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Photos Of BSA #4: Brooklyn King Biggie Still Rules

Photos Of BSA #4: Brooklyn King Biggie Still Rules

Happy Holidays! We’re celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next by thanking BSA readers, friends, and family for all of your support in 2022. We have selected some of our favorite shots by our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo, and we’re sharing a new one every day to celebrate all our good times together, our hope for the future, and our love for the street.

Brooklyn is in Kings County, New York. It’s common for people here to refer to graffiti kings, barbecue kings, Kings of the Sea, the King of Glory, and kings of myriad realms; so infatuated are we with the concept of royalty- despite the US history of breaking away from King George III to form a more perfect union.

In the terminology of our pop hagiography, there can be no doubt which portrait appears in the most murals throughout our borough – Christopher George Latore Wallace, better known by his stage names the Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie. 25 years after his death, you see Biggie all over Brooklyn, and he truly is a king.

Hip Hop is my Religion. Bedstuy Walls. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 11-06-22

BSA Images Of The Week: 11-06-22

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

It’s New York City Marathon Day! 50,000 people running through the street, which is not much different from the Macy’s One Day Sale – except it’s outside.

In other NYC news, do you ever feel like a slowly boiling frog? NYPD is talking about partnering with Amazon’s Ring network; the New York Times explains that all those 5G network towers going up on the streets around the city are really just upgraded cell phone equipment, the police will begin a “Drone Unit” to fight crime– “said to be equipped with night vision technology,” this article says, they “won’t be weaponized,” and the NYPD digi-dog program from Boston Dynamics has been discontinued for right now and drones patrolling streets soon, right? Also on Friday the New York Federal Reserve announced plans for a new Fed digital dollar – a CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency) and the new UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is all in favor of completely digitized money. Meanwhile, it looks like NYC schools are going to be a lot safer with new initiatives to put biometric screening in them including maybe facial recognition. Nothing to worry about, right?

The city pays tributes to its heroes in different ways, and NYC street art loves Biggie Smalls more than anyone, along with folks like Spike Lee and Jean Michel Basquiat. This week we spotted a few new ones among the bevy of new street art beauties we discovered below.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Jason Naylor, Homesick, Savior El Mundo, King Baby, Mutz, Glare, Banksy Hates Me, Ashley Hodder, Raisa Nosova, Qzar, Spin, INU, Cheatz, Ultraboyz, Humble, Carlos RMK, and Yuzly Mathurin.

Hip Hop Is My Religion. Detail. Bedstuy Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hip Hop Is My Religion. Bedstuy Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Yuzly Mathurin. Bedstuy Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ashley Hodder (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Savior El Mundo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mahsa Zhina Amini. #iranrevolution (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raisa Nosova (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MUTZ (photo © Jaime Rojo)
QZAR. SPIN. LOVE. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
INU. HOMESICK. KING BABY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Homesick (photo © Jaime Rojo)
GLARE. CHEATZ. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Banksy Hates Me. Although truthfully he probably doesn’t. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ulatraboyz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Humble (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Carlos RMK. Shop 1 Culture. Bedstuy Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
This looks like a version of the children’s street game Skelly. The design is very similar but the numerology is different…and certainly, with some of the words written with chalk, it wasn’t being played by children. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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