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Germ Dee

To mark Germ Dee’s participation in the 2019 edition of Mural Festival, here’s a spotlight on his street work.

Germ Dee began painting in the streets of Montreal in the summer of 2016. He immediately became one of the city’s most prolific artists and quickly made friends with many of his local peers. With the exception of his very first few walls, Germ Dee has been mostly taking pop culture characters on his own personal spin, describing his work as ‘visionary bootlegs’.

To view more than Germ Dee’s street work, have a look at his Facebook and Instagram pages. If you can read French, there is an interesting interview with the artist at StoriesMTL. He sells merchandise featuring his art via his Etsy page.

Pour marquer la participation de Germ Dee à l’édition 2019 du Festival Mural, voici un profil-photo de la production street de cet artiste.

Germ Dee a débuté sa carrière montréalaise au cours de l’été 2016. Il est immédiatement devenu un de nos artistes les plus prolifiques, et s’est rapidement lié d’amitié avec plusieurs de ses pairs montréalais. A l’exception de quelques murs au tout début, l’essentiel de sa production consiste en versions ‘personalisées’ de personnages tirés de la culture populaire. Il décrit son art de visionary bootlegs, ce qui se traduirait grosso modo par ‘contrebande visionaire’.

Pour en voir plus que son travail de rue, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram. Une entrevue intéressante avec l’artiste est disponible à StoriesMTL. Enfin, Germ Dee vend ses créations sur Etsy.


painted 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.

Next to the Brigade B7 prod.

Germ Dee (top) and Nero (bottom) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Contribution to the 2019 edition of Mural. Assisted by Gwan and featuring name pieces by Deep and Serak in the bottom left and right corners.

On the Sun Youth building.

Off-Mural piece.

Inside an abandoned building, over a tag by Royal.

Germ Dee on character and Deep on letters, in Hochelaga.

On the Sun Youth building.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

On a multi-artist wall in Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley.

For the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

On a Plateau alley garage door.

At Akira’s Alley.

In Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley.

Mono Sourcil (left) and Germ Dee (right) in a Plateau alley.

At Plaza Walls.

Germ Dee (ground level) and Sank (above), for the 2018 Estival e Canes.

For the 2018 Estival de Canes.

In the South West.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

One of six different plant boxes for the 2018 edition of MTL En Arts.

On St-Laurent.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At Plaza Walls.

In a central graffiti alley. The background is an earlier wall by Germ Dee, scroll down this page to view.

At Akira’s Alley.

Collaboration wall between EK Sept (top), Fokus (middle), Seork (bottom left) and Germ Dee (bottom right) for the Alleycats prod.

At Plaza Walls.

Downtown.

In Rosemont.

At Plaza Walls.

In a Plateau alley.

Germ Dee (left) and Tiburon (right) in a Plateau alley.

In Hochelaga.

In a Plateau alley.

In a central graffiti alley.

Germ Dee on character and Royal on letters, in St-Henri.

In St-Henri.

At Akira’s Alley.

At Akira’s Alley.

Off-Mural piece.

On St-Dominique. Paste-ups on the bottom right corner are by Shifty Cat and ROC514.

In a central graffiti alley.

A rooftop piece in a central graffiti alley.

In Côte St-Paul.

In a Mile End alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

In Côte St-Paul.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

In Hochelaga.

In a central graffiti alley.

On the Sun Youth building.

Jest (left), Gwan (middle) and Germ Dee (right) in a Plateau alley.

At Plaza Walls.

In a central graffiti alley.

In a central graffiti alley.

On the Sun Youth building.

Germ Dee (ground level) and Wzrds Gng (above) in Mile End.

4U crew triptych for Plaza Walls featuring Germ Dee (left), Tiburon (centre) and Mono Sourcil (right).

In a Plateau alley.

Germ Dee (left) and Gwan (right) in the Plateau.

Germ Dee (left) and Mono Sourcil (right) in Mile End.

In a Plateau alley.

At Plaza Walls.

At Plaza Walls.

Germ Dee (left), Awe (bottom right) and Wzrds Gng (top right) in a Mile End alley.

Germ Dee (top) and Mono Sourcil (bottom) in Petite-Patrie.

The Wzrds Gng (left), Mono Sourcil (centre) and Germ Dee (right) on a Hochelaga skateboard pipe.

