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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.

Scan You Rock tribute wall

For about a week during the month of September 2018, nearly 100 writers and artists converged onto Cabot street in the South West of Montreal for the creation of a huge mural celebrating the graffiti writer and artist Scaner who had passed away a year earlier following a 8-year battle with cancer.

The 675 m2 (7250 sq. foot) mural is the creation of Scaner’s KG crewmates Zek (who wrote the letter outlines) and Stare, and features characters by Harry Bones and Axe Lalime. It was done on one of the two walls which had served as the canvas for the Scan You Rock mega-production 16 months earlier, a huge tribute to Scaner put together by his friends when they found out that he only had a short time left to live. Scaner’s own piece in the latter production was salvaged and has been integrated into the new mural which was designed around it. Barcelona artist and 4S crewmate Harry Bones created a Scaner-inspired character looming over the piece, and nearly a hundred of Scaner’s fellow writers and artists from Montreal and around the world filled the letters of his name with their own name pieces. Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime created the end character, a clock reminding us that Time Is Gold.

The creation of the mural was organised by Scaner’s wife Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers and his friend Philémon (through the non-profit organization Mr CanDo) and made possible through the generous contribution of donors who thus helped pay for the rental of aerial work platforms, scaffoldings and safety equipment as well as the purchase of paint and the transportation of artists.

A tribute of this scale was unheard of in the world of graffiti and urban art before this. It is a testament to the love and respect that Scaner commanded from his peers, in Montreal and elsewhere in the world. The new mural is seen everyday by thousands of commuters on the Turcot Interchange, and photos and videos of it and its making have made it around the world through social media, cementing Scan’s place in local and international art and graffiti history.

The gallery below features photos of the complete wall as well as close-ups on various sections, including credits for all the artists involved. A few names are missing, any input is welcome.

Pendant 7 jours en septembre 2018, une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes se sont rendus sur la rue Cabot dans le sud-ouest de Montréal pour la création d’une immense murale en hommage au graffeur et artiste montréalais Scaner, pour le premier anniversaire de son décès suite à une bataille de 8 ans contre le cancer.

La murale de 675 m2 (7250 pieds carrés) est une création de ses amis graffeurs Zek (qui a dessiné les lettres) et Stare, et inclut des personnages par Harry Bones et Axe Lalime. Elle a été créée sur un des deux murs qui, 16 mois plus tôt, avaient servi de canevas pour la mega-production Scan You Rock, un immense hommage à Scaner organisé par ses amis lorsque la communauté a appris qu’il ne lui restait plus que quelques temps à vivre. La contribution de Scaner à cette production a été préservée et intégrée dans la nouvelle murale. L’artiste barcelonais et crewmate en 4S Harry Bones a créé un immense personnage inspiré par Scaner et une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes de Montréal et d’ailleurs ont rempli les lettres de son nom avec leur propre pièce. Axe Lalime, qui faisait aussi partie du crew DA avec Scan, a créé le personnage au bout du mur, un réveil nous rappelant que le temps est précieux (Time Is Gold).

La création de la murale a été organisée par la conjointe de Scaner, Karine ‘Kay’ Rogers, et le bon ami de Scan Philémon (via l’OBNL Mr CanDo) et rendue possible grâce à la généreuse contribution de donateurs qui ont ainsi aidé à payer pour la location de plate-formes mobiles, des échafaudages et des équipements de sécurité ainsi que pour l’achat de la peinture et le transports d’artistes.

Il n’y a jamais eu d’hommage de cette ordre avant celui-ci dans le monde du graffiti et de l’art urbain en général. Ceci témoigne de l’amour et du respect que Scaner a inspiré chez ses pairs, qu’ils soient à Montréal ou à l’étranger. La nouvelle murale est vue chaque jours par les milliers de gens qui utilisent l’échangeur Turcot, et des photos et des vidéos de celle-ci et de sa création ont fait le tour du monde via les médias sociaux. Ainsi Scaner prend tranquillement la place qu’il mérite dans l’histoire artistique de notre ville et du milieu du graffiti.

