Helch Graffiti Replaced with “Thank You NHS”

It may seem like an odd way of saying ‘thank you’, and of fighting back against the difficulties that the UK is facing right now, but the graffiti that was plastered on an M25 bridge close to one of the motorway exits, sending the message “Thank you NHS” means a lot to those who recognize it.

The original message, on a Network Rail bridge, of “GIVE PEAS A CHANCE” became a cultural icon to the extent that it was featured on a BBC documentary of “Landmarks that mean you are nearly home”, that graffiti ranked up there with the statue The Angel of The North, as an icon that everyone in the area, and even those who live across the other side of the country, can instantly recognize.

The “GIVE PEAS A CHANCE” graffiti was itself vandalized in 2018, replaced by HELCH. The unknown artist who committed this heinous deed pulled the community together, and 10,000 people joined the Facebook group protesting against that terrible act. A petition attracted more than 7,000 signatures, along with an outpouring of comments and tags as people shared their displeasure and dismay about the vanishing of the iconic graffiti and it being defaced by a mysterious artist.

It may have taken a long time, but all is now right with the world, in a way, as HELCH is now gone, replaced with “Thank you NHS”, a message that it would be most unusual for anyone to dispute. The founder of the group that mourned the loss of “GIVE PEAS A CHANCE” himself called the new graffiti “the greatest thing to happen to the bridge”. With the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS workers are putting in long hours and risking their own health and the health of their loved ones as they tirelessly work to save lives within the community. The graffiti is a tribute to the work that they are doing for everyone in the local community and across the UK. It’s a small token of appreciation, but one that will hopefully warm the hearts of the healthcare workers who drive past the sign on their way to work, where they will be saving lives.

4 Things You Should Know About Helch

After a lot of activity in Harrow, the Helch tag has been put on various other West London areas including Paddington and South Kensington. A Helch has even been seen in Berkshire below Windsor Castle. However, the question we still ask is: what does Helch mean and who is the person who discovered or created it? This article discusses all the information about West Londoner Banksy based on an anonymous source.

Fact #1: Harrow Is Local To Helch

It is not surprising, given the number of tags appearing across Harrow, but our anonymous source reached out to us after a report of the Helch tags in the area. The anonymous source confirms that the artist is from London. Many of the tags seem to be concentrated with South Harrow which may narrow the search for the artist further down the line. A post on #Fixit Harrow – a local Facebook page for Harrow – highlights two large “Helch” tags appearing on a building in the Northolt Road.

So, why is Helch appearing on Harrow buildings in very large letters? Another tag was found in Eastcote Lane on a shutter of an empty store, as well as a tag on the viaduct between Welbeck Road and the market. The post added that the tags were sprayed on using aerosol very quickly; however, the tags in Northolt Road were noted to have taken more time.

Fact #2: The Term Helch Does Not Have Any Definition

Since the Helch tags began appearing, people have been trying to understand the definition of the word. According to The Urban Dictionary, the term “helch” is either a shortening of the phrase “hell yes” or a combination of the term “belch” with “hiccup”. One source stated that the term is only a name that was chosen without any real significance – it’s only a tag.

Fact #3: Helch Was Borne Of Retirement

In accordance with our anonymous source, during his youth Helch was a graffiti artist similar to other children in the area. Back in those years,FAct #4: all people were acting as graffiti artists, but it is not clear how the fashion restarted all these years later. According to the anonymous source, people were surprised to see the graffiti artist because they thought he would have “grown out of it” as an adult. It seems to be more of an artistic pursuit now with a different approach.

Fact #4: Helch Has A Professional Daily Job

While the anonymous source did not reveal what type of work Helch has, he confirmed that the position was a professional one. Irrespective of the job, it is clear that it is one leaving Helch the time to spray the tag in difficult-to-reach and peculiar areas. Due to the tags appearing as far as Windsor, it is possible that the job requires commuting. Further confirmation of the travelling can be seen with the tags sprayed near the Underground stations and railway bridges.

 

How Helch Left The Queen Upset

The HELCH graffiti is probably a familiar sight among M25 commuters. The graffiti can be seen on many railway bridges, and you have probably noticed some when you head north to Watford. The area right near junction 16 is where you can see a lot of it.

