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MIKE MAKATRON : In 10 Cities and Multiple Worlds

Posted on February 2, 2016

Wanderer Mike Makatron has been spending his young manhood traveling the globe and painting walls and experimenting with styles of art ranging from fantasy illustration to loose and leafy botanicals, with symbols of indigenous spirits, psychedelic mushrooms and plenty of the time honored ying/yang.

A bit of an untethered dude’s dude, the Australian Makatron hit 10 cities and partied and sported his way through them all over the period of a decade or so, painting voluptuous lips, overflowing ashtrays, lush swamps, and multi-storied death burgers; the latter an allusion to what the intro writer Jeremy Taylor refers to as “a ‘McDonaldized’ world” and “addiction, shitty diets, rampant capitalism, psychadelics, (and) even Aboriginal Sovereignty.”


Naturally there is also the hetero kama sutra burger mural spilling with booty and boobs, layered with unclad couples in cozy positions of coital bliss. Many familiar celestial and vaguely sensual/sexual/reproductive motifs are represented, along with tentacled or winged creatures and skulls piled into scenes of space and barren moonscapes. Makatron goes into the wild and everywhere his heart leads; freewheeling in style and subject matter is his norm.


The tightest work is near the end of this travelogue with the artists fine art canvasses – here suddenly tightened and focused, unreal scenes of serenity are deftly rendered in warm detail. A quieted mind is free to wander here and suddenly these otherworldly scenarios begin to appear as though they may be real.





Mike Makatron – In Ten Cities. Trojan Press. Melbourne, Australia. 2015 (photos © Jaime Rojo)


Mike Makatron – In Ten Cities published by Trojan Press. Melbourne, Australia 2015. Click HERE for more info about the artist and the book.

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“SOLD” Mag Hits Brooklyn

Posted on February 1, 2016

A spotlight today on a new grassroots publishing project by artists for artists called SOLD. The product of three editors, two of whom are Street Artists, the paper/magazine debuted last Thursday at a raucous and fun-filled party and art show at 17 Frost gallery space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


“I’ve always wanted to make a street art magazine that’s given away for free to expose the unknown artists to the street art neighborhoods of New York,’ says JPO in the opening letter from himself, BD White, and Greg Frederick. The cover story is on Elle and Gilf!, with features and studio visits with artists London Kaye, Jenna Morello, Mishab & Hiss, each talking about their practice in the studio and on the street. The issue also includes a selection of photos from Miami’s Art Basel, cartoons, and a map of where to find street art in Williamsburg.

Funded by the donations of money, art, and time from artists and street art fans, SOLD is a proud achievement that speaks to the vision of its editors and a community. We are well acquainted with the number of hours and effort it takes to produce such a labor of love and we’re proud to recommend that BSA readers check out SOLD.

See the Instagram @soldmag for more information.



Photos © Jaime Rojo


For more information about where to purchase a subscription and/0r to get SOLD on your hands click HERE

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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.31.16

Posted on January 31, 2016



How are things with you? Did you survive the snow/slush/sludge? Did you check out the launch of SOLD magazine this week? It’s made by artists for artists, and straight out of Brooklyn – check out their Instagram here. Proceeds from the show will help keep it going. We start this weeks images with a few from Nick Walker’s show at the Quin hotel. See Nick in February in person with Daze and KET at the Museum of the City of New York.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Col Wallnuts, Jilly Ballistic, Kai, Nick Walker, RAE, REVS, and Tuco Wallach.

Our top image: Nick Walker. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Nick Walker’s exhibition at the Quin Hotel in Manhattan is currently on view and open to the public.


Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jilly Ballistic (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jilly Ballistic (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)


REVS (photo © Jaime Rojo)


KAI (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Col Wallnuts (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Tuco Wallach somewhere in the world with one more of his Manimals. (photo © Tuco Wallach)


RAE (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Untitled. Brooklym NY. January 2016 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is His Muse

Posted on January 30, 2016

Active on the city’s urban art scene since the 70s and 80s as a teen hitting up trains on the Broadway line, this New Yorker transitioned to studio art thirty five years ago and never lost his love for his city. Currently on view at the Museum of the City of New York, this collection rightly typifies an era and is the best way to appreciate the inspirations that have driven him.


DAZE. Reflections on Time Square #2. 2013. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

There are personal and topical narratives here and storylines to investigate, always rendered with the distinct DNA of the original aerosol train writers, his own style and undampened sense of wonder throughout.

Looking at the collaged approach to painting figurative scenes you may feel like they are frozen in a moment, a near relief of archetypes, character, symbols and typical New York scenes assembled at different perspectives.


DAZE. Electric Boogaloo. 1982. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

His people are ones you recognize, sometimes with ghosts mingling with the earthbound. Coney Island and the beach, the Staten Island Ferry, Times Square, taxi cabs, police – these are his memories colored brightly and rendered palpable.

“City as Muse” ultimately is a commentary and diary that fuses memory with emotion, attesting to an undimmed romance with NYC.


DAZE. Revisitn a Dream. 2004. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DAZE. Coney Island Pier Study. 1999. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DAZE. Parachute Drop. 1997. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DAZE. The Duel. 2012. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DAZE. Queensborough Plaza. 2010. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DAZE. The Odyssey. 2015. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DAZE. The 7 Yard. 2011. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DAZE. Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


DAZE. Portrait of Daze by Tom Warren and Tagged by Chris “Daze” Ellis. 1983 Chris “DAZE” Ellis: The City Is My Muse. Museum Of The City Of New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Chris “DAZE” Ellis” The City Is My Muse is currently on view at the Museum Of The City Of New York. Click HERE for more information.

See Daze February 9th at 6:30 with Alan KET and Nick Walker for “Urban Art Legends

See Daze March 2nd at 6:30 with BSA’s  Steven Harrington & Jaime Rojo for “Street Art Stories”


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