Bronx Tats Cru muralists How and Nosm Perre hit Brooklyn last week with their buddy Aryz to put up a new piece on the side of a deli while stray cats wandered out from the fence next door to take a look. While BSA watched, the guys climbed up and down ladders and showed solid technique like the pros they are.
The globe trotting twins, born in seaside San Sebastion in the Basque region of Spain, grew up in Dusseldorf and fell in love with the New York style of graffiti in their teens. When they joined the Tats Cru in New York in the late nineties they had already proved their skillz as graff artists and begun to explore Street Art and muralist technique.
With Aryz visiting from Barcelona it was a perfect time to hit the streets of Williamsburg and get a piece up before the skies darkened further. “Death of an Era” appears to pay tribute to some of hiphop and graffiti culture’s early icons and surround them with a rising tide of blood. A critique of the darker powers of commercialism, it may also be homage to a romantic vision of a dirty and dysfunctional city that increasingly looks Disneyfied. While homogeneity threatens the character of some of our neighborhoods, work like this ensures an expression of individuality that keeps the streets alive.
With one eye on an impending summer storm and another on their wall, the guys busily consulted sketches and wielded their cans in a race against time.
Looking forward to meeting YOUtomorrow night at the Spoonbill and Sugartown bookstore in Williamsburg Brooklyn. If you know anything about publishing you know that your local independently run bookstore has been on the endangered list for about a decade. That’s why it’s important to us to support our neighbors when possible and help keep independent and independently-minded bookstores alive and well.
Spoonbill and Sugartown, owned by Jonas Kyle and Miles Bellamy, arrived in Williamsburg the same year we did and since then they have steadily supported the artists and art lovers who live in Brooklyn offering rare, unusual titles, tomes, zines, magazines, handmade books, and even some gorgeous coffee table books. Also, inflateable mooseheads. You can’t find many of these titles in the chain bookstores. Even if you already have “Street Art New York” or even if you are broke, come on down tonight and lend your presence and your enthusiasm for the creative spirit – that will be a great way to help keep your local small bookseller encouraged and alive. We will be really happy to meet you.
So you might as well move the furniture out on the sidewalk for your 4th of July Bar-B-Que this weekend and enjoy the best of both worlds. Look, some guests have already arrived! Pictured below on the Brooklyn street are Veng (RWK), Imminent Disaster, El Sol 25, Yote, and Andrew Michael Ford. Is the beer cold yet?
Let Jimi Put You In the Mood for a Patriotic Weekend
In Manhattan – Street Artist Dennis McNett’s Wild Kingdom Runs 50 Feet of Barney’s Windows
Brooklyn based artist Dennis McNett totally smashed the windows at Barneys with his imagination. “Passerby’s can see over sized wolf, owl, and skull masks paired with mannequins dressed in evening wear with a backdrop of psychodelic starbursts and swooping wolfbats. Dennis’s woodcut blocks, prints, masks and paper mache sculptures adorn the mannequins and window interiors. His imagery from nature, folklore, mythology, and story telling mixed with the graphic carved wood patterns from wood block prints sets a very unique stage for the store and this part of town.”
Barneys NY Madison Ave. between 60th and 61st through July 12th
They are best seen at night as they have been professionally lit. Check out Dennis at www.wolfbat.com
Thanks to everybody for the shout-outs about Fun Friday. We love you too.
Style Curator Natalie Kates Went to the “Street Art New York” Auction with her Video Camera
I saw her at the party/auction/fundraiser on April 24th at Factory Fresh but I didn’t know she was shooting a video! So cool because she captured the fun crowd and the funnier DJ mixologists Sifunk and Garmunkle, who really rocked our already over stimulated brains with a rhythmic cut-copy-paste blend of funkiness. (get Paul’s New Mix FREE here) Anyway, thanks Natalie!
Free Arts NYC
And on that note, thank you to all of the street artists who generously donated their time and work and creativity to the auction, which raised $16,000 for the programs at Free Arts NYC. Thank you also to the staff and many volunteers who helped make that show work – BSA recommends these people and these programs that provide valuable services to our neighbors and to NYC kids. A number of Street Artist already know about their programs and have volunteered as Big Brother/Sister mentors and worked with kids and families in the programs. Here, Cynthia and Alexis talk about their experience:
This year again, Free Arts NYC has committed to serving an additional 1,000 children to meet the high demand in New York for their programs. We hope you will consider donating today by clicking here to help them reach this important milestone and close the remaining $25,000 gap needed to expand their programs.
“UR New York” Shows You How They Do It
UR New York, true born and raised New Yorkers, not transplants like most of us, are taking their street art game another step forward in a positive way. You see their cool canvasses, but do you have any idea how many steps are involved in making a print?
Here’s a studio stop-action video that shows how the New York Duo 2Easae and Ski just churned out their first print called “Arsenic” with Art Asylum Boston. They only made 10, but it looks like a lot of effort. Using cans and brushes, these brothers are combining the best of their experience into their work.
