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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.13.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.13.21

Last week we brought you the first annual Jersey City Mural Festival with generously scaled murals and unbridled color. Muralism isn’t new but mural festivals are now a dominant vehicle or platform of expression on the streets where artists get up and create community. We have always championed the cause of the artist and cheer when they are given the opportunity to work – better even if they get properly paid for the work that they do.

That said, we still admire the small, uncommissioned, one-off pieces, and we’ve always documented that in whatever city we go to: In a way, that is what we actually consider to be street art. Unsanctioned and undercover, you’ll discover the most curious missives as you hike from mural to mural. Don’t miss them! Enjoy.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 7 Souls Deep, Adrian Wilson, Below Key, Drecks, Early Riser NYC, Ghaston Art, Hiss, Lunge Box, Miyok, Modomatic, Mort Art, Night Owl, Outer Source, Timothy Goodman, Tyler Ives, and Turtle Caps.

Timothy Goodman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timothy Goodman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adrian Wilson with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Drecks (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Drecks (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Drecks (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box and 7 Souls Deep on the right. This isn’t a collab. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hiss (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tyler Ives (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tyler Ives (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ghaston Art with Mort Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Early Riser NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Miyok (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Outer Source, Night Owl, Below Key (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Outer Source, Night Owl, Below Key, Turtle Caps (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Outer Source, Night Owl, Turtle Caps (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Punk New Yorker. Spring 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.06.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.06.21

It comes as no surprise that the explosion of new graffiti in New York is evident across the river in Jersey City, where we have been hanging out the last few day for the Jersey City Mural Festival. And for those who know their history, it will also come as no surprise that we always dig the illegal unapproved organic graffiti and street art as much as that which has received official approval from our city fathers and mothers.

So here’s new pieces and tags from under the bridges, passageways, and inside the abandoned buildings in JC. The looseness of line and exuberance of color combinations tell us that graff kids are feeling at liberty to get up wherever necessary to get out their name. In the oceanic metaphor of ebbs and flows – this wave is flowing, bro.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Acro, Amore, Carbo, Chaos, Chees, Dzel, Gear, Hugo Girl, Jinx, Loser, Manik, MES, Nate Paints, Pesco, Reato, Rozr, Sean 9 Lugo, Serbo, Short, Sophie Xeon, Sugar, and Visit.

HugoGirl tribute to Sophie Xeon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sean 9 Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nate Paints (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Manik (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Manik, Gear, Dzel (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gear (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Short, Gear, Carbo, Amare (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dzel, Visit, Acro (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dzel, Loser (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rozr, Serbo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sugar (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chaos, Jinx (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chees (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mes, Pesco, Reato (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Help with ID please… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
True dat (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Graffiti with sofa. June 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.30.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.30.21

New York is crushing it right now.

The volume of Street Art has picked up full steam with more graffiti on walls than many OG graff fans can remember were on the trains in the 80s. Competition for spots large and small is more fierce than a Saturday afternoon rush at the nail salon. The quantity of pieces and tags and stencils ebbs and flows, as does the quality and freshness. But looking at it as you walk makes you feel like New York street and cultural life is in full bloom. Large-scale and small, the works appear like mushrooms popping up in the urban forest after a late-spring rain storm.

In other news, we’re really digging the miniatures of New York life made by artist Danny Cortes, the 1980s NYC train writer Futura is evolving himself into light fixture design with new works in a Noguchi Museum show (plus new collaborations with Comme des Garçons and Uniqlo), and Tesla’s Elon Musk is looking for “awesome graffiti” to adorn his company’s new mega-factory in Berlin. Let’s see how many graffiti and street artists get trampled in the stampede to “sell out”! Go Bro! Go Sis! Just don’t lecture us on heavy topics like gentrification, or the sullying of “our culture” by arrivistes. Yawn.

Let’s take to the streets, no?

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Conse, D. Scribblings, Damien Mitchel, False, Fhake, Kest Gak, Lorenzo Masnah, Matt Siren, Menace Resa, Michael Zelehoski, Mort Art, Royce Bannon, Shiro, Smells, Swif, The Yit Foreward, Toxic, UFO 907, and Zexor.

FALSE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
FALSE and SWIF (photo © Jaime Rojo)
TOXIC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shiro (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Menace Resa (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Miguelito” by Michael Zelehoski (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This wooden sculpture installed in McCarren Park in Williamsburg is made from recycled wood from boarded-up windows. It will remain in place until October 2021.

