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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.03.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.03.16

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Welcome to our first BSA Images of the Week for the new year. We thought we’d start out with a small unassuming businessman – perhaps he is from the World Bank. Wonder what he’s thinking, and planning. We just completed New York’s warmest December – averaging 51 degrees, or 13 degrees above normal. That’s why you’ll see no snow in these wintery images.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring ASVP, Classic, Dart, Dasic Fernandez, ENX, Foxx Face, Isaac Cordal, Jim Power, Jorit Agoch, KEO, Leticia Mandragora, Norm Kirby, One Eye Mickey, and She Wolf.

Top Image: Isaac Cordal (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jim Power (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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She Wolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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One Eye Mickey (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Leticia Mandragora (top) Jorit Agoch (bottom) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ASVP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Classic . Dart. Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dasic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Too Expensive (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Norm Kirby (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ENX (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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KEO – X-Men (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. China Town, Manhattan. December, 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BOO! Street Art Inspiration for Halloween

BOO! Street Art Inspiration for Halloween

Boo! Halloween is tomorrow and you know your subway ride is going to have some Werewolves, Zombies, Sexy Nurses, and Mini Mouses (mice).

Also big fat hairy rats, but they are always there.

To help you get in the mood and for inspiration we have a lil’ selection of Street Art oddities and monsters that have popped up on the street in NYC. If you have not planned your costume yet, here are 40 costumes for lazy people. See you at the PARADE!

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Damon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Knor Crap…if you dare… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A series of shots of Lango creating this hellish scene in Bushwick.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mastro (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don’t Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Can’t really be sure what is happening here, but The Jizzard could be spewing green stuff out of his mouth or he could be eating a Christmas tree. Also, not sure about the babe in the stilletoes, but she must be wondering what he is doing with his hand. Is this related to his name? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This piece is signed but we can’t read the tag. Please help. Good ears though. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Steiner (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sir Crone, Must Survive Today and YesOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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She Wolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Arbiter (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Flood. The little kitten on the bottom with the fire hydrant is by Funky13. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.17.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.17.14

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This weeks “21st Precinct” show of graffiti and street art style mural / installation work did blow some minds for sure, as did last nights official opening – mostly because of the great display of work on four floors. But additionally all sorts of paranoia was afoot when people began writing on social media and to us that they really thought this was a sting operation of some sort.

Aside from the fact that we clearly said in our postings on BSA and Huffpost that the building had long since been decommissioned as a precinct and we were simply focusing on the irony of the facts, minds and nerves were blown nonetheless. Truth is, this is a good show with some thoughtful pieces and installations and not surprisingly, many thematically addressed the contentious relationship some have with the police traditionally. But there is lots of other stuff too and it is worth your time. Just don’t get arrested. Kidding!

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring APC Crew, Art is Trash, Bishop203, Castellaneta, Chekos, Cruz, Foxx Face, Franksy, Gaia, Hek Tad, JJ Veronis, Lorenzo Maza, Mark Samsonovich AKA Love is Telepathic, Melty Cats, Mr. PRVT, Mr. Toll, Nekst, Opiemme, Pixote, Shantell Martin, Skrew, UR New York and Wolfe Metal Work, Tommy Wolfe.

Top Image >> Mark Samsonovich says open your mind, although it looks like someone blew this guys. See the video of the Delfonics at end of posting if that song is running through your brain now. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Shantell Martin (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JJ Veronis (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Wolfe Metal Work (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Skrew, Nekst taken from a fast moving train:-) (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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HEK TAD (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Art Is Trash with some friends in the background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. PRVRT for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Deconstructed Beauty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown. We won’t open it until 2015. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Franksy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Melty Cats (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Opiemme and Chekos for Street Like Rainbow Festival in Castellaneta, Italy. (photo © courtesy of the artists)

“Who is he? Who is that other one?”

“These are the questions that people asked most often while Chekos and I were painting in Castellaneta.
Ernest Hemingway, Sean Connery, Sigmund Freud, Steve Jobs, Padre Pio, Van Gogh, Giuseppe Verdi, George Clooney, Lenin, Cavour, Garibaldi…are some of the guesses.

The work came from Chekos’s idea, a reflection on the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. We tried to bring the spectator to have an experience close to a personality test, with an iconographic work that recalls the Rorschach test. The words “Stereotype” in the center of the composition refer to the process that brings people to recognize different famous people.” ~ Opiemme

 

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Mr. Toll at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Bishop203 x Lorenzo Maza x APC Crew at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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URNewYork at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Pixote at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Phil at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cruz x URNewYork at “The 21st Precinct” for Outlaw Arts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. August 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

Didn’t I Blow Your Mind? The Delfonics

 

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Kashink Uses Hairy Four-Eyed Men to Examine Gender Assumptions

Kashink Uses Hairy Four-Eyed Men to Examine Gender Assumptions

The international Street Art scene boasts a small percentage of women artists and KASHINK may perplex even that statistic with her mustache. It’s the same mustache you’ll see on many of her big hairy four-eyed men that she paints in Europe and North America that look like “badass yet sensitive gangsters,” as she describes them. Similarly, her own mustache is drawn on with a marker or paint brush. It’s the absurdity of gender role-play that she likes to examine in her colorful comical way and the Paris-based KASHINK says she considers her street art to be an expression of activism that questions it.

