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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 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 Ashop 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.

Narc at the Projet45 DIY skatepark.

Ewol at the Projet45 DIY skatepark.

F.One at the Projet45 DIY skatepark.

Skor at the Projet45 DIY skatepark.

Skor at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Skor

Tuna

Legal (letters) and Jmoe (character).

Meor in Rosemont.

Pask in Rosemont.

Pask at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Pask at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Pask at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Pask at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Lyfer at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. Scroll down a bit for more by Lyfer.

Ekes at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ekes at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ekes at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ekes at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Visible above is an older piece by Gaulois.

One more by Ekes. Scroll down a bit for yet another piece by this artist who kept himself very busy the past month.

Lyfer at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome. Lacking a roller, Lyfer splashed paint on the wall to create a background then drew the outline of his letters over it.

Lyfer at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Naimo in Rosemont.

Scribe representing Underdogs in Rosemont.

Scribe at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

>Scribe representing Underdogs in St-Henri.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks in Rosemont.

Nemo in Rosemont.

Zek in Rosemont. Scroll up for another one by Zek.

Hemps in Rosemont.

Grab in Rosemont.

Grab at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Stare in Rosemont.

Senk‘s half of a new AG Crew wall in Petite-Patrie.

Snipe‘s half of a new AG Crew wall in Petite-Patrie.

Yope aka Peyo at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Character on the right is by Gaulois (part of a piece I won’t post because it was heavily toyed by the time I found it).

Bopor at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Character on the left is by Gaulois (part of a piece I won’t post because it was heavily toyed by the time I found it).

Yope aka Peyo in Rosemont.

Bopor in Rosemont.

Gaulois in Rosemont.

Gaulois in industrial trackside Montreal.

Boporc aka Bopor in industrial trackside Montreal.

Gaulois and/or Bopor representing TMRC in industrial trackside Montreal.

Gaulois at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Bopor at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Character on the left is by Gaulois.

Janek at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Ekes at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll up for many more by Ekes who was very active this past month.

Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Scroll down a bit for one more by Crane.

Wonez at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Wonez in Rosemont.

Wonez and Noper on industrial Hampstead rooftop.

Crane in Rosemont. Scroll up a bit for one more by Crane.

Arose in Rosemont.

Crisp (letters) in Rosemont. Work on the left is by an unidentified artist.

EK Sept (left) and Elfu (right), from Mother’s Day.

EK Sept at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Aces at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Aces at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Serum at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Easy Tha 3rd (letters) with his character Mr Chose over the letters, at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Block in Rosemont.

Venise in Rosemont.

Wuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Wuna at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Salé at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Arek in the abandoned Transco.

Arek at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Probe at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Vapo (bottom left) and Acro (bottom right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above is an older one by Aces.

Acro (bottom left) and Vapo (bottom centre) over a huge roller by NTFA at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

High rollers by Cafe and Acro from VHS at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Acro at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Vapo at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Mark(?) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Staze at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Rizek at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Guest at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Dekor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Another one by Dekor at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Quest (left) and Gnius (right) in Rosemont.

Aner at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Hary at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Unidentified artist at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Max (characters) and Ogen (letters) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Visible above is an older piece by Aces.

Max at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Endzo in Rosemont.

Blek in Rosemont.

War in Rosemont.

Feros in Rosemont.

Slomo

Hitem (left) and Slomo (right).

Bakeso

Herlen

Kube at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

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

Kelen at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. It’s difficult to see in a photo, but this is actuallly an ‘etchitti’. The letters were not painted. Instead, the flat coloured surface was etched to reveal the colours from earlier pieces. For those who don’t see the letters, don’t worry, this is Kelen’s usual style.

Kelen (ground level) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Above is presumably Gaulois for the Mad Rats Crew (TMRC).

Neak at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Neak at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Jinx (left) and Desr (right) in St-Michel.

Awe in Hampstead.

Sor’e in Hampstead.

Bask in Hampstead.

Weis at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Kbron at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Kbron at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Over at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Slik at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Vest at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Penar at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Hieck at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above is a blue flop by Bopor.

