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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: 05.08.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.08.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

Constant rain for days, but the street art is blooming, baby! As are the riotous news waves about the Supreme Court, abortion laws, the efficacy of the vaccine, the ridiculous/tone deaf Met Ball, the new electric bikes just released by Citi, a rise in anti-semitism in New York, the legalization of weed, the 60 Collective 3 show in Dumbo, Swoon’s new “Sanctuary” Project, Elon Musk buying Twitter, a virtual unknown winning the Kentucky Derby, and Meghan McCain selling only 244 copies of her new book. Who is she again?

Nevermind, we’re back on the streets where we belong, tracking the exciting new directions it is taking us.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Jason Naylor, INSA, Sticker Maul, Stikman, Degrupo, Diva Dogla, Mike Raz, Corn Queen, Jorit, Eric John Eigner, Smet Sky Art, Bad Boi, O. Grey, Steven Paul Judd, Katie Merz, and Delphinoto.

Eternal Possessions (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Diva Dogla (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist targets increasing censorial actions by social media platforms (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Degrupo lionizes Zelinsky as transformer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman embeds with Ukraine (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mike Raz & Smet Sky Art sing the praises of our beloved city (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bad Boi (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Corn Queen (photo © Jaime Rojo)
O. Grey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kiowa/Choctaw artist Steven Paul Judd hails from Oklahoma but appears to have roamed ayonder to NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Street artist Jorit celebrates Italian football coach and former player Andrea Pirlo for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jorit for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
INSA. Our guess is that this piece was almost completed but the rain prevented him from finishing it. Still, we are happy to see this British artist in NYC. We’ll go back to see what details we are missing. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sitckermaul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sitckermaul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eric John Eigner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Katie Merz. You Are Not Alone for East Village Murals. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Delphinoto paints @Pontifex “in solidarity with Pope Francis’s Laudato Si Action Platform – the Vatican’s response to the ecological & economic crisis.” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Spring 2022. NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.06.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.06.22

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Happy New Year of the Tiger! We found some on the street this week in New York, no surprise perhaps.

In other news, OG train writer Chris “Daze” Ellis captured the attention of The New York Times this Friday with his new contemporary art show “Give it All You Got” at P·P·O·W Gallery, and in a related story, according to the New York Daily News, there were 120 graffiti-related incidents on subway trains in January 2021, a 21% increase compared to the same period last year.

The differences between the 1970s/80s and today, as it pertains to graffiti and street art, are vast; Phillips auction house has an exhibition of graffiti artists that we estimate to be valued well into the millions, author/critic Carol Diehl is on a tour promoting her book “Banksy Completed” (MIT Press) which argues that we all complete his works, BSA has officially opened a new library with Martha Cooper at Urban Nation (Berlin) dedicated to being the penultimate resource for academic research and literature related to graffiti and street art around the world, street artist Shepard Fairey just sold out a 7,400 piece generative NFT art project on OpenSea, and 1970s/80s artists/graffiti writers like Futura and Zephr are being interviewed by iconic cultural critic Carlo McCormick at the Wexner Museum.

In his curatorial incarnation, Carlo has been organizing an enormous new exhibition about New York’s ‘downtown’ scene that he’s curating with Peter Eleey to open this July at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing featuring “several defining works of this generation, such as paintings and drawings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.”  McCormick, you will remember, originated the concept and title for his book Trespass : a History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, which made the direct connection between fine art, the avant-garde, and the various street/public art practices of serious radical art movements like those popularized in the 1960’s by Guy Debord and the Situationistes Intérnationales. With these movements and arguments informing our view, it’s simplistic to be so polarized when assessing the value given/damage done by illegal graffiti writers and street artists.

Today our public/private debates about whether someone’s aerosol creation is vandalism or art are far more complex, more palpable than before. Thanks to the validation of graffiti and street art as a cultural force by fashion designers, toy manufacturers, home goods stores, clothing chains, commercial brands, film directors, art collectors, auction houses, artists, writers, professors, and respected education and art institutions, these practices of art-making on the street are enmeshed in the culture, fully a part of it.

One of these days a train car covered with graffiti will head to the yards for buffing… and reappear at an art fair, a Sotheby’s auction, or in the back yard of an avid collector. Our thoughts turn to the “Fun Gallery” refrigerator covered with graffiti tags in that is currently on display at the Phillips “Graffiti” show on Park Avenue right now.

