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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.26.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.26.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

Not much to report this week.

Unless you’re talking about the seismic Supreme Court decision to take away people’s right to have a legal abortion in the United States. The topic immediately appeared in street art. Abortions will still continue in the US of course. Rich women will pay for them, and go back to church the following week. Senators and congressmen will pay for their girlfriends abortions, with a crocodile tear and a wad of cash. Poor women? Not a consideration.

Clarence Thomas took a swing at other Americans by hinting that same-sex marriage may be in jeopardy. He didn’t mention interracial marriage.

Because of this legal shock and its affect on people – It looks like we have another long hot summer coming. Protests in the streets will also take on a different caliber because Thursday the Supreme Court decided that people are entitled to carry guns openly on the streets.

What could possibly go wrong?

One street art text piece we caught yesterday just as the abortion decision was being announced is appropriately in Spanish. Que voy hacer con llorar? or “What good does crying do?”.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Captain Eyeliner, JJ Veronis, Modomatic, Voxx Romana, Hijack, Fear Arte, IMK, 3784, Jaw1, Smoe, JC3, Mayd1, Spot KMS Crew, Heavylox, and Bongggblue.

An unidentified artist is sharing with us, what many of us might be feeling. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hijack Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Houston/Bowery Wall (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The curator/owner of this wall, Jessica Goldman, posted recently on social media that the famed graff/street art/mural wall is “on pause.” The street has its own ideas of course and the wall has been very active for the last weeks in an organic manner. As usual, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Houston/Bowery Wall. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bongggblue and Heavylox for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bongggblue for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Heavylox for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
KMS Crew for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mayd1 for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JC3 for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic. Bug 029. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JJ Veronis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fear Arte (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Voxx Romana (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smoe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
37 84 / Jaw1 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
IMK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. The Chrisler Building. Manhattan, NY. Summer 2022. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.27.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.27.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

Just as we were starting to feel a sense of relief that Covid is letting go of us….

Russia has invaded Ukraine. Not only is this a horror for Ukraine, this elective aggression may spread, resulting in retaliation.

If you want to help, we found this list from Fortune magazine:

Voices of Children
Voices of Children is a charitable foundation that focuses on addressing the psychological effect of armed conflict on children. Founded in 2015 in response to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, Voices of Children provides art therapy, mobile psychologists, and individualized support to traumatized children. Individuals can donate through bank transfer, credit/debit card, or Apple Pay via its website

The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee has a long history of providing resources to refugees fleeing countries facing humanitarian crisis. Its leaders have responded to the situation in Ukraine by meeting with organizations in Poland and Ukraine to gauge the potential number of refugees and their needs so it can quickly mobilize and provide whatever assistance is needed. You can make a donation via its website.

CARE
International humanitarian organization CARE has set up an emergency Ukrainian Crisis Fund with the goal of providing immediate support for 4 million people. Donations will go toward providing Ukrainians with water, food, supplies, hygiene kits, immediate support and aid, and cash. CARE notes that its prioritizing supporting women, girls, families, and elderly.CARE makes it easy to donate via its website using PayPal or a credit card.

International Medical Corps
This nonprofit is focused on providing health-care services, psychosocial support, and care to citizens of countries dealing with disaster, disease, and conflict. It’s currently accepting monetary gifts that will go toward providing Ukrainians with better access to medical and mental health resources. You can make a donation via the website using a credit/debit card, bank transfer, or PayPal.

Project Hope
It’s currently sending medical supplies to Ukrainians. You can make donations via its website using a credit/debit card, bank transfer, or PayPal.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Captain Eyeliner, Sonni, CRKSHNK, Kobra, Robert Janz, Goog, Degrupo, Suso33, Leviticus, Niagra, Homesick, Allan Molho, YNWA, Divock Okoth Origi, Emune, Lancelot, and Outersource.

