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Selection Of New Works at Welling Court 2022 in Queens, NYC

Selection Of New Works at Welling Court 2022 in Queens, NYC

Rocking this little neighborhood since 2009, The Welling Court Mural Project in Queens, New York brought a bevy of old skool and new again this summer to add to the collaborative art project that cheers the locals and thrills visitors. By now, you could call it historic, with writers from the OG crowd like Tats Cru, Lady Pink, John Fekner, and Chino giving their best alongside a slew of newbies in the mural art scene. Alison Wallis is the sole director these days, and her roots with the graffiti and street art community go deep, which means a well of trust is involved.

Too Fly. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

As she scans the list of artists who have given of themselves to this neighborhood for more than a decade in this community project, Wallis writes in the manifesto: “with early career, mid-career, and burgeoning young artists to help foster beauty of all life, peace, and support for all people of any race, belief, and/or sexual identity around the globe.” Once again it is good to see the many ways a community can join together in an evolving and inspiring collective statement that integrates positive social change via the culture of street art.

Headache. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vexta. Dirty Bandits. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Caleb Neelon and Lena Mac. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Danielle Mastrion. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Alice Mizrachi. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ashsaint. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lexi Bella. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rari Grafix. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pinky Weber. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Queen Andrea. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chino. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Harbor Arts. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Daze. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BG183 Tats Cru. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JCorp. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lady Pink. Detail. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Slow. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Fuhgeddaboudit Bodega. Welling Court Mural Project NYC 2022. Queens, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.24.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.24.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

Colors wash over the city again, the greys now fading to the background. Even now, we stand in the shadow of war and all those who profit from it. Nevertheless, thanks to artists the streets are popping with promises, warnings, aspirations, exhortations, codes, and proclamation.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Faile, Adam Fujita, Jason Naylor, Almost Over Keep Smiling, Lauren Asta, Chris Soria, DEK@DX, SidkaOne, Misha Tyutyunik, TDM2DX, Ergot, Flye Lyfe, YoYo Cam, Let It Out, and Suizid.

Jason Naylor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris Soria and Misha Tyutyunik (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris Soria and Misha Tyutyunik (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost over, keep smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2DX TDM (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A three-dimensional tag on a sidewalk in NYC. It made our day:-) (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SidkaOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ergot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Flye Lyfe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
YoYo Cam (photo © Jaime Rojo)
YoYo Cam (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Let It Out! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Suizid (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lauren Asta (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Spring 2022. NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.10.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.10.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

April showers, babe. That’s what we have been experiencing. Yes, that means we get May flowers. It’s a whole system, see?

Congratulations for our new Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

“It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States,” Jackson said in a speech outside the White House.

“But, we’ve made it. We’ve made it, all of us,” Jackson said.

We’ll be looking for her face to pop up on the street soon!

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: City Kitty, Chris RWK, Adam Fujita, Icy and Sot, Clint Mario, Gane, Irak, RX Skulls, Smells, Bublegum, Acroe, Bertstit, and Eric John Eigner, Lawrence Weiner.

Adam Fu. “Peace” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Icy & Sot. This stencil has been on this spot for a very long time. The words were added at a later time by an unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ACROE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty and Chris (RWK)(photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty with RX Skulls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bertstit (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smells Gane (photo © Jaime Rojo)
IRAK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bublegum for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
This spot is usually reserved to display artworks in conjunction with the Whitney Museum and the High Line. This is a protest scene say no to the Dakota Access pipeline and end its threats to sacred land and water. #NoDAPL(photo © Jaime Rojo)
Detail from the above photo. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eric John Eigner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fake Hambleton (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lawrence Weiner / Public Art Fund. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Clint Mario (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Spring 2022. NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.13.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.13.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week. The streets are reflecting this moment in New York this week as artists are showing their colors. Or Ukraine’s colors, rather. Hard to sleep through the night when you know that Gotham is on the hit list if this Russian invasion turns nuclear, hard to process the idea that a cold war is never far from a hot one, despite activists best efforts for all these decades. Hard to believe that sanctions won’t damage many more people than the intended targets. Hard to believe that money-printing is never discussed in the news as THE creator of this inflation and much more inflation to come.

