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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 dans 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

Axe Lalime

Axe Lalime, or simply Axe, is a very prolific and versatile Montreal artist active since 1995. He stems from the world of graffiti but excels in various forms of figurative art, be it mural or on canvas. He is very active with the K6A crew, but also pays allegiance to crews KG and CFC. He has in the past been a frequent collaborator on A’Shop productions.

The photo gallery below is therefore mainly split into sections featuring his graffiti pieces, his figurative work as well as the great collective projects by A’Shop and K6A to which he contributed. To see more than what I had the chance to photograph, check out his Facebook and Instagram pages and this great video showing Axe at work on various pieces featured below.

Axe Lalime, ou tout simplement Axe, est un artiste montréalais prolifique et versatile, actif depuis 1995. Il vient du milieu du graffiti mais excelle aussi en art figuratif qu’il soit mural ou sur canevas. Il est très actif avec le collectif K6A mais prête aussi allégeance aux crews KG et CFC. Il a été de par le passé un fréquent collaborateur sur des projets réalisés par A’Shop.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous est conséquemment divisée en sections présentant ses pièces de graffiti, ses oeuvres figuratives ainsi que les grands projets collectifs auxquels il a participé aux cotés d’A’Shop et de K6A. Pour en voir plus que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, vous êtes invités à jeter un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram ainsi qu’a cette capsule video montre l’artiste en action, travaillant sur plusieurs des pièces présentées dans la galerie ci-dessous.


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.

Axe’s part in a going away jam for Miser in Hochelaga.

The K6A crew wall from the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival features Axe in the central letters jam, alongside Monk.e, Ankh One, Fleo, Serak, Otak, Awe, Snikr, Royal, Rekal and Saer.

In a Plateau alley.

Contribution to the Estival de Canes 2018 (work-in-progress, final version coming soon).

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

A winter piece at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

In a big production in St-Henri.

Scaner‘s name by Axe and Sober. Scaner did the outlines of the first three letters before he passed away in September 2017. Axe and Sober did the N, the fill and background. Bird of prey above is by Tchug. See below for what’s on the left of this.

This is on the left of the above photo. Riding character by Axe, and perhaps also the snake.

Axe (top letters and figurative) and Jaber (ground letters) for the Time Is Gold production.

One more bit by Axe for the Time Is Gold production, this is King the squirrel.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Axe (top), Zek (bottom left), Awe (bottom right) and Dodo Osé in St-Henri.

With Fleo on the left, in Ville-Emard.

With Fleo on the right, and an older piece by Serak above, in industrial Montreal.

Axe’s contribution to Plaza Walls.

In a Plateau alley.

For the 2016 Percussion Festival.

Minivan side.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

Collaboration with Awe in St-Henri.

In Rosemont.

Axe (top) and Wuna (ground level) at the Lachine legal graffiti wall.

Section of a K6A production in St-Henri, above Dodo Osé.

In industrial Montreal.

Axe (character and letters on the left) and Monk.e (character and letters middle and right), in Hochelaga.

On truckside, with Tchug.

In St-Henri.

Truckside.

Rooftop in Hochelaga.

Axe’s contribution to the Cabane à sucre secret gallery (on the back wall).

In Sherbrooke.

Axe’s part in a graff wall with Scaner and Kemr in Hochelaga.

Rooftop session next to Serak.

With Astro in Hochelaga.

Axe on doors and SBU One on the right, in St-Henri.

In a St-Henri alley.

Trackside Pointe-St-Charles.

Saer (left) and Axe (right) in Hochelaga.

Part of a K6A wall in Hochelaga.


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.

Axe on characters and Fokus on letters, ahead of the 2018 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Contribution to the 2018 edition of Mural Festival.

In the South West.

Same South West spot as above but a few months earlier.

In the South West.

Tribute to Scaner in the South West.

In Hochelaga.

In Hochelaga.

