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Earth Crusher / Dré

Here is a spotlight on the artist Dré, better known as Earth Crusher, the character he created.

Even the people around me who pay no or very little attention to public art have noticed Earth Crusher, that odd character with a transmitter head found on a number of murals produced around Montreal over the past few years. Created by Dré, this character is inspired by the unscrupulous political and financial leaders of today’s world. In fact, Dré has pushed the concept further than the mere portrayal of Earth Crusher on murals. He has been known to make public appearances disguised as his aggessively capitalist character, in suit, tie and transmitter head. He has also slipped into the skin of his character to give interviews.

The photo gallery below features mainly Earth Crusher murals and pieces, but because he comes from the world of graffiti, it also includes his work as Dré. To learn more about Dré and Earth Crusher, or to view many more photos than what is featured here (including studio/gallery and non-Montreal work), see earthcrusher.com, as well as the artist’s Instagram page. As Dré/Earth Crusher is also part of the Ashop collective, you will find more material at ashop.ca and on the collective’s Instagram page.

Voici un profil-photo de l’artiste montréalais Dré, mieux connu sous le nom de son personnage Earth Crusher.

Les gens autour de moi qui ne portent pas ou que très peu attention à l’art urbain ont tout de même remarqué ce curieux personnage à tête d’émetteur radio qu’est Earth Crusher, la vedette de plusieurs murales apparues à Montréal au cours des dernières années. Créé par l’artiste Dré, ce personnage est inspiré des leaders politiques et financiers sans scrupules qui mènent le monde d’aujourd’hui. L’artiste a poussé l’idée d’Earth Crusher plus loin que la simple représentation murale. Il apparait à l’occasion en public costumé en Earth Crusher, donc en veston-cravate et arborant cette tête d’émetteur radio. L’artiste donne aussi à l’occasion des entrevues dans la peau de son personnage.

La galerie ci-dessous présente surtout les oeuvres d’Earth Crusher, mais comme Dré est issu du monde du graffiti, on y retrouve aussi quelques pièces sous son nom d’origine. Pour en apprendre plus sur Dré et Earth Crusher, et pour voir beaucoup plus de photos que ce qui est présenté ici (incluant des oeuvres de studio/gallerie ou son travail hors de Montréal), voir earthcrusher.com, ainsi que la page Instagram de l’artiste. Et comme il fait partie du collectif Ashop, vous êtes aussi invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ashop.ca et la page Instagram du collectif.


murals and other painted pieces

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, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai photographiée.

Five Eight (writing ‘Soma’) and Earth Crusher, on a Plateau End rooftop.

On the side wall of a Plateau café/restaurant.

In Rosemont.

With Serak on letters, from a big K6A crew jam in the South West.

On the side wall of a Plateau café/restaurant.

In an abandoned building.

For Ashop, downtown Montreal.

Part of a huge production in a recessed parking space in the Plateau.

From a K6A jam in St-Henri.

For the Scan You Rock mega-jam in April 2017 in the South West.

In upper Plateau, from the same production of the two below.

In upper Plateau, from the same production of the one above and the one below.

In upper Plateau, from the same production of the two above.

With letters by Senk in a central Montreal alley.

Five Eight (left) and Dré (right and reaper drone in the middle) for Plaza Walls.

On the side wall of a Plateau café/restaurant, with Ether.

An off-Muralfest piece in a central graffiti alley.

See a brief making of video of the above piece by Greg Pistol.

In Rosemont.

Earth Crusher’s contribution to the unofficial Silver Beach Jam in Rosemont.

Earth Crusher and Five Eight on a Plateau garage door.

Representing Ashop for one of the 2015 editions of the VHS – Van Horne Station block parties.

A door in Plateau End leading to the roof piece seen below.

Earth Crusher with letters by Five Eight doing Soma’s name (because the spot was originally his).

Earth Crusher between Five Eight (top) and Skor (bottom) for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. Also visible above is an older piece by Serak.

Representing Ashop for the 2015 edition of Mural Festival.

On the side wall of a Plateau café/restaurant.

Earth Crusher’s contribution to a K6A wall in St-Henri.

Contribution to one of the 2015 Chromatic block parties.

Painted barrels made to look like Pabst beer cans for one of the 2015 Chromatic block parties.

Dré with Five Eight for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Five Eight (letters) and Earth Crusher (character) in the basement of an abandoned industrial building.

At the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen with Zek to the left. Also visible in this shot are Lyfer, Penar and Acro.

Ashop wall downtown featuring Fleo and Dré.

Dré, Dodo Osé and Ankh One for Ashop in Ahuntsic.

Squeezed in between letters by Scaner and end characters by Axe Lalime.

At the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

Earth Crusher/Dré with Five Eight for the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

One of two billboards for the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival (see other below).