“Miguelito” by Michael Zelehoski (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Miguelito” by Michael Zelehoski (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Yit Forward (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Act Like You Know by an unidentifed artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Masnah (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Masnah (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fhake (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zexor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Conse (photo © Jaime Rojo)
D. Scribblings (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mort Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Royce Bannon. Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kest Gak (photo © Jaime Rojo)
UFO907 Smells (photo © Jaime Rojo)
I Love You Always Too! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.23.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.23.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week, where we are keeping our minds expanded and eyes wide open as the transformation of society and its fabric is happening right before us. We’re living in a bubble, or on one – an everything bubble at the end of a boomer age that will pop. Institutions compromised, media compromised, social net torn, leaders purchased and adrift. Late spring romanticism buoys us, as does the removal of masks out doors and sometimes inside them. New York is back, but its not sure.

And Jerome Powell finally announced that the dollar is in the gallows – or will rather be once he has successfully inflated to its ultimate death. No, we have no advice – No one is listening anyway.


So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: Aaron Hauck, Bastard Bot, Goog, Matt Siren, Mel, Mort Art, Neckface, Royce Bannon, Sac Sic, Samantha French, Stay Busy, Stikman, TNAW, and Winston Tseng.

Royce Bannon and Mat Siren. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman and an unidentified artist above. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)

These two images are part of Winston’s new series, we’ll talk about this new series later on BSA.

Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Goog (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mort Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
TNAW (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stay Busy! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Neck Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MEL for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Aaron Hauck and Samantha French for O+ Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
This spot previously had a Banksy inspired “Stop Asian Hate” mural. The mural has now morphed into this. We aren’t sure if Adrian Wilson, the artist who made the original mural has anything to do with this new concept. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Saver (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untiled. Trees. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.16.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.16.21

Welcome to Brooklyn, where the lilacs are in bloom and people are smoking weed in the park, like it was 1985 or something. Remember summer of ’85 in Washington Square Park with rambunctious teens backward skating in the dry fountain on roller skates and people were blasting “Shout” by Tears for Fears on their boxes?

Pro Palestinian supporters were marching through southern Brooklyn this weekend, and New Yorkers are talking about this new conflict daily on the street. New York Mayoral candidate Catherine Garcia looks tough as hell and sounds like some paranormal AI robot in her new ad (Video). Also her “Break Glass” metaphor reminds us of some early 2010s Enzo and Nio street pieces. Remember those? New York City Democratic mayoral candidates Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan both proved themselves to be blithering fools this week by guessing the median home in Brooklyn costs less than $100,000. When, 1990?

As the COVID positivity rate in New York dove toward 1% this week, we’re all encouraging each other to take off masks, but no one is sure when and where it’s completely safe, except when taking a shower by yourself. On the street and on the Subway the results are mixed, with most New Yorkers opting for being safe.

In graffiti/street art news you might enjoy this great interview by Liz Munzell “Street Art in the Age of Basquiat: Fab 5 Freddy and Lee Quiñones on Post-Graffiti Pop Soup” and this one published in Hyperallergic; The Street Wisdom of Al Díaz, a First-Generation Graffiti Artist.


So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: 7 Line Art Studio, Acne, Cabaio, Freakotrophic, G Money NFT, Jet, JJ Veronis, Jowl, Luke Dragon 911, No Sleep, Save Art Space, and Zephyr.

G Money NFT. SaveArtSpace.org (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Luke Dragon 911 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Luke Dragon 911 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JJ Veronis . Zephyr (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jowl (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cabaio for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ACNE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ACNE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Freakotrophic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
7Line Art Studio for The Bushwick Collective. Say No Sleep on the left. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
7Line Art Studio (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Box truck. Writer’s ID? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JET (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentfied artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Statue Of Liberty. NYC Harbor. May 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.09.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.09.21

Nomadland won the Oscar for the best movie this year, a fact that you may not know because A. The Oscars are nearly completely irrelevant, and B. Covid era-awards programs have been the equivalent of watching your dad unclogging the kitchen drain. An unvarnished story about a growing ecosystem of Americans living in cars, trucks, and RVs in parking lots across the country, Nomadland toes a line between blaming neo-liberal vulture capitalism/ de-industrialization of the last 40 years and dipping into the American myths of people who just want to live their life free and unencumbered.