Suso33 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kobra. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Degrupo. Hear the sound of hell Putin? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Niagara. Like the right to live in peace in your own country without fear of invasion, aggression, and authoritarian oppression. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Homesick (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Outersource (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lancelot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sonni in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Emune (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Leviticus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Goog (photo © Jaime Rojo)
YNWA. This football graffiti (soccer in the USA) refers to the Belgian star soccer player Divock Okoth Origi who plays as a forward for the Premier League club Liverpool. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Allan Molho tribute to the late Robert Janz. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Winter 2022. Williamsburg Bridge, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.03.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.03.21

Welcome! What a great week for weather here – fresh, a little cooler – lots of new street art.

Friends we have to caution the young bucks – don’t train surf. We’ve just learned of a fellow who lost his footing Saturday and was killed. No joke.

And now we don’t know what other topic can follow that one, so…

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Abby Goodman, BLAZE, Captain Eyeline, Chill, Chris RWK, City Kitty, CRKSHNK, Fake Hambleton, Faust, Invader, JJ Veronsis, Konart Studio, Lunge Box, Mad Town, Matt Siren, Modomatic, Royce Bannon, The Velvet Bandit, and Who is Ponzi.

Blaze (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JJ Veronis & Faust (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chill (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Velvet Bandit (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, and Abby Goodman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, and Abby Goodman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, and Abby Goodman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, and Abby Goodman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mad Town (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box & Chris RWK. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shin Shin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Still life with street art. Who Is Ponzi. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Toxicomano (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Konart Studio (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fake Hambleton (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fake Hambleton (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The series of #fakehambleton “Shadow Man” that have been appearing on the street of Manhattan (and in London) are attributed to a guy who goes by the name of Pablo who runs a mystery Hambleton “foundation”. He’s admitted to painting the fake Hambleton iconic figures on the streets of NYC. We believe this to be a marketing campaing. More on this @bkstreetart on Instagram.

Fake Hambleton (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Alfa Romeo. SOHO, NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.29.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.29.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

A new hurricane, a new school year, a new variant, a new governor, a new fall of Saigon, and a new anti-vaccination song from rock guitar god Eric Clapton, who doesn’t want you to put suspect chemicals into your body. Presumably, cocaine is still okay, however, if you want to get down, down on the ground.

The summer storms keep coming, and yet somehow so does the incredible show of creativity on our streets; the celebration of murals and graffiti burners and painters and sculptors and characters and opinions and cogitations. However hot and steamy and hard New York can be sometimes, it also is positively ebullient and inspiring. We know our many differences are our greater asset, our combined aspirations a stunning new possibility.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring A. Smith, Captain Eyeliner, China, Cody James, CP Won, David Puck, Gabriel Specter, Huetek, Iquene, Jason Naylor, Jitr!, Amanda Valdes, Lorenzo Masnah, M.R.S.N., Not Your Muse, Peachee Blue, Sara Lynne Leo, Sasha Velour, Say No Sleep, Tyler Ives, and Winston Tseng.

CP Won (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Say No Sleep (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Say No Sleep (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Say No Sleep (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo in collaboration with Tyler Ives. “Remedial Purge” (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
A Smith (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Specter (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Huetek. Detail. Work in progress for The Bushwick Collective 10th Anniversary edition. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Cody James. Work in progress for The Bushwick Collective 10th Anniversary edition. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor. Work in progress for The Bushwick Collective 10th Anniversary edition. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
China (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Jitr! (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
David Puck (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Iquena (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Not Your Muse (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Amanda Valdes (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Masnah (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
M.R.S.N. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artists (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.15.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.15.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

Here we are, precisely on the 50th anniversary of Nixon’s shocking removal of the dollar from the gold standard. Seems like everything is going well with fiat currency and the banking system, right?

Ah, never mind, there’s gold in these here streets.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 4sakn, Adrian Wilson, Against Dgrams, Billy Barnacles, Captain Eyeliner, Corn Queen, De Grupo, DLove, Eye Sticker, Goblin, Mister Alek, Moka, More Less Eveything, Plannedalism, Sara Lynne Leo, Stikman, Sule, The Art of Will Power, Trace1, Werd Smoker, and Winston Tseng .