Let’s do everything we can to de-escalate this war, this perpetual specter.

And thank you to the street artists who are keeping the conversations alive. Also this week, new works from F**kin REVS !

Remember to Set Your Clocks Ahead One Hour Today.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Adam Fujita, Fuckin REVS, Below Key, Sticker Maul, Sara Lynne-Leo, Hek Tad, Gold Loxe, Mike Raz, Smetsky Art, Hear Eye Am, Equalist, Liagam, and Mitya Pisliak.

Death is not the answer. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Brooklyn Bitch Bakery (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mitya Pisliak (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gold Loxe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smetsky Art & Mike Raz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NYC to Putin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NYC to Putin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Below Key (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ligama for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ligama for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
REVS (photo © Jaime Rojo)
REVS (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Equalist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HEAR.EYE.AM (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We know Spring is around the corner when The Lenten Rose, as it is commonly known, comes up from the ground. More often they go unnoticed by the people in the city, as the weather is still cold and their colors are muted – and the fact that they are very close to the ground – prevents them from screaming “here I am!”. But they are the first to announce the advent of a new season. Spring 2022. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.20.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.20.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week, where New York keeps pushing forward through this stormy winter – although the amount of new street art and graffiti dissipates this time of year as artists stay in their creative caves, waiting for spring. Hang in there peeps.

It’s still cold today so you may want to check out the last day of the Christian Dior show at Brooklyn Museum, or you can see BG183’s solo exhibition at Wallworks in the Bronx, or Daze’s solo show in Manhattan at PPOW.

Great news for New York artists this week: artists can now apply for a monthly stipend of $1,000. This is big news because unlike a lot of Europe, the US and its institutions do not support artists or cultural workers.

Bad news for the orange man in New York this week: The Supreme Court says he and his progeny have to testify under oath, after the Attorney General uncovered “copious evidence of possible financial fraud”. Perhaps Ivanka can consult with her friends Christine Lagarde or Angela Merkel about what to say.

Speaking of exemplary New Yorkers, Jeffery Epstein’s friend Jean-Luc Brunel has been found dead in his prison cell, mysteriously. One of Epstein’s other friends, Prince Andrew, reportedly settled out of court this week. “Prince Andrew reportedly agreed to never again deny raping Virginia Giuffre”, says the New York Post, The Independent, and The Sun. The Times says: “A new nursery rhyme is doing the rounds at the Palace:

‘The grand old Duke of York,
he had 12 million quid.
He gave it to someone he’d never met,
for something he never did’”.

Jesus, let’s go out for a walk and see if we discover some new street art.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Skewville, Specter, City Kitty, Adam Fujita, Pork, Jason Naylor, Below Key, Lexi Bella, Jowl, Nimek, Klonism, Harvey Ball, Eloy Bida, Kat Blouch, Timmy Ache, and Eyedao.

Jason Naylor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eyedao (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita pays tribute to Keith Haring. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty & Kat Blouch (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Batman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jowl (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eloy Bida. Memorial mural in honor of Ingrid Washinawtok. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skewville turned 100 years old this month. Long Live Skewville! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Below Key (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Smiley Face. The design of the iconic image turns 50 years. Originally created by Harvey Ball the symbol has been used everywhere from advertising to movies to fashion and high and low art. This poster has been plastered all over the city to highlight its anniversary…oh don’t forget to SMILE!
Klonism (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Specter (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timmy Ache (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Art Of Will Power. “Hip Hop” is my religion. Here’s Mary being a muse again. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pork. Chinamak (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pork (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nimek (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lexi Bella with the lush lips. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Snow ghosts. East River. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Valentines Day 2022

Valentines Day 2022

Let’s be fools in love, shall we? Let’s be exuberant in our love for this city, this life, this opportunity.

