If you’ve ever admired the city’s amazing murals and street artworks, chances are the paint came from Cold Krush.

The first thing you’re bound to notice about Cold Krush is wall-to-wall colour. A huge rack of spray paints, from premium international brands such as Molotow and Montana, covers the entirety of one wall.

On the other is a small but vibrant exhibition of local works, from traditional graffiti writing to delicate stencilling. There’s also a range of urban wear and a collection of second-hand records to peruse, if that’s your thing.

Owner Adam Poole-Mottishaw rightly calls Cold Krush a hip-hop culture shop, but he’s made sure it remains open and inviting to everyone. Kids and teens looking to start painting can take workshops on technique and safety, while their parents browse the vinyl selection of golden oldies. Hardcore artists will also feel at home among the mountains of quality supplies.

Poole-Mottishaw believes that it’s up to us to create the culture we want to see, and Cold Krush – with its educational program, wide selection of well-priced art supplies and gallery space – is one major part of that mission.

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Updated: January 31st, 2017

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