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Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2016

This image gallery brings together 100 of the best pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2016. From a long list of over 1000, I created a ‘short’ list of 250 which I painstakingly trimmed down to the 100 seen below. The selection was done from my own personal favourites as well as 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.

It was already difficult selecting 100 pieces, it was impossible to sort them in order of preference, so they are shown here in alphabetical order. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few well-loved writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two, three or four artists under one common theme count as one entry (which means that I managed to cheat my way into actually including a bit more than 100 pieces!).

See also:
Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016
Top 100 pasted street art of 2016

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 des meilleures pièces de graffiti produites en 2016 à Montréal. Une première sélection de plus de 1000 pièces a servi à produire une liste ‘courte’ de 250 que j’ai graduellement, et avec beaucoup de peine, réduite aux 100 pièces présentées ci-dessous. La sélection inclut mes pièces préférées ainsi que celles des gens qui me suivent sur 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 2016 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

C’était déjà assez difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je n’ai pas été en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux, trois ou quatre artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée (j’ai ainsi réussi à inclure quelques pièces de plus!).

Voir aussi:
Top 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint de 2016
Top 100 collages street art de 2016


This is 123Klan‘s wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Scien and Klor at ground level, plus guests Zek (top right) and Mark Esprit (top left). Scroll down to the bottom of this post for some more work by Zek. The latter artist also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

The 203 crew’s wall in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold. Solo entries by Lyfer, Ekes and Naimo are found below under their respective names. Naimo also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 while Arnold made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

More from the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, a combo of Acro (top) and Distort (bottom).

(Above two photos) In the spring, before putting together the Plaza Walls project, the AG Crew came up with this wall in a Plaza St-Hubert back alley. The first photo shows Senk’s half and the second one shows Snipes. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for more by the latter artists.

Apashe at a Pointe St-Charles basketball court.

Apashe in Dorval.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga was redone this autumn by Zek (central letters and background), Shadow (bottom letters), Monk.e (left) and Ankh One (right). Scroll down for more by Zek and Shadow. All four artists have also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Awe‘s part in the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. More by Awe under ‘Lyfer’ below.

Axe (left) and Fleo (right) in Côte St-Paul. The Serack piece above is a few years old. More by Axe under ‘K6A’ and ‘Naimo’ below. Scroll down as well for more by Fleo in solo as well as with K6A. Axe also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Two sides of Bacon for Plaza Walls: figurative at ground level and letters on the roof.

Beaf at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Block in Rosemont.

Bosny playing games with our perception, in Rosemont. More by Bosny under ‘Pask’ below.

Cemz aka Benny Wilding for Plaza Walls. He also made it into the Top 100 pasted street art of 2016.

Crane in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. Bombing Science filmed the making of this piece, check it out on Youtube. More by Crane under ‘Crazy Apes’ and ‘Naimo’ below.

(4 photos above) The long Crazy Apes wall for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival is shown over the four photos above. Letters are by Havok (1st photo), Akuma One (2nd photo), Crane (3rd photo) and Mistx (4th photo). Characters are by Fezat (mostly to the left) and Korb (mostly to the right). Akuma One and Korb also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Debza in Rosemont.

Debza at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

EK Sept at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. More by this writer below under ‘POM’.

Ekes at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Ekes doing the name of his buddy Aero in Rosemont. More by Ekes under ‘203 crew’ near the top of this post.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont. More by Eskro (under ‘Apok’ and ‘Astred Collective’) in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Five Eight and Dré aka Earth Crusher for Plaza Walls. Both artists are also featured in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Fleo in St-Henri. More by him above under ‘Axe’ and below under ‘K6A’.

F.One at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Glare was in town very early in the year and left us this piece.

Grab also visited us, this is one of the few pieces he did whilst in town.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Haks at the Lachine legal graffiti wall. Check out also the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for a mural by this artist/writer.

HoarKor aka HRKR in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges. The duo has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Jaker at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

(Above two photos) The Jaws (top) and Kzam (bottom) pieces above count as one entry. These were found in Hochelaga.

Jmoe and Timer at the Lachine legal graffiti wall. Jmoe is also featured below on characters alongside pieces by Killa EF and Legal.

K6A‘s wall is always one of the highlights of the Under Pressure Festival and this year was no exception. Their 2016 creation features Axe (raccoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right). More by Axe under his own name and under ‘Naimo’. More by Fleo under ‘Axe’ and under his own name. More by Fluke under ‘Zek’ at the bottom of this post. Axe and Dodo Osé are also in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

It’s always a treat when Kemr pays us a visit. Here’s a great piece done on a Plateau wall curated by 123Klan.