Life only happens once. Let’s fall in love with it.

Happy Valentine’s Day to the whole BSA family.

Claudia La Bianca (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cupid (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cody James (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sone Man (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.09.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.09.22

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Welcome the first BSA Images of the Week of 2022! How are you feeling? You’re looking great!

The street art parade marches on, perhaps ever clearer in its intent to reflect the mood, the zeitgeist, the intellectual meanderings of the artist class. In the process of demystifying the graffiti and street art scene over the few decades, we’ve long realized that there always will be surprises, no matter how much of the scene you have decoded. That’s what keeps it FREEEESSSSSSSSHHHH!

This week, as the snow is falling in dirty old NYC and as people are rescinding into their homes for another de facto Covid “lockdown”, we discover that artists are hard at work getting out their message, their id, their frustrations, their aspirations, their wit.

May this adventure never end, and may this trail never go cold.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adam Fujita, Anderson Bluu, Dorothy Gale, Ernesto Maranje, ERRE, Ethan Minsker, Fake Banksy, Gold Loxe, Ill Surge, J. Cole, Johann Art, Marka 27, Miss 17, NEST, Praxis VGZ, Salami Doggy, and Winsten Tseng .

Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita “So Many Beautiful Hearts All In One City” Ain’t that the truth! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nest (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Virgil Abloh memorial in Wynwood, Miami by Ill Surge. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Virgil Abloh memorial in Wynwood, Miami by Johann Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Miss 17 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gold Loxe as Frida (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gold Loxe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dorothy Gale Has A Posse in Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Anderson Bluu honors rap legends and hip-hop icons from the 2010s to today. Kendrick Lamar, Drake, J. Cole, and Nicki Minaj. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#boxtruck (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Erre & Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Marka_27 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ethan Minsker (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ernesto Maranje in Wynwood Miami for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Salami Doggy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#fakebanksy spotted in the NYC subway. Or is it? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#fakebanksy spotted in the NYC subway. This illegal vendor in the subway is selling exact copies of Banky’s artwork – that was originally placed illegally on someone else’s property. Please, no photos. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. January 2022. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.21.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.21.21

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Coming up Thursday is Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? We’re thankful for you and the indomitable spirit of New York.

It looks like many New Yorkers who abandoned us last year are thankful to be moving back into our fabulous and gritty city. You see, we knew you would all come crawling back. Real New Yorkers, on the other hand, stayed right here and persevered alongside one another, showing solidarity in hard times, because we may be a little too loud or cantankerous, but we can handle shit. Also, for those of us who are poor or low income, we didn’t have the option of going anywhere else, frankly – we were just trying to get by day by day as we lost jobs, lost family members, lost our homes, listened to ambulances speeding past our windows every hour. We largely stayed indoors for months – except when we were marching for equal rights and justice for all. So, welcome back to the fair-weather New Yorkers. Sadly, a certain number of people in our real estate industry are taking advantage, jacking up rents – in some cases by 70%.

This week we saw Norwegian artist Dot Dot Dot putting up new work in a number of spots around the city – and we have some shots of his new work. One, in particular, seemed prescient in view of further polarization caused by the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case on Thursday. He uses the power of words – lifted from the Pledge of Allegiance that school kids across the country say. It’s always great to see how artists evolve personally and develop their practice, skills, and vocabulary.

It was also great to go to celebrate the monograph book release of photographer Janette Beckman (Rebel: From Punk to Dior (Drago)) this week at Fotografiska New York. Celebrated for her excellent timing on the subcultural scenes of punk in the early 1980s and the burgeoning Hip Hop scene of the 1980s and 1990s, her photographs are the first images that spring to mind for many when you say names like LL Cool J, Salt N Pepa, Public Enemy, Andre 3000. Run DMC, Boy George, the Clash, the Sex Pistols. Celebrity-driven photography that also captured rebels before they mainstreamed, her images are sincerely stylish without preening, enormous stars before they exploded – a few shades closer to documentary work than strictly for the style pages. It was great to see her being celebrated by a room full of New York/London homies from music (Def Jam, Tommy Boy), publishing (Paper, The Face) – as well as graffiti specifically, Hip-Hop culture more generally. Fun times!

