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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.12.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.12.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

There are always so many hype-dope-cool-rad-slaps things to do in New York period – and often plenty graffiti and street art options. There’s the new Remembering Bast show with 26 new paintings by the street artist at Allouche, the new Cope2-Dr. Revolt-Tkid-Martha Cooper show at Outlaw Arts, the ongoing King Pleasure Basquiat show, yet another Banksy exhibition, the 60 Collective Art show in DUMBO is still up for another week, the new mural by Os Gemeos and Futura at the Cardoza High School in Queens…. Speaking of Futura, the organization whom we first brought street art to in 2008/2010 with two benefit auctions – Free Arts NYC – this week raised more money from the street art/graffiti community and their fans with a special honorary event for Futura. We’re glad BSA spearheaded that relationship to help this arts organization immersed in the street art scene all those years ago.

Just for fun, here’s a list of the artists we brought to that first auction in April 2008 – any of them sound familiar? Anera, Armsrock, Borf, Celso, C.Damage, DAIN, Dark Clouds, Deeks, DiRQuo, Elbowtoe, ELC, Fauxreel, Flower Face Killah, Gaia, GoreB, Haculla, Infinity, Judith Supine, Jp, McMutt, MOMO, Noah Sparkes, Royce Bannon, Skewville, Swoon, Dan Witz, and WK Interact.

How many of these names are still in the game? Some have faded, some have accelerated, and there are many new names bandied about on New York streets; It’s a constantly changing tableau.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Matt Siren, City Kitty, Hijack, Li-Hill, Raddington Falls, Rose Cory, HOACS, Voxx Romana, Jet, Nite Owl, HEFS, and HAVOC.

Rose Cory. PRIDE 2022. Let the celebrations begin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hefs (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hefs (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hijack (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Detail from the above photo. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Li-Hill for East Village Walls. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Li-Hill for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HOME (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bowery/Houston Wall. June 2nd. 2022, drive-by photo. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bowery/Houston Wall. June 9th. 2022. Ollin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Raven. Window sill taxidermy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” … The Raven. Edgar Allan Poe

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
XTRA HAVOC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nite Owl (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty/Voxx Romana (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JET (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Drecks (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hoacs (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Lower East Side. NYC. June 2022. (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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Character Witness

Character Witness

Sometimes it is a talisman who is having adventures on the behalf of an artist, a part of him/herself who stays behind and watches the area.

At other times it is a character seen through a mirror, an alter-ego who represents a fictional part of their inner world who has been set free onto the street to interact. It may be a branding element, a logo, or signature that lays claim to the artwork it is attached to. By itself it is often a form of marking territory; a practice begun by graffiti writers decades ago.

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Whether it is a symbol or a figure, it is undoubtedly a personification of some part of the artists id, one that is so individual that you can spot it from a distance and if you are a fan, you’ll smile in recognition.

Many street artists have a discernable style, that is true; a hand-style, a recurrent motif, color palette, a topic that reappears, a technique of application, even a likely location in the urban landscape where they are most likely to appear.

Of that number, fewer have developed a character or a motif so well defined in our minds that it can stand alone, but we have found a few over the decades. Each is imbued with memory, with place, with personality, with character.

And, as ever, we are witness.

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dark Clouds (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dark Clouds (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kaws (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Michael Defeo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Michael Defeo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Oculo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Oculo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stik (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stik in collaboration with LA2 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)
UFO 907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
UFO 907 (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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Photos Of BSA 2021: #3: The 3-Eyed City Kitty

Photos Of BSA 2021: #3: The 3-Eyed City Kitty

We’re celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next by thanking BSA Readers, Friends, and Family for your support in 2021. We have selected some of our favorite shots from the year by our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo, and are sharing a new one every day to celebrate all our good times together, our hope for the future, and our love for the street.


The third eye of many of City Kitty’s hand-rendered characters on the street undoubtedly helps him divine the right place to be on the street.

This one seems to represent the fullness of his realized vocabulary, completely confident, and all-seeing. This is the artist’s interpretation of Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix’s “Portrait of Woman in Blue Turban”.

City Kitty. Brooklyn, NY (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: 08.01.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.01.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

First day of August, and although the city is gorgeous and green and full of summer excitement, the news is pulsing with the Delta variant, our lost war in Afghanistan, half a million New Yorkers unable to pay the rent, soaring home prices… and Jerome Powell announcing gently that inflation could be ‘higher and more persistent’ than expectations. Whose expectations, Mr. Money Printer?

If you look at the surreal quality of the art on the streets these days, you may be forgiven for feeling like you are living in a funhouse. Perhaps it’s because we’re in a sea of disinformation, the populace is adrift, oddly ready to be galvanized amidst our myths and our realities. It’s everywhere you look, including in our Street Art.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring City Kitty, Dasic Fernandez, Emilio Florentine, Eric Karbeling, Erinko Studios, Krave Art, Lueza, Lunge Box, Medow, Miyok, and Modomatic.

LUEZA. Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LUEZA. Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eric Karbeling. Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eric Karbeling. Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Medow. Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dasic Fernandez. Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Krave Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Joust201 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Erinko Studios. Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Miyok Cult (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Emilio Florentine. Jersey City Mural Festival 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dillen & Ari. This is an ad, but we like the calligraphy and, of course, the sentiment. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Distort (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Distort (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (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: 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: 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, Mint & Serf, 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)
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: 03.21.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.21.21

Nowruz Mubarak! Happy Persian New Year to all the New York neighbors who celebrate it. Also, Happy Spring! Did you think it would never arrive? Already the birds are chirping in the trees, and the crocus is popping up from beneath the garbage and dog crap. That guy who lives downstairs named Manny and his brother are washing their car on the curb while blasting a mix from Marley Marl & Red Alert at top volume for the block to enjoy. All the while, there is a colorful parade of young bucks and shorties who are strutting around the neighborhood with big eyes and a burning flame of hope in their hearts.

Another reason Brooklyn is feeling hopeful is the announcement Friday by Chuck Schumer saying that New York is to get 1.6 million COVID shots every week thanks to a ‘vaccine supercharge.’ One year after the sounds of ambulances filled the air and refrigerator trucks became mobile morgues on Brooklyn streets, people are eagerly running to pharmacies and Yankee Stadium and Citi Field to get the shot.

New Yorkers are also taking to the streets to protest Anti-Asian discrimination and violence locally and nationally. Many point to Trump’s use of the term “Chinese Virus” repeatedly in the last year as a direct causal relationship to increased acts of prejudice. But once again, New Yorkers know how to re-enforce the message: “United we stand, divided we fall.” As a New Yorker and as a person, it makes you feel proud.

Finally, street art is popping off in all kinds of stylistic and thematic directions this week – from the secular American saint, Dolly Parton, posed as a vaccine nurse by SacSix, to Sticker Maul’s Priority Mail collages, to Winston Tseng’s subtle and damning phone booth campaign of Walmart and McDonald’s workers who represent our formerly middle-class neighbors who are paid so little that they actually qualify for food stamps.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: Almost Over Keep Smiling, City Kitty, D7606, Damien Mitchell, Ethan Minsker, Invader, LET, Matt Siren, Mort Art, NET, Rambo, Raw Raffle, Royce Bannon, SacSix, Sara Lynne Leo, Sticker Maul, Tram, Voxx Romana, and Winston Tseng.

SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tram (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mort Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A Cat called LET (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ethan Minsker (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren . Royce Bannon (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raw Raffe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty. Vox Romana. D7606 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Daniel Mastrion (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. March 2021.(photo © Jaime Rojo)
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