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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.14.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.14.18

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A celebrated American, the New York poet Langston Hughes, leads off this edition of BSA Images of the Week, with a firebox posting of a portion of his work “Oh Let America Be America Again.” A part of the Harlem Jazz Age that gave birth to a freedom of expression and heralded fame for many black and brown artists across artistic disciplines, it was Hughes that spoke to the depths and sorrows and aspirations of the human experience here with such poetry. We don’t know who brought his words to the street here, but the timing could not be better.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Abe Lincoln Jr., Anthony Lister, Apexer, Borondo, Katsu, Langston Hughes, Paul Kostabi, SacSix, and Willow.

Top Image: A poem by Langston Hughes (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Apexer (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Anthony Lister in Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Borondo. Padre Cruz Neighborhood. Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist. Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist. Lisbon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Abe Lincoln Jr. Phone booth ad takeover. LES, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Abe Lincoln Jr. Phone booth ad takeover. LES, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Abe Lincoln Jr. Phone booth ad takeover. LES, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Willow (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SacSix and FAME. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Paul Kostabi (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. East Rive, NYC. January 2018. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Box Trucks as Rolling Graffiti Marquees

Box Trucks as Rolling Graffiti Marquees

A ubiquitous sight throughout large cities like New York, the graffiti covered box truck has inherited the all-city art mantle from the subway train cars of thirty years ago with eye-popping collaborations and solo pieces rolling on rubber wheels and circulating through every neighborhood.

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UFO 907 Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Box trucks are like the freight trains of New York Streets,” says Bishop 203, a Street Artist and graffiti writer who has successfully managed to parse the visual languages of both into his work – which of course includes a box truck when he can get one. “It’s the best of all worlds. If I do a wall in Bushwick, that’s cool because people in Brooklyn can see it. But if I do a truck in Bushwick, it’s going to go through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan – who knows?”

Rugged, dirty, grimey, half-rusted – these trucks are rather similar to freights now that you think about it. They do the grueling thankless work of moving everything through the streets, often barreling by at high speeds and careening around corners to meet deadlines. They are carrying everything – produce, baked goods, heavy appliances, iron, steel, glass, equipment for many industries, racks full of garments, crates full of flowers, even art… and if you are passing through most business districts in the middle of the day, you will see them backing into loading docks or double parked in the street with blinking lights, the back door rolled up, and guys and gals shuttling with dollies across the sidewalk to and from restaurants and bodegas.

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GenII, Oze 907 Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While painting a box truck is not exactly the same as “going all city”, if your art is literally rolling throughout the entire metropolis in the same way that tracks once carried aerosol art for 1970s/80s writers who crushed train lines, you experience a feeling that is pretty golden. “It’s like a mobile billboard for hooligans,” says Bishop, only half joking.

Wherever photographer Jaime Rojo travels throughout the city looking for new shots, he is almost guaranteed to see a box truck. What began as a casual collecting of these rolling canvasses eventually is swelling into a full-fledged gallery. He’s not sure what he’ll do with all of them, but here’s a taste of some of the trucks to whet your appetite.

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DEK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cekis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ND’A (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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SeeOne, ND’A (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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VLOK Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stem, Gano, VGL (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cope, Cano, JAOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Staino (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Staino, Rambo, Sevs (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Staino, Fade AAMob (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ski, Optimo, Mok (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jelly Fish (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ski, 2Ease, KA  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ski, 2Ease, Kepts, KA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jedi, Sae, Aven, Baal (in front of a mural by Faile) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ski, 2Ease, Velo, Fuk, Dred (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Deter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sevor, Ideal (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fame (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Reader, Abra, Mas, Boans (in front of a wall piece by Overunder) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ski, 2Ease (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Lefty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sincere thanks to Bishop203 and Bato for their assistance with identifying some of these artists.

 

 

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Images of The Week 09.26.10

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Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring  Chris Stain, Imminent Disaster, Labrona, Lister, Oculo, Shepard Fairey, Shin Shin, Trice,  White Cocoa, and a big piece of freshly baked CAKE.

This is the third time that Lister has gone over himself on this spot (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

This is the third time that Lister has gone over himself on this spot (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris Stain mural for DumboFest 2010 sponsored by No Longer Empty (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris Stain mural for Dumbo Arts Festival 2010 sponsored by No Longer Empty Gallery (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Imminent Disaster mural for DumboFest 2010 sponsored by No Longer Empty (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Imminent Disaster mural for Dumbo Arts Festival 2010 sponsored by No Longer Empty (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Blue Suit (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Blue Suit (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Wanna Be Famouos? (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Wanna Be Famous? Keep those flames alive. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Labrona in Toronto (Photo © Space27)

Labrona in Toronto (Photo © Space27)

A commnetary on all the recent talk of wichtcraft on TV? (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

What has this street artist been dabbling into?  (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

White Cocoa (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

White Cocoa (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tin cut out sculptures of a common scene in NYC (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Tin cut out sculptures of a common scene in NYC (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Oculo (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Oculo (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Trice explosion (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Trice explosion of paper collage (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rules and Regulations of NYC (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rules and Regulations of NYC (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shin Shin (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shin Shin (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lister Sez "Don't Be Bitter, Be Better" (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lister Sez, “Don’t Be Bitter, Be Better” (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shepard Fairey (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shepard Fairey (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The guys of Primary Flight, Books and Typoe are hosting street artist Cake while in Miami at The Fountainhead Residency in conjunction with Primary Flight.

Below are images of her new work “Two Sisters and a Peach”with photos by © Lena Schmidt.

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