Tag Archives: Some

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)

Advertisements

The “Jailspot”

The “Jailspot” is the name given by graffiti writers and urban explorers to two contiguous abandoned buildings on Henri-Bourassa at the level of the now closed Tanguay prison. These buildings were not actually part of the closed prison, they belonged to Transport Québec who once used them as hangars for heavy machinery. They appear to have been used in the recent past as offices and warehouse space. The westernmost of the two is older than the other one which seems to have been built around 2006-2007. For the following years the latter new construction was used for sporadic warehouse sales.

Business must not have been very good, the buildings were left unused as early as 2011-2012 and signs of graffiti action started appearing, first outside then inside. Within a few years the two buildings were completely taken over by explorers and writers/artists. Everything except the warehouse at the front of the easternmost building quickly deteriorated, through the combined actions of vandals and rain/snow through broken doors and windows as well as collapsed roofs. The two buildings were finally gradually demolished over the spring and summer of 2016 to make space for the construction of controversial residential/commercial towers.

If you have any additional information about this spot, feel free to write in and contribute to this article.

The gallery below is divided by rooms and other areas where artists left their mark. The names of the rooms are not official ones, I just came up with them for comprehensive purposes. A plan of the spot can be seen below, at the top of the gallery.

Le “Jailspot” est le nom donné par les graffeurs et explorateurs urbains à deux édifices voisins sur Henri-Bourassa devant l’ancienne prison Tanguay. Ces deux édifices ne font en fait pas partie de l’ancienne prison, ils appartenaient à Transport Québec et ont déjà servi de hangars pour de la machinerie lourde. Ils semblent avoir ensuite servi de bureaux et d’entrepôts au cours des années précédant leur abandon. Celui situé le plus à l’ouest semble dater d’avant l’autre qui a été construit vers 2006-2007. Au cours des années qui ont suivi sa construction ce dernier a été le lieu de ventes d’entrepôt.

Les affaires n’ont pas dû être très profitables, déjà vers 2011-2012 les édifices n’étaient plus utilisés et les graffeurs ont commencé à arriver sur les lieux, d’abord à l’extérieur ensuite à l’intérieur. Très rapidement l’endroit a été pris d’assaut par les explorateurs urbains et les graffeurs. Tout sauf les pièces du devant s’est rapidement détérioré, sous l’action de vandales et de la pluie/neige entrant par les portes et fenêtres brisées ainsi que des portions de toits effondrés. Les deux édifices ont finalement été démolis au cours du printemps et de l’été 2016 pour permettre la construction de controversées tours résidentielles et commerciales.

Si vous détenez de l’information additionnelle sur cet endroit, vous êtes invités à me contacter et contribuer à cet article.

La gallerie-photo ci-dessous est divisée en pièces et autres zones où les artistes ont oeuvré. Les noms des différentes pièces ne sont pas officiels, ils sont ceux que j’ai utilisés pour mes besoins d’archivage. Le plan ci-dessous montre les positions relatives de ces pièces.


Plan of the various rooms and areas. The codes E1 to E6 and W1 to W5 refer to the room sub-sections below. Click to expand.


Eastern building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2015. Visible in the front are abandoned limousines!

Different angle; visible at the back is the dome of the old Tanguay prison which gave this spot its name amongst writers and urban explorers.


E1 – the galleries

General view of the galleries on the right, and the central rooms on the left.

Kems/Kemr

Skor

Skor

Skor

Skor

Kemt

Tuna

Shok

Shok

Shok

Shok

Shok from a Four Lokos prod.

Skor from a Four Lokos prod.

Narc from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna from a Four Lokos prod.

Tuna (ground level), Koni (above left) and Saner (above right).

Tuna

Tuna

Tuna representing the SIK crew.

Ekler (left) and Tuna (right). Visible above are throws by Hems (left) and Shake (right).

Narc

Korb

Lith

Geser

Aper

Sunz

Naimo

Lyfer

Getsa

Shrek One tribute to Jacques Parizeau.

Ekler (ground level) and Serum (above).

Serum

EK Sept (left) and Hope (right). Visible above is a tag by Daym.

EK Sept. Scroll up for shots of the Sunz and Hope pieces seen beneath.

Fokus

Pito

Oskar

Nixon

Dope

Arek

Dekor (letters) and Hesan (creature).