Our interview with the street today includes Adam Fujita, Billy Barnacles, DotDotDot, and Mok.

DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2021 Graffiti (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Billy Barnacles (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MOK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.22.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.22.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

Did you catch the celebrities singing in Central Park last night before the rains of Hurricane Henri reached New York? Talk about electricity in the air! New York is a magnet for a pretty face, it would appear, and a grizzly or wild one too; and our street art proves it. Just a quick survey of murals in Brooklyn this week turns up many a fun face.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adam Fujita, Anthony Zpadilla, CP Won, Damien Mitchell, David Puck, Dwag Star, Jeyde, Lorenzo Masnah, Mister Alek, NotBanksy, Numak1, Outer Source, Outer Source, Reme821, Sef01, Sipros, United Crushers, and Vers718.

David Puck (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sef01 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mister Alek for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Numak1 for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sipros for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sipros for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Reme821 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CPWon (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lorenzo Masnah for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lorenzo Masnah for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We can’t read this tag…help please. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Outer Source (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vers718 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dawg Star doggie style… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jeyde (photo © Jaime Rojo)
United Crushers (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#notbanksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Anthony Zpadilla (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan. August 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images of The Week: 06.20.21

BSA Images of The Week: 06.20.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Today is PRIDE DAY in NYC and Father’s Day in many parts of the world. Congratulations to us all, queer and/or fathers. We’re happy to show you what we’ve been finding as the spring now stretches into Officially Summer. At night in some neighborhoods, you’ll hear a smattering of fireworks as youthful hooligans are already lighting them – anticipate the 4th of July holiday. A sign of our crazy summer ahead; behold the bang-pop-ratatat-tat-bang-bang-swizzle-shizzle-pop now erupting regularly in empty lots and dead-end streets.

It’s great to see so many kids and youth and adults on bicycles now that the City has made myriad networks of safe pathways throughout the five boroughs. If we could get the police to hand out tickets to car drivers, even school bus drivers, sometimes using the bike lanes to circumvent others and put riders in danger.

The street art and graffiti scene are thick, and you don’t want to miss it here this time of year. While some complain that “vandalism” is reaching 1970s levels, many are happy to see a rotating display of artworks on the city skin at a time when so much of our local cultural and entertainment options have been killed or neutered. The institutional and commercial arts will all come back to New York, we have no doubt. Often, the renaissance begins in the streets.

Aliens, robots, skulls, femme Fatales, cats, cartoons, nationalism, existentialism – the new are runs the gamut and if it upsets the audience, it doesn’t run for long. Catch it while you can

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Acne, Adam Fujita, Almost Over Keep Smiling, Captain Eyeliner, City Kitty, Degrupo, Demure, Eugene Delacroix, Jeremy Novy, Lunge Box, Matt Siren, Modomatic, One Rad Latina, Plannedalism, Raddington Falls, Royce Bannon, Russian Doll NYC, SacSix, Sara Lynne-Leo, Save Art Space, Sticker Maul, The Creator, and Vy.

Jeremy Novy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty. After Eugene Delacroix. Portrait of a Woman in Blue Turban, ca. 1827. Dallas Museum of Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Russian Doll NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lexy Bella (photo © Jaime Rojo)
One Rad Latina (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Royce Bannon and Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Creator on the left unidentified artist on the right. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Demure (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Save Art Space (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Degrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Acne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Plannedalism (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.25.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.25.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

This week we wandered off the streets onto the train tracks to catch some graff in the wild. As we did we thought about photographer Jim Prigoff and how he told us that he relied upon the “graffiti gods” to lead him in the right direction to catch photographs. He was so right when he shared that jewel – an adviso to follow one’s intuition and trust your instincts. It was during this same adventure on the tracks that we learned of Jim’s passing, which was a very sad addendum to the exploration, at first. Then we realized that Jim is now one of those “graffiti gods” and he will lead us to find the next piece, burner, paste-up, sticker, poetry on the street.