In St-Henri.

Community-oriented wall in a Rosemont-Petite-Patrie alley.

From a Plateau production curated by Axe himself. The piece continues around the right-side corner, see below.

The piece in the above photo continues around the corner, beneath letters by Stare.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

At the Papineau legal graffiti wall.

Crane on letters and Axe on character, from a Plateau production curated by Axe.

In Rosemont.

Dodo Osé with Axe on smaller characters, in the South West.

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe (character) contribution to the Scan You Rock jam.

A bit more by Axe for the Scan You Rock jam.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Collaboration with Awe in Ahuntsic.

In Villeray. See below for alternate angle.

In Villeray. See above for alternate angle.

Work-in-progress nearly completed for the 2016 edition of Amalgam Festival.

With Snikr on the right for the 2016 Chemin Vert production.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With letters by Crane on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

With letters by Naimo on the left, at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

For Plaza Walls.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Axe’s part in a K6A wall in St-Henri.

With Fleo on letters at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Rooftop part at the Plaza St-Hubert (2 sides displayed).

On back of truck.

In Petite-Patrie.

On a post of Plaza St-Hubert.

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

In Old Montreal.

Character between Sewer and F.One at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

Scaner on letters and Axe on characters, in Petite-Patrie.

With Monk.e on this K6A wall in Hochelaga.

Full mural by Axe, for Muralité, in Mile-End.

Axe on character, Smak on bottom letters with older letters by Pito top right, at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

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

Scaner and Axe’s contribution to the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Maniak (top left), Zek (bottom left), Axe and Fluke for K6A and A’Shop (right), at the Cabot x Gilmore walls.

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

This K6A wall in Hochelaga is by Monk.e and Axe.

Axe on dragon and rats, with Stare on ‘K’ and ‘G’ and Scaner on other background lettering, in Rosemont. See below for close-up of Axe’s rats in the bottom right corner.

Close-up of Axe’s rats from the mural above with Stare and Scaner.

Letters by Scaner (center ground level) between hissing felines by Axe, Feka and Peur (middle) and wheatpaste by Lovebot (top), by train tracks in Mile End.

Detail of a larger mural piece with other artists in a Plateau alley.

Perhaps with others, doing the K6A logo in Griffintown.

Next to letters by Scaner in Ville-Marie. See below for another character by Axe on this long mural.

From a long wall in Ville-Marie, see also other segment above.

Scaner (text), Earth Crusher (central figure) and Axe (end figures) in abandoned industrial building.

In Rosemont.

Commissioned pieces on garage doors in Hochelaga by Scaner and/or Axe.

A’Shop featuring Axe and Fluke ‘mural’ on a pillar of the Van Horne|Rosemont overpass.

In a Hochelaga alley, perhaps with someone else.


contribution to multi-artist murals

Dodo Osé (geisha) and Axe (cat) from a K6A jam in the South West.

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 1/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 2/3).

K6A crew wall for the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival, featuring Axe, Fleo, Dodo Osé, etc. (segment 3/3).

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

Under Pressure 2016 K6A wall featuring Axe (racoons), Serak (bottom left), Otak (middle left), Satyr (top left), Fleo (top right), Dodo Osé (middle right) and Fluke (bottom right).

K6A’s contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival featuring Axe, Monk.e, Fleo, Philemon.

Under Pressure Festival 2014 production by the K6A collective featuring Fleo, Monk.e, Dodo Osé, Serak, Axe, Dkae and Saer.

A’Shop‘s wall for the 2013 edition of Mural Festival features Axe alongside Fluke, Zek and Apashe.

This classic A’Shop mural in NDG features Fluke, Axe, Phile, Zek and Dodo Osé.

NME mural on Papineau featuring Stare, Scaner, Monk.e, Kers, Axe, Vect and perhaps others.


bandaid logo

Axe’s signature bandaid logo is often used to sign his murals and pieces (as seen in many instances above). It is also often painted by itself here and there as some sort of elaborate tag. The handful shown below is just a small fraction of the number I have found over the years.