Hesan

Two forms of Dekor on sides of the window. Tags above are by Sunz (in black) and Nybar (in blue).

Dekor (left) and Rizek (right).

Talk


E2 – the car showroom

General view of the car showroom. Scroll down for close-ups of the Geser car and the Merp and Raker pieces seen at the back.

Geser

Algue representing 203.

Pro

Someone representing the VC crew.

Lyfer

Block

Faboo representing Ten Yen.

Aces

Aner

Raker (ground level) and Merp (above).

Same spot, earlier shot: Verse (ground level) and Merp (above).


E3 – the central room

General view of the central room, with the back side of the car showroom on the left.

Skor

Skor

Aces

Bewet

Neak


E4 – the warehouse

General view of the warehouse (sorry for the blurry shot, it’s the only one I have). Scroll down for a close-up of the few visible pieces in this shot.

Shok

Narc

Skam

Dekor

Dekor

Dekor

Dekor (ground level), with Neak and Bwet above.

Singe. Tags on the right include those of Dekor, Bewet, etc.

Ecler, plus a yellow tag by Bewet.

Rizek

Bewet

Oskar

Meth

Gypsr, perhaps with someone else.

Gypsr


E5 – the offices

Ekler

Ekler

Veto

Ecler throw.

Rizek


E6 – the end room

Bask and Part. Two red tags by Shok above.

Big throw from Etos, plus red tags by Shok.


Eastern building – outside walls

General view of the end of one of the buildings. Scroll down for close-ups.

Throw from Scaner.

Lyfer

Lyfer (ground level left), Cler (ground level right) and Balis (above).

Lyfer and Babar at ground level, Sneak and Venise above right.

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

Tuna representing the SIK crew (ground level), Balis (top left)

Shok. Tags by Getsa and Gnius above.

Nixon

What’s left of an old Nixon piece.

Bosny

Reebok aka Logre.

Reebok aka Logre.

Gnius

Gnius

Gnius

Raker

Kzam (bottom left), Jaws (bottom right), Ecler (yellow) and anonymous artist (text and prisoner).

Wase (top left), Jaws (top right), Rescue (bottom left)

Getsa

EK Sept. Tags by Mesk (black) and Venise (white) above.

EK Sept

Oper

This reads Fofo but I’m quite sure it’s Fiefo.

Ecler

Kelen (left) and Shake (right)

Clast

Pares (ground level) and Arows (top).

Some (ground level)

Obes

Mastrocola (2 colour swirls), Hitem (yellow throw).

Unidentified artist.

Unidentified artist.

Sceak (character), Bask (top tag).


Eastern building – roof pieces

Lyfer

Lyfer

Ekes

Ekes

Algue

Bosny

Aloke


Western building

Street view from Henri-Bourassa, 2016. Also visible on the right is a corner of the Eastern building.


W1 – the long room

General view of the long room. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces visible in this shot.

Shok (ground level) and Crops (above)

Fruit (left), Epos (middle) and Crack (right); red tag by Guest bottom left.

Same spot, later: Dekor (left) and Crack (right).

Crack (left), Ecler (right) and Duke (above).

Ekler on garage door, with partial view on the inner courtyard. Partially visible above are a throw and tag by Blek.

Hitem

Gaist/Guest

Cur?

Daym

Uzem

Scek


W2 – the small room

Aper and Sunz.

Nixon, with a blue tag by Scaner above.

Same spot, later: Deser.

Ensor

Jinx


W3 – the medium room

Apashe

Nixon

Vogue

Gnius, plus tag by Rake above.

Rake

Raes

Raes

Peace

Alber

Ekual (ground level) and Arow (above).

Feez


W4 – the courtyard

General view of the inner courtyard. Scroll down for close-ups of the various pieces.

Stare

Shok

Monk.e

EK Sept (bottom left), Kelen (top left), Zion (top right) and Sunz (bottom right).

Ekler

Ekler

Ekler

Dekor

Rake. Tags by VC‘s Owk and Sunz above.

Gnius (top left of door), Blek (right of door), Arose (very top)

Jaws (ground level) and Bane (above).

Aper

Scaner (blue) and Crops (yellow).

Taike, plus a tag by Owk in black on the right.


W5 – the annex

Bane


Western builing – outside walls

Raker (ground level), Gnius (middle) and someone for SPK (above).

