Coburg graffiti and street art

Street-level art criticism and being aware of what is happening in my neighbourhood. Coburg graffiti and street art continue to work their way northwards piece by piece and to use the piers along the new elevated railway. And I’m still walking (and riding my bike) around these streets, lanes and paths, photographing it.

There is a good collection of graffiti pieces around Batman Station. (When will that station get a name change from that of a genocidal killer?) Playing with letterforms like a signwriting class on acid; Digs playing with different styles in the one piece.

Further back from the railway, walls that would have sported advertising a century ago are now decorated with street art. Commissioned murals legal walls, along with random stencils and tags.

However, as usual, my eye is drawn to the smaller stuff. Many fun stickers, including some espousing anti-fascism, are always good to see. Slap-up stickers may be a small platform, but it does show that you are not alone in holding those views. I spotted a tag (and some stickers) by Psalm, reminding me that he has been painting it across Melbourne since the 1990s or maybe longer.

Then there is the aerosol activity of the local WWW crew (aka World’s Worst Writers, also known as the UBM crew of Dsel, Mudl, Smelly, Achy, Luna and Calypso). How bad are they? Enquiring minds will want to know and will be disappointed that they aren’t worse. The worst is as hard to find as the best. People with talent spend years working at being the best in their field while most of us, like the WWW crew, will settle for ordinary and unexceptional most of the time. There are many shout-outs (lots of names around the pieces) on their pieces, reminding me of the social aspect of graffiti writing.

Near Coburg Station, a series of large paste-ups appeared on the piers of the elevated railway with either single words (space, air, time) on them or arty photos. They didn’t last the long Labour Day weekend before most of them were torn down.

A yarn bomber on a fence along the train line proclaims: “I love Coburg”.

P.S. Achy commented that the WWW crew only consists of Achy and Calypso and not the UBM crew. I wish to clarify with this photo I how I accessed the information and made that association.

About Mark Holsworth

Writer, independent researcher and artist, Mark Holsworth is the author of the book Sculptures of Melbourne. View all posts by Mark Holsworth

12 responses to “Coburg graffiti and street art

  • Achyboy

    You could bit be any more wrong www crew only has achy and calypso. Pls don’t write things you know nothing about..

    • Mark Holsworth

      Cheers Achyboy, so WWW crew are more exclusive than the UBM crew? I wouldn’t want to dis the UBM crew. I am willing to make a correction. Please pass on my sympathies to Calypso for the loss of Alfy.

    • Achyboy

      You’re welcome I just wanted to clarify is all. I know WWW are what people consider ‘ignorant’ or ‘anti-style’ which comes more from European countries and is less clean and had no ‘rules’ . Calypso is a lovely man who went through some heavy grieving and as an impulse wanted to still see him in some way around the streets of the North where he was loved by a whole community. There is a beautiful write up in the Melbourne Uni magazine about Alfy and grief and death I’d recommend reading. As well as a write up on WholesomeBrunswickGraffiti instagram who claim he was a patron saint of Sydney Road. <3

    • Mark Holsworth

      Cheers. Thanks for all these comments especially when I can follow up on them for more info. I understand about the anti-style, Renks and 80k. I wasn’t being sarcastic about Calypso’s grief, I lost a fur-baby myself recently. Poor Diggy died too young from cancer.

    • Achyhearted

      I am friends with the 70k boys who have all dealt with their actions, all great artists and humans. Nothing but love, some people are malicious in tagging others do it for their own personal reasons. I know www don’t take it seriously and don’t really do too much. UBM are a great bunch also, all from Sydney. Thanks mate , make sure you check those articles out one is in the Uni Magazine Farragos. X

    • Mark Holsworth

      What confused me about the UBM crew and why I thought that they were local was because of a street artist in the area using the tag Luna. I thought that they were the same person like Stanley of Stanley and Bonz who did a bit of stencil street art and then went back to graffiti. Thanks for pointing me to the articles. Sorry about not replying earlier as my internet was out for most of the day.

    • Achyhearted

      Hey mate
      I am friends with the 70k boys who have all dealt with their actions, all great artists and humans. Nothing but love, some people are malicious in tagging others do it for their own personal reasons. I know www don’t take it seriously and don’t really do too much. UBM are a great bunch also, all from Sydney. Thanks mate , make sure you check those articles out one is in the Uni Magazine Farragos. X

    • Mark Holsworth

      Regarding tagging. Check out this post of mine to see what hypocrites many jurnos are regarding tagging. Tagged a historic building, is low. https://melbourneartcritic.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/taggers-target-supreme-court/

    • Mark Holsworth

      Also, see the correction I made to the post.

  • Achyboi

    Of course not, living far away from any family and having little to none he loved that dog more than a anything. So did everyone who knew him. Xo

  • Achyboi

    Sorry for your loss xox

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