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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.

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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.

New graffiti March 2016

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during March 2016 and that I was lucky enough to catch. 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 mars 2016 et que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et photographier. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Cemz at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Smak at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Scaner doing Hoacs’ name at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Scaner in Hochelaga.

Smak in Hochelaga.

Skor in Hochelaga.

Skor in the abandoned Transco.

Narc in the abandoned Transco.

Shok in the abandoned Transco.

Shok in the abandoned Transco.

Arek in the abandoned Transco.

Skor at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Skor in Ville St-Laurent.

Skor in Ville St-Laurent.

Skor at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Skor at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Tuna at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Tuna at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Shrek at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Killa EF at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Scribe representing Underdogs at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo representing Underdogs at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo on a car heading for the scrapyard.

Ekes on the opposite side of the above car.

Ekes in Rosemont.

Ekes under highway.

Logre aka Reebok at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Bosny at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Bosny under expressway.

Meor under expressway.

Pask under expressway.

Koal in Rosemont.

Epos in Rosemont.

Pease aka Peace in Hochelaga.

Pease aka Peace in the abandoned Armstrong.

Quote in the abandoned Armstrong

Kwun in the abandoned Armstrong

Kwun in Rosemont.

Blek in Rosemont.

Blek in Rosemont.

Blek in Rosemont.

Debza in Rosemont.

Acek at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Omar aka Royal at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Crane and Homer at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Crane in Rosemont.

Swik in Rosemont.

Wonez in Rosemont.

Wonez at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Noper near the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Easter production by Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Easter production by Angr at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

F.One representing HSP at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Block on the abandoned Transco.

Venise on the abandoned Transco.

Eskro at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Laki at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Laki and Ozek at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

EK Sept at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Gaulois at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Flavor (head), Resno (green flop) and Gaulois (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Gaulois doing TMRC in Rosemont.

Reab at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Nstor in Ville St-Laurent.

Raes at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Face at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Duke at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Duke in Rosemont.

Neak (left) and Bewet (right) at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Staple and Fabu at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Lect at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Reces at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Gnius at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Actor at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Nasp at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Bomr at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Someone for TOTR in Rosemont.

Someone for TOTR in Rosemont.

Amok at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Feros in Rosemont.

Axl? Babkianaxl? at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Mean and unidentified artist at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Transco – 2nd and 3rd floors

More big rooms were found on the complex’s 2nd and 3rd floors. Even though these seem to have served a different purpose than the coloured warehouses downstairs, as far as we are concerned, the quality of the work found in these rooms is the same.

See also:

D’autres grandes pièces se trouvaient aux 2e et 3e étages. Bien que la vocation de celles-ci semble avoir été différente de celle des grandes salles au niveau du sol, en ce qui nous concerne, la qualité des pièces qu’on y trouve est la même.

Voir aussi:


2nd floor / 2ième étage

general view

Snok

Snok

Snok

Beaf

Yema

Shok

Shok

Narc

Narc

Narc

Korb

Korb

Astro

Pask

Pask

Bosny

Acek in the stairs leading back down to the 1st floor.

Lyfer in the stairs leading back down to the 1st floor.

Lyfer

Naimo

Nybar

Algue

Algue representing the 203 crew.

Hitem

Jmoe

Jmoe

Blek

Quote

Jaker

Jaker

Blek

Blek

Blek

Blek visible through the window of an ajoining room.

Apok

Eskro

Eskro inside an ajoining room.

Crane

Arek

Rizek

Rizek

Drips / 1BL3

Drips

Someone representing the FT crew.

Ms Teri in the adjoining room.

Aliss

Someone representing the FT crew.

Duke

Hers

Arcel

Balis

Beo

War

War

War

Serum in the floor’s bathroom.

Elfu in an adjoining room. You can guess when this one and the next were done…

Elfu in an adjoining room.

Mastrocola over the window of an adjoining room.

unidentified artist

unidentified artist

Paner?

Mateo stencil.


3rd floor / 3ième étaige

Eskro

Apok

Raes

Algue representing the 203 crew.

Face

Rizek

Neack

Neack through the windows.


another 2nd floor / autre 2ième étage

general view

general view, from opposite end.

Snok

Jaker

Shok

Pask

Pask

Pask

Astro

Bosny

Bosny

L’ogre (letters spell ‘Reebok’)

Gnar

Naimo

Lyfer (left) and Ekes (right).

Ekes

Algue representing the 203 crew.

Rouks

Crane

Nybar

Nybar

Wonez

Wonez

Aces

EK Sept

Serum

Debza

Arek

Rest

Home

Home

Bewet

Sapoe

Neak

Neak

Resok representing YU8.

Meor hollow.

War (left) and unidentified (right).

unidentified artist

New graffiti November 2015

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during November 2015. Of course, even though this post is huge, it is just a fraction of what was produced in this city during that time – it is the best of what I was lucky enough to catch. If you want to see new works as soon as I photograph them, you can follow me on Instagram.

Cet article présente les meilleures pièces de graffitis produites à Montréal au cours de novembre 2015 et que j’ai eu la chance de trouver. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Scaner heating up Rosemont.

Scaner in a Hochelaga alley.

Scaner on the roof of the abandoned Transco.

More rooftop action by Scaner at the abandoned Transco.

Hoacs in a Hochelaga alley.

Hoacs in Rosemont.

Rooftop Hoacs at the abandoned Transco.

More rooftop Hoacs at the abandoned Transco.

Eskae and Hoacs.

Eskae in Rosemont.

Eskae in a Hochelaga alley.

Rooftop Eskae at the abandoned Transco.

A cold November quickie by Eskae.

One more cold November quickie by Eskae (many others have been found).

Looter in a Hochelaga alley.

Looter in Rosemont.

Rooftop piece by Looter at the abandoned Transco.

Jaber in Rosemont.

Rooftop Jaber at the abandoned Transco.

Morz in Rosemont.

Sober in Rosemont.

Smak in Rosemont.

Pask in a Hochelaga alley.

Zek at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Above him is an older piece by Aces.

Another one by Zek at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Bright new Skor in a Ahuntsic alley.

Skor, up the stairs backwards inside the abandoned Transco.

Shok inside the abandoned Transco.

Shok inside the abandoned Transco.

Skor again at the abandoned Transco.

Designed by Narc, bombed by Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Narc at the abandoned Transco.