Killa EF on the side of a garage in Monkland Village. The Darth Vader character is by Jmoe (scroll up for letters by him, under his name). The front of this garage also made it into this Top 100, check it out below under ‘Legal’.

Koal on a St-Henri production curated by SPK. More by Koal in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016, under ‘Bosny’.

Combo of Koes/Kues (left) and Pane (right) found in a dark abandoned spot.

We were blessed with this majestic graff mural by Kwest especially for Plaza Walls.

(Above two photos) Kwun (top) and Peace (bottom) in Little Italy. Scroll down for more by Peace.

Lamo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Legal on letters and Jmoe on character. Check out Killa EF above for the side of this Monkland Village garage.

Legal on letters and Jmoe on character, at Plaza Walls.

Legal in Little Italy.

Liza in Rosemont.

Lyfer in Côte des Neiges.

Lyfer on side and Awe on back of this truck redone during the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival. More by Lyfer under ‘203 Crew’ near the top of this post. Awe has also made it in this recap with his own letters, scroll up to his name.

(Above three photos) Mad Rats Crew production in Rosemont featuring the crew’s Bopor (1st photo) and Gaulois (3rd photo), with guest Peyo in between. Scroll down for some solo work by the latter writer.

Some off-Mural work by Meor.

Mersh for Plaza Walls.

Ms Teri in Monkland Village. She has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

(Three photos above) This PSC legal graffiti wall production features Naimo (1st photo), Crane (2nd photo) and Royal (3rd photo), with characters by Axe. More by Crane under his own name and under ‘Crazy Apes’ above. More by Axe under his own name and under ‘K6A’. Axe also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Naimo in the Plateau.

Naimo in the Plateau. Check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for a collaboration with Sermob.

Narc in Rosemont.

Narc at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Noper on the wall of this Pointe St-Charles basketball court.

Pask and Bosny in Plateau End. Scroll up this post for some solo work by Bosny and check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for some more work by him.

Pask on a St-Henri production curated by SPK.

Peace in a Rosemont alley. Scroll up for more Peace under ‘Kwun’.

Peyo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Peyo in Rosemont. Scroll up for more by this writer under ‘Mad Rats Crew’.

(Above two photos) This Hochelaga spring mural by the POM crew is split over two photos. The first half shows a dino by Elfu and letters by Aces (ground) and Serum (top). The second half shows letters by EK Sept. Scroll up for some solo work by EK Sept and check out the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 for more by Elfu.

Raes on a Mile End garage door.

Raes in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Raes in Rosemont.

HTU’s Saner (letters) and Koni (characters) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Scaner in upper Plateau.

Scaner in upper Plateau.

Scaner in Hochelaga.

Scribe mural in Rosemont.

Scribe‘s contribution to panels for the Percussion Festival in Verdun.

Truck side by Shadow done during the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop block party. Scroll up to the near-top of this page under ‘A’Shop’ for more Shadow. The artist has also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Shok at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Shok at the Project45 skatepark.

Sino at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Skam at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Skor under some bridge.

Skor in a Parc-Ex alley.

Skor in a Ahuntsic alley.

Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Skor also made it into the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016 with a figurative piece.

Whilst in town OG Slick contributed this piece to a Plateau wall curated by 123Klan.

This great wall done during this year’s Lachine jam features Snok (top left), Ason (bottom left), Mask (top right) and Yema (bottom right). Scroll down for more Snok and Ason under ‘Vogue’.

Stare in Centre=Sud.

Stare in Mile-End.

Stare in Hochelaga.

Stare gold at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Thief in Hochelaga.

Trace also paid us a visit this year. He did this piece in a production curated by Monk.e in a Hochelaga alley.

Tuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Another one by Tuna at the Papineau legal graffiti wall, this time with the help of Snikr on the fish.

Venise in Rosemont.

(Above three photos) This summer production in Rosemont featured Vogue (1st photo), Ason (2nd photo) and Snok (3rd photo). Scroll up for more by Ason and Snok under ‘Snok’.

Vogue in an abandoned building in Côte des Neiges.

Zek in Hochelaga. The figurative piece next to it is by Tchug and is found in the Top 100 murals and other painted street art of 2016.

Zek (left) and Fluke (right) for Plaza Walls. Scroll up for more Fluke under ‘K6A’ and more Zek under ‘A’Shop’.

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Under Pressure Festival 2016

Here’s a photo gallery featuring all the works produced during the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. For earlier editions see the following posts:
2017 edition
2015 edition
2014 edition
2013 edition.