One of two billboards for the 2013 edition of the Under Pressure Festival (see other above).

Dré aka Earth Crusher and Five Eight in an abandoned building (left half).

Dré aka Earth Crusher and Five Eight in an abandoned building (right half).


graffiti / 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, de la plus récente à la plus vieille que j’ai photographiée.

In Hochelala.

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

With Five Eight above for the Estival de Canes 2018.

Fuser (left), Dré on letters and Nick Sweetman (right) in Hochelaga.

With Nick Sweetman on wasp in a Plateau alley.

With Fleo on the left, under an expressway (pieces unfortunately slightly damaged by machinery in this shot, sorry).

Back of truck for the 2017 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

Dré on side and Bryan Beyung on back of truck.

For the Chemin Vert block party.

In upper Plateau.

Dré (bottom centre) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Dré’s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam. Notice the little Earth Crusher character on the right.

Dré (bottom left), Nems (bottom right) and Sec (above) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In Parc-Ex.

In the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Pieces by Five Eight and Dré in the abandoned Canada Malting Plant.

In an abandoned building.

In an abandoned building.


throws and tags

Earth Crusher character on a temporary Ashop wall, surrounded by tags from both Earth Crusher and Dré, as well as Zek, Fluke, Ankh One, etc.

Tags by Earth Crusher, Dré and Nus III (?).

A flop on a building awaiting demolition.

These two tags were found next to his contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival. In between is a tag by Five Eight.


stickers

Although he is mentioned under both his monikers on this sticker, it is not clear if Dré/Earth Crusher had anything to do with its creation and distribution.

PSC legal graffiti wall 2015

For information about this Montreal open air gallery, see the wall’s welcome/information page. See also: 2016 image gallery.

Pour plus d’information sur cette galerie à ciel ouvert, voir la page d’accueil et d’information du mur légal. Voir aussi: galerie-photo des oeuvres 2016.


The image gallery below is in reverse chronological order. The pieces from the end of 2015 are at the top and the oldest (dating back to the 2014-2015 winter) at the end.

La gallerie-photo ci-dessous présente les oeuvres en ordre chronologique inverse. Les pièces de la fin de 2015 sont donc au début et les plus vieilles, datant de l’hiver 2014-2015, à la fin.


Claude

Crane

Secret

Vogue

Ason

Pito

Stare

Naimo

Pask

Nybar

Naimo

Ekes

Kwun

Skor; photo © Skor.

Apashe

Legal

Kwun

Kwun

Vogue on letters and Bern on character.

Apok

Rouks (left) and Crane (right).

Sec

Kwun

Lect (left) and Ben (right).

Apashe

Vogue

Designed by Narc, bombed by Skor.

Naimo

Bosny

Crane (left) and Sank (right)

Ratek

Resep

Debza

123Klan‘s Scien

123Klan‘s Klor

123Klan‘s Aiik, the 15-year old son of Scien and Klor with his first piece.

Secs

Secs

Ken Mallar

Ogen

Max

Cens

Flavor (left), Starkey (middle) and ROC514 (right).

Wonez

Rouks

Crane

Noper. Also visible top left are five wabbits by Starkey.

Acek

Janek

Naimo

Nasp

Flavor

Ms Teri and Aliss.

Starkey

Mr Chose

Mr Chose

Flavor

Saner

Secs

Sien514

Freak

Hitem

Yesir

Nestor

Secs

Miow (left) and Bonie (right).

Ensor

Figurative letters by Max representing his YMCA crew.

Another lettering/figurative hybrid by Max representing his YMCA crew.

Noper

Wonez (left letters) and Rouks (right letters and woman).

Arose

Kode

Bosny

Naimo

Yesir

Chef, Koni, Saner.

Noper

Rouks

Wonez

Crane

Noper

One Ton

Gsup from the 203 Crew.

Arnold (left) and Naimo (right).

Trak

SBU One

Bosny

Akym

Loker and Skor.

Nems

Smak

Unidentified artist.

Someone from the KLC Crew, over an older piece by Ms Teri.

Oram 79

Most and Mr Def.

Himz (work-in-progress).

Nustwo (work-in-progress).

ROC514

Naimo (a tribute to Guru).

SBU One

Apashe

SBU One

Dask

Aces on the wall’s upper edge (yes it was done upside down).

Underdogs (Scribe and Naimo).

Skor

Wonez

Crane

Veak

Naimo

Ekes

Lyfer

Algue

Peams

Scribe

Naimo

Serum on the wall’s upper edge.


Mullins

Behind the building with the legal wall, on Mullins street, is found another wall where graffiti seems to be tolerated. This wall separates a basketball court from a park and is painted on both sides.