Meanwhile, in New York more people are finding the rent to be too high and are moving into RVs, according to The Daily News this week. In the article they speak with Giovanni, a first responder whom we were probably clapping for last year when he was saving lives from Covid.

In the article Giovanni says, “I was an EMT… you want to talk struggling‚ that was really rough,” he explained. “I had to have somebody rent out my living room just to be able to cover the rent. That’s how hard it was. After doing that for three, four years, I was like, I’m done with this. I quit. I’m over it.”

“I went to college, I did pretty much everything that I was told I was supposed to do in order to have a good life. And it didn’t turn out that way,” he explained.

As the moneyed Real Estate kingpins are fighting against extending a rent moratorium in the city to August 31 and to end moratoriums across the country, you have to wonder where everyone will go once the stimulus checks have dried up, inflation kicks in, and landlords evict people.

Meanwhile, we’re following the street art in a number of neighborhoods in New York this week – and wondering where the topical or political works are. The current generation who are putting work on the streets may venture into politics, but only identity politics. BLM, trans rights, that sort of thing.

New York is headed toward 70% vaccinated soon and the city is actually talking about offering to vaccinate tourists! Soon you can go to the Met, see a Broadway show, eat dinner in Little Italy, get cursed out by a homeless guy, and get a stab in the arm from Pfizer! New York, New York! It’s a wonderful town!


So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: 2 Much, Armyan, Cautious5, Cekis, City Kitty, Cramcept, Denton Burrows, GIZ, Healer, Homesick, Leviticus, LNE Crew, Lunge Box, MalincheArt, MeresOne, MrBbaby, No Sleep, Paul Richard, Ponzi, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Smart, and Stikki Peaches.

Stikki Peaches. Welcome Back to the streets of NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LNE CREW (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cekis for the Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cekis for the Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cekis for the Bushwick Collective. Unfortunately somebody got there before I did… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. Bbaby (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Citi Kitty with Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ramiro Davaro-Comas (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zimad (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smart and GIZ for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smart The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
GIZ for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Denton Burrows with Cramcept (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2 Much (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Healer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Paul Richard (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Malinche. We are trying to figure out why would the artist associate a murderous, vicious cartel leader such as El Chapo with Lady Liberty iconography. The infamous drug dealer is currently held in a Federal prison in Brooklyn serving a long, long sentence. Is Malinche asking for his release? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cautia5 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MeresOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MeresOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sort of like our economy, this is Ponzi (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Armyan Nispel (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Who Is Dirk (photo © Jaime Rojo)
…and it has worked. Leviticus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tom Bob (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Snoeman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Homesick . West (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Peony. Spring 2021. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.02.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.02.21

Hooray Hooray, first of May!” chanted your cousin Felix, “outdoor fucking starts today!”

You both broke out in peals of laughter while your mom was walking out from the kitchen with a basket of garlic bread for your Saturday night spaghetti dinner. “What did you just say??”

It’s hard to believe it’s May already, and the smell of lilacs and aerosol paint and pot smoke is in the air in New York again. Ahhhhhhh. Duck between the skateboards and the hellions delivering Chinese on electric bikes, and you’ll see the chess players are setting up again in the park.

For the 12th week in a row, the President of the United States hasn’t tweeted something glorifying violence or attacking faith in public institutions, and people are beginning to mention the “H” word in reference to the rate of Covid-19 vaccinations in New York.

Dare we say it, “HOPE”.

Keep squeezing your silver and keep your eyes open and don’t get hit by any NFTs. They seem to be dropping everywhere


So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: 2 Much, Andrea Carlson, Banksy, Bastard Bot, Bueno, Free Britney, Homsick, Marcos De La Fuente, Myles, Posterboy, Resop, Same PPP, Tom Bob, Vanessa Alvarez, WGE, and ZigZag.

Homesick. This is for all the people all over the world that would have wanted to go home but couldn’t due to the Pandemic. We feel your pain. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Banksy. #notbanksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Posterboy phone booth transformation. “LEFT ON READ” Talk about THE red phone. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Posterboy phone booth transformation. “LEFT ON READ” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Posterboy phone booth transformation. “LEFT ON READ” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SAME PPP (Peter Pan Posse or Paycheck Protection Program?) (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vanesa Alvarez and Marcos De La Fuente (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Resop #freebritney (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Myles. Snoop With Pearl Earring. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2 MUCH (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tom Bob (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tom Bob (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tom Bob (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tom Bob (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bueno (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Andrea Carlson (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Andrea Carlson (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ZigZag . WGE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. Spring 2021. (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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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.18.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.18.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Ramadan Kareem to Muslim brothers and sisters in New York and around the world. May you have an easy fast.