Cet article-photo présente les oeuvres produites au cours de l’édition 2016 du Festival Under Pressure. Pour les éditions antérieures, voir les articles suivants:
édition 2017
édition 2015
édition 2014
édition 2013.


K6A wall featuring Axe (raccoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right).

Kuby (top), Haks (middle) and Nemo (bottom).

Ankh One (top), Eskro (middle), Apok (bottom right) and OG Katz (bottom left).

Serna (top), Asyne (middle), Minus Two (bottom letters) and Rouks (bird; from larger piece, see below)

Rouks (woman and bird), Lapin (headdress) and Sirvis (top). If you look closely, you’ll see that the feathers on the woman’s headdress are actually graffiti letters by Speak (top feather), Capes (middle feather), Eskae One (bottom feather).

123Klan wall featuring Scien (bottom left) and Klor (bottom right), plus guests Mark Esprit (top left) and Zek (top right)

Hsix (bottom left), Sermob (bears), Bryan Beyung (horse) and les Hommes de Lettres (top), all tied together by Monk.e.

A very large wheatpaste by Miss Me, plus one of her previously seen Portrait Of A Vandal wheatpastes top left.

Crazy Apes wall, segment 1/4: Havok on letters and Fezat on toys.

Crazy Apes wall, segment 2/4: Akuma on letters and Fezat and Korb on toys.

Crazy Apes wall, segment 3/4: Crane on letters and Fezat and Korb on toys.

Crazy Apes wall, segment 4/4: Mistx on letters and Korb on toys.

Tchug

Five Eight (top), Skor (middle) and Cemz (bottom), with a bit of help from Earth Crusher / Dré.

Acro (top) and Distort (ground). The dancing punk guy is from an earlier edition of Under Pressure.

SBU One

M’Os Geez

Tiburón

Awe

The 203 crew wall featuring, from top to bottom, Lyfer, Ekes, Naimo and Sener, with baseball player by Arnold.

Collaboration between MC Baldassari (character) and Mateo (around character).

Maliciouz

Ms Teri, with help from Sobe at the top.

Scribe

Loopkin

One Ton

One Ton, in the same door recess as below.

One Ton, in the same door recess as above.

HRKR on the wall of the terrasse of the Foufounes Electriques.

Wuna and Sly2.

Dial M wheatpaste over painted door.

Mono Sourcil representing 4U.

Labrona (humans) and Gawd (animals).

Azulejo tiles made out of sugar, by Shelley Miller.

Tava

Kat

Marc-André Giguère

Adida Fallen Angel

Jaymie Dylan

Louisa Donnelly

CA3

Cgo

IAmBatman on container.

Monstr (left) and MSHL (right) posters in windows.

MSHL (left) and Monstr (right) posters in windows.

Mirabolle posters in windows.

Dalkhafine posters in windows.

Posters by unidentified artist.

Pask

Pask is one of Montreal’s most prolific and loved graffiti writers. He is a member of the DUC crew (with Astro, Koal, Sino, etc.) as well as PH. To view more than what I was able to photograph, check out his Instagram page.

Pask est parmi les graffeurs les plus prolifiques et les plus appréciés à Montréal. Il fait partie des crews DUC (avec Astro, Koal, Sino, etc.) ainsi que PH. Pour en voir plus que ce que j’ai réussi à photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à sa page Instagram.


pieces, burners, throws

Pieces and throws in this section are shown in approximate reverse chronological order, so the most recent are at the top.

Les pièces et throws 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 a Hochelaga alley.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall (slightly damaged wall, sorry).

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On an abandoned warehouse in Hochelaga

In Rosemont.

In rural Montreal.

Truck side.

On the roof of an abandoned warehouse.

On the roof of an abandoned warehouse.

In a Hochelaga alley.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Inside an abandoned building in Hochelaga.

Inside an abandoned building in Hochelaga.

Doing Ekes‘s name in an exchange.

Contribution to the 203 Crew’s 10th anniversary jam.

In a St-Henri alley, from a production involving a handful of other writers and artists.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Joint piece by Pask (left) and Bosny (right).

In industrial Rosemont.

On train.

With Sermob on the left, on a graffiti wall in Rosemont.

On train.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall

On abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

Pask and Rch on highway side.

On a graffiti wall in Rosemont.

On abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

On abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

On abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

Inside abandoned building in Côte-des-Neiges.

Under expressway.

Quick throw under expressway.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

In a Hochelaga graffiti alley.

Going big inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco, part of a prod with Bosny.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Doing Bosny‘s name in an exchange.