La galerie ci-dessous présente des photos du mur complet ainsi que quelques gros plans sur ses sections, incluant des crédits pour tous les artistes qui y ont contribué. Quelques nom y manquent, vous êtes invités à combler ces lacunes en m’écrivant.


The complete wall. Scroll down for close-ups on the wall’s different sections. Click to view image in bigger size.

Close-up on Harry Bones‘ contribution around Scaner‘s own piece salvaged from the Scan You Rock production from April 2017 (a few months before he passed away). Harry Bones was Scan’s crewmate in the 4S crew.

Close-up on the S. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Hoacs, Eskae
row 2: Risk, Sober, unidentified
row 3: Sear, Musa, Kemr
row 4: Skor, Roachi, Trace, Zema
row 5: unidentified, Morz, Kay (Scan’s wife), Vect, Jarus (partial)
row 6: Jat?, Narc, Sewk, Shok, unidentified

Close-up on the C. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: unidentified
row 2: Hyke, someone writing Jays
row 3: Smak, Fonki
row 4: Zema, Koal, Sewer
row 5: Jarus, Dige?, Nixon
row 6: Her?, Kers

Close-up on the A. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: someone writing Dock, Dré aka Earth Crusher
row 2: Arek, RCH
row 3: Senck, Block, Atwz
row 4: Sower, Tchug, Astro, Pask
row 5: Serak, Fomer, Zek (starts inside door recess), Dodo Osé, Nesar (partial)
row 6: Kwun, Mersh, Maysr (inside door recess), Fuser, Probe?

Close-up on the N. Artists in the fill are:
row 1: Pito, Tens, Axe Lalime, Pic Paquette, 123Klan, Jaber
row 2: unidentified, Some, Ewol?, Killa EF, unidentified, Fluke, Stare, Ware
row 3: Jaker, Kevin Ledo, unidentified, Tuna, Five Eight, Cemz, F.One
row 4: Legal, Acek?, Peace, unidentified, unidentified, Hsix
row 5: Sage, Guko, unidentified, Casp
row 6: Kemt, Rysk, Loes, Fleo, Maysr?

Close-up on the end section showing a clock character by Scan’s DA crewmate Axe Lalime. Artists in the fill are:
row 2: Ware, Soma
row 3: F.One (partial), Oper, Aper
row 4: Hsix, Otak
row 5: Snipes

Monk.e

Monk.e logoIn his own words, Monk.e is “…a multi-talented thinker who expresses himself through his paintings, his poetry and his daily actions” (my translation). He is indeed a great communicator who leads two careers in parallel: urban visual artist and hip hop MC with already many albums to his credit. He is mainly known in the streets of Montreal for his community-oriented work often done alongside other members from K6A or for Ashop. He his mostly recognised for his figurative murals bringing together man and nature, but he also does graffiti deconstructed to near-abstraction.

Even though the image gallery below mostly shows Montreal creations, Monk.e is also very active in the rest of Quebec as well as in many other places around the world, particularly in Latin America and in Africa. To view his work outside Montreal or for info about his musical career check out his Facebook and Instagram pages.

Monk.e se dit être “…un penseur aux multiples talents qui exprime ses pensées les plus profondes à travers sa peinture, sa poésie et ses actions au quotidien”. Il est effectivement un grand communicateur et mène deux carrières en parallèle, celle d’artiste visuel urbain et celle d’emcee hip hop ayant déjà plusieurs albums à son actif. Il est surtout reconnu dans les rues de Montréal pour ses oeuvres à caractère communautaire, souvent effectuées en tandem avec ses collègues de K6A ou pour Ashop. Son art balance entre du figuratif très axé sur l’humain et la nature, et du graffiti déconstruit à la limite de l’abstraction.

Bien que la galerie-photo ci-dessous montre surtout des oeuvres créées à Montréal, Monk.e est aussi très actif dans le reste du Québec ainsi qu’à plusieurs autres endroits de par le monde, particulièrement en Amérique latine et en Afrique. Pour des photos de son travail à l’extérieur de Montréal ou pour de l’information sur sa carrière musicale, jetez un coup d’oeil sur ses pages Facebook et Instagram.


figurative work

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 Mercier.