HELCH Graffiti is a Blight

There are people who may think this graffiti is more of a blight than anything. Some might consider it to be vandalism. It even seems the Queen herself might have some thoughts about it.

In fact, it’s said that the Queen wasn’t happy with similar graffiti that was on viaduct. Some sources say the graffiti ruined the view of the castle. This is why she was allegedly not pleased with it.

60 Foot Long HELCH Graffiti

The graffiti reads HELCH, and it is 60 feet long and 10 feet high. It’s written out in serif block letters. Apparently visitors’ views of the castle are spoiled by it.

One news website mentioned that guests brought it to the Queen’s attention. They spotted the painting from Royal Windsor Way. The guests saw it while they were in a carriageway on the way to the castle.

Apparently the Queen wants to see if anything can be done to clean up the graffiti. The same word has been painted around various other parts of the city, and this includes the M25, M4 and the M1. It has also been painted on disused buildings and tube station bridges.

Give Peas a Chance

Gives Peas A Chance was also written near the Gerrads Cross area. However, that has since been painted over. Now HELCH is written right across that. As for who has been doping this, nobody knows.

A spokesperson with Network Rail said that the people responsible for vandalizing the bridge are putting themselves in danger. This is due to trespassing onto the railway. Not only that, but they are endangering the motorists who use the roadways below.

Removing the graffiti needs to be carried out in a way that won’t disrupt road users and rail passengers. Furthermore, removing the paint is difficult, and this is one of the reasons there are currently no plans in place to remove it.

Besides that, over a million dollars each year is spent on efforts removing the graffiti. This is very costly. It could also be another reason why the HELCH graffiti is going to stay for now.

Is HELCH An Icon or a Nuisance?

HELCH has already received comparisons to Spiderman and Banksy, bizarrely dubbed a “Remoaner” and recently the Sun stated that they have upset the Queen.

The tag is known as HELCH, the group, woman, or man behind this tag remains unknown and its location is across the walls, buildings, and bridges of London, along with many surrounding areas.

Starting out in South Harrow the previous year and gaining a public reputation when it was painted over the last location of the “Give Peas A Chance” graffiti sprawled over the M24, HELCH was recently dubbed as a “graffiti yob”, by the Sun, as it has supposedly upset the Queen.

HELCH Revealed

There is not much that we know about HELCH at this stage and any claims made about them will not be possible to fact-check until they decide to reveal who they are (you know where to contact me, HELCH).

Many have even started to speculate, in association to the variety of areas that this tag has started popping up, and that it might be an alias for several artists, which is somewhat similar to a conspiracy theory linked to another famous British creative, known as Shakespeare.

One of the sources who has claimed that they have known HELCH since they were children, states that he is a Harrow man, that picked up this nonsensical tag around the age of 10 or 11, where he went into many years of hiding before re-emerging suddenly.

However, this same source would not reveal HELCH’s name – though one name has been revealed.

Vandalism Or Art? What is the Helch Definition

One commentator on the Daily Mail stated that that they had decided that it was a type of attention-seeking “word”, created by a Remoaner kid, which is why he glossed the entire article over. So, we can guess where his opinions lie.

Yet for others, including an unnamed source, seem to think there is some form of artistic merit when it comes to HELCH and they admire what has gone into the work they are doing.

When comparing HELCH’s latest output to previous work, the same source stated that it appeared more artistic along with a very different approach. Others have also made mention of the color usage of the blocky and distinctive font.

HELCH is just one of the artists that have ventured into the graffiti medium regarded as technically illegal.

While comparing them to Banksy is the obvious go-to, the well-known New York artist Basquiat began as only 1 half of a graffiti duo known as SAMO and produced graffiti that most agree are very similar to the output of HELCH today.

Did They Not Ruin “Give Peas A Chance”?

The M25 bridge that has been displaying “Give Peas a Chance” for many years, was changed recently to read “Give HELCH A Chance” – this caused a lot of anger and was lter changed to “Give HELCH a Break”

What Did The Bridge Use To Look Like?

The play on an iconic John Lennon song “Give Peace A Chance” displayed on the Chalfont Viaduct was erased partly and then only painted over. Which means the first erasure might not be linked to the HELCH.