May Jim and his instincts always be with us.


“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West


Take it from Brooklyn’s own Mae West to give us the dry-eyed wit that pushes us further forward, boldly and without reservation.

So New York graffiti and street art continues to run apace – from Red Hook to Ridgewood to Williamsburg to Chelsea in Manhattan – we are dumb-founded by the new work that is covering Gotham. It is also notable the preponderance of LETTER-based street art and graffiti there is everywhere. Letters and their deconstruction, reconstruction, re-imagining have always been a part of the graff tradition of course, but it looks like many artists are talking at you from the wall right now.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: 2 Much, Adam Fujita, Al Diaz, Aneko, Healer, Jeff Roseking, Jet, Jowl, Lunge Box, Mega, Panic, RAKN, Riisa Boogie, Sac Six, Seo, Timmy Ache, UFO 907, and Wokem.

Al Diaz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
It’s A Living (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2 MUCH (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HEALER – RAKN (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2 MUCH . HEALER . RAKN (photo © Jaime Rojo)
PANIC . SEO (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Riiisa Boogie (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jowl (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mega . UFO907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jet (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timmy Ache (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bus shelter takeover (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rapper DMX honored on the Williamsburg Bridge. Yesterday was his public memorial at Barclay Center in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jeff Roseking (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Aneko (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wokem (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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COVID-19 365 Days Later; Art in the Streets That Narrated a Pandemic

COVID-19 365 Days Later; Art in the Streets That Narrated a Pandemic

What the hell just happened? Has it been a year? Or has it been 10 years? Or just one long nightmare/daymare? Or has it been 10 years? Did we already ask that?

In March 2020 we awoke to a world that was transforming before all of our eyes, yet we felt so cut-off from it and each other. The first days seem so long ago as we mark the first anniversary of the pandemic. Still, the initial shock of those days resonates in our chests so strongly that we confidently talk about a collective global trauma that has indelibly marked a generation.

Pobel. Stavanger, Norway. March 14, 2020. (photo © Tore Stale Moen)

From Stockholm to Mexico City to Barcelona to Bethlehem to New York to LA, BSA brought you street art that was responding with fear, derision, critique, hope, and humor to the never-static, always evolving barrage of Covid news. Stuck inside and afraid to expose ourselves to each other, we New Yorkers became accustomed to experiencing the outdoors only through our windows, connecting with neighbors we’ve never met who were also banging pots and pans or clapping and waving and yelling.

We listened to ambulances screaming past our windows every half hour or so during those first weeks, imagining the torn families, the terrified fellow New Yorkers now being rushed to the hospital and separated from their loved ones without a goodbye, gasping for air. We wondered if we would be next.

Jilly Ballistic and Sack Six. Manhattan, NYC. March 23, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

When we did go to the streets, they were empty – or nearly. In New York this was unheard of. In this bustling, noisy metropolis, we experienced a daily disconcerting quiet. That is, until the killing of George Floyd by cops finally pushed the anger/anxiety into the streets all summer.

The deadly hotspot of New York quelled, but the fires of Covid spread west, grabbing communities who thought they would avoid impact. At the same time, local, state, and national leaders fumbled and argued or famously callously ignored the desperation of citizens, occasionally admirably filling the shoes they were elected to occupy, often misstepping through no fault of their own.