Tel que vu ci-dessus, Axe signe plusieurs de ses murales et autres pièces avec son logo représentant deux pansements entrecroisés. Ce logo lui sert aussi de tag. Les quelques exemplaires montrés ci-dessous ne sont qu’une très petite fraction de ce que j’ai trouvé au cours des dernières années.

Wall of flops from the Time Is Gold production featuring Axe’s bandaid amongst many others (in yellow, second row from the top, second from the left).


tags and throws

Tags by Scaner (above) and Axe.


stickers

Debza

Debza is a tattoo artist and graffiti writer originally from Toulouse but now based in Montreal. As seen in the image gallery below, he can be versatile and his writing style, at times influenced by japanese illustration, is quite unique. He belongs to a few crews, notably GF (“Ghetto Farceur”), and works alongside other writers and artists on multi-artist projects. For more by Debza than what is shown here, have a look at his Facebook and Instagram pages. The following Youtube videos show the artist at work: video 1, video 2.

Debza est tatoueur et writer graffiti originaire de Toulouse mais maintenant établi à Montréal. Il est très versatile et son style unique d’écriture est parfois influencé par l’illustration japonaise. Il appartient à quelques crews, en l’occurrence GF (“Ghetto Farceur”), et il lui arrive régulièrement de collaborer avec d’autres artistes sur certains projets collectifs. Pour en voir plus de Debza que ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier, jetez un coup d’oeil à ses pages Facebook et Instagram. Quelques vidéos sur Youtube permettent de voir l’artiste à l’oeuvre: vidéo 1, vidéo 2.


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 Rosemont.

For the 2017 edition of the Lachine graffiti jam.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Contribution to the 2017 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

From an Art Gang production in Côte des Neiges.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Contribution to the Festival de Canes in Longueuil.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel. This piece was dedicated to yours truly, amongst others.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In the Plateau.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Manga-style at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Blek (top) and Debza (ground level) on a Plateau wall.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Part of a production curated by 123Klan on a Plateau wall.

Quicker piece on the same wall as above.

At the 2016 edition of Festival Amalgam in Sherbrooke.

In Rosemont.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

On A’Shop‘s wall in Hochelaga.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco. Notice the shout-out to yours truly in the bottom left corner…

In TMR.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

On the roof of the abandoned Transco.

In an abandoned parking.

In an abandoned parking.

In an abandoned parking.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

At the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

In Rosemont.

Debza and MSHL collaboration for the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial contribution to the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

At the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

Debza (bottom left), Sewer (bottom right), Crane (middle) and a Lovebot wheatpaste (top) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

Debza (bottom left), Apashe (middle) and Saner (top) at the Rouen legal graffiti tunnel.

In Rosemont.

In Rosemont.

MSHL (bottom left), Debza (bottom right) and Joe, Seaz and Flow (top letters) for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

For the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

Unofficial piece for the 2014 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.


throws and tags

Inside the abandoned Transco.

On a Rosemont graf wall.

Unofficial throw at the 2015 edition of the Under Pressure Festival.

At the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

A throw on a train side.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Inside the abandoned Transco.

Doing Blek’s name inside the abandoned Transco.

Doing War’s name inside the abandoned Transco.

Top 100 graffiti pieces of 2015

This image gallery brings together my 100 favourite pieces of graffiti from 2015. From a long list of about 800, I created a ‘short’ list of 250 which I painstakingly trimmed down to the 100 seen below. It was already difficult selecting 100 pieces, it is 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 my very favourite writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two 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!). 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.

