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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.

New graffiti January 2016

This post features photos of graffiti pieces created around Montreal during January 2016 and that I was lucky enough to find. Even though winter has been gentle during January, writers were more active indoors than outdoors so the majority of pieces shown here were found in abandoned places about to get demolished. 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 janvier 2016 et que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et photographier. Malgré l’hiver clément que nous avons connu en janvier, les artistes étaient plus actifs à l’intérieur qu’à l’extérieur et en conséquence la majorité des pièces présentées ici ont été trouvées dans des batiments abandonnés en attente de démolition. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


Skor in an abandoned school.

Skor in an abandoned school.

Graffiti mural by Naimo in Villeray / Petite-Patrie.

Naimo in Rosemont.

Janek in Rosemont.

Yesir in Rosemont.

Crane at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Claude at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Snok in the abandoned Transco.

Mask in the abandoned Transco.

Beaf in the abandoned Transco.

Debza in the abandoned Transco.

Aces in a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Serum at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Serum in a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Serum in a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

EK Sept in a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

EK Sept in a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Fokus in a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Fokus in a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Fokus in a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Cens (left) and Fokus (right) at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Ekes in the abandoned Transco.

Ekes in the abandoned Transco.

Ekes in the abandoned Transco.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in Rosemont.

Eskro in a stable of the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Ratek at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Ratek representing his 3V crew at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Kaner at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Rooftop Legal in Plateau End.

Sunz representing the VC crew in an abandoned school.

Kurst representing the VC crew in an abandoned school.

Castro representing the VC crew in an abandoned school.

Owk representing the VC crew in an abandoned school.

Rizek in an abandoned school.

Rizek in an abandoned school.

Ms Teri in an abandoned school.

Aliss in an abandoned school.

Gnius in an abandoned school.

Gnius in an abandoned school.

Gnius/Drips in an abandoned school.

Drips in an abandoned school.

1BL3 in an abandoned school.

Laki in an abandoned school.

Ozek in an abandoned school.

Serc in an abandoned school.

Boes in an abandoned school.

KC Neuf in an abandoned school.

Resok in an abandoned school.

Reces at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Reces at the PSC legal graffiti wall

This japanese graf found in Rosemont may be from Meor.

Noce in the abandoned Transco.

Mokyt in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Gaulois at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

War in the abandoned Transco.

Beo in an abandoned school.

Blek in the abandoned Transco.

Rokos in an abandoned school.

Etos in an abandoned school.

Pane in an abandoned school.

Vest in the abandoned Transco.

Vest in the abandoned Transco.

Amigo in the abandoned Transco.

Amigo in the abandoned Transco.

Unidentified artist at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Bono in an abandoned school.

Retrospective of 2015 graffiti

This image gallery brings together 100 great pieces of Montreal graffiti from 2015. It is not necessarily the best of the year because taste is a subjective thing and I was obviously not able to photograph everything. The selection was done partly from my own personal favourites but mostly from those of my followers on Instagram. Of course this list was put together from what I was actually able to photograph, so keep in mind that it may lack some great work that just slipped between the cracks.

The pieces are shown here in alphabetical order of artist/crew name. To ensure that the list wasn’t filled with only work from a few popular writers, I have set a maximum of 4 pieces per artist. Collaborations by two or more artists under one common theme count as one entry.

See also:
Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art
Retrospective of 2015 pasted street art

Cette galerie-photo présente 100 pièces de graffiti produites en 2015 à Montréal. Cette liste n’a pas la prétention d’être un best of de l’année puisque les goûts sont personnels et je n’ai évidemment pas eu la chance de tout photographier. La sélection s’est faite en partie parmi mes pièces favorites, mais surtout parmi les préférées de mes abonnés Instagram. Cette liste a bien sur été créée à partir de ce que j’ai eu la chance de trouver et de photographier, ce qui signifie que quelques chef d’oeuvres de 2015 pourraient ne pas y figurer.

Les pièces apparaissent ci-dessous en ordre alphabétique de nom d’artiste/crew. Pour que la liste ne soit pas totalement accaparée par quelques graffeurs populaires, j’ai fixé un maximum de 4 pièces par personne. Les collaborations entre deux ou plusieurs artistes sur un même thème ne comptent que pour une entrée.

Voir aussi:
Rétrospective 2015 murales et autre street art peint
Rétrospective 2015 street art collé


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

Above two: 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”

Akimin the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

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

Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

An anti-extremism piece by Apashe at the PSC legal graffiti wall. Starkey‘s ‘wabbits’ are visible 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 Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art 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.

Cens in the abandoned Kabane 77. Scroll down to ‘Fleo’ for more by Cens, and see the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for some figurative work by this artist.

Crane in Rosemont.

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.

Above two: 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 Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art 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 Fuser doing it old school in Rosemont.