We’re bowled over by the beauty in the streets and parks and rooftops right now, with performances and painting and the blossoming of flowers underfoot and on branches overhead. Fires are alit in hearts everywhere.


“All the roofs are wet
and underneath smoke
that piles softly in
streets, tongues are
on top of each other
mulling over the night.”

from Gamin ~ Frank O’Hara


Yes, there is a sort of battered nervousness in conversations on the streets and as we go about our quotidian duties; a discerned increase in agitation due to economic instability, surges of new Covid strains in our hospitals, and ongoing examples of police brutality toward black and brown people is met with resistance and sometimes violence as well.

Still, consider the robin. In your heart, may hope spring eternal. Also, we learn today that summer may be returning at least one exceedingly creative and participatory public art event as the Gothamist reports that “Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade May Return In The Flesh This Summer.”

And yo! Don’t sleep on the street artists who are putting up new work right now. They are addressing our ills, regaling us with visual puns, poking at our foibles, recontextualizing and performing feats of wonder under cover of night, or while heads are turned in broad daylight. Entertaining, bragging, dreaming… onward they go.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: Absconded Project, Atakbf, Bastard Bot, City Kitty, Clown Soldier, Degrupo, George Collagi, Lexi Bella, Manik, Marka27, Matt Siren, Peachee Blue, Royce Bannon, Sonni, Teens for Press Freedom, Vexta, and Zaver.

We welcome SONNI back to the streets of NYC. In collaboration with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Teens For Press Freedom (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zaver (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Absconded Project (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Manik (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Clown Soldier. Bus shelter takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lexi Bella welcomes the new rules for grass in NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren and Royce Bannon collaboration. #stopasianhate (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren and Royce Bannon collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We also welcome VEXTA back to NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Bro do you even fish?” Not a direct quote from Jesus, as far as we know. George Collagi (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LEX (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cuomo keeps workin’ it, per Degrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bowie does a hair flip while Bastard Bot gives him a mask (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#atakbf (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Marka27 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. Spring 2021 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.11.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.11.21

This week we received a note from a friend in the graff/street art community urging us to encourage street and graffiti artists to create artwork on the streets that beseeches GenZ to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

They needn’t worry.

Graffiti and street artists have continued to respond to the COVID mask and vaccine issues as much as they did with the rejection of Trump and everything that came with him. During the last few years, they also have strongly responded to the BLM movement, to the topic of police brutality, to structural inequality in our economy, to last fall’s election, to indigenous people’s rights, to Asian hate, LGBTQ rights, to drug use, to anxiety, to depression, to love, to hope, to our effect on the Earth’s environment, and many social/political issues. Not always high-minded, Street artists also like pop culture icons, cute animals, and emulating successful artists who came before them and whom they admire.

It’s all part of the gig.

When we hit the streets in the pursuit of arts, we never know what we’ll find and where we’ll find it. This week we were surprised by a certain uptick in the number of sculptures on the streets. The artists used different materials, from ceramic to resin, metal, cement, and techniques associated with papier-mâché. The sculptures were mostly affixed to traffic signposts but sometimes were placed on street construction barriers. We are always happy to see sculptures on the streets as they bring back the days when sanctioned murals were definitely not the norm, and illegal street art ruled the streets in myriad small formats.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: A Cool 55, AJ Maldo, Billy Barnacles, Chris Protas, City Kitty, CRKSHNK, JJ Veronis, Mataruda, Miyok Madness, Mort Art, Mr. Triple Double, Patrick Picou Harrington, Phetus, Raddington Falls, Sibot, Spy33, Turtle Caps, Winston Tseng.

