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Scan You Rock

Over the weekend of 22-23 April 2017 the Montreal graffiti community got together to celebrate Scaner, one of this city’s best and most respected writers/artists. For the occasion, the walls of the MPC Papers building on the corner of Cabot and Gilmore in the South West (a Montreal graffiti hotspot) were completely redone by over two dozens of Montreal’s best writers and artists, plus friends of Scaner’s who traveled from as far as the USA and Barcelona for the occasion. All in all, nearly 40 new pieces were created during the weekend, they are all shown in the gallery below.

The building where the event took place has been in the past the site of graffiti gatherings such as Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock. This is why the event was unofficially dubbed with the pun Scan You Rock and the name stuck.

See also:
Wall2wallMTL photo spotlight on Scaner
pre-Scan You Rock photo gallery of the Cabot x Gilmore walls

Au cours du weekend du 22-23 avril 2017 la communauté graffiti montréalaise s’est réunie pour célébrer Scaner, un de nos meilleurs artistes dans ce domaine, et sans contredit un des plus respectés. Pour l’occasion, les murs de l’édifice MPC Papers au coin de Cabot et de Gilmore dans le sud-ouest (un hotspot graffiti de Montréal) ont été complètement refaits par au moins deux douzaines des meilleurs artistes montréalais du graffiti ainsi que par quelques amis graffeurs de Scaner qui sont venus d’aussi loin que des Etats-Unis et de Barcelone pour l’occasion. En tout, près d’une quarantaine de nouvelles pièces ont été créées au cours de cette fin de semaine, elles sont toutes présentées dans la gallerie ci-dessous.

L’édifice où l’événement a eu lieu a par le passé été le site de festivals graffiti tels que Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock. C’est ainsi que quelqu’un a officieusement baptisé l’événement du jeu de mot Scan You Rock, et le nom est resté.

A voir aussi:
profil photo Wall2wallMTL sur Scaner
gallerie-photo des murs Cabot x Gilmore, pré-Scan You Rock


Cabot side

The celebrated man himself, Scaner.

Above Scaner’s piece is this bird of prey by Axe flying off with Scaner’s iconic ‘Mr Can Do’.

Hsix

Scaner’s crewmate in KG, Stare.

Eskae from Miami.

Roachi from Brooklyn via Sydney.

Hoacs from New York.

Soten from Copenhagen / New York.

Trace from New York.

Scaner’s crewmate in KG, Zek.

Jat from Brooklyn.

Harry Bones from Barcelona.

Musa from Barcelona.

Kemr from Boston.

Awe

ATWZ

Cemz (top) and Smak (ground level).

Nixon (top) and Sober (ground level).


Gilmore side

Jaker (top), Legal (middle) and Johste (ground).

Earth Crusher

The AG Crew‘s Snipes and Senk.

The 123Klan’s Scien.

The 123Klan’s Klor.

Scaner’s crewmate in KG, Jaber.

Sino

Narc

Shok

Pito

Skor

Some

Sewk

Kemt


building end

Fleo (blue), Dodo Osé (red letters) and Axe (character)

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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.

EK7 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) representing the Crazy Apes crew on Shok‘s turf 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 November 2015

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during November 2015. Of course, even though this post is huge, it 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 produites à Montréal au cours de novembre 2015 et que j’ai eu la chance de trouver. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Scaner heating up Rosemont.

Scaner in Hochelaga alley.

Scaner on the roof of the abandoned Transco.

More rooftop action by Scaner at the abandoned Transco.

Hoacs in Hochelaga alley.

Hoacs in Rosemont.

Rooftop Hoacs at the abandoned Transco.

More rooftop Hoacs at the abandoned Transco.

Eskae and Hoacs.

Eskae in Rosemont.

Eskae in a Hochelaga alley.

Rooftop Eskae at the abandoned Transco.

Two cold November quickies by Eskae (many others have been found).

Looter in a Hochelaga alley.

Looter in Rosemont.

Rooftop piece by Looter at the abandoned Transco.

Jaber in Rosemont.

Rooftop Jaber at the abandoned Transco.

Morz in Rosemont.

Sober in Rosemont.

Smak in Rosemont.

Pask in a Hochelaga alley.

Zek at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen. Above him is an older piece by Aces.

Another one by Zek at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Bright new Skor.

Skor, up the stairs backwards inside the abandoned Transco.

Shok inside the abandoned Transco.

Shok inside the abandoned Transco.

