DOES and CHAS | Exploring Miskolc – Hungary.

“Last weekend we were invited together with BATES, SOBEK and KCIS to paint at the Factory Festival in Miskolc, an industrial city in the northeast of Hungary.
As the name of the festival might have given you a hint already this event took place in an old abandoned factory.

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“When we woke up in the morning and watched the huge factory filling up our view from the balcony completely from the left to the right we began to understand the dimensions of this complex:

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“As it turned out the festival area only covered a small part of the factory complex. So we left the festival area to explore the industrial world beyond the gates.

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“Being Graffiti writers we already did a fair bit of urban exploring in our lifes but this place was beyond anything we’ve seen before! To give you an idea: in the glory days of communism 50.000 comrades worked in this steel factory. The complex stretched out for miles. One appealing wall after another…

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“Returning from our discovery tour we had to wait for some more hours until our cans arrived. Pretty frustrating to have so many great walls within reach and no cans to paint them.
Finally at the end of the afternoon our paint arrived and we were told that we had to paint a wall inside a skatepark… At that point our moral was pretty low and time was running out…which might have reflected a bit in our artwork:

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“Waking up on the next day after an evening of sketching with SOBEK and KCIS:

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“First, some silvers on our way to the festival to get in the mood:

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“And after that the real deal:

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak
“On our last day we thought it was time to go out and paint all the nice spots we had seen on our discovery tour on the factory lot. Starting with some freights.
But then things got complicated: as a small part of the factory was still in use some security cars patrolled the area 24/7 and these guys started giving us shit. Acting as the stupid non-hungarian speaking tourists that we were we managed to finish the freights but after that it was definitely the end of the good times in the factory area.

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak
“Frustrated and still eager to paint we found another spot in the gypsy ghetto of Miskolc. This time it was the local cops giving us a hard time. After 1 hour of negotiating, and telephone calls with the festival organization and the owners of the walls we were finally set to go..

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“CHAS did this wall with the serbian twins and Slovakia’s finest Mr. KAISY, while DOES went loose on the other side of the building:

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“Not wanting to be beaten on quantity CHAS squeezed out this quicky just before nightfall to even the score: DOES 7- CHAS 7.
Let’s call it a draw…

BATES, SOBEK, KCIS, Factory Festival, DOES, graffiti, Ironlak

“Thanx to the guys from Bazis store in Budapest for inviting us! –Does and Chas.

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