And so we turn to our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Billye Merrill, BK Foxx, Crash, DrewOne, Elle, Eraquario, Eskae, Jenkins2D, Lamour Supreme, MAD, Manuel Alejandro, Osiris Rain, Praxis, REDS, Sipros, The Creator, The DRIF, and Twice.

Manuel Alejandro, The Creator. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Billye Merrill with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BK Foxx with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BK Foxx with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Crash and The Drif with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Crash in Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eraquario (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Individual Activist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ben Keller with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elle and REDS in Miami (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elle and REDS in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LAmour Supreme in Miami is tagged by Twice and Eskae. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LAmour Supreme in Miami is tagged by Crons, Fume, Mad, Twice, and Eskae. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Osiris Rain in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jenkins2D with East Vialle Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sipros and DrewOne in Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Wallabout Channel. Brooklyn, NYC. January 2022. (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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You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

You are not alone. It’s a simple phrase that offers a lot of comfort in difficult times.

For one long, horrible year we’ve been bound to each other by one single catastrophic event: Covid-19. The Pandemic brought so much pain, despair, loss, urgency, clarity, and fear. It forced the invincible to their knees. It didn’t discriminate by class, social status, ethnic groups, skin color, or wealth. A Pandemic that crossed borders and forced us to withdraw almost completely from normality.

Throughout all of this, many of us, millions of us, never felt alone – and that kept us hoping for the ray of light. Hope for the day when we won’t be hearing the sound of sirens from emergency vehicles. Hope for the day when we’d be able to reunite with our loved ones. Hope for a day when going outside wouldn’t feel like risking death. Hope for the simplest of pleasures.

The Pandemic also exposed all of us to see the immense disparity between rich countries and poor ones. A vast and deep fissure in our humanity was exposed to the whole world when we saw images of people being left to die on the sidewalks, alone in nursing homes or their own homes, due to negligence, incompetence, or lack of resources. It may be years before we realize the damage of the Pandemic. At the least, we hope we have learned that we are not alone.

Dirty Bandits with East Village Walls. (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: 04.04.21

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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Stop Asian Hate – Video With 6 Steps You Can Take on the Street

Stop Asian Hate – Video With 6 Steps You Can Take on the Street

On a day where we are all reeling from a public display of violence this week toward a 65-year-old Asian New Yorker on her way to church, we reiterate what the street artists are telling us – “Stop Asian Hate.” More upsetting than the violence was the seeming apathy of some toward it – and they should feel ashamed for not helping.

We know that our individual actions speak louder than words. Don’t stand by and feel helpless when you see someone being abused! You can help! It’s everyone’s responsibility to do whatever we can to stop the hate.

HekTad (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peter Paid NYC in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dragon 76 in collaboration with East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Don’t be a Bystander: 6 Tips for Responding to Racist Attacks

Hearts NY (photo © Steven P. Harrington)
Adrian Wilson in collaboration with the L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dwei (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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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.14.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.14.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week. Did you set you clocks ahead one hour? Spring forward!

We open today’s edition of BSA Images Of The Week with Peruvian artist The Monks. He’s been splashing the streets of New York with his vibrant work… and with a much-needed infusion of color during our winter grays – as a prelude to the imminent Spring in NYC.

We’re feeling good. Is that bad? Maybe it’s the lack of daily tweets that used to hector and batter the populace for 4 years that we are slowly emerging from beneath. It’s like the Twitter Gods are showing mercy on us all.

Maybe it’s the centrist rescue bill finally passed this week that will place newly-minted cash into the hands of the newly-minted poor and desperate working-class, slowing the steady decades-long growth of the gaping chasm between haves and have-nots. (Still “no” to $15 minimum wage, “no” to Medicare for All, “yes” to a bombing in Syria). You can’t blame the Democrats, though – they only have the House, Senate, and White House.

Maybe we’re also feeling partially positive because we had two consecutive days of sunshine and even experienced 60-degree temperatures. Daffodils are positively poised for popping through the dog poop in public parks presently. No doubt we’re also feeling hopeful because a deluge of new art will begin rushing through city streets in the next few weeks as artists, like everyone else, will be racing outside like giddy teenagers.

Not that they haven’t been getting up already. They have.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Clown Soldier, CRKSNK, Donut, Fours Crew, Goog, HAZE, Kiwi, Meter, Nemz, Polka, Rambo, Roachi, Samva, Sara Lynne-Leo, Texas & Gane, The Monks, Toath, Zexor, and ZigZag.