Sur la rue Mullins derrière l’édifice offrant le mur légal se trouve un autre petit mur où les graffitis semblent tolérés. Ce mur sépare un terrain de basketball du parc adjacent et est peint des deux côtés.

court side

Apashe

Noper

Crane (middle), Hitem (bottom left) and Lyfer (bottom right).

Crane and Wonez over the piece by Hary seen below.

Hary (bottom left) and unidentified artist (bottom right).

park side

MSHL and perhaps someone else in Pointe St-Charles. Visible above are older throwies by Bank and Owk from the VC crew.

Naimo

Noper

MSHL

Lyfer

MSHL

MSHL

Vilx (bottom left), MSHL (bottom right).

New graffiti July 2015

Here’s a photo gallery of graffiti pieces found around Montreal in July 2015. To see the best of new Montreal graffiti (and other forms of street art) as soon as I find it, you can check me out on Instagram.

Voici une galerie-photo de graffiti trouvé à Montréal au cours de juillet 2015. Pour voir les plus récents graffitis (et autres formes de street art) aussitôt photographiés, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Robe/Fore akad Keos in Rosemont.

Meor in Rosemont.

Nixon in Rosemont.

Naimo in Rosemont.

Secs at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Reabs (left) and Secs (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Noper at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Rouks at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Rouks in Rosemont.

Rouks in Rosemont.

Wonez in Rosemont.

Wonez in Rosemont.

Royal in Rosemont.

Debza in Rosemont.

Serum at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Akym at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Nems representing Orgasthme in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

One Tulip representing Orgasthme in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Nems and One Tulip representing Orgasthme in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Block in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Owk representing the VC crew underneath an expressway.

Sunz representing the VC crew underneath an expressway.

Paner and Rokos underneath an expressway.

Rizek underneath an expressway.

Sesk (left) and Alber (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Aces (middle), Ekes and Aero (bottom) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Miow (left) and Skope (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Ogen and Max at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Is it graffiti? Is it figurative? Max representing his YMCA crew at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Another lettering/figurative hybrid by Max representing his YMCA crew at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Heras and Sirag at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Hero and Saner at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Monek at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Mr Chose at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Mr Chose (left) and Starkey (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Resok at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Blek in Rosemont.

Ensor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

EK Sept and Comik(?) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. The cat in the middle is by Bonie.

Zonek in Mile End. The wheatpaste above it is by Le Renard Fou.

Gank underneath an expressway.

Begor from KHB in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Bruser in a Plateau alley.

Toobad in a Plateau End alley.

New graffiti May-June 2015

This post presents burners and a few throw-ups done mostly in June or late May in Montreal.

Cet article présente les nouvelles pièces de graffiti produites à Montréal principalement en juin ou fin-mai.


Scaner at the Chromatic block party.

Scaner on Mont-Royal, off Mural Festival.

Scaner above the LNDMRK offices.

123Klan‘s Scien in Ville-Marie.

123Klan‘s Klor in Ville-Marie.

Nychos unofficial piece in Ville-Marie while in town for the Mural Festival.

Zek in Ville-Marie.

Lyfer in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark, beneath a new piece by Waxhead.

Bosny in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Cons in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Deep in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Deep in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Acek on an abandoned warehouse between Hochelaga and Mercier.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Blek in Rosemont.

Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Wonez at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Deko in Rosemont.

Deko in Rosemont.

EK Sept and Serum in Hochelaga (very long wall, hence the photo curve).

Eksel in abandoned Mile End shed.

Commissioned HSP crew piece on the side wall of a Rosemont dépanneur. This first section is by F.One.

Commissioned HSP crew piece on the side wall of a Rosemont dépanneur. This second section is by Sewer.

Commissioned HSP crew piece on the side wall of a Rosemont dépanneur. This third section is by Ewol.

Hitem in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Kzam in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Jaws in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Kelen in Hochelaga.

Kelen and Kube on an abandoned warehouse in Eastern Montreal.

Klon ESP on an abandoned warehouse in Eastern Montreal.

Blek in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

One more by Blek in the graffiti alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Kruz in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Kwun in abandoned lot East of Hochelaga.

Legal and Kwun in Hochelaga.

Lison(?) in Hochelaga.

A quickie by Lyfer in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Lyfer(?) in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

An unidentified writer in Hochelaga.

Noper at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Noper at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Noper near the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Noper on train.

One Ton at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Pwel in Hochelaga.

Rouks at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Rouks (left), someone from Orgzm (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Rouks at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Drif in Rosemont.

Rusto in Rosemont.

Niel in Rosemont.

Dare(?) in Rosemont.

Big YU8 (crew) piece, probably by Resok, on an abandoned Hochelaga warehouse, beneath something older by Obes.

Beek(?) and Criswp at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Crane and Royal at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Nems (left) and Akym (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Nese at legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Skor (bottom) and Mr Chose (pink cat) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Saner (letters) and Koni (characters) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen beneath older pieces by Saner and Skope.

