Once you’ve stumbled up and whizzed through the same streets in your neighborhood a hundred times it’s a great temptation to explore, especially in the summer. Jump off the gravel and wander along the stones and up the railroad bed and through the high grass and go single file on the dirt path, teetering astride a slimy inlet and shimmy through a hole in the fence that rips your shirt. What the hell – it’s all in service of discovery just off the beaten path.
And probably it’s no stunning surprise to you to find out that there is this lively conversation happening on the walls. Wouldn’t call it “party talk”, per se, but a lot of the guests seem to know each other, and many are very opinionated. So we find a lot of graff here, and mixed in with the tags and pieces are other artists we might call Street Artists. As your eyes acclimate to the new surroundings, you realize that this busted back lot and former crackhouse are not so abandoned. In fact, some times these buildings are more alive than any busy street, with a lot of activity in and around them. And sometimes you know that you’re are definitely not alone.
Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week including Anthony Lister, Blanco, Bored One, Celso, Dan Witz, Elbow-Toe, False, KSM, Kuma, LNY, LUSH, Michael DeFeo, ND’A, Nether, Nick Walker, Sorta, Tense, and Whisbe.
KUMA . FALSE (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
KUMA . Elbow Toe. It is common to find artists collaborating on the streets, or in the back lot full of overgrown weeds in this case. Some times they get together and jam all day on a wall playing off each others ideas. Other times these collaborations are forced, unintended. This one falls on the latter description with Kuma smacking over Elbow Toe’s cat, but we find that surprisingly, it works very well and KUMA’s placement of his tag was done artfully. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
KUMA . Elbow Toe. Detail. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
KSM and Anthony Lister appear to have a sparkling interaction (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Anthony Lister has a message for you, and a bit of a scowl to wash it down with. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nick Walker looks like he’s done the crest for a men’s accessory designer here. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nick Walker (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
ND’A and Nick Walker at Bushwick 5 Points. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dan Witz, frighten as usual, in Bushwick 5 Points. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Celso goes in a bold new direction at Bushwick 5 Points. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
LNY at Buwshwick 5 Points. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tense (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bored One (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Whisbe (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lu$h is Flu$h (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Blanco was briefly in town from his two years of service with the AmeriCorps in Mongolia. He left something for us to remember him. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sorta in Baltimore (Photo © Nether)
Michael DeFeo (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
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