In Rosemont.

Monk.e and Ankh One representing Ashop on the wall of a Hochelaga school.

Monk.e and Ankh One representing Ashop for the Surfaces outdoors artshow.

Monk.e in collaboration with Haks and Jimmy Baptiste on a South West high school (front view; see next for side view).

Monk.e in collaboration with Haks and Jimmy Baptiste on a South West high school (side view; see above for front view).

In Ville St-Laurent.

In Hochelaga.

In a Ville-Emard school playground.

Collaboration with Ankh One in a Mile End alley (click to zoom in).

Mural in Rosemont.

Monk.e, Fonki and Ankh One collaboration mural for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

For the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

Ashop wall featuring Shadow (middle ground level), Zek (above, plus background), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right).

Monk.e (left), Strike (middle) and Flying Eric (right) for Ashop‘s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop project on the walls of a NDG garage.

For the 2016 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival.

The opposite side to the above is a collaboration between Tiburón (characters) and Monk.e (around).

At Plaza Walls.

Collaboration with Tiburón at Plaza Walls.

Close-up on Monk.e’s part in a mural collaboration with Axe and Awe in Ahuntsic.

For the Chemin Vert block party organised by Ashop.

Monk.e’s part in the 2016 Amalgam Festival in Sherbrooke.

In Petite-Patrie for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough.

With Ygrek on the left, in Hochelaga.

Near St-Laurent, done off-Mural Festival 2016.

Parc Laurier container, photo 1/2.

Parc Laurier container, photo 2/2. Top right is a laminate by National Zombi which was integrated by Monk.e into the art instead of being removed.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 1/3.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 2/3.

Parc Lafontaine, photo 3/3.

With the help of Smilé/Smilee at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In a Hochelaga alley.

On a container in Mile End.

Side of the above container.

Back of the above container.

In the Plateau.

Truck piece, with Mastrocola in the front half.

The 2015 edition of this Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

On garage door in St-Henri.

Contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

Near St-Laurent.

Baldwin pool, Fullum side. For Ashop.

Baldwin pool, Rachel side, left half. For Ashop.

Baldwin pool, Rachel side, right half. For Ashop.

In Petite-Patrie.

This is the 2014 edition of a Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

Monk.e on wheels.

In Ahuntsic-Cartierville for Ashop; photo © Monk.e.

Monk.e did the background for this piece by Chris Dyer / Positive Creations.

Monk.e (left), Scaner (right letters) and Axe Lalime (right character) in Hochelaga.

Near St-Laurent.

This Hochelaga mural also served as the cover for one of Monk.e’s albums.

Well hidden in St-Henri/Little Burgundy.

In lower Mile-End, view from the street.

Same as above, view from the alley.

In Hochelaga.

This is the 2013 edition of a Hochelaga mural with Axe for K6A.

Collaboration with Clandestinos (Shalak and Bruno Smoky) in the Plateau.

In Little Italy for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough. You can view the making of this mural on Youtube.

In the Plateau.

In a Hochelaga back alley, blending in with Mastrocola on the left.

Representing K6A on a city of Montreal building on Marie-Anne.

Same as above, frontal view (click to view bigger).

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont for the Rosemont-Petite-Patrie borough.

One of the pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Collaboration with Bonga, Becors, Jotapepax and Shalak in the Plateau.

Collaboration with Bruno Smoky and Shalak in Hochelaga.

Underneath expressway.

Overgrown with vines in Hochelaga.

Plateau wall from 2007; photo © Monk.e.

A very old piece on a Pointe St-Charles basketball court.


figurative and letters

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.

Collaboration with Maliciouz in the McGill ghetto. See below for a close-up on Monk.e’s part.

Monk.e’s part on a collaboration wall with Maliciouz (see above for full wall).

In Rosemont.

