Aiko Flies At Night on The Houston Wall

At Tony Goldman’s reception for Street Artist Aiko on Friday, the diminutive dynamo looked pretty smashing as she signed fresh Martha Cooper prints, despite smashing a wall till 4 am the same day. In fact Aiko was on a cherry picker every night last week as she methodically knocked out the candy-pink and purple pastiche of sexy stenciled ladies and butterflies across this nearly institutional wall that stands as an edificial link to Manhattan’s Street Art past.

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

With summer’s sun now scorching NYC during the day, beginning the job as the sun set over Gotham meant Aiko could avoid the brain-frying heat and study the detailed booklet of plans she had prepared for this high-profile wall that’s been hit by the likes of Haring, Scharf, and Fairey.  During the day you might spend a third of the time answering questions from inquisitive New Yorkers who want to know exactly what the hell is going on, but at 3 am on Wednesday morning it’s only sanitation workers, dog walkers and the occasional drunken revelers.

Ironically, while many Street Artists have worked anonymously under cover of night, in this case hitting a wall means you’re more public than ever before. For Aiko, it’s a perfect opportunity to bring her fully female flurry of power to “represent” in a scene that has a preponderance of dudes.  For New Yorkers, this is another free Street Art show that runs 24/7 all summer long.

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

Aiko (phot0 © Jaime Rojo)

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