F.One in small and large formats.

Kzam (ground level), Bane (above left), Duke (above right), Shake (top right).

Smog

Raker (left) and Ecro (right).

A throw by Aero and a tag by Kelen.

KC Neuf

Someone representing YU8.

Truck 2 truck MTL – graffiti on wheels

This image gallery features a collection of graffiti (and a few figurative) pieces found on the sides and/or backs of trucks spotted in Montreal. Some of the work shown here was commissioned, but a good share of it was not. I apologize for the quality of some of the images: the trucks are often filthy and in many cases it was difficult to get a good angle between parked vehicles.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous présente des pièces de graffiti (et quelques figuratives) découvertes sur les cotés et derrières de camions à Montréal. Une bonne part de ces créations ont été commandées mais certaines pièces ne l’ont pas été. Je dois m’excuser de la piètre qualité de certaines de ces photos. Les camions ne sont pas toujours très propres et il est souvent difficile de trouver un bon angle entre les véhicules stationnés.


Tribute to Scaner by Fleo for the 2017 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

Opposite side is also a tribute to Scaner, this time by Monk.e.

Back of above truck by Earth Crusher.

Tribute to Scaner by Korb for the 2017 edition of Hip Hop You Don’t Stop.

Stare

Scaner on opposide side of the above.

Stare and Scaner throwies on back of the above.

A few months later Axe added this piece over the Stare and Scaner throws on the back of the above truck.

Stare for KG crew on front of the above truck.

Scaner

Opposite side to the above by Ether.

This K-way truck was redone by Scaner (sides) and Dodo Osé (back; view below) for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

The back end of the above truck was done by Dodo Osé for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival.

The opposite side of the above truck was done by Scaner doing the name of Dodo Osé.

Chris Dyer on truck side for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. See below for back.

Chris Dyer on back of truck for the 2016 edition of Mural Festival. See above for side.

Zek on side. Back is by Zek and Shadow.

Shadow on the opposide side to the above.

Lyfer (letters) and Awe (back) on truck; done during the 2016 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival.

Peace (letters) and Mos (back) on truck; done during the 2016 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop festival.

Jaker on the opposite side of the above.

Monk.e, for the 2016 edition of the Hip Hop You Don’t Stop Festival.

The opposite side to the above shows a collaboration between Tiburón (characters) and Monk.e (around).

Zek and perhaps others.

Someone from KG (Zek again?) on other side of the above.

Shok

Mersh on opposite side of the above.

Skor on the back of the above truck.

123Klan.

Bates on opposite side of the above.

Lyfer and Bosny. This was done during Elementality’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop event.

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

The front of the above truck shows a throwie by Zek and the back is by Opire.

Axe (letters) and Tchug (figurative).

Jaber (letters) and Tchug (back creature) on opposite side of above.

Same truck as above, redone by Kers.

Back of the above by Her.

Axe and perhaps others for K6A.

Opposite side of the above by Arose.

Koal writing and birds by Astro.

Opposite side to the above, writing by Pask and characters by Astro.

Pask again, on back of truck.

Pask again, on back of truck.

Another one showing a piece by Pask.

Pask

Keos on other side of the above.

Keos

Another piece by Keos.

Plus.

Blek throwie on opposite side of the above truck.

Nixon.

Nixon (to be confirmed) on opposite side of the above.

Nixon, split over two backs.

Another back end by Nixon.

Nixon (top), Robe (bottom left), Fore (bottom right).

Nixon.

Monk.e on opposite side of the above.

Fleo for K6A on back end of the above.

K6A‘s Fleo and Dodo Ose. This was done during Elementality’s Hip Hop You Don’t Stop event.

Monk.e and Mastrocola did the other side of the above truck.

Ms Teri did the back of the above truck.

Acek

Opposite side of the above by Arose.

One more by Arose.

Nixon

Fone from HSP Crew on opposite side of the above.

Sewer from HSP crew on back of the above.

Killa EF

Grems

Other side of the above truck by Grems.

Fost.

Dodo_Osé on opposite side to the above and Bryan Beyung (back)

Stare. The throw on the front part is by Zek.

Scaner on opposite side of the above and Bryan Beyung on back.

Stare

Scaner on opposite side of the above.

Bonar, Les Hommes De Lettres and Fonki.