The Monks for Graffiti Tours. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Monks for Graffiti Tours. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Monks for East Village Walls(photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Monks for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Clown Solider bus shelter takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zexor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Goog (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Roachi. Fours Crew. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nemz with a tribute to Zexor on the left. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nemz . Zexor. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jean-Michel Maskiat? Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Polka, Thoath (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Haze pays tribute to skateboarder Keith Hufnagel, who died in 2020. See video below. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Donut (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gane, Texas, ZigZag, Meter, Sport, Samva, Kiwi. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Williamsburg, Brooklyn. March 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.10.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.10.21

Now that the orange man has been censored by social media he’ll have much more time to pack his boxes and do some deep vacuuming of the living room furniture.

All tolled, this week was perhaps the most effective public demonstration of white privilege on parade for everyone to see – and one that was beamed across the world, including into the countries who once looked to the US for leadership and promise. BLM could not have made a more powerful and impactful statement about the systemic inequality that is baked into American society. Did you see all those video split screens of how police treated the different crowds?

Trump is on his way out, but as the author Thomas Frank likes to say, Trumpism is here to stay.

Ahhhh, but the future is unwritten. Where’s you marker?

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adrian Wilson, Bastard Bot, De Grupo, Ethan Minsker, Gane, Glare, HeartsNY, Lunge Box, Timothy Goodman, Wane, Winston Tseng, and You Are Loved. Yes, you are loved.

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timothy Goodman. In Memoriam. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timothy Goodman for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HeartsNY (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
De Grupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
De Grupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adrian Wilson for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
You Are Loved (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ethan Minsker (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gane, Wayne, Glare. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.06.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.06.20

Anarchists and lawlessness on the streets of New York? Where are you looking exactly? This is a narrative that charlatans like to slander our fair city with, where we spent 8 hours hanging out on blankets on the grass yesterday in Prospect Park, performing anarchist acts like eating sandwiches, reading books, taking naps, going for walks with thousands of our neighbors. So far this is one of the most beautiful Labor Day Weekends we’ve seen in ages and there was no army present.

Every time the fearmonger’s from outside of NYC try to scare people into voting for something, you have to be amused by their ignorance and obvious disinformation – and wonder if it isn’t a generalized fear of black and brown people that drives their critiques. Maybe they are fearful that New Yorkers are the most ethnically diverse population in the country and we are always getting along just fine with each other, even liking and loving each other on a daily basis and we have been doing so for years. Gorgeous and expansively green Prospect Park in the middle of Brooklyn is a fine example of it this weekend – you’ll see people of many backgrounds hanging out happily and civilly, barbecuing meats and vegetables, playing volleyball with the youth group, tossing the frisbee with their girlfriend, sitting on blankets and playing board games with their kids and neighbors, helping babies take their first steps, helping grandpa into a folding chair.

We didn’t see one fight or argument Saturday, and the park was completely teeming with people, and we saw maybe one or two police officers throughout all day – because apparently tens of thousands of us co-New Yorkers know how to enjoy a sunny day in the park with each other and without invoking chaos. On blankets, in lawn chairs, on picnic tables – there we all were; Indians, Africans, Mexicans, Germans, Italians, Jews, Conservatives, Liberals, Koreans, Chinese, Europeans, Buddists, LGBTQI, singles, couples, families, church groups – too many to list here. You could see all kinds of different foods if you walked around and heard music being played – some of it live and spontaneous, like the Dixieland jazz band, the violin quartet, the guy on the flute. We love New York and we love New Yorkers more than ever before.

So, no, Mike Huckleberry or the Foxes or the Divider in Chief, we don’t fall for it because we know the great people of our city. Scare people in the middle of the country with stories about lawlessness in our city, but you don’t fool us for a second. For the record, 93% of the Black Lives Matter marches across the country this year have been peaceful. We’re all capable of having the hard conversations, despite what you and your networks want people to believe – New York has been proving that for years. Sorry, society is moving on – or in many cases already has moved on – from the cultural hegemony phase. It ain’t perfect, but Jesus sometimes it can feel like it.

And now some street art images recently shot – our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Almost Over Keep Smiling, Antennae, Damon NYC, JKos Art, Little Ricky, Raw, Stikman, and Urban Russian Doll NYC.

Alt-right symbol sticker – Pepe the Frog with Q Anon eyes, is smacked over a happy cat – alongside “Help Each Other.” Unidentified artists (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JKos Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Urban Russian Doll NYC for East Village Walls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Antennae brings the much feared Asian Killer Hornet to NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
RAW (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist on a fence in the park (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Damon NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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