In a Mile End alley.

Germ Dee (left) and M’Os Geez (right) for the 2016 Percussion festival.

Germ Dee (right) and Tiburon (left) in a Plateau alley.

Wzrds Gng (left) and Germ Dee (right) in a Plateau alley.

On a Plateau garage door.

Chris Dyer (left) and Germ Dee (right) doing bootleg Barts.

For the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau alley.

In a Plateau End alley.


stickers and other pasted work

A wheatpaste found in Mile End.

A collaboration with ROC514.

A collaboration with ROC514.

A collaboration with ROC514.

Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether

Benny Wilding aka Cemz aka Ether is the ultimate urban artist, having started off as a graffiti writer and then evolved into becoming one of Montreal’s great muralists. He started in 1997 writing ‘Cemz’ and quickly earned the respect of his peers. Around 2004 he switched to writing ‘Ether’ and kept that name for a bit more than a decade. Over 2016, as his career as a muralist started growing significantly, he reverted back to ‘Cemz’ and this is his regular writing name nowadays. His main allegiance over the years has been with the crew TFB, but he’s also in DA, TFO and more recently KG (to name a few), crews that include many of our city’s best writers.

His murals and other figurative pieces are usually mash-ups of various pop-art vintage elements: cartoons, old logos, commercial lettering and other nostalgia-tinged iconography inspired by old ads and catalogues. Most interestingly, they also often include his name-piece, creating a contrast between that warm nostalgia and his wildstyle street side.

To learn more about Benny Wilding, have a look at this great 2018 interview by Mural Festival. To view more than I was able to photograph, and to see his work outside Montreal as well as his studio work, folow him on Instagram. Finally, there’s a short bio and photos of work he has done for Ashop in this Ashop bio.

Benny Wilding / Cemz / Ether est le parfait artiste urbain, ayant débuté comme graffeur puis graduellement fait son chemin pour devenir un des grands muralistes de Montréal. Il a débuté en 1997 sous le nom ‘Cemz’ et a rapidement gagné le respect de ses pairs. Aux environs de 2004 il a commencé à écrire ‘Ether’ et a conservé ce nom pour une douzaine d’années. Au cours de l’année 2016, alors que sa carrière de muraliste prenait de l’essor, il a repris le nom ‘Cemz’ et c’est ce nom qu’il utilise de nos jours pour ses pièces de graffiti. Sa principale affiliation au fil des années a été avec le crew TFB, mais il fait aussi partie de DA, TFO et plus récemment KG (pour n’en nommer que quelques uns), des crews incluant plusieurs des meilleurs graffeurs de Montréal.

Ses murales et autres pièces figuratives combinent généralement divers éléments pop-art vintages tels que des personnages de bandes dessinées, des logos, du graphisme commercial ainsi que des personnage ou objets tirés de vieilles pubs ou de vieux catalogues. Fait intéressant, ses grandes créations incluent aussi son nom en plein milieu, mettant ainsi en contraste le coté nostalgique et réconfortant de l’iconographie vintage avec la modernité de son graffiti wildstyle.

Pour en apprendre plus sur Benny Wilding, vous êtes invités à lire cette entrevue pour Festival Mural datant de 2018. Pour voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, particulièrement ses oeuvres hors-Montréal ainsi que son travail en studio, suivez-le sur Instagram. Enfin, une courte biographie et des photos de son travail pour Ashop se trouvent sur le site d’Ashop.


Benny Wilding

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.

This is the left half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This is the right half of a long wall in Rosemont with the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a theme.

This tribute to local Formula One driver Gilles Villeneuve in Chinatown incorporates a Cemz letter piece.

Benny Wilding’s segment on a long tribute to Scaner also involving Zek and Stare (not visible in this shot). The wall also includes a Cemz letter piece, scroll down to view.

Tribute to Scaner by Sober, Benny Wilding, Mersh, Tyke and Sage at the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

Ankh One and Benny Wilding collaboration in Verdun. The white dots are actually raised from the wall and spell out “multiculturel” in Braille language.

This mural is found downtown.

This nostalgia mural at Plaza St-Hubert incorporates a Cemz letter piece.

One of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

One more of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

One more of Benny Wilding’s characters on a Scaner & Cemz alley wall which also features a Cemz letter piece featured in the next section, scroll down to view.