See also:
Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015
Top 100 pasted street art of 2015

Cette galerie-photo présente mes 100 pièces de graffiti préférées de 2015. Une première sélection de 800 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. C’était déjà trop difficile de choisir 100 pièces, je ne suis pas en mesure de les présenter en ordre de préférence et elles apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique. Pour que cette liste ne soit pas accaparée par mes artistes préférés, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée (j’ai ainsi réussi à tricher et inclure quelques pièces de plus!). Bien sur cette liste a 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 2015 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Voir aussi:
Top 100 murales et autres pièces peintes de 2015
Top 100 pièces collées de 2015


Scien (top) and Klor (bottom) from 123Klan in Petite-Patrie (the pair count as one entry).

Acek (top) and Lyfer (bottom) from the abandoned Transco; the pair count as one entry.

Aces from the abandoned Transco.

Aces at the abandoned “Jailspot”

Akim

Algue turned this room inside the abandoned Transco into a 203 Crew ballroom.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall. The ‘wabbits’ seen above are by Starkey.

An anti-extremist piece by Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Starkey‘s ‘wabbits’ remain above.

Apashe in Rosemont.

Astro in Rosemont. It’s hard to decide whether some of Astro’s work is more graffiti or figurative. Therefore, see the Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post for more by this artist.

Bosny at the PSC legal graffiti wall, making sure the artform of graffiti keeps evolving and doesn’t stagnate and become boring.

Bosny doing Five Eight‘s name as part of an exchange in Rosemont. Pask was also involved in this exchange, see all of it in this earlier post.

Bosny apparently having trouble with the tracking of his VCR; from the abandoned Transco.

A well-hidden one by Cens. See the Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post for some figurative work by this artist.

Crane has left an impressive body of work in 2015, but this piece and the next one are the two by him that did it the most for me in 2015.

Crane at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Debza in Rosemont. The four pieces of his making this year-end list show the diversity of styles and originality that this impressive artist is capable of.

Debza in Rosemont. This one seems to have been influenced by his time in Japan.

Debza in the abandoned Transco.

Debza in Rosemont.

EK Sept deconstructed at the limit of abstraction, but still in complete control of the space being used; from the abandoned Transco.

Ekes (top) and Lyfer (bottom) shining out of a dark basement in the abandoned Transco. This pair counts as one entry. There is more Ekes and Lyfer below under ‘Lyfer’ and more Lyfer above with Acek.

Ekler at the abandoned “Jailspot”

Eskro from the abandoned Transco. This artist really came out strongly in the second half of 2015, often in combo with Apok who is also from the Astred Collective. See the Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post for the Apok material.

One more by Eskro from the abandoned Transco.

Ewol‘s contribution to the ‘Silver Beach’ jam in Rosemont during the autumn.

Another one by Ewol in Rosemont.

Montreal graffiti pioneer Fiuser doing it old school in Rosemont.

Fleo (left), Cens (right) and Cassandra Leigh D combo in Old Montreal.

Mindblowing truck side by Fleo done during the late summer’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival. Figurative truck side art by other artists can be seen in the Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post.

Fleo under one of our city’s expressways.

Fleo on the opposite side of the above piece.

Fone from a Spring HSP/SIK jam in Ahuntsic.

This one by Geser just stands out from a wall in Petite-Patrie.

Haks at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Haks‘ contribution to this summer’s Lachine graffiti Jam. Also visible beneath his piece is one by Ozax.

Haks‘ contribution to this year’s edition of Under Pressure.

A very clean and effective one by Havok found in Rosemont.

This is one of the few pieces Hoacs left in Montreal during his stay here.

Jaber‘s contribution to this year’s edition of Under Pressure.

Jaker‘s contribution to the ‘Silver Beach’ jam in Rosemont during the autumn. To his left is Jmoe (see Legal below).

Janek has really had a great year as far as I’m concerned. This great piece is from the abandoned Transco.

Another one by Janek, this time at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Janek again, this time in Rosemont.

Kemr aka Kems never disappoints, but this one in Petite-Patrie is among my favourites of the year.