Tribute to Scaner on truck side for the 2017 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

In Rosemont.

In Little Italy.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Monk.e (left letters and background) and SBU One (figurative material) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 1/3.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 2/3.

Parc Jeanne-Mance container, photo 3/3.

2016 updated version of the Mural Festival wall seen above, with new letters at the bottom.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible at the top is a wheatpaste by Lovebot.

In a Hochelaga alley.

Axe (left character and letters) and Monk.e (centre and right) in Hochelaga.

Representing K6A on the Plateau.


letters

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 the Plateau.

In St-Henri.

Monk.e on letters and Rouks on character, in Rosemont.

With Fleo and Dodo Osé on K6A‘s wall for the Gatos Callejeros production.

In St-Henri. The making of this piece was filmed by Bombing Science, view here.

Tribute to Scaner with Monk.e on letters (Scan’s name) and character by Tiburón.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

From a K6A jam in St-Henri.

In Rosemont.

In a Hochelaga alley.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

For the 2016 edition of the graffiti jam at the Lachine legal wall.

On a container in Mile End.

Side of the above container.

Monk.e on background letter with Sermob from Mexico on figurative parts.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

In Rosemont.

In a Hochelaga alley.

In a Hochelaga back alley.

In a Hochelaga back alley.

An unofficial piece in Rosemont.

In Hochelaga.

‘Deconstructivism’ in a Rosemont back alley.

This 2002 piece is fading and the wall has been extensively patched, but it is worth showing here because it presumably is Monk.e’s (or perhaps anyone’s!) oldest graffiti still up in this city.


contribution to multi-artist murals

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.

The K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e mostly in the left third (scroll down for close-up). Also featured on this huge wall are Ankh One, Axe Lalime, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer.

Close-up on Monk.e’s section on the huge K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival

K6A wall at the Festival de Canes, featuring Axe, Dodo Osé, Fleo, Saer, Serak, Monk.e and OstiOne (click to zoom).

Ashop creation on a Plateau school by Bryan Beyung, assisted by Ankh One and Monk.e.

This Ashop wall on a Verdun high school was designed and created by Zek, with Monk.e as an assistant.

This huge wall from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Hsix (bottom left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top), all tied together by Monk.e.

The K6A wall done during the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e as well as Axe, Fleo, Phile and Dodo Osé.

The K6A wall done during the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Monk.e alongside Fleo, Dodo Osé, Serak, Axe, Dkae and Saer.

Fanny Aishaa, assisted by Monk.e and Guko.

Pillars of the Van Horne|Rosemont Overpass

In September 2010 the Plateau Mont-Royal borough hired artists to create 6 murals on the pillars supporting the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass, on the East side of St-Laurent. These artists were mostly graffiti writers and street artists from Montreal: Stare, Zek, Axe and Fluke for Ashop, Monk.e, Zema and Frank Lam. In May 2013, the project was re-opened and another bunch of artists were given the contract of covering the pillars on the West side of St-Laurent. This second batch included a mix of graffiti writers as well as street and studio artists: Arpi, Peru Dyer, Sino, Reuben Peter-Finley aka Sbire, Fanny Aishaa, Pito & Guko (credited as Capital P and Charlie Machete) and the Crazy Apes.

En septembre 2010, l’arrondissement Plateau Mont-Royal a fait réaliser 6 murales sur les piliers soutenant le viaduc Van Horne|Rosemont, à l’est de la rue St-Laurent. Les artistes choisis pour la création de cette galerie ‘à ciel ouvert’ étaient principalement des graffeurs et artistes de rue montréalais: Stare, Zek, Axe et Fluke pour Ashop, Monk.e, Zema et Frank Lam. En mai 2013, le projet a été relancé et de nouveaux artistes se sont vus octroyer le contrat de couvrir les piliers se trouvant du côté ouest de St-Laurent. Cette fois-ci la sélection incluait des graffeurs ainsi que des artistes de rue et de studio/atelier: Arpi, Peru Dyer, Sino, Reuben Peter-Finley (Sbire), Fanny Aishaa, Pito & Guko (crédités Capital P et Charlie Machete) et les Crazy Apes.