Pure Genius. Manhattan, NYC. March 23, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We have no particular wisdom to offer you today beyond the obvious; this pandemic laid bare inequity, social and racial and class fault-lines, the shredded social net, the effect of institutional negligence, the ravages of 40 years of corporate privatization, and the power of community rising to the occasion to be in service to one another in ways that made us all more than proud.

Here are some of our favorite Covid-themed street art pieces from over the last year, a mere sampling of the artistic responses. Interspersed we paste screenshots of the daily events (via Wikipedia) in 2020 that shaped our lives, and our society.

We mourn the losses of family and friends and the broken hearts and minds in all of our communities. And we still believe in the power of art to heal and the power of love to balance our asymmetries.

Trusto Corp. Los Angeles, CA. March 26, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Lapiz. Hamburg, Germany. March 30th, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Tag Street Art. Tel-Aviv, Israel. March 31, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Phlegm. April 6, 2020. London, UK. (photo courtesy of the artist) Phlegm created a visual diary of his experience with the Pandemic. We published his diary HERE
Don Langrend for USA Today Network. On April 13, 2020, we published a compilation of political cartoons with views on the Pandemic. Click HERE to see the whole collection.
Alessio-B. Padua, Italy. April 15, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Banksy. London, UK. April 19, 2020. (photo Instagram)
Shepard Fairey. Los Angeles, CA. April 20, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Banksy “The Girl with a Pierced Eardrum” Bristol, UK. April 23, 2020. (photo © Reuters/Rebecca Naden)
Cake Stencils. Bethlehem, Israel. May 10, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Almost Over Keep Smiling. Manhattan, NY. May 15, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner. Manhattan, NY. May 15, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SacSix. Manhattan, NY. May 15, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Oliver Rios. May 15, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Teo Vazquez. Barcelona, Spain. May 25, 2020. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Adam Fujita. Brooklyn, NYC. May 25, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada. Queens, NYC. June 2nd. 2020. (photo © Just A Spectator)
Russian Doll NY. Manhattan, NYC. June 6, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gianni Lee. Manhattan, NYC. June 13, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Various & Gould. Berlin, Germany. June 19, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artists)
Sara Lynne-Leo. Manhatttan, NYC. June 27, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman. Manhatttan, NYC. June 27, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist. Brooklyn, NYC. July 18, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
De Grupo. Manhattan, NYC. August 1, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul. Manhatttan, NYC. August 6, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fintan Magee. Queensland, Australia. August 16, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Persak. San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. August 23, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
Novy. Manhatttan, NYC. August 29, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Asbestos. Cork, Ireland. September 8, 2020. (photo courtesy of the artist)
1111 Army. Brooklyn, NYC. September 12, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Brooklyn, NYC. September 12, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls. Manhattan, NYC. September 26, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faust. Manhattan, NYC. September 26, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pure Genius. Manhattan, NYC. October 31, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
I Heart Graffiti. Manhattan, NYC. November 14, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
UFO 907 in collab with MUK 123. Manhattan, NYC. December 15, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Creator. Manhattan, NYC. December 28, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty. Manhattan, NYC. December 28, 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Karma. Barcelona, Spain. January 4, 2020. (photo © Lluis Olive Bulbena)
Pobel. Stavanger, Norway. February 11, 2021. (photo © Tore Stale Moen)
Aya Brown. Brooklyn, NYC. February 27, 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Manhattan, NYC. March 06, 2021 (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Paolo Tolentino. Manhattan, NYC. March 07, 2021 (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Manhattan, NYC. March 07, 2021 (photo @ Jaime Rojo)

As NYC went on complete lock-down and New Yorkers were ordered to remain in their homes in complete isolation the city’s residents organically joined together in a collective 7:00 pm ritual in support to the first responders. To the nurses, doctors, paramedics, trash collectors, public transportation, police, fire fighters, supermarkets workers etc…with their services and sacrifices we, the residents of this megalopolis were able to keep out hopes for brighter days to come.

Video of four former presidents urging people to “roll up your sleeve and do your part” and get the vaccine.

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