Another Kemr/Kems masterpiece in Petite-Patrie. Spraycan next to him is by John Kaye.

Kemr/Kems erupting at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Korb from the abandoned Transco.

Another one by Korb, this one at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Kwun has been particularly active in the last quarter of the year. Of the ones I have been able to catch, this piece found in Rosemont is my favourite.

Legal‘s contribution to the ‘Silver Beach’ jam in Rosemont during the autumn. To his right is Jmoe (see Jaker above).

This is one of the few pieces Looter left in Montreal during his stay here.

Lyfer and Ekes at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. My only regret is not having had a chance to get a better frontal shot of this. See above under ‘Ekes’ for another collaboration between these two.

Lyfer from the abandoned Transco. This artist amazes me by the number of ways he is able to reinvent his style. It was particularly difficult to narrow down his best work of 2015. See above under ‘Acek’ and ‘Ekes’ for more by him.

This was an odd little combo by Wisar (left), Mirabolle (centre) and Kub (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen, but somehow it worked.

This is not only my favourite one by Naimo in 2015, but it may also extend to his work from previous years as well. Judging on how long it remains untouched at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen (notorious for petty tagging and toying), I suppose others love it just as much as I do.

Naimo again, this time near the PSC legal graffiti wall. Throwies above by Bank and Owk from the VC crew are from before 2015.

Narc in Rosemont.

Narc (top) and Shok in Ahuntsic; the pair count as one entry.

Noper at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Omar aka Royal in Rosemont.

One of Otek’s train pieces done early in the year.

I picked this one from the abandoned Transco to represent Pask in this year-end list (out of many possible contenders) because it is the most playful one I found by him this year.

Past at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Ratek in Rosemont.

Rouks is one of those multi-faceted artists who excel at doing both figurative and letters.

Rouks floating into space at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Rouks in Rosemont again. Don’t get distracted by the woman and miss out on the brilliant dragon.

I love this one by Rouks from the abandoned Transco because of its unique letters/figure composition which makes it stand out from most of his repertoire in 2015.

This one by Scaner set Rosemont on fire.

This masterpiece by Scaner was unfortunately well hidden and seen by very few.

Some electric blue Scaner in Rosemont.

Summer rooftop Scaner in Petite-Patrie.

The way this one by Scribe stands out from the ugly grey wall behind it is mindblowing.

Scribe shining out of the darkness on a Rosemont wall.

Sewer representing the HSP crew in Rosemont.

The above two by Shok (top) and Tuna (bottom) from the abandoned Transco count as one entry. There is more by Shok under ‘Narc’ above in this list.

Skizo in Rosemont.

Another one by Skizo in Rosemont.

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

It was difficult to narrow down Skor‘s impressive input in 2015 to the four ones making this list. It was a nobrainer however when it came to the one above from the abandoned “Jailspot”, it had to make the list.

Skor contributed this piece to this autumn’s unofficial ‘Silver Beach’ jam which he actually curated.

This is Skor‘s contribution to this summer Lachine graffiti Jam. Seen beneath him is Smak.

Skor blasting Ahuntsic into space.

Snipe from the AG Crew, on a Plateau End wall curated by 123Klan.

Snok on the rooftop of the abandoned Transco.

Sober in Rosemont.

SP One in Petite-Patrie, at the invitation of the AG Crew I believe.

Stare shines electric at the Eastern end of the Plateau. There is so much happening in there, click on image to see in full size and appreciate details.

Stare heating up early Spring in Rosemont.

Stare did this truck side during the late summer’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival. Figurative truck side art by other artists can be seen in the Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post.

Some rooftop brilliance by Stare.

Wonez in Rosemont.

More Wonez in Rosemont.

YesB left us this one inside the abandoned Transco whilst in Montreal this summer.

Yesir going for gold.

Zek is constantly brilliant, but this one made the list because it was well hidden and could do with a bit more exposure.

Zek‘s contribution to an early summer jam with the 123Klan.