Western side / côté ouest [2013]

Arpi

Peru143

Sino

Reuben Peter-Finley

Fanny Aishaa

Pito X Guko

Crazy Apes (Narc, Lith, Fezat, Korb, Egor)

Crazy Apes (Narc, Lith, Fezat, Korb, Egor)

A bonus one by Crazy Apes.

Not official: Kare and Mesk graffiti.


Eastern side / côté est [2010]

Stare

Zek

Ashop‘s Axe and Fluke.

Monk.e

La Paria aka Paria Crew featuring Zema, Astro, Frank Lam, Bjorn, Gaston and Kain.

The piece above carries over the sides of the pillar.

The piece above carries over the sides of the pillar.

This is the original piece by Zema and Frank Lam which was later replaced by the one shown above it.

Cabot x Gilmore MPC Papers walls

The 4 walls of the MPC Papers industrial building on the corner of Cabot and Gilmore in the Southwest are sometimes referred to as being legal graffiti walls, but they are not. These walls have been used in the past in the context of various graffiti festivals such as Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock and are not really for anyone to do their thing. This explains why the pieces here are often quite big in size and they are usually by big names in the local and international graffiti scene.

The photo gallery below shows works created over the years 2013-2016. The spot was in April 2017 the site of an event unofficially titled Scan You Rock, celebrating the work of Scaner, one of Montreal’s best and most respected writers. The pieces created during the latter event are presented in this Scan You Rock post. In September 2018 a huge 100-artist tribute to Scaner was done on the Cabot wall, see all those photos here.

Les 4 murs de l’édifice industriel logeant Les Papiers MPC, situé au coin des rues Cabot et Gilmore dans le sud-ouest de la ville, sont parfois appelés ‘murs légaux’ mais ils ne le sont pas. Ces murs ont par le passé été utilisés dans le cadre de divers festivals du graffiti tels que Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock et ne sont pas vraiment offerts aux graffeurs qui veulent venir y exercer leur art. Ceci explique pourquoi les pièces qui y sont produites sont souvent de très grande taille et par de grands noms des scènes locale et internationale du graffiti.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous présente les pièces qui y ont été créées de 2013 à 2016. En avril 2017 le site a été choisi pour l’événement Scan You Rock célébrant Scaner, un des meilleurs et des plus respectés artistes graffitis de Montréal. Les pièces créées au cours de cet événement sont présentées dans un article consacré entièrement à Scan You Rock. En septembre 2018 une immense murale hommage à Scaner impliquant une centaine de graffeurs et autres artistes a été créée sur le mur Cabot. Toutes les photos se trouvent ici.


general view

General view. Click to enlarge, then click ‘view full size’ in bottom right corner to view larger.

Artists at work in the summer of 2014.


Cabot side

Sen2 (top), AG Crew (bottom left) and Geser (bottom right)

Bacon (left) and Scaner (right)

Scaner (left) and Kemr (right)

Sewk (left) and Brong (right)

Omen (left) and unknown artist (over door and right)

Tchug (left), Dfek (top right) and Timer (bottom right).

Royal Kingbee

Rubin (top) and Deem One (bottom)

Sen2 (top left), Logek (bottom left) and Hsix (right).

Maniak (top left), Zek (bottom left), Axe and Fluke for K6A and Ashop (right)


Gilmore side

K6A portion of the building, featuring Serak (top), Fleo (middle) and Dodo Osé (bottom).

Earth Crusher

AG Crew

The 2018 edition of the above wall by the AG Crew.

123Klan‘s Scien (left) and Klor (right).

Unidentified artist.

Lith and Fezat from the Crazy Apes.

Guko

Oreks at the top and Some at the bottom.

Soma (top), Beast (middle) and tribute to Dock (bottom).


side and back walls

The side and back walls are covered in more unofficial work.

Les murs latéraux et de derrière sont recouvert d’oeuvres moins officielles.