Scottland is a quietly boiling pot of talented artists who negotiate the cold, the grey and the rain to do their thing and get their artwork done. For a Scottish graffiti artist, rain and cold are not enough of a deterant to stop making art. Glasgow is no exception and the local graffiti scene has been painting the former Clydeside Galvanizers on the sly for over 10 years.
But those days are possibly behind them as the doors officially opened last year to the Yard as legal graffiti epicentre for the city. And to celebrate the event The Yardworks Festival came to be. A myriad of alstar UK writers made their own way to Glasgow to share the excitement and empty the cans to re-color over 500 square meters of wall space. The list was long and strong:
AKME, ALEK, ALLY APIS, ARKOZE, ARTISAN ART, ASK, ASONE , ASTEK, AUTOPS, AUTRE, BARRY THE CAT, BETA, BIZKID, BONZAI, B-SIDE, CATS , CAMONE, C FREW, CHEO, CONZO, DAZE, DEAD, DERZ, DILGAFF71, E B SCOTT, EJEK, EKTO, ELKI, ELPH, ETOS, FABAT, GARY CAIRNS, GAZMAC, GLOBEL BROS, HARRY BONES, HOMER, HONOR, HOODLUM, KEHPS, KINK, KRIME, J GRAHAM, LADY LUCK, LIMO, LOCATELLI, LOTTE D, MACISM, MAKONE, MARK WORST, MEGA, MR VERA, MUSA, MS SHYNE, NOYS, ODRA, PACO, PAPER, RADA , RASK, REEKO, RM HYSLOP, ROGUE, R HASTIE, SAP’N, SEAK, SECK, SIGH, SKEM , SMATES , SMUG, SNUB 23 , SOC, SOKEM, SPENCER, S TELFER, SPORE, SUOMA, TAIO, , TIZER, THEME, TOCS, TRENCH, TRIP , TREZE, VENT, VUES, VOYDER, WONCE
But the work doesn’t stop here, it’s just getting started. With a mission to keep the surrounding spaces clean of tags and to convince the local bussiness community that a legal graffiti space will not make their businesses unviable, the mission ist o use the sucess oft he Yardworks space to create more legal oppurtunites for local artists to expand their territory and possibilities.
Final Wall images by Steven UKB / urbankulturblog