Opposide side of the above.

Tayke?

Otek.

‘Reveur’.

Inc from SNK.

Hirok.

Hirok and House.

House.

House.

Hitem.

Hitem.

Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer again, back and opposite side of above.

Another one by Chris Dyer.

Waxhead

Back side to the above by Sam Kaston (cat and birds; tag by Aper).

Peru143

Pito and Some.

Opposite side of the above by Killa EF.

Someone from K6A.

Saer from K6A on opposite side of above.

Insa – right side.

Insa – left side.

By Peams.

By someone from CSX, opposite side to the above.

A’Shop (commercially printed).

A’Shop, back and opposite side (commercially printed).

Cabot x Gilmore MPC Papers walls

The 4 walls of the MPC Papers industrial building on the corner of Cabot and Gilmore in the Southwest are sometimes referred to as being legal graffiti walls, but they are not. These walls have been used in the past in the context of various graffiti festivals such as Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock and are not really for anyone to do their thing. This explains why the pieces here are often quite big in size and they are usually by big names in the local and international graffiti scene.

The photo gallery below shows works created over the years 2013-2016. The spot was in April 2017 the site of an event unofficially titled Scan You Rock, celebrating the work of Scaner, one of Montreal’s best and most respected writers. The pieces created during the latter event are presented in this Scan You Rock post.

Les 4 murs de l’édifice industriel logeant Les Papiers MPC, situé au coin des rues Cabot et Gilmore dans le sud-ouest de la ville, sont parfois appelés ‘murs légaux’ mais ils ne le sont pas. Ces murs ont par le passé été utilisés dans le cadre de divers festivals du graffiti tels que Meeting Of Styles/Can You Rock et ne sont pas vraiment offerts aux graffeurs qui veulent venir y exercer leur art. Ceci explique pourquoi les pièces qui y sont produites sont souvent de très grande taille et par de grands noms des scènes locale et internationale du graffiti.

La galerie-photo ci-dessous présente les pièces qui y ont été créées de 2013 à 2016. En avril 2017 le site a été choisi pour l’événement Scan You Rock célébrant Scaner, un des meilleurs et des plus respectés artistes graffitis de Montréal. Les pièces créées au cours de cet événement sont présentées dans un article consacré entièrement à Scan You Rock.


general view

General view. Click to enlarge, then click ‘view full size’ in bottom right corner to view larger.

Artists at work in the summer of 2014.


Cabot side

Sen2 (top), AG Crew (bottom left) and Geser (bottom right)

Bacon (left) and Scaner (right)

Scaner (left) and Kemr (right)

Sewk (left) and Brong (right)

Omen (left) and unknown artist (over door and right)

Tchug (left), Dfek (top right) and Timer (bottom right).

Royal Kingbee

Rubin (top) and Deem One (bottom)

Sen2 (top left), Logek (bottom left) and Hsix (right).

Maniak (top left), Zek (bottom left), Axe and Fluke for K6A and A’Shop (right)


Gilmore side

K6A portion of the building, featuring Serak (top), Fleo (middle) and Dodo Osé (bottom).

Earth Crusher

AG Crew

123Klan‘s Scien (left) and Klor (right).

Inside surfaces of an entrance, artists unknown.

Lith and Fezat from the Crazy Apes.

Guko.

Oreks at the top and Some at the bottom.

Soma (top), Beast (middle) and tribute to Dock (bottom)


side and back walls

The side and back walls are covered in more unofficial work.

Les murs latéraux et de derrière sont recouvert d’oeuvres moins officielles.

Jaber

Fonki

Snipe and Senck.

Axe (left), Smak (bottom right) and what’s left of Pito (top)

AG Crew

Serack (top) and Sewk (bottom).

Unidentified artist.

Zonek on truck, Senk and the bottom, Sore at the top edge of building. Other writers are unidentified. Photo © Guillaume Couture.

AG Crew on truck, Sore at the top edge of building.

Unidentified artist (bottom left), Jaber (bottom right) and someone from the KP10s (top).

Senk (bottom right), Snipes (partial on the left) and unidentified artists.

Otak from K6A.

Unidentified artist.


nearby on Eadie

3-wall mural by ThaPhlash on Eadie (only first two walls visible).

3-wall mural by ThaPlash on Eadie (only last two walls visible).