Unidentified writer (left) and Sec (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Visible above is an older one by Kube.

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

Haps at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Slayk (top) and Sewp (bottom) at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Transco – the big rooms

The big rooms, which presumably served as warehouse space at ground level of the Transco, were each painted in a different colour and are featured separately below.

See also:

Les grandes pièces, qui ont probablement servi d’espace d’entreposage au rez-de-chaussée de la Transco, étaient peintes chacune d’une couleur différente et sont présentées séparément dans la galerie-photo ci-dessous.

Voir aussi:


the orange room / pièce orange

General view of the orange room.

Mask

Beaf

Snok

Throws by Snok and Jaker.

Shok

Tuna

Skor

Skor throw.

Janek

Shrek; photo © Bombing Science. This was probably the first piece to get done over, by War (scroll down a bit).

Debza

Fomer

Buck

Meor

Noper

Lyfer

Algue

Ekes

Ms Teri

EK Sept

EK Sept

Serum

Arek

Arek

Eskro

Rizek

Blek

War

Another one by War.

Sapo

Sapo for SBC.

Kelen

Kube

Astro

unidentified artist


the yellow room / pièce jaune

General view of the yellow room.

A giant silver one by Skor.

Skor

Throws by Tuna (left) and Skor (right).

Tuna

Tuna

Tuna

Yep, Tuna again!

Tuna, in copper.

Shok

Shok again, different style.

Narc

Narc

A giant one by Kemt.

YesB

Serum

Serum

Meor

Arek

Neak

Rest

Home

Beo

Amigo

Vest


the green room / pièce verte

The green room lacked windows and was therefore in the near complete darkness until the demolition team made holes in the ceiling to let light in when they arrived in February 2016. Before they did, graffers and other visitors would have to cross the room in the dark when passing from the blue to the yellow rooms. The only pieces visible on this room’s walls at the time (if they had a flashlight) were the Nock and Pacer ones shown in the gallery below. The rest of the material in this room was done after light was let in, with the exception of a few pieces done in a small adjoining room which had windows and was therefore always brightly lit.

La pièce verte n’avait pas de fenêtre et se trouvait conséquemment dans la quasi-obscurité jusqu’à l’arrivée en février 2016 des équipes de démolition qui ont créé des ouvertures dans le toit pour y laisser entrer la lumière. Avant leur arrivée, les graffeurs et autres visiteurs passant de la pièce bleue à la pièce jaune devaient traverser cette pièce verte dans l’obscurité presque totale. Les seules oeuvres visibles (s’ils avaient une lampe de poche) étaient celles de Nock et Pacer présentées dans la galerie ci-dessous. Les autres oeuvres ont été créées après l’ouverture du toit, à l’exception de quelques unes se trouvant dans une petite pièce attenante avec fenêtres, donc toujours très éclairée.

General view of the green room.

One of the very first pieces done inside the Transco, by Nock.

Another early piece, this one by Pacer.

Skor, done after the demolition of the building had started.

Narc, done after the demolition of the building had started.

Shok, done after the demolition of the building had started.

Narc inside the adjoining room.

Shok inside the adjoining room.

Tuna inside the adjoining room.

Debza inside the adjoining room.

Sapo inside the adjoining room.

Over inside the adjoining room.

Ratek

Kaner

Censure

Inuit

Noce

Venon

Bono

A very early outline by Nock.

Yema

unidentified artist


the purple room / pièce mauve

The purple room is more or less a large corridor connecting the blue and green rooms, plus a few locker spaces.

La pièce mauve n’est plus ou moins qu’un corridor large connectant les pièces bleue et verte, ainsi que quelques vestiaires.

Arek, done after the demolition of the building had started.

Shok, done after the demolition of the building had started.

Shok

Silver throw by Skor.

Snok in the locker room.

Blek (left) and Beo (right).

Censure

Spate

Jet


the blue room / pièce bleue

General view of a portion of the blue room.

Jaker

Blek

Jmoe

Shok

Tuna doing the name of his crew, SIK.

Throws by Tuna (bottom and top left) and Skor (top right).

Arek

Guest