Skor again at the abandoned Transco.

Designed by Narc, bombed by Skor at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Narc at the abandoned Transco.

Narc in the same spot as above, reclaiming his spot.

Korb at the abandoned Transco.

Korb at the abandoned Transco.

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

More Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Ten Yen in Rosemont. This was part of a jam also involving Ms Teri and Earth Crusher (see next 2).

Ms Teri in Rosemont. This was part of a jam also involving Ten Yen and Earth Crusher (see previous and next).

Earth Crusher in Rosemont. This was part of a jam also involving Ten Yen and Ms Teri (see previous 2).

Bosny inside the abandoned Transco.

Ratek (found next to Crane below).

Crane (found next to Ratek above).

Crane, from the same prod as Rouks and Omar below.

Rouks, from the same prod as above and below.

Omar/Royal, from the same prod as Crane and Rouks above.

Another one by Omar/Royal in Rosemont.

Skizo representing YKW in Rosemont.

Noper

Crane

Rouks (left) and Crane (right) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Rouks (left) and a double dose of Crane (right) at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Rouks representing the Next Time Crew at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Scribe at the abandoned Transco.

Scribe in Rosemont.

Scribe in Rosemont, part of a jam on the theme of the recent raw sewage dump in the river (with next 3 pieces).

Algue in Rosemont, part of a jam on the theme of the recent raw sewage dump in the river (with piece above and next 2 ones).

Naimo in Rosemont, part of a jam on the theme of the recent raw sewage dump in the river (with two pieces above and next one).

Ekes in Rosemont, part of a jam on the theme of the recent raw sewage dump in the river (with previous 3 pieces).

Naimo behind the PSC legal graffiti wall. Throwies by Bank and Owk at the top are oldies.

Janek in upper Plateau found next to the Arose one below.

Arose in upper Plateau found next to the Janek one above.

Meor at the abandoned Transco.

Aces at the abandoned Transco

Aces (right) and EK7 (top of stairs) inside the abandoned Transco.

EK7 inside the abandoned Transco.

EK7 inside the abandoned Transco.

Serum inside the abandoned Transco.

Serum inside the abandoned Transco.

Serum inside the abandoned Transco.

Kwun in Rosemont.

Kwun at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Kwun again at the exact same spot as above.

More Kwun at the PSC legal graffiti wall, a counterpart to the piece by Legal below.

Legal at the PSC legal graffiti wall, a counterpart to the Kwun piece above it.

Someone representing KWB at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

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

Escro at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

More Escro at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Escro

Escro inside the abandoned Transco.

Fiuser going old school in Rosemont.

Simo found next to the above.

Hitem representing FLR crew in Rosemont.

Same spot as above, taken by Kelen.

Kelen again, this time at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

More Kelen, this one at the abandoned Transco.

Resok from YU8 at the abandoned Transco.

Resok from YU8 at the abandoned Transco.

Resok again, this time on roof of the abandoned Transco.

Kube in Rosemont.

Kube again, this time at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

More Kube at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

More Kube at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

More Kube, this one in the abandoned Transco.

More Kube (left), plus Lect (right), from the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Lect (left) and Ben (right) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

KC Neuf inside the abandoned Transco.

KC Neuf on roof of the abandoned Transco.

Vogue at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Vogue again, but at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Vogue at the PSC legal graffiti wall again, with Brun(?) on the right.

One more by Vogue.

Rizek inside the abandoned Transco.

Rizek inside the abandoned Transco.

Rizek inside the abandoned Transco.

Blek seen through an office window inside the abandoned Transco.

Rest inside the abandoned Transco.

Rest inside the abandoned Transco.

Home inside the abandoned Transco.

Home inside the abandoned Transco.

Duke inside the abandoned Transco.

Phantom Cat (left) and Hoser (right) in a Plateau alley.

Balis inside the abandoned Transco.

Beo inside the abandoned Transco.

War inside the abandoned Transco.

War (left) and unidentified (right) inside the abandoned Transco.

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

Unidentified artist at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Nixon

Nixon is mostly known and loved for his graffiti which usually includes a lot of figurative elements. He also did a number of murals in St-Denis back alleys as well as in a few other places around our city. See his Facebook and Tumblr pages for information and photos of his art (including a lot of non-street work on canvas). This abandoned WordPress site also features work produced up to the beginning of 2014.