When HELCH first started to make an appearance in Harrow, a few residents came to the theory that the mysterious HELCH might be the person that first did the original “Give Peas A Chance” sign, which may explain as to why they decided to change it a number of years later.

One of these residents stated that some are saying that the artist’s name is Peas, while others are saying it was HELCH all along. At this stage, we are unable to confirm an outright truth.

Who is the Helch Graffiti Artist?

The author of the giant HELCH tag spray painting near Windsor Castle, Berkshire, is a 27-year old guy, a drug offender who still lives in his mother’s house.

Inspired by Banksy, this individual who upset her Majesty by vandalizing the railway viaduct near the Royal residence has been unveiled in the person of Michael Purdy.

Is Purdy the Helch Graffiti Artist

According to some friends of this graffiti artist, Michael Purdy is the author of all the random appearances of the tag ‘HELCH’ across the country.

Such ‘HELCH’ tags have been spotted on bridges, in tube stations, and on the royal viaduct that cause the Queen to become so upset.

According to a royal source, the Queen ordered to have this horrendous vandalism cleaned up as soon as possible. She wanted her view from the castle to become beautiful again.

Resident of Hayes in West London, the 27 years old Michael Purdy was convicted last year to a two-year prison sentence with suspension. The reason of this conviction was the possession of £1,000 worth of drugs. Apparently, Purdy now has a real job.

No Comment on the Helch Graffiti

He refused to comment when a journalist from MailOnline asked him about this incident. Nevertheless, his mother, Lynn, denied that her son had anything to do with this act of vandalism.

She said that she was pretty sure her son wasn’t this HELCH, even though he might have tried his hand at graffiti in his teenage years. She also saud she didn’t want her son to be involved in such a thing.

However, one of Michael’s former friends said that Michael has been taging since over a decade now and aims to become the next Banksy.

This word was spotted for the first time in Harrow, in September 2018. Other instances have been seen in
Sloans Square, Notting Hill Gate and other such places.

The tag on M25 in Buckinghamshire was covered with a ‘Give Peas A Chance’ mural and replaced with ‘Give Helch A Break’.

What Is Helch? What Does it Mean?

Helch has been added to older graffiti in London for a couple of years now – you’re sure to have noticed it. You may also be confused about what this means. The Helch phenomenon is not new and has been encroaching on the city since September 2018 and started in West London. The first sign of Helch appeared in Harrow, but has now spread across the city and beyond.

One of the larger Helch graffiti signs was recently removed from the railway viaduct close to Windsor Castle. It was reported that the Queen was upset that the graffiti was spoiling the view from her royal residence. This has not helped with the confusion over what does Helch mean and who is behind it.

What Does Helch Mean?

Despite the growing popularity of the word, there is no consensus on what it means. No-one actually knows what the word means. According to the Urban Dictionary, there are a number of possible definitions such as a reaction to seeing something disgusting that makes someone want to throw up to a cross between a belch and hiccup.

Many people believe that it is a tag or name used by graffiti artists to state that they have been somewhere. According to an anonymous source who states that they know the artist behind Helch, the word is just a name the person pocked. The word is his tag and there is no further significance.

Where Did Helch Start?

The first sighting of Helch was in 2018 on the Chalfont Viaduct between junctions 16 and 17 on the M25. The word was introduced into an iconic piece of graffiti on the bridge. The slogan on the bridge had said to ‘Give peas a chance’, but was changed to ‘Give Helch a Break. This led to many drivers being left upset as the much-loved message was changed.

A petition was started to restore the graffiti to the original. However, Network Rail who owns the bridge refused to help. They said that they cannot condone people putting their lives at risk to vandalize a bridge. There is a theory that the person behind Helch is also the one behind the iconic Give Peas a Chance.

All over London

Since this time, Helch started to spear more initially around the Harrow area. However, it has now spread to cover the whole city going as far as Paddington and South Kensington. The word even made it to Bristol where one bridge over the M4 now tells people that Boris is Helch.

The whole thing is still a mystery, but a warning to the person behind Helch has been issued by Highways England. They have stated that this is seen as an act of vandalism and they will pursue prosecution with the police whenever possible. They have also stated that their priority is safety and they strongly urge people to not engage in any acts of vandalism which are considered dangerous. This includes tagging bridges over busy highways.