Wesco at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen beneath older pieces by Reabs and others.

Anus in an abandoned Mile End shed.

War in an abandoned Mile End shed.

New graffiti May 2015

Scaner in Rosemont.

Grab in Rosemont.

Grab again, this time in Hochelaga.

Debza in Rosemont.

Debza in Rosemont.

Scribe in Rosemont.

Arnold (left) and Naimo (right) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo representing Underdogs in NDG.

Gsup representing the 203 crew in NDG.

Hitem writing OBJET in NDG.

Naimo representing Underdogs in NDG.

Hitem writing OBJET in NDG.

Jaber in Rosemont.

Astro in Rosemont.

Nybar in Rosemont.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Skor in Rosemont.

Skor in Hochelaga.

Skor in Hochelaga.

Loker and Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Havok representing Crazy Apes in Rosemont.

Nask also representing Crazy Apes in Rosemont..

Nask (letters) and Rouks (woman) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Korb at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Lith at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Lith in Rosemont.

Kwun in Rosemont.

Kwun in Hochelaga.

Morz in Rosemont.

Ecler in Rosemont.

Shrek in Rosemont.

Sino in Rosemont.

Veak in Rosemont.

Crane (middle, not so new), Hitem (bottom left) and Lyfer (bottom right) in Pointe St-Charles.

Gsup from the 203 crew at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Kemt in Hochelaga.

Figurative piece on the left by Fezat and the letters by Egor aka The New Yen, both from Crazy Apes. In Rosemont.

Nems at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Sec (top), Dré aka Earth Crusher (bottom left), Nems (bottom right) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Nems (left) and Rouks (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Royal at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Wonez (left) and Rouks (right) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Serum at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Opek (bottom left) and Nese (bottom right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Mokyt in and abandoned lot in Hochelaga.

Block in Hochelaga.

Penar in Hochelaga.

Smak at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Ben J. in Rosemont.

Trak at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

G-ser(?) in Rosemont.

Kred in Rosemont.

Akym at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Unidentified writer in an abandoned industrial shed.

Balis in an alley behind St-Laurent.

Arcel in an alley behind St-Laurent. Also visible are wheatpastes by Scaner and Ether.

De Rouen legal graffiti tunnel 2015 part 1

Here is a photo gallery of graffiti pieces found at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel in Hochelaga between January and June 2015. Separate posts cover the periods
August-December 2014
July-December 2015
January-June 2016
For information about this Montreal open air gallery, see the tunnel’s welcome/information page.

Help with the identification of some uncredited artists displayed in the image gallery below is welcome.

Voici une galerie-photo des pièces de graffiti trouvées au mur légal sur de Rouen dans Hochelaga de janvier à juin 2015. Des articles à part couvrent les périodes
août-décembre 2014
juillet-décembre 2015
janvier-juin 2016
Pour plus d’information au sujet de cette galerie à ciel ouvert, voir la page d’accueil et d’information du tunnel.

Si vous reconnaissez les artistes responsables de certaines pièces non-créditées dans la galerie-photo ci-dessous, vous êtes invités à m’en faire part.


Northern wall / mur nord

Photos in this image gallery are displayed from the left end to the right end of the wall, then in chronological order within the same spot.

Les photos de la galerie ci-dessous sont présentées de l’extrémité gauche à l’extrémité droite du mur, et ensuite en ordre chronologique pour un même endroit.

Crane (middle and bottom), Lovebot (top wheatpaste), etc.

Debza (bottom left), Sewer (bottom right), Crane (middle), Lovebot (top wheatpaste), etc.

Noper

Hornok aka Horeo and Noks (bottom), Crane (middle), Lovebot (top wheatpaste), Waxhead (far right middle, sideways; scroll down for close-up), etc.

Monk.e (bottom), Lovebot (top wheatpaste), etc.


Waxhead on the narrow edge.


Porto (bottom right), Arose (middle), someone representing VHS (top), etc.

Rouks (bottom with other piece over the left part), Arose (middle), someone representing VHS (top), Kaner (work-in-progress bottom right).

Morz (bottom left), Piba (bottom right), Arose (middle), someone representing VHS (top), etc.

Debza

Rouks, work-in-progress.

unidentified artist (bottom), Hoper (middle), someone representing VHS (top), etc.

Work-in-progress by Rouks.

Rouks (bottom left), LP Montoya (bottom right), Hoper (top).


Rouks

Kaner (work-in-progress bottom left), Skope (bottom right), Crane (middle), etc.

Nese (centre letters), Elfu (characters left and right).

Wonez (bottom left) and Crane (middle and bottom right) , etc.

Opek (bottom left), Nese (bottom right), etc.