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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.

New graffiti April 2016

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during April 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 d’avril 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.


Scaner in upper Plateau.

Smak in upper Plateau next to the Scaner one above. Scroll down this list for more by Smak.

Glare in upper Plateau near the above two.

Zek in Hochelaga.

Debza‘s companion piece to the Zek one above.

Debza in Rosemont.

Lyfer at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Lyfer at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Algue at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Algue at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Algue at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

A quickie by Algue at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Algue (left) and Elfu (right) at the Papineau legal graffiti wall. Scroll down for more by Elfu.

Nybar at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Nybar in Rosemont.

Gnar at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Algue at the top of an abandoned Armstrong building, representing the 203 crew.

Ekes at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Ekes in Rosemont.

Ekes in Rosemont.

Scribe at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Scribe at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Arnold at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Yesir at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Yesir in Rosemont.

Skor in Rosemont.

Skor in Rosemont.

Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Skor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Skor at the abandoned “Jailspot”, part of a prod featuring also Narc, Tuna and Shok (see below).

Narc at the abandoned “Jailspot”, part of a prod featuring also Skor, Tuna and Shok (see above and below).

Tuna at the abandoned “Jailspot”, part of a prod featuring also Narc, Skor and Shok (see above and below).

Shok at the abandoned “Jailspot”, part of a prod featuring also Narc, Tuna and Skor (see above).

Shok at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Shok at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Vesk at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Tuna doing the name of his crew (SIK) at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Fleo (letters) and Axe (character) representing K6A at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks (left), Capes (right) and Nemo (top right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Unidentified writer (left) and Speak (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Eskae One (left) and EK Sept (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Visible above is an older one by Gaulois.

The POM crew redid one of their walls in Hochelaga. This left half shows Elfu (dinosaur), Serum (top right) and Aces (bottom right).

This is the other half of the above POM crew wall, featuring EK Sept.

EK Sept (left) and Fokus (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Aces at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Aces on the top shelf at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down this list for more by Aces.

Serum on the top shelf at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Jmoe in Rosemont.

Heavy in Rosemont.

Peace in Rosemont.

Quote in Rosemont.

Kwun at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Meor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Meor in Rosemont.

Ewol in Rosemont.

Rouks at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Wonez (letters) and Rouks (character) in Rosemont.

Swik (letters) and Nemo (character) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Nemo (character) and Crane (letters) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Crane (left) and Sank (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above is an older one by Hope.

Noper at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

The 123Klan in the fashion district.

Eskro (letters) and Apok (head) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Eskro at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Eskro (left) and Hero (right) in Rosemont.

Eskro (bottom) and Kube (top) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Eskro piece found in Rosemont.

Raes on a Mile End garage door.

Ekler at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Dekor at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Dekor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Ratek in the abandoned Transco.

Kaner in the abandoned Transco.

Kaner at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Saner (left) and Koni (right) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Saner (left) and Koni (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Nasp in Rosemont.

Bomr in Rosemont.

Zanex in Rosemont.

Blek in an abandoned building in St-Michel.

War in an abandoned building in St-Michel.

War at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

War in an abandoned building in St-Michel.

Beo in an abandoned building in St-Michel.

Nerv at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Aner at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Aner at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Epos in Rosemont.

Crack in Rosemont.

Max and Ogen at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Desr at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Daym (letters) and Karl Marks (bird) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Yope aka Peyo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Yope aka Peyo (left) and Warek (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Cafe, Acro and Vapo from the VHS crew reclaimed their spot on the top floor of the Southern wall of the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible in the photo on the ground level are Hers (see close-up below), unidentified, Vapo (see close-up below), Acro (see close-up below), Slake and unidentified.

Vapo and Acro from the VHS crew also took over the top level of the other side of the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Visible at ground level are Saner (see close-up above), Penar, Aces (see close-up above), Slake over Eskro (see close-up of untouched piece above) and Apok (see close-up above).

Vapo (left) and Acro (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Arek at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above is an older one by Hope.

Arek (ground level) and Aces (above) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Both pieces are new from this month. Scroll up this page for more by Aces.

Gnius in Rosemont.

Another one by Gnius in Rosemont.

Quest in Rosemont.

Hers at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Hers at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Unidentified (bottom left), Hers (bottom right) and Aces (above) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Kist (ground level) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Remo and Nesa at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Bopor (left) and Gaulois (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Gaulois (left) and Bopor (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Heras (left) and Veto (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Amok (left) and Hater (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Easy 3rd aka Mr Chose above the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Caos (letters) and Past (character) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Lect at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Reces at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Smak at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. See top of this page for more by Smak.

Kelen at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Balis in Rosemont.

Noce inside the abandoned Transco.

Noce inside the abandoned Transco.

Noce on the roof of the abandoned Transco.

Sapoe on the roof of the abandoned Transco.

Inuit on the roof of the abandoned Transco.

Inuit inside the abandoned Transco.

Inuit inside the abandoned Transco.

Inuit inside the abandoned Transco.

Censure inside the abandoned Transco.

Censure inside the abandoned Transco.

Censure inside the abandoned Transco.

Censure at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Venon inside the abandoned Transco.

Venon inside the abandoned Transco.

Avec found at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Over at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Over at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Over at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Snatch(?) at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

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.