Pask (bottom left) and Bosny (bottom right) at the 2015 Halloween jam at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel, paying tribute to Dylan Ford “Jays Funk”, Mitchell Bracken-Guenet “Aber” and Ricardo Conesa who were killed 5 years before at the Turcot yard. Also visible above is a piece by Aces.

Trackside in Hochelaga.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

On a graffiti wall in Rosemont.

Trackside Rosemont.

Mural by FelixDTK and MiguelDTK in Little Italy with officially sanctioned pieces by Pask and Koal at the bottom.

Inside an abandoned building.

On train.

On train.

Pask (bottom left), Meor (bottom right), Skope (middle), Saner (top) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Squeezed in in the Old Port, part of a multi-artist production.

On train.

On train.

From a production in Hochelaga with Robe and Fore.

On an abandoned building in Hochelaga.

On the roof of an abandoned building in Rosemont.

Trackside in Hochelaga.

Inside an abandoned building in Rosemont.

Inside the same building as above, left unfinished after being interrupted.

From a production in Plateau End with Robe and Fore; visible on the left is Robe.

Pask (writing) and Astro (characters), both from the DUC crew, on truck side.

In an abandoned lot in Hochelaga.

In an Outremont alley.

From a production in Hochelaga with Robe and Fore.

Inside abandoned building.

Inside abandoned building.

On a bridge pillar; the dirt shows the river’s water line in the spring.

On a bridge pillar; the dirt shows the river’s water line in the spring.

On train.

More truck work.

Back of truck.

On truck; photo © Guillaume Couture.

In an abandoned building in St-Henri. Visible above is a piece by the Grominator.

On bike path.

Throw in Petite-Patrie alley.

Quickie on back of parked truck.

Outside abandoned building.

In industrial Rosemont.

On abandoned building awaiting demolition in Rosemont.

On a Plateau rooftop.

Industrial trackside.

In Mile End alley.

On industrial building.

Pask and Void on side wall of bicycle shop.

In a Plateau alley.

Inside abandoned building.

In a Plateau graffiti alley.

Koal and Pask on Mile-Ex rooftop.

Industrial trackside.

Industrial trackside.

Inside abandoned building.

In industrial Mile-Ex.

Trackside throw. In the back on the left is a piece by Lyfer.

I unexpectedly found this collaboration with Mistx very far from Montreal, outside Ubud in Indonesia.


hollows and tags

The hollows and tags shown in this section were found on legal graffiti walls, on walls where graffiti is tolerated as well as inside and outside abandoned buildings awaiting demolition.

Les tags présentés dans cette section ont été trouvés sur des murs légaux, sur des murs où le graffiti est toléré, ainsi que sur les murs intérieurs et extérieurs d’édifices abandonnés en attente de démolition.

Two-for-one here…

New graffiti August-September 2015

This post collects photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during the latter half of August and the whole of September 2015. Of course, this is just a fraction of what was produced in this city – 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 que j’ai eu la chance de trouver à Montréal et qui ont été produites au cours de la deuxième moitié d’août et au cours du mois de septembre au complet. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Kemr in Petite-Patrie.

John Kaye in Petite-Patrie.

Shok in Petite-Patrie.

Haks, Aloke and Mastrocola in Mercier.

Lyfer in Pointe-St-Charles, with older throwies by Bank and Owk above it.

Etch-a-sketch by the Next Time crew featuring Crane (top), Rouks (middle) and Wonez (bottom) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Rouks (bottom) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above is an older piece by Aces.

MC Baldassari (left), Rouks (right) and a throwie by Flavor (middle) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Pask in Rosemont.

Mistx in Rosemont.

Amit from Germany in Plateau End.

Desk7 from Germany in Plateau End.

Scien from 123Klan in Plateau End.

Klor from 123Klan in Plateau End.

Debza in Rosemont.

Jaber in upper Plateau.

unidentified writer in upper Plateau.

Zoner in Rosemont.

Demos in Rosemont.

Demos in upper Plateau.

Zoner in upper Plateau rooftop.

Demos and Zoner (top) in Mile End. Also visible are older throwies by Beo, Ezot, Deep, Ecro, Amigo, Feros, Sake, etc.

203’s Phare in abandoned lot in eastern HoMa.

203’s Algue in abandoned lot in eastern HoMa.

203’s Lyfer in abandoned lot in eastern HoMa.

Block in Rosemont.

Havok in Rosemont.

Egor aka The New Yen for Crazy Apes in Rosemont.

Narc from Crazy Apes in Rosemont.

Naimo at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen (unfinished).

Naimo in Rosemont.

Ekes in Rosemont.

Ewol from HSP crew in Rosemont.