Benny Wilding / Cemz at Plaza Walls.

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (1/3).

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (2/3).

A green alley piece for Ashop in Hochelaga (3/3).

This Ashop mural was designed by Fluke and executed by Zek and Benny Wilding.

Ether / Benny Wilding in Petite-Patrie.

This is Benny Wilding’s contribution to the 2015 edition of Mural Festival. It includes a Ether letter piece.

This long wall in the Plateau is a collaboration with Hsix on the three Gilles Duceppe characters.

Trackside wall for Ashop under the name Cems.

Benny Wilding as Ether for the Cabane à sucre secret gallery.


Cemz

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.

In a Petite-Patrie alley.

In the Plateau.

This detail of the Scan You Rock tribute wall to Scaner shows Cemz’s part. Click on the latter link to view the complete wall.

The Boro wall for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Cemz (top letters), Esprit (left half) and Sight (bottom right letters).

Cemz in the Plateau.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

This is Cemz’s letter piece on a long tribute wall to Scaner also involving Zek and Stare (not shown here). The wall also features a figurative segment, scroll up to the Benny Wilding section above to view.

Cemz on letters and Axe Lalime on shark, in Hochelaga.

Cemz’s piece for the Time Is Gold production, Scaner‘s final one.

In Côte des Neiges.

On a Hochelaga metal shutter.

At Plaza Walls.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

Cemz’s half of a long alley wall with Scaner. Close-ups on the 2 characters as well as a third one not seen in this shot are featured in the Benny Wilding section above.

Cemz (top) and Smak (ground level) contribution to the Scan You Rock jam.

For Ashop‘s Chemin Vert block party.

Five Eight (top), Skor (middle) and Cemz (bottom) with a bit of help from Earth Crusher, for the 2016 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

On Ashop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In a Mile End alley. A time lapse video of the making of this wall can be viewed here.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.


Ether

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.

Earth Crusher and Ether on the side wall of a Plateau restaurant.

An off-Mural alley piece from 2016.

This mural in a central graffiti alley features Waxhead (left), Ether (central letter piece) and Turtle Caps (right).

Truck side.

The Boro wall for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Ether (top left), Mersh (top right) and Shok (bottom).

In Hochelaga.

From the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, Ether (middle letters), Scaner (bottom letters), Axe Lalime (bottom left), Serak (top letters) and Hsix (right).

A graffiti alley piece.

Ether (top) and Scaner (bottom), from a long Plateau wall involving more artists.

Detail of a Plateau wall which would be eventually be redone entirely by the artist for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival (scroll up to the Benny Wilding section above to view).

Ether’s part in a long multi-artist wall in a Plateau alley.

Ether’s part in a long multi-artist wall in Ville-Marie.

Cems, before he switched to Ether (top left), Scan (top right), Sage (bottom left) and Smak (bottom right) on this classic DA wall in Rosemont.


throws

Great spot in Chinatown.


tags


stickers and wheatpastes

These 3 different wheatpastes were also found separately.

Ether and Scaner wheatpastes.


other pasted work

A wood-up found in the Plateau.

A wood-up found in the Plateau. Also visible in this shot are a wood-up by Flavor and a Lego piece by Shifty Cat.

A wood-up found in the Plateau.

Mock storefront sign in Mile End.

Mock storefront sign in the Plateau.

A wood-up in Plateau End.

Mock storefront sign in the Plateau.

Mock storefront sign in the Plateau.

Mock storefront sign on St-Laurent.

A wood sign on St-Laurent.

Mock-sign in the Plateau.

In Mile End.

A pasted montage of Benny Wilding patterns and figurative elements, found in a Mile End alley.


other painted work

This sign for the closed Waldman fish market was hijacked by Benny who painted over a few letters to turn it into ‘Wilding’.

Retrospective of 2018 murals and other painted street art

This image gallery brings together 100 great murals and other painted street art pieces 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 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art
Retrospective of 2018 graffiti

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 murales et autres pièces de street art peint créées 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 d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Retrospective 2018 street art collé
Retrospective 2018 graffiti


The 203 crew‘s wall for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Lyfer, Ekes, Arnold, Borrris, Flying Eric, Opire and Algue. Scroll down this gallery for some solo work by Arnold and Borrris. Lyfer, Ekes and Algue all have entries in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Above 4 photos: the 203 crew‘s wall by Borrris, Lyfer and Ekes for the 2018 Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Top photo shows the full wall, then the other three are close-ups on Borrris’ central character and Lyfer and Ekes’ letter pieces.