Goblin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Midnight Cowboy’s Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. Goblin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The beloved Biz Markie, who passed in July. The Art of Will Power (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Biz Markie gets his wings. The Art of Will Power (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sule Cant Cook (photo © Jaime Rojo)
De Grupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Corn Queen (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Corn Queen (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Corn Queen (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Moka (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Against Dgrams. Mister Alek. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adrian Wilson in collaboration with The LISA Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Billy Barnacles (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
4sakn CBS. Trace1. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
More Less Everything (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Werd Smoker (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Collaboration between Eye Sticker & Billy Barnacles. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Collaboration between Eye Sticker & Billy Barnacles. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DLove (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner. Some rascal edited the text by adding and subtracting letters. The original text read: “Oh no I look incredible”. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Still life with Queen Anne Lace & Sunflowers. Summer 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.25.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.25.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

Can you feel the power of July’s full Buck Moon that arrived this weekend? Not to be confused with the full buck-naked moon; those are the guys climbing the fence to skinny dip in McCarren Pool.

Looks like the new George Floyd statue in Flatbush, Brooklyn got defaced by racists but will be restored and move to Union Square in Manhattan. The vandals must have been mad about all the confederate statues that have been coming down around the country.

You’ll be thrilled to learn that two self-driving cars were tested in New York this week, and no skateboarders or seniors were mowed down. The footage looks pretty tame, to tell the truth. Let’s try the test on any average drunken Saturday night and see how the rabble-rousers fare. Truthfully, a driverless car is exactly the way it feels taking a yellow cab sometimes.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adam Fu, Adrian Wilson, Allison Dayka, Baston, Captain Eyeliner, City Kitty, Comik, David Puck, SEK@DX, Denis Ouch, Duel Heck, Flore, Foxito, La Plaga Invade, Lorenzo Masnah, Lunge Box, Rex Bantron, S. Cifu, Sinclair The Vandal, Sticky Monger, Sule Cant Cook, and Westgard.

La Plaga Invade with The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Denis Ouch (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Denis Ouch (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Denis Ouch (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Denis Ouch (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Duel – Heck (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Duel (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Duel (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Foxito. We haven’t seen this lady on the streets in quite a long time… It could be argued that we do see reflections of her policies on the street regularly. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sule Cant Cook (photo © Jaime Rojo)
David Puck (photo © Jaime Rojo)
David Puck (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rex Bantron with The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Allison Dayka (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adrian Wilson with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Masnah with The Bushwick Collective, (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Flore & Westgard (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Citi Kitty & Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Baston & Sinclair The Vandal (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sinclair The Vandal (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sitcky Monger. “We have a communication issue and I don’t like it” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
s.cifu with The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mike Raz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Comik (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DEK2DX (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Summer 2021. Brooklyn, NY. (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: 04.04.21

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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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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BSA Images of the Week: 03.07.21

BSA Images of the Week: 03.07.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

Remember that time when your best friend’s boyfriend was installing a towel rack in the bathroom of their apartment, and he clumsily busted a hole through the wall, revealing a hidden room – which subsequently released a ghost who regularly appeared at the foot of their bed and slammed doors throughout their dwelling? We do. That’s why it was/was not shocking when a New York woman investigated the breeze emanating from her bathroom mirror. She took the mirror off the wall and discovered a portal to a three-room apartment.

Dude, if that happens to us, we’re not putting it on Tik Tok. We’re heading to Bed Bath and Beyond. In a space-starved city, newly discovered square footage is like finding gold bullion or bitcoin between couch cushions.

In other New York news, some street art neighborhoods are devoid of new works these days – perhaps because January and February are a frozen, mischievous purgatory that chases you inside in a normal year – doubly so when you’re on your 37th consecutive month of pajamas, Minecraft, and Chef Boyardee Beefaroni. Have faith; the next tumultuous 8 weeks of winter-spring-winter-spring weather will eventually coax the street artists and graffiti writers outside in a perennial sign of spring like the appearance of a robin on your windowsill.