Oh Sailor boy! Seibot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mort Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (Mint & Serf?) (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Spy33 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chris Protas (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JJ Veronis. Mr. Triple Double (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A portrait of Mr. Beyonce AKA Jay-Z by an unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
AJ Maldo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty and Turtle Caps (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Billy Barnacles (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A Cool 55 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Miyok Madness. Rose time is almost here peeps!! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Phetus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mataruda in Kingston, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Hey baby give me a kiss” JJ Veronis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Patrick Picou in Albany, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan, NY. April 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.04.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.04.21

Happy Easter to all the Christians! Happy end of Passover to the Jews! – and welcome to a new spring of spiking daffodiles and spiking Covid cases in New York City even while the age for vaccinations drops to 16 this week. The graffiti and Street Art is blossoming under bridges and in empty lots, as are the much needed $1400 checks and PPP loans are blossoming as well. They are meant to keep us all barely above water, which is where many New Yorkers are financially.

Maybe the trillions that Biden and Yellen and the banksters are suddenly printing will lift us, or maybe instead they’ll just trigger hyperinflation so your savings will be worth ever less? Perhaps we could require corporations and the rich to pay their fair share of taxes – or any at all? Secular heresy to suggest such a thing!

Ahhhh, but the streets! They are still alive and well, and budding with small hand-made one-off pieces, multiples, and murals. Not quite a renaissance, but we are seeing a sincere march forward by all many of artistry in the shadows and in the broad daylight, even as Rome appears to languish.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: Bastard Bot, Billy Barnacles, Captain Eyeliner, Cucker Tarlson, Jesse Kreuzer, Kiki the Fox, Lunge Box, Mort Art, Nicholai Kahn, Nite Owl, NY State of Mind, Praxis VGZ, Puke Punk, SacSix, Trades Only Bro, and Urban Russian Doll NYC.

Billy Barnacles (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
404 Error On The Wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Trades Only Bro (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Puke Punk (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cucker Tarlson U.S.A. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Only Jesus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nite Owl (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NY State Of Mind (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
This isn’t graffiti, the tags are. But the logo is vintage. Jolt Cola was introduced in the USA market in 1985. It was the first highly-caffeinated/carbonated soft drink at the time. Their demo was all individuals that needed to stay up late at night like students, young professionals and the likes. The drink is no longer in production. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jesse Kreuzer is a lifelong artist (he received an MFA from Cornell in 2016). In addition to painting, he makes videos, sculpture and performance pieces, and yet, “I usually feel like an outsider to the art world.” In fact, during this year’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations, one of his Diego Rivera–inspired murals painted on plywood used to protect the Whitney Museum of Art was summarily removed. “There is a certain irony here,” he wrote in New Politics, “since the current exhibit is about the Mexican muralists and their influence on American painters.” – PRINT – Jesse Kreuzer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mort Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nicholai Kahn (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Urban Russian Doll and Kiki The Fox for East Village Walls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Magnolia tree in bloom. Spring 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.28.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.28.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week as we head into Passover and Easter. If street art reflects society, and we know that it does, Governor Cuomo is in hot water and may not keep his job. But then, we thought the same about the war criminal George Bush and the grifter Trump, so never mind.

Thank you to reporter Jim O’Grady for interviewing us for a story on WNYC radio this week – along with our colleague Sean Corcoran who is the Curator of Prints and Photographs and a graffiti historian from the Museum of the City of New York.

“As Covid Ravaged New York, Street Artists Fought Back” is the name of Jim’s eight-minute exposition – and his storytelling adds so much to our appreciation of the city and the environment that gives life to our street art and graffiti scene here. Thanks for including us Jim.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: Chris RWK, CRKSHNK, Dwei, Hope Hummingbird, I Heart Graffiti, Little Ricky, Peachee Blue, Raddington Falls, Rambo, SacSix, Sara Lynne-Leo, Sticker Maul, and Technodrome.

Chris. RWK / (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Technodrome (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue / NYCThrive for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue / NYCThrive for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We’d like to think that this collab between Little Ricky and Sara Lynne-Leo happened organically, whereupon, first either one of the artists found the one piece on the wall and the other had the best placement opportunity of the day. Both pieces are illegally placed. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
And here again we find our friend Little Ricky cavorting with other friends. Raddington Falls, I Love Graffiti. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sitkman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman’s installation on a traffic sign draws attention to climate change. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist addressing climate change as well. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#nomalarkey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dwei (photo © Jaime Rojo)
RAMBO (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We’ve seen an uptick of messages on the streets aimed at Governor Cuomo

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hope Hummingbird pays tribute to the great Margaret Kilgallen. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zoomy out for a walk on the first Spring day in NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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