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Kashink (photo © Jaime Rojo)

With the same vivid colors and absurdly intelligent wit that Gilbert and George might use to make fun, KASHINK takes her paintings into a folkloric milieu and adds superhero flatness, depicting her (mostly) men as probably well-meaning dolts, if also conflicted and sensitive. As with most comedy there may be a critique as well.

As an activist the artist has lent her art and her support in a very big and public way to the cause of Marriage Equality in France, where hundreds of thousands of angry anti-gay marchers thronged through the streets to stop its passage. With characteristic wittiness (and fortitude) KASHINK created nearly 200 murals depicting many a gay couple gazing dreamily at one another over a big ornate wedding cake; a series she humorously named “50 Cakes of Gay”.

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Kashink. ActUp. Paris, France. (photo © Kashink)

Recently in New York, a number of her men showed up on walls on the street, and we had the opportunity ask her some questions about optimism, gender conventions, the French love for old skool graffiti and hip-hop, and those two black marker lines above her lip.

Brooklyn Street Art: Your characters have similarities to illustrations found in comic books from the thick lines and bold colors to multiple eyes and the comedic sense they have. Even your name “KASHINK” has a comic book sound. Did you hide in the attic with a stack of comic books when you were a child?
KASHINK: KASHINK is definitely onomatopoeic; I’ve always been fond of comic books. In France there is was always a really big scene and as a teenager I was also into American superheroes as well.

I still buy comics and illustrations and I have a lot of comic book artist friends. I recently painted a wall with JANO, an old school artist who was very famous in France the 80’s; I loved his work when I was a kid. It was pretty cool to teach him how to spray-paint!

I guess I got inspired a lot by all these, but I also get inspired by traditional crafts from around the world. These thick lines and bright colors are quite similar in many different countries.

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Kashink. Paris, France 2011. (photo © Kashink)

Brooklyn Street Art: Speaking of gender, most (all?) of the characters you create are male, and many have a mustache like yours. Societies have experimented with the fluidity of gender and roles over history. Are you continuing that experimentation?
KASHINK: When I started painting walls, I quickly decided not to paint women. It seemed really complicated to me to paint a female character free from any kind of aesthetic codes. I also noticed that there was a strong tradition of female street artists painting really sexy female characters, and I didn’t relate to that trend, I wanted to do something more personal somehow.

I’ve always been interested in the absurdity of gender representation. Since I was a kid I always felt like a tomboy but I also loved to get dolled up and look nice, in my own style.

I’m very interested in the amazing diversity of humanity, and how easy it is to break the codes in a fun way. The characters I paint are mostly male, preferably fat and hairy. Even though they look quite manly I like to put them in unexpected situations where they would express their feelings. They fall in love, they call their mom on the phone, they are sad or scared. It’s just a funnier and more meaningful experimentation than another representation of a tough female.

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Kashink (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: There are some references to queer culture in your art. Would you describe any of your work as “activist” in nature? Or are you just depicting life/imagination?
KASHINK: I’m an activist, not only as an artist but also as a person. This moustache I wear every day is the best example I guess. I think it’s fun to underline the absurdity of traditional female make up. Two black symmetrical lines as eyebrows or eyeliner are perfectly accepted, but the same lines 4 inches lower on the same face are not. I also like the idea of playing with this very old school typically male ornamentation code.

My personal life and my tendency to paint sensitive big hairy guys also led me to paint gay men in obvious situations. In 2011 I even had a solo show I called GAYFFITI. Then I worked with Act Up for a little bit and started painting walls related to gay marriage and equal rights. In December 2012, the first protests started in Paris. It was very shocking to see all this aggressiveness and all the energy some people were ready to put in order for other people not to have rights, especially in France.

I thought it was interesting to start using a strong symbol that anybody could understand and relate to positive memories. Everybody loves cake. So I started my project “50 Cakes of Gay”. At first I thought I’d paint only 50 in total but I’ve been painting more than 200 now in 9 different countries, and there are more to come!

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Kashink (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Where did the text come from that appears on the new series of hand painted posters you put up in Brooklyn recently? News headlines? Songs? Stories?
KASHINK: I’ve been adding text to my characters for a while. Especially on these paste-ups I call “The Johns”. I like the idea of starting a story and encouraging people’s imagination. These phrases could be interpreted in many ways; they could all be part of very different stories, like a part of a comic book. Sometimes they also are lyrics of my favorite songs, depending on my inspiration.

