).

Naimo in a Hochelaga alley. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under MSHL for more by Naimo.

Narc‘s part in a SIK crew alley production. Characters are by Skor who has his own letter pieces in this list (scroll down to his name).

Nemo at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Nemo has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under ‘Haks’.

Noce‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll down to ‘Sapoe’ to view opposite side of this truck.

Noper in the dark basement of an abandoned building.

Nor in an abandoned building in Ville St-Laurent.

Nor‘s part in a K6A production in the South West. Scroll up for more by Nor under ‘Beast’.

Nybar at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Pane at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Pask at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Pask, in a production put together by Miser for his return home after having spent half a year in Montreal.

Peace‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Peack at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Peyo in Rosemont. Scroll up to ‘Liza’ for more by this artist.

Pito and Guko in a Mile End alley. Pito also participated in this year’s edition of Under Pressure, scroll down to ‘Snok’ below to see it.

Quote‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Raes in Rosemont.

Raes in Rosemont.

Raes at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Above 2 photos: Rekal (green letters), Frank Bo (character) and Chizo (turquoise letters) in a Plateau production curated by Snikr. Scroll up for more by Chizo and Frank Bo under ‘Fleo’. Rekal also contributed to a K6A wall featured above.

Rekal (letters) and Snikr (character) on a Ahuntsic roof. They have also made it together into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art, under ‘Snikr’.

Rekal‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Awe’ to view the opposite side of this truck.

Awesome letters by Resok in an abandoned building.

Resok under an overpass. Scroll up for more by Resok under ‘Eskro’.

Ribso in Rosemont.

Rizek in Rosemont

Rouks in Rosemont

Rouks at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art for more by this multi-talented artist.

An impossibly hard to photograph piece by Royal at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up to ‘K6A’ for more by Royal who actually joined those raccoons this year. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Ruste has had a crazy year painting in sick spots around the world, and briefly stopped in Montreal for this rooftop piece alongside the guys from SIK.

Sake and Crops lounging by the Lachine Canal.

Sank (letters) and Germ Dee (bootleg Ninja Turtle) at the Estival de Canes 2018. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art as well as the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Germdee.

Sapoe‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Noce’ to view opposite side of this truck.

SBU One‘s organic letters in Rosemont.

SBU One in Petite-Patrie. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Scribe‘s amazing letter mural done off-Mural.

Hochelaga alley piece by Scribe.

Scribe in the abandoned Kabane 77 which was soon after demolished following a fire. Scribe has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Sekel in a Hochelaga alley.

A burning hot combo of Serak (ground) and Awe (above) in the Plateau. Scroll up for more by both of them under ‘K6A’ as well as some solo work by Awe under his own name.

Serak‘s part in the Estival de Canes 2018.

Serak in Rosemont.

Serum‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Sewk at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. This piece was designed by Geser, hence the dedication.

One more by Sewk at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

A combo of Sewp on abstract letters and Shine on character at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. Sewp has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art under ‘Aldarwin’.

Shok‘s part in a SIK crew alley production. Characters are by Skor who has his own letter pieces in this list (scroll down to his name).

A row of seats reserved by Shok at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Rooftop Shok.

Skor‘s part in a great Plateau alley production curated by Snikr.

Rooftop Skor.

Smak‘s part in a great Plateau alley production curated by Snikr. Scroll up for more by Smak under ‘Fonki’.

Smog was briefly in town this past January and left his mark on this parked train.

Snok‘s truck side for the 2018 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop. Scroll up to ‘Janek’ to see the opposite side of this truck.

Snok‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Snok (middle), Ason (top left), Deaf (top right), Pito (ground letters) and James Dillon (characters) for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Scroll up for more by Ason and Pito under their respective names.

Soger at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Some in a Côte des Neiges alley.

Spazm at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sper in Rosemont.

Stare‘s mighty contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

A long wall by Stare in the Plateau.

Stare in the Plateau. Stare was also one of the main creators involved in the Scan You Rock tribute to Scaner at the top of this page.

Temps in Rosemont.

Rooftop piece by Tuna.