Add Fuel paid us a visit this year and created 2 walls, including this one found in a downtown alley.

Adida Fallen Angel spreading love in a Rosemont alley. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Above 3 photos: 3 artists – 3 styles in this “Save The Ocean” session found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel: Adida Fallen Angel, Aldarwin and Sewp. The latter artist has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Ankh One and Osmoze collaboration from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Ankh has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti, under ‘K6A’.

Arnold character in the Plateau. Scroll up to the first piece at the top of this page for more by Arnold.

Astro mural in Verdun.

Axe Lalime‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Axe Lalime in the South West.

Axe Lalime in the South West. There’s more by Axe down this list under ‘Dodo Osé’. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Bibi Una mural in a Plateau alley. She also has a wall in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Borrris wall in Hochelaga. Scroll up to the two 203 Crew murals at the top of this page for more by this artist.

A gorgeous wall by Danae Brissonnet between Villeray and Ahuntsic.

Jace Cantoro in the McGill ghetto.

Ruben Carrasco in St-Henri.

Ruben Carrasco in Villeray.

Cryptik‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Raphaël Dairon‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Demsky‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

A long wall by Deps in a narrow Plateau alley.

One of many owls by DMT found this year in cleverly hidden spots in the South West.

Dodo Osé (geisha) and Axe Lalime (cat) from a K6A & friends jam in the South West. Axe has solo entries listed under his name above and has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Dodo Osé mural in Hochelaga.

Self-portrait mural by Dodo Osé in Verdun. He also helped Fluke on his mural listed below.

Chris Dyer‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Earth Crusher in Rosemont.

Earth Crusher in the Plateau. There’s more by this artist in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Five Eight’.

Tristan Eaton‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Elfu’s part on the LTG wall at the Canettes de Ruelle.

Elfu‘s part in the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Manuel Fleury on the back of a parked abandoned truck.

Above 3 photos: full shot and 2 details of Fluke‘s homage to the Polish community in Hochelaga. He was assisted by Fonki, Five Eight and Dodo Osé. Fluke, Fonki and Five Eight also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti. Five Eight also has an entry in the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Cécile Gariépy mural on a sports centre in TMR.

An alley piece by Germ Dee. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Germdee.

Above 5 photos: Haks, Capes, Nemo, Lapin and Vedas collaboration for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. The wall is quite long and the street rather narrow, hence the five close-ups above. Haks also helped Monk.e on a wall listed below, scroll down to view. Both Haks and Nemo have entries in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Hary in a Rosemeont alley.

Jest got a few mural gigs this year, this one is his biggest and best one. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Jest.

Kor in a Plateau alley.

Above 2 photos: two shots of this wall by Korb in Longueuil. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by Korb.

Nikki Küntzle in St-Michel.

Labrona created 4 pieces in the Plateau in parallel to Mural Festival, here’s one of them.

One more off-Mural piece by Labrona. He is also heavily featured in the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

A gorgeous mural by Lacey and Layla done during the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Lacey and Layla wall in the South West.

Mural by Kevin Ledo in Little Burgundy honouring Daisy Peterson Sweeney. For Mu.

LeMonstr participated in both Mural and Under Pressure this year, this is his contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

LeMonstr also participated in the Canettes de Ruelle block party in a Rosemont alley.

LP Montoya mural in Petite-Patrie.

LSNR participated in both Mural and Under Pressure this year, this is his contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

LSNR mural piece in a Rosemont alley for the Canettes de Ruelle production. This artist has also made it into both the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti and the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

Above 2 photos: Mu invited German artist Case Maclaim to paint in Montreal this year. His long wall (shown here over 2 shots) is found in St-Henri.

The Mad Rats‘ contribution to the Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by this duo, together under ‘Mad Rats’ and in solo under ‘Boporc’ and ‘Gaulois’.

Maliciouz‘s beautiful piece in Mile End.

Maliciouz‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mastrocola and Melsa Montagne collaboration in the Plateau.