Fleo (left), Cens (right) and Cassandra Leigh D aka Snikr (character) 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 Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art.

Fleo under one of our city’s expressways.

Fleo on the opposite side of the above pillar.

F.One 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 spraycation 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 a character by Jmoe.

This great piece by Janek 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. This one is in Petite-Patrie.

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

Kemr/Kems erupting at the abandoned “Jailspot”.

Korb in 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. This piece was found in Rosemont.

Legal‘s contribution to the ‘Silver Beach’ jam in Rosemont during the autumn. To his right is a character by Jmoe.

This is one of the few pieces Looter left in Montreal during his spraycation 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. Scroll up to ‘Ekes’ for another collaboration between these two.

Lyfer in the abandoned Transco. Scroll up to ‘Acek’ and ‘Ekes’ for more by him.

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

Naimo at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

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.

Above two: 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.

Pask in the abandoned Transco.

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. This one was found in Rosemont.

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

Rouks in Rosemont again.

Rouks in the abandoned Transco.

This one by Scaner set Rosemont on fire.

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

Some electric blue chrome by Scaner in Rosemont.

Summer rooftop Scaner in Petite-Patrie.

Scribe in Rosemont.

Scribe shining out of the darkness on a Rosemont wall.

Sewer representing the HSP crew in Rosemont.

The above two pieces by Shok (top) and Tuna (bottom) from the abandoned Transco count as one entry. There is more by Shok under ‘Narc’ higher up 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 the 123 Klan.

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 Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art.

Some rooftop brilliance by Stare in Petite-Patrie.

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 at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Zek in a semi-private spot.

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

One of the few pieces Zek left at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen in 2015. Check out also the Retrospective of 2015 murals and other painted street art for more by Zek.

New street art November 2015

Here’s a photo gallery of the new street art having appeared on the streets of Montreal during the month of November 2015. The post is split into sections covering murals and other painted pieces, wheatpastes, stickers, and ‘other’. For the graffiti done in Montreal during the same period, see this recent article. If you want to see new Montreal street art and graffiti as soon as I photograph it, you can follow me on Instagram.

Cet article présente les nouveautés street art apparues dans les rues de Montréal au cours du mois de novembre 2015. Il est séparé en quatres sections: murales et autres oeuvres peintes, collages, autocollants, et ‘autre’. Pour les pièces de graffiti créées au cours de la même période, voir cet article. Pour voir les nouvelles oeuvres de street art ou de graffiti aussitôt photographiées, vous êtes invités à me suivre sur Instagram.


murals and painted pieces

Mural by Stare and Ware in the Plateau.

Apok at the PSC legal graffiti wall.

Apok at the abandoned Montreal Hippodrome.

Apok at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Apok (left) and Eskro (right) on a Little Italy rooftop.

Wonez (left), Crane (middle) and Rouks (right) in Hochelaga.

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

One of Waxhead‘s final pieces in Montreal before leaving for the winter.

Max at the legal graffiti tunnel on de Rouen.

Turtle Caps in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark. Found around it are older pieces by Waxhead (left), Sake (above) and Wastoids (right).

This marks the return of the Listen Bird on the shores of Mile End. This specimen was found in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Le Renard Fou in Petite-Patrie.

Le Renard Fou in Hochelaga.


wheatpastes

Labrona in Hochelaga.

Labrona in Hochelaga.

Labrona in Hochelaga. Also visible on the left is an older drawing by Lapin.

Labrona in Hochelaga.

Labrona in Centre-Sud.

Collaboration between Kat (left) and Labrona (right) found in Centre-Sud.

Collaboration between Kat (left) and Labrona (right) found in Centre-Sud.

This is one of Miss Me‘s new variations on her iconic Portrait Of A Vandal.

This is another one of Miss Me‘s new variations on her iconic Portrait Of A Vandal.

This is a new variation of Rey Midax‘s Madonna portrait.

One of a few variations of this Rey Midax wheatpaste.

One of a few variations of this Rey Midax wheatpaste.

One of a few variations of this Rey Midax wheatpaste.

A Turtle Caps wheatpaste over an older Turtle Caps throwie.

Swarm wheatpastes found in Hochelaga.

Pasted doilies by Stela, found in Hochelaga.

Pasted doilies by Stela, found in Hochelaga.

This is another paste-up by Amanda Di Genova.

These cupcake wheatpastes by some unidentified artist have popped up here and there around Mile End. This particular one was found in the alley between St-Laurent and Clark.

Paste-up by an unidentified artist.

Paste-up by an unidentified artist found in Mile End.

Small poster by an unidentified artist.


stickers

Futur Lasor Now

Futur Lasor Now

ROC514

ROC514

ROC514

ROC514

ROC514

ROC514

Collaboration between ROC514 and Pink.

Collaboration between Pink and Moen; many other variations exist.

Shifty Cat