One of the few ones <Zek left at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen in 2015. Check out also the Top 100 murals and other painted pieces of 2015 post for more by Zek.

New graffiti October 2015

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during the first half of October 2015. Of course, this is just a fraction of what was produced in this city during that time – 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 qui ont été produites au cours de la première moitié d’octobre 2015 à Montréal et que j’ai eu la chance de trouver. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Silver Beach @ JDM

On the first weekend of the month 18 artists answered Skor‘s invitation and covered the whole length of the JDM wall (actually all of it with the exception of the very first ‘Peace’ at the very left) with 16 pieces in silver as well as a few characters. My photos of the works created during this unofficial event have already been published in this Bombing Science article alongside those of others. Here they are again, in the same order as they appear on the wall.

Au cours du premier weekend du mois, 18 artistes ont répondu à l’appel de Skor et ont recouvert tout le mur JDM (en fait tout le mur sauf le premier ‘Peace’ à gauche) avec 16 pièces de couleur argent ainsi que quelques personnages. Mes photos des pièces créées au cours de cet événement non-officiel ont déjà été publiées dans cet article pour Bombing Science aux cotés de celles d’autres photographes. Les revoici, dans le même ordre dans lequel les pièces apparaissent sur le mur en question.

Axe

Fomer

Ewol

Scaner

Akira

Earth Crusher

Kemt

Pito

Sewer

F.One

Shok

Killa EF

Skor

Tuna

Narc

Legal

Jaker


Jam de Rouen

The October 2015 graffiti jam at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen was also held on the first weekend of the month. Here’s what I managed to photograph before it got covered with something new or vandalised.

L’édition d’octobre 2015 du Jam de Rouen au mur legal du tunnel de Rouen a aussi eu lieu au cours de la première fin de semaine du mois. Voici ce que j’ai eu la chance de photographier. Le reste était déjà recouvert de nouveau matériel ou vandalisé lors de ma visite le lendemain de l’événement.

Rouks (left) and Crane (right). Also visible at the top is an older creature by Waxhead, a tag by Rokos and a throwie by Cruz.

Naimo

Ekes

Algue

Lyfer (left) and Opire (right).

Haks and his wife Angr with her first piece.

Saner (left) and Chef (right). Also visible above them is an older piece by Aces.

Dekon196

Hopser

Focus. Also visible above that is an older throwie by Penar and at the very top an old wheatpaste by Lovebot.

Joze One


Sun Youth wall

the AG Crew‘s Snipe

the AG Crew‘s Senk

Kemr

123Klan‘s Scien

123Klan‘s Klor

Akuma One aka A.One


Next Time crew at the PSC legal graff wall

Wonez

Rouks

Crane

Noper. Also visible top left are five by Starkey.


123Klan & Debza at the PSC legal graff wall

Debza

123Klan‘s Scien

123Klan‘s Klor

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


123Klan & SP One in Petite-Patrie

123Klan‘s Scien

123Klan‘s Klor

SP One


JDM Jam

Arose

Crane

Omar aka Royal

Wonez

Janek


other

Scaner in upper Plateau.

Jaber in upper Plateau.

Mersh in upper Plateau.

Fluke at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Acek at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Janek at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Naimo at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Cens at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Rouks above the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Crane above the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Korb at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Meor at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above that is an older piece by Aces.

Wuna at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above that is an older throwie by Penar and at the very top an old wheatpaste by Lovebot.

Wisar (left), Mirabolle (centre) and Kub (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Crane (left) and Claude Le Fermier (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Serum at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Also visible above that is an older throwie by Penar and at the very top an old wheatpaste by Lovebot.

Elfu (left) and EK Sept (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Elfu at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Secs at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Secs at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Dekon (left) and Joze One (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Vogue at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Ogen(?) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Prime in Rosemont. This was done for the shooting of a video for C-Evil.

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

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 Ros