Mateo‘s tribute to Hubert Reeves in a Rosemont alley, for Ashop.

Above 2 photos: full shot and close-up of a mural by Mateo in Villeray.

Christina Mazzulla and Willy Wales for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Mu invited Italian artist Millo to paint this rooftop wall in the Plateau.

Australian artist Miser spent six months in Montreal this past year, he did a lot of graffiti and painted 2 big murals including this one in Ville-Marie.

An awesome mural by Miser in a Plateau alley.

Above 2 photos: front and lateral shots of a wall by Monk.e on a South West high school. Assistance by Haks and Jimmy Baptiste. Haks has more work in this list, above under his name. He is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Monk.e mural in Mercier.

Monk.e‘s tribute to New Orleans jazz in a Rosemont alley.

Monk.e on the wall of a school in Ville St-Laurent. Monk.e is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under his own name as well as under ‘K6A’.

Mono Sourcil’s contribution to a K6A & friends production in the South West.

Above 2 photos: full shot and 2 close-ups of this corner piece by Mono Sourcil in the Plateau. She also has an entry in the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art.

M’Os Geez‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Above 2 photos: MSHL, SBU One and Naimo collaboration on this truck painted while the 2018 edition of Mural Festival took place. Scroll down for more by SBU One, and have a look at the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by both SBU One and Naimo.

MSHL‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Paynt and Hozek collaboration in a Rosemont alley.

Above 2 photos: collaboration between Paynt (top right), Hozek (bottom left), Sepan (top left), Magic (bottom right) and Gost (bottom middle) for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. I’m including a close-up on Magic’s part because it is less visible in the full shot.

Poni and Cyrielle Tremblay collaboration for the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Alex Produkt‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Above 2 photos: full shot and close-up of a long Emily Read mural celebrating the Peregrine Falcon in Petite-Patrie.

Above 5 photos: full shot and 4 close-ups on a long Emily Read mural celebrating the Alpine Ibex in Petite-Patrie.

Michael Reeder‘s fantastic mural from this past year’s edition of Mural Festival.

Rouks‘ beautiful contribution to Estival de Canes 2018. Rouks also does graffiti and has made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Royal and Crane‘s collaborative tribute to Skizo and Cons, 2 graffiti artists who have passed away in the past few years. Have a look at the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti for more by both these artists.

Saner‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

SBU One‘s participation in the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

SBU One on a garage door in Hochelaga. Scroll up this gallery to ‘MSHL’ for more by SBU. He has also made it into the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Above 2 photos: two full shots and a close-up on Scribe and Tchug‘s collaboration for the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Unsurprisingly, Scribe is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

Smithe‘s contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival. There’s more by Smithe in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Demsky’.

A beautiful collaboration between Snikr (figurative) and Rekal (letters) in a Plateau alley. There is more by these artists in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Rekal’ as well as under ‘Fleo’ and ‘K6A’.

This Mu mural found downtown is a tribute to Alanis Obomsawin. It was designed by Mekyoh and done by a collective of artists under the direction of Rafael Sottoclichio.

Above 2 photos: two different angles of Swarm‘s contribution to the Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Swarm is an active wheatpaster, check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more of her work.

Nick Sweetman‘s off-Mural piece in a central graffiti alley.

Nick Sweetman (wasp) and Dré (letters) side by side in a central graffiti alley.

Tava in Petite-Patrie.

Tava and Wizard Skull collaboration in Petite-Patrie.

One more Tava and Wizard Skull collaboration in Petite-Patrie.

Tone stencil near Griffintown.

Vean Psilocybe mural in Ville-Marie

Above 3 photos: full shot and two close-ups on Waxhead‘s huge contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

Waxhead‘s part in the Canettes de Ruelle alley production. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 pasted street art for more by Waxhead.

Benny Wilding‘s tribute to Gilles Villeneuve in Chinatown. Check out the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti under ‘Cemz’ for some letter pieces by this artist.

Above 5 photos: five shots of Zek‘s work around this park building in Ville St-Laurent. Unsurprisingly, Zek is also featured in the Retrospective of 2018 graffiti.

This beautiful Hochelaga wall by an unidentified artist was finally completed in 2018. The left half dates back a few years, but the right half was done in 2018.

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