Ron English Hits the Welling Court Walls Early
UR New York, Street Artist Ron English has put up a bunch of new wheat paste posters on theWelling Court Mural Project in Queens, NY. The festival starts tomorrow and already the stuff that is up is worth the trip for this community event. English is taking the opportunity to lambaste Consumerism, Greed, Militarism, Religious Hypocrisy, Romanticizing Guns, and Advertising Hammerlocks on your Head — you know, all the lite topics – with a variety of graphic lampoons a la Mad Magazine in the 70’s.ee
Ron English's new work at Welling Court Mural Project this weekend (image courtesy Ron English)
Artists that were part of the “Street Art New York” Auction Benefit for Free Arts NYC were Abe Lincoln Jr., Alex Diamond, Anera, Avoid Pi, Billi Kid, Bishop 203, Blanco, BortusK Leer, Broken Crow, C Damage, C215, Cake, Celso, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Creepy, Dain, Damon Ginandes, Dan Witz, Dark Clouds, Dennis McNett, Elbow Toe, EllisG, FKDL, Gaia, General Howe, GoreB, Hargo, Hellbent, Imminent Disaster, Infinity, Jef Aerosol, Jim Avignon, JMR, Joe Iurato, Jon Burgerman, Keely, Know Hope, Logan Hicks, Mark Carvalho, Matt Siren, Mint and Serf, Miss Bugs, NohJColey, Nomadé, Peru Ana Ana Peru, PMP/Peripheral Media Projects, Poster Boy, Pufferella, Rene Gagnon, Roa, Royce Bannon, Skewville, Specter, Stikman, Swoon, The Dude Company, Tristan Eaton, UR New York (2esae & Ski), Veng RWK
The god-forsaken winter has blown back for a few days and the wicked wind nearly blew me into the security cage on the Williamsburg Bridge last night as I ducked the turbine-strength gusts and clumps of city-debris blowing through the air.You know that scene from “American Beauty” where the creepy neighbor dude shows the innocent nubile teen his home video of a bag being blown around by the wind in a non-sensical but poetic way? Okay, multiply that by 50 and throw in asbestos and a few broken umbrellas and you have BROOKLYN last night.
And for these chilly late spring mornings… Wouldn’t it be great if you could go out to your bike in the morning and find that it’s all warm and snug and ready for you to climb on? Consider the Bike-Cozy.
It beats starting it up and leaving it running for ten minutes before you go out – and better for the environment too.
Thanks to a recently begun campaign, you may not have your fanny fondled by a creep on the L Train.And you may not have to listen to “All My Single Ladies” ever again through somebody’s CHEAP-O earbuds.
Well, maybe that’s wishful thinking.
Hundreds of MTA-impersonating posted flyers are appearing in the subway advocating basic etiquette that doesn’t seem to occur to everyone on the New York City subways. According to the creator: “I surveyed 100 people on their top pet-peeves (not service related) while riding the Subway. I narrowed the results down to the top ten most occurring issues and rewrote them as a sort of list of rules. I designed posters in the style of the Service Changes posters we see everyday and silkscreened about 40 of each (400 total)…“
Street Artist Billi Kid, known for poppy portraits of pink cadillacs and jetson era convertibles with his friends and artists at the wheel, George Bush as a WMD swinging cowboy, Sarah Palin as a bikini-clad NRA bimbo, and Jim Morrison doing his own special Easter tribute on a cross – graciously donated this cowboy in profile to the auction on the 24th.
In the new issue of The Source Royce has an interview with well-known and respected TooFly,
who paints from the the graffiti and muralist tradition in New York, is a founding member of the Younity Collective, and is continually involved in a number of entrepreneurial ventures:
“Royce: YOU’RE A JILL OF ALL TRADES, FROM TOYS TO CLOTHES. ARE THERE ANY OTHER MARKETS YOU WOULD LIKE TO VENTURE INTO
TooFly: In the last few years I have been intrigued by large video projections. Especially these days with all the new forms of laser technology that allow you to display graphics and live video on the sides of buildings and structures. I’ve been scoping out a few companies who use the urban environment to do this kind of stuff, and it’s definitely something I want to tap into. I think I have a production type of heart from curating and organizing large painting productions, as well as community events.” Read the full interview HERE at The Source
Additionally, Royce has been writing on their blog, including this new interview with Chris and Veng from Robots Will Kill
A Robots Will Kill Mural from Bushwick (courtesy Royce)
In the brief interview we learn from Chris what the origins of the name “Robots Will Kill” were,
“The name comes from the idea of people becoming stuck in place in life, whether its work or something else, becoming robotic and it killing off the creative and productive part of their life.”
Turning his face away from the camera so he could not be identified, writer BLOOMIE catches a tag across a Tats Cru piece. (photo courtesy Tats Cru)
Okay, things are not always what they seem – this was a legal spot peeepull! But it is a funny sort of recognition of the place that graffiti has evolved to. I’m sure this will keep the arts and culture pundits chewing on the implications and ramifications for days. OMG!
Thanks to – and for more on this story see the Tats Cru blog – like they say “Only in New York Baby”!