Sewer from HSP crew in Rosemont.

Royal at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Royal at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Akym in Rosemont.

Ms Teri and Aliss at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Astred in the Plateau.

unidentified artist in Rosemont.

unidentified artist in Rosemont.

unidentified artist at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

YU8 at the Canada Malting plant.

Breathe throwie at the Canada Malting plant.

Coral at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible amongst others are an older throwie by Penar (middle) and an old wheatpaste by Lovebot (top).

Flavor (left) and Buzz (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Devil in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Balis in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Arcel in alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Outline throwie by Lyfer on the ground during a street fair on Mont-Royal.


Lachine graffiti jam

The 2015 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam happened during the final weekend of August. As usual the event brought together many of this city’s finest writers to do their thing on the half-wall they had been allotted. Here’s a rundown of the new works created this year.

L’édition 2015 du jam graffiti de Lachine s’est déroulée au cours de la dernière fin de semaine d’août. Comme à chaque année, l’événement a réuni plusieurs des meilleurs artistes de Montréal. Chacun a créé une pièce sur le demi-mur qui leur avait été alloué. Voici un compte-rendu photo des créations de cette année.

Jaker (top) and Legal (bottom).

Pito (top) and Johste (bottom).

Killa EF (top) and someone from the KP10s (bottom).

Skor (top) and Smak (bottom).

Haks (top) and Ozax (bottom).

K6A‘s Otak (top) and Fleo (bottom).

Bosny (top) and Swarm (bottom).

Dré aka Earth Crusher.

Axe (top) and Wuna (bottom).

Vect (letters) and Tchug (figurative).

Snok (top left), Mask (top right), Skim (bottom left), Beaf (bottom right).


Trucks

A handful or two of trucks were painted during Elementality’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop event at the end of September. Here are the ones I have been able to photograph so far and that feature graffiti.

Une dizaine de camions ont été peints au cours de la fin de semaine Hip Hop You Don’t Stop d’Elementality à la fin de septembre. Voici ceux que j’ai eu la chance de photographier et qui figurent du graffiti.

K6A‘s Fleo and Dodo Ose.

Lyfer (letters) and Bosny.

Opposite side of the above, showing Awe (letters) between Opire on the left and Bosny on the right.

Back side of the above by Opire.

Pask and Mistx graffiti in Ubud, Bali

I must apologize for the lack of posts in the past 3 weeks. I was on vacation in South East Asia and took a near-complete break from the internet. Whilst away I did not expect to find material related to street art in Montreal, but it turns out I was wrong. One of the first graffiti pieces I found in Bali was the one shown below by Montreal’s own Pask and Mistx. It was done in 2009 in the South East area of Ubud, the artistic capital of the island.

Bali was developed by refugee priests and artists, which would explain the incredible amount of temples and art found everywhere on the island. There are temples on every street and each one is decorated with dozens of sculptures and paintings. Amid all this traditional religious art I was on the lookout for street art (an inbuilt reflex in me), which I found mostly in the form of graffiti. Stencils, paste-ups and stickers were very limitedly found in the more urban areas and murals were rather rare (with the exception of advertisements painted on side-walls of businesses).

The only other Montreal-related material I found were a few stickers (in central Ubud) by French artist Zdey S1tr who has been active in Montreal lately.

Je suis désolé de mon silence ces dernières 3 semaine, j’étais en vacances en Asie du sud-est. Je ne m’attendais pas à y trouver du matérial pertinent pour ce blogue, mais il semble que je me sois trompé. J’ai eu la surprise de découvrir en périphérie d’Ubud, la capitale artistique de Bali, une pièce conjointe créée en 2009 par les graffeurs montréalais Pask et Mistx.

Bali a été développée par des prêtres et artistes qui y ont trouvé refuge quand l’ile voisine de Java a été conquise. Ceci explique surement l’abondance de temples et d’art qu’on y trouve. Il y a au moins un temple sur chaque rue, et chacun est décoré de nombreuses sculptures et peintures. Au milieu de tout cet art religieux traditionnel mon oeil averti y a cherché du street art (déformation professionnelle), que j’ai trouvé principalement sous la forme de graffitis. Je n’ai pas vraiment découvert de grandes murales, sauf pour quelques pubs sur des murs latéraux de commerces. Dans les centres plus urbains j’ai réussi à dénicher quelques pochoirs et autocollants.

Je n’ai rien découvert d’autre pour Wall2wallMTL si ce n’est que quelques autocollants (au coeur d’Ubud) de l’artiste français Zdey S1tr qui a été actif à Montréal dernièrement.

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