Nixon est surtout connu et aimé pour ses graffitis qui incluent souvent des éléments figuratifs. Il a aussi produit un certain nombre de murales dans des ruelles près de St-Denis et ailleurs en ville. Pour plus d’information et des photos de son art sous toutes ses formes (incluant une grande quantité sur canevas), voir ses pages Facebook et Tumblr. Cette page WordPress abandonnée présente aussi son oeuvre produit avant 2014.


murals and mural pieces/ murales et pièces murales

In alley between St-Denis and Drolet. This mural replaced the one below.

In alley between St-Denis and Drolet. This mural was replaced by the one above it in this gallery, and it replaced the one below.

In alley between St-Denis and Drolet. This mural was replaced by the one above it in this gallery.

In alley between St-Denis and Drolet, near Gilford.

Front of café on de Lorimier.

In Hochelaga near the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In Outremont.

In abandoned Hochelaga lot.

Garage door in Sherbrooke back alley, between St-Denis and Berri.

In Pointe St-Charles.

In St-Henri.

On Ste-Catherine (now gone).

Inside abandoned building.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”. Also visible is a tag by Scaner.

In Petite-Patrie.

In Rosemont.


graffiti

Nixon (top) and Sober (ground level) for the Scan You Rock jam.

Wall of flops from the Time Is Gold production featuring Nixon amongst many others (bottom row, third from the left, in black and yellow).

On d’Iberville.

On St-André.

On Moreau near legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In alley between St-Laurent and Clark, near Laurier.

In abandoned Hochelaga lot.

On Molson.

On Masson.

In Rosemont.

In Petite-Patrie.

In Town of Mount Royal.

In Petite-Patrie.

In Petite-Patrie.

On Ottawa.

In alley behind Mont-Royal, near Coloniale.

Behind building on Henri-Julien.

On Pierre de Coubertin.

In St-Henri.

In St-Henri.

Koal, Nixon, Meor (hidden) and Pask on back of building on Sherbrooke in Hochelaga.

In a NDG / Côte des Neiges alley.

In a NDG / Côte des Neiges parking space.

On legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

In Mile End.

In Mile End.

In the fashion district.

In Mile End.

In Rosemont.

On Bélanger rooftop.

On Mont-Royal rooftop.

On Mont-Royal rooftop.

On Mont-Royal rooftop. Piece to the left of Nixon is by Swaz.

Inside Omnipac building (now demolished). Photo © Kris Murray 2010.

Inside Omnipac building (now demolished). Photo © Kris Murray 2010.

At the abandoned “Jailspot”.

In Sherbrooke back alley, between St-Denis and Berri.

In the fashion district.

In Parc-Ex.

In Parc-Ex.

In Parc-Ex.

In Parc-Ex.

In alley between St-Denis and Berri.

In upper Hochelaga.

Nixon on wheels.

Mobile graffiti.

The opposite side to the above also seems to be by Nixon.

Nixon, Robe and Fore on truck side.

Another truck.

It takes two to get the complete picture… back of trucks near Bernard.

Back of truck.

View from train tracks.

In Petite-Patrie.

In industrial Verdun.

In Rosemont, part of an unofficial ad.

On Hotel de Ville.

In Ahuntsic alley.

Behind building on Henri-Julien (bottom).

View from train tracks.

On St-Patrick; photo © Guillaume Couture

Nixon tag over OXLXO stencil over Nixon graffiti in Champs des Possibles.

Near Jeanne-d’Arc and Notre-Dame in Hochelaga.

On Clark.

In Petite-Patrie.

Near the corner of William and Murray.

On St-Dominique.

Messed up piece in a messy Plateau back alley.

Beneath roof on St-Denis, near Mont-Royal.

Another roof edge on St-Denis, also near Mont-Royal

Left: on Jean-Talon
Right: view from train tracks.

On Jean-Talon roof edge. Also visible is a tag by Scaner.

With Fomer in Quartier des Spectacles.

In Pointe St-Charles.

In alley off Marie-Anne.

In Petite-Patrie.

In Mile End.

Off Duluth.

Underneath balcony in Mile End.

By train tracks in Rosemont.

In a central Montreal alley.

Trackside in Verdun.

In the Plateau.

On Marché du Nord.

In a Villeray alley.

In the upper Plateau.

In Petite-Patrie.

In Rosemont.

On Fabre.

In Petite-Patrie.

Another hollow one in Rosemont.


other / autre

In alley between St-Denis and Drolet.

Tag (with those of Guko and BFour aka Beeforeo).