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Skulls, Death and “Memento Mori” on the Street Art Scene

Skulls, Death and “Memento Mori” on the Street Art Scene

Oh death, the world simply brims with it.

Naturally so do the streets.

We’ve been able to cheat it, cavort and dance with it, even bargain with it but so far we have been unable to win the fight. Everyone succumbs.

“Remember you shall die”, or Memento mori, is the medieval Latin theory that we come face to face with, or skull to skull.

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Olek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artists have been doing the danse macabre for centuries and one cerebral motif appears throughout every medium: the skull. From traditional African masks with skull faces to Shakespeare’s exhumed Yorick in Hamlet to 16th and 17th century European paintings featuring the skull as a motif in portraiture. The Mexicans make sugar candy with skulls, Warhol did multiples with them, Bowie sang to one, Tattoo culture covers skins with them, Damien Hirst encrusts them with diamonds, Game of Thrones has the Lord of Bones, they’re featured at the Museum of Morbid Anatomy, and Korean rapper Jay Park is styled as one on his video.

Even current Street Artists have a fascination with skulls, with Swoon in a show called Memento Mori and the Italian Street Artist Borondo’s named his new book after it. Today we wander out into the street with your hand in ours to look at death, as interpreted by artists of the street right now.

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Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vexta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zach Meyer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dee Dee (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Daek (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alexis Diaz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dennis McNett (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Niño de las Pinturas (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eurotrash (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Balu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Code (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Damon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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This article is also published on The Huffington Post.

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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.01.15

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.01.15

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Eric Simmons, Eurotrash, Flood, Jordan Seiler, LMNOPI, London Kaye, Myth, Neon King Kong, Nick Walker, Paper Skaters, Silkor, Snowden, Snownyc, Specter, Thievin’ Stephen and Zach Meyer.

Top Image >> Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Flood (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI. The artist painted this mural last summer. The word EVOLVE was recently added as a way to restore the piece which was recently vandalized. See the damaged piece below. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter.  NYC Subway AD Takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jordan Seiler. NYC Subway AD Takeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A small but effective intervention on a Hedwig And The Angry Inch Ad by Eric Simmons on the NYC Subway. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Snowden (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Paper Skaters (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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London Kaye (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zach Meyer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Thievin’ Stephen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eurotrash (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Neon King Kong (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Slikor “Lets Stay Together” Yes let’s. At Low Brow Artique. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Central Park. Manhattan, NYC. January 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 12.07.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 12.07.14

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adnate, Amanda Wong, Clet, Dasic, David Walker, Droid 907, Eurotrash, Hunt, Jim Vision, Mr. Oneteas, Specter, and WUFC Crew.

Top Image >> Adnate for The Bushwick Collective. Detail. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Adnate for The Bushwick Collective. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dasic (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Amanda Wong . Droid907 (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eurotrash. WUFC Crew (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Eurotrash. WUFC Crew. Detail. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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David Walker at work on his new wall with Jim Vision in London, England.  (Photo © Tamara Elha)

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David Walker new wall with Jim Vision in London, England.  (Photo © Tamara Elha)

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Specter. Ad take over. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter. A different version of the above Ad take over. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. OneTeas (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. OneTeas (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown. This stencil appears to depict an orthodox Hasidim man with a Woman from an Arab country wearing a burka. Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kenny Scharf . Julian Schnabel. An unidentified artist spot marked the names of the two well known artists on a wall famous for Graff writers to get up in Brooklyn. Not sure what the story is. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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HUNT (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Clet (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Clet (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Busker on the L train platform. Brooklyn, NYC. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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EUROTRASH INVADES BROOKLYN AND WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER

It Isn’t Just for the Meat Packing District Anymore!

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A new Dolk piece this week in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Break out the Prada sunglasses kids, the ever-clever and fun folks at Brooklynite Gallery have produced a show with two European Artists: DOLK and M-City, entitled “Eurotrash”

A new toaster design from MCity!
A new toaster design from MCity! – a “graphic brand of stencil artillery” Indeed, and wide enough for bagels!

But these artists are far from trash, although they are pretty Euro. Rae just liked that term because it is funny and because some correspondents in some neighborhoods are reporting that they are immersed in a sloshing sea of it.  Pure hyperbole, I’m sure.

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Dolk goes old school with this stencil subject and deliberately mucks it up for effect.

And now, back to me.  “Eurotrash” makes me think of the 1980’s, when the term first stuck and wealthy young Europeans living in New York were chronicled in a column titled “Eurotrash” by Taki Theodoracopulos in the now defunct The East Side Express.  Ahhhh, visions of Lacroix pouf skirts and slick men in ponytails with big long thick cigars swell to mind.

A KNOCKOUT! Excellent placement for this gigantic DOLK piece in BK!
A KNOCKOUT! Excellent placement for this gigantic DOLK piece in BK!

And NOW, back to me. And then came TECHNO and TRANCE and it was all over the big Euro-club, exalting Eurotrash to an international lifestyle embraced by a sh*tload of people. What do you need to make a good ET dance song, you ask?

1. Powerful synth riffs that create the hook of the song, and hi-energeee massive arena-style walls of sound, 2. Rapping in a military and/or ganga fashion, preferably by a strapping black German with a gap between his front teeth, 3. A soaring wailing female vocal about sexual availability, preferably with a German accent or in a Nordic language emitting electronically from a distant chilly erotica planet 4. A galloping baseline and some sirens and a solid two minutes of intro and outro beats for mixing purposes.

MCity, despite the heavy monocromatic industrial quality of his stencils, is a funny guy.  Here the Manchurian Helena II

M-CITY, despite the heavy monocromatic industrial quality of his stencils, is a funny guy. Here the Manchurian Helena II plowing through a sea of beach umbrellas. I think.

To bone up on whom we speak you can read all about the society scum characters in Irvine Welsh’s short story “Eurotrash” included in his book “The Acid House

Here's hoping for another steaming bull market!  M-CITY
Here’s hoping for another steaming bull market! M-CITY

Zeromancer have a song called “Eurotrash” where they sing: We are nothing but Eurotrash,
We take Plastic we take Cash! Get the ringtone here!

"The Boxer" - a pretty stunning canvas by DOLK tomorrow at Brooklynite.

"The Boxer" - a pretty stunning canvas by DOLK tomorrow at Brooklynite.

Tell you what. Why not hop on the L train headed toward Brooklyn and ride just a few stops past Bedford Ave and go to BedStuy and see the show for yourself?  It’s not as good as Mr. Brainwash of course but there will be cameras to capture your look – even a live video feed!  Sorry no bottle service.

Special thanks to Jaime Rojo for background research on this important topic.

“EUROTRASH”

DOLK • M-CITY

OPENING RECEPTION:
Saturday, May 8, 7-10PM

Special Musical Guest:
DJ EVIL DEE (Da Beatminerz)
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Can’t make it to the show? Check out our
STREAMING LIVE COVERAGE of the opening
on our website: BrooklyniteGallery.com

Brooklynite Gallery is located at 334 Malcolm X Blvd., Brooklyn, New York 11233

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