Tuna‘s part in a SIK production in a Ahuntsic alley.

Tuna‘s part in a great Plateau alley production curated by Snikr.

Venise in Rosemont.

Voguer slowed down his street production in 2018. This Pointe St-Charles piece is one of only a few works of his I got to photograph this past year.

Ware at the Papineau legal graffiti wall ahead of (you guessed it) Halloween.

Ware in the Plateau.

Wonez‘s part at the Estival de Canes 2018.

Wuna in Rosemont.

Wuna at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Yema at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zehok on letters and Singe on snake at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Zek‘s part in a K6A and friend production in the South West.

Zek on Ashop’s wall in Hochelaga. The huge Scan You Rock tribute to Scaner at the top of this page was designed by Zek and he contributed a lot towards its creation. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art.

Zima in Rosemont.

Zoner‘s part in a big BTH production in Dorval.

Zoner in Rosemont.

Shok

Shok is one of the handful of Montreal writers who started off in the nineties and never stopped being active to this day. He has been part of the crew HYH in the past but nowadays only represents SIK. He has very little official presence on the internet, to see much more than what I managed to photograph, check out his Instagram page.

Shok est parmi la poignée de writers montréalais qui ont commencé dans les années 1990 et qui sont toujours très actifs aujourd’hui. Il a déjà signé pour le crew HYH mais depuis plusieurs années maintenant il ne représente que SIK. Il est très peu présent sur l’internet, pour en voir beaucoup plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram.


pieces and throws

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 tribute wall to Scan done for the 2019 edition of Mural Festival.

This detail of the Scan You Rock tribute wall to Scaner shows Shok’s part. Click on the latter link to view the complete wall.

Rooftop piece in Ahuntsic.

Rooftop piece in Ahuntsic.

With crewmate Skor on characters, in Ahuntsic.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

One for the crew at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

During the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami.

During the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami.

During the 2017 edition of Art Basel in Wynwood, Miami.

In Rosemont.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

One of two contributions to the Time Is Gold production.

Shok’s other contribution to the Time Is Gold production.

Wall of flops from the Time Is Gold production featuring Shok amongst many others (in yellow, fourth row from the top, third from the left).

In Rosemont.

In Hochelaga.

On a roof in Ahuntsic.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Birthday wishes to Scaner, at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Shok’s contribution to the Scan You Rock production.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In an alley in Ahuntsic.

Rooftop piece at Plaza Walls.

Contribution to the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

In a Ahuntsic alley.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In a Ahuntsic alley.

At the Project45 skatepark.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco, with Tuna.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In the gymnasium of an abandoned Plateau school before it got demolished.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

Part of the unofficial Silverjam in Rosemont.

Truckside done during the 2015 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned Transco.

Outside the abandoned Transco.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In Petite-Patrie.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In a Ahuntsic alley.

Character by Shok to go with Tuna‘s letter piece, in Ahuntsic.

In a Ahuntsic alley.

Shok’s part in a multi-artist production in Ahuntsic.

Trackside chrome.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”. Also visible above is Crops.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Part of a multi-artist production in Rosemont.

Outside the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Outside the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In a Ahuntic alley.

In an empty lot in Hochelaga.

Ether (top left), Mersh (top right) and Shok (bottom) for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Collaboration with Dfek on the front of the Ste-Elisabeth bar.

Shok (above), Dfek (ground left) and Omse (ground right) in the Plateau.

Shok’s part on a multi-artist wall in the Plateau.

Shok (ground level) and Scaner (above) in the Plateau.

Trackside roller in Mile-End.

Shok’s part on a multi-artist wall in Centre-sud.

Shok’s part on a classic multi-artist wall in Villeray.

On the side of a NDG business.

Shok’s part in a collaboration with Sake in Ville-Emard.

Shok’s part on a multi-artist wall in the Plateau dating back to 2001!

Shok and Croki collaboration from 1998!

tags, throws and other quick hits

These tags were found in abandoned places awaiting demolition (except for the ones outside, obviously!).

A tribute to Scan.

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

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