Despite the paucity of prancing vandals at the moment, our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo, still managed to capture new art in the streets this week in Red Hook, Bushwick, Chelsea, and Bushwick – amongst the scores of closed restaurant huts that have besieged sidewalks citywide. Movie theaters will open for 25% capacity now, and perhaps the moribund restaurants will be coming back to life in this city that never quite sleeps.  

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adrian Wilson, Berkit, Binho, Blur, Captain Eyeliner, Colin Capernick, Comik, DYM Crew, Ethan Minsker, Know Your Rights Camp, Locs, Matt Siren, Paolo Tolentino, Sara Lynne Leo, Shark, Taboo, The Monks, and Tony De Pew.

Adrian Wilson in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC draws our attention at the increase of hate speech and violent acts against the Asian Community – spearheaded by none other than our former Hateful-in-Chief. Why the GOP continues to make this pact with the Devil is a mystery, or is it? It alerts people’s darkest, most odious traits and keeps us fighting with each other. As a true melting pot, we believe New York is better than this. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Now, now, Sara Lynne-Leo. Remember what the minister’s wife/organist at church always says; “The Good Lord doesn’t make mistakes.” (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
The Monks for The Bushwick Collective (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Psychedelic reimaginings by Tony De Pew in collaboration with Matt Siren. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Comik. DYM Crew. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Blur (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Berkit, Locs and Binho (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Shark (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Taboo, Host. DYM Crew. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Ethan Minsker (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Public service messages from Paolo Tolentino (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
#knowyourrightscamp This is a form of advertisement, and we recognize it, despite its graffiti/street art vernacular. Even so, we admire Mr. Caepernick as one of the few brave sports figures of immense relevance and influence who was and still is willing to forgo fat checks in exchange for being free to speak his mind on social and racial justice issues that are close to his heart and to his home.
Untitled. Manhattan. Winter 2021. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.03.2021

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.03.2021

Welcome to the first BSA Images of the Week of 2021 !

We start our collection this week with an image of Christ crucified on a Facebook logo. If this is the level of subtlety that we can expect from the new year…gurl, we in trubble.

In fact, we have found that much of the organic street art that we find today has become increasingly strident in opinions expressed, especially around themes of social justice and political skullduggery. It’s all mixed in with favorites like pop figures, sports figures, cats. In a way, the artists are ahead of us, so we consider these images as the tea leaves for what is coming.

How will you interpret these messages from the street? Will you become emboldened? Scared? Or will they not have any impact on passersby?

Here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring 7 Line Arts Studio, Bastard Bot, Calicho Art, Captain Eyeliner, Calisi Maultra, City Kity, CRKSHNK, David F Barthold, Degrupo, Elle, Jeff Roseking, Joseph Grazi, NohJColey, Poi Everywhere, Sickid, Sticker Maul, and Stikman.

Joseph Grazi (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NohJColey made an appearance in 2020 after a long absence from the streets of NYC. This wall hanging was repurposed by a construction crew as a bridge flooring- giving it a new patterned patina. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elle in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elle in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elle in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elle in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sitkman with a gone over portrait of the Notorious RBG by Captain Eyeliner. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sitkman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
David F Barthold (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captian Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
7 Line Arts Studio (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sickid (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DeGrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DeGrupo. Bezos for Mr. Bezos (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DeGrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Carlisi Maultra (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Poi Everywhere (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Calicho Art with Jeff Roseking (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Calicho Art with Jeff Roseking (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Calicho Art with Jeff Roseking (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Hudson River, NYC. December 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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The Notorious RBG, Rest in Peace

The Notorious RBG, Rest in Peace

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) A role model. A trailblazer. A pioneer. An intellectual. A woman of her time. A feminist. A mother. A wife. A daughter. A sister. A grandmother. An extraordinary human who dedicated most of her life to extending the reach of justice to all of us, and to protect us from the tyranny of others, including the state.

Her work is done and we are in deep gratitude to her for being such an amazing role model to us – even while we realize that our work will continue. Rest in Peace, Justice Ginsburg.

Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.”
– Interview with NPR, 2002

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