I’ve been wheat pasting those for a little while, and when I visit a different country I write the text in the local language. I did some in French of course, but also some in Polish, Greek, Arabic and Basque for example.

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Kashink with Lister hovering. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Why is it valuable to put art in public spaces?
KASHINK: Well I guess we need to keep in mind it’s not valuable for everybody. Some people are not that interested in art and don’t really see the point. As an artist, I like the idea of sharing my stuff and make it visible, it’s a good way for me to share my ideas as well; in that way it seems valuable to me at least.

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Kashink (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Your drawings appear very optimistic and full of color. Would you describe yourself as generally optimistic?
KASHINK: I’m definitely an optimistic person. I realized recently that since I was born I’ve constantly heard about deforestation, pollution, ozone holes, economic crisis, unemployment, and all kinds of disasters.

I think that nowadays we’re at the crossroads of our history, many things changed drastically in the past 50 years and it’s going faster and faster. I’m very curious about the coming next 10 or 20 years, and I don’t want to be pessimistic. Of course we’re all going to die, but I want to believe things can also evolve in a good way somehow.

I see more and more people who want a better quality of life, who quit a job they hate for something else, where they might get less money but a better environment.

There are more and more people of our generation who are not interested in consumerism, who don’t want a TV, who try to think for themselves. It’s pretty interesting.

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Kashink (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Many French art fans are very loyal and enthusiastic followers of the original 70s/80s New York graffiti artists and hip hop scene. Growing up in Paris, did graffiti culture interest you as well?
KASHINK: I guess that the French hip-hop scene has probably been the biggest in Europe. I grew up in what they call “la banlieue”, and I would take the train to go to Paris. The tracks were covered in throw ups, and in the city there always was a lot of tagging. I was attracted to graffiti and to the music as well, I remember when the Wu Tang started being known in France, I also liked Onyx and A Tribe Called Quest a lot. But I was a metal head, and back then it was weird to like both in France.

When the original soundtrack of “Judgment Night” came out, I was thrilled to see that my favorite metal bands and rappers could collaborate. It was awesome !!! Then Ice T came out with “Body Count,” which was very exciting too.

But I guess I was already more attracted to characters than styles back then. I remember seeing some pieces from Honet when I would go to Paris as a teenager; they were very different from what I was used to, in a way I got inspired by his style.

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Kashink (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn Street Art: Last year we did an extensive article on Wynwood and its first all-female artists edition. How was your experience in Miami painting along such an internationally known group of intelligent, talented, opinionated and fun-loving women?
KASHINK: Being in that show was an amazing opportunity, it was also very cool for me to get to meet all these great artists. I was actually very curious to ask them about how it feels to be in that game for a longer period of time. Most of them are older than me and some got tired of painting walls after a while, some others still paint but not necessarily only their own stuff. I spent a few hours smoking spliffs with Lady Pink on the roof of our hotel and asking her about all this, it was really interesting.

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Kashink collaboration with Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kashink collaboration with Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kashink with CB23 trying to pass unnoticed on the bottom. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.29.14

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.29.14

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Alice Pasquini, Boy Kong, El Topo, Flood, Foxx Face, GSC, Kaffeine, Li-Hil, LMNOPI, Myth, NTC Cru, Olek, Ozmo, Texas, Gane, TV With Cheese, and Versus.

Top Image >> Snowden at 5Pointz.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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OLEK “Believe the Magic” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Kaffeine for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LMNOPI (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MYTH (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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OZMO for The L.I.S.A. Project (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Texas & Gane are names you’ll usually see in Philly. Interesting incorporation of the attenuated lettering you may associate with extinguishers here rendered solid and with a drop shadow.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Li-Hill (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TV With Cheese (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Versus does Saddam Hussein (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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And Versus paints Yasser Arafat (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Foxx Face. One of his 17 plates installed in Little Italy for The L.I.S.A. Project. The artist took his inspiration from photographs of Italian immigrants whom he researched at the Italian American Museum in Little Italy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Foxx Face. One more plate for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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El Topo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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NTC Cru (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Flood (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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In NYC the streets are paved with gold…yup. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Boy Kong (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alice Pasquini for The L.I.S.A. Project. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Brooklyn, NYC. June 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Images Of The Week: 06.01.14

Images Of The Week: 06.01.14

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BOS, Bushwick Collective, Juicy Fest, RedHook Studio Tours, Northside Festival, Welling Court… BK and QNS are bombed with artists in June – and today’s throwdown in Bushwick is just one tab on the 12-pack to pop and spray all over your friends on a hot summer day. When it comes to street art we’re in this new legal mural phase right now and when you head out to Bushwick Open Studios today you will see freshly painted and in-process walls. Don’t worry, we’re still seeing a lot of uncensored freewheeling self-selecting artistic installations of the unsanctioned variety – and that sector is alive and well.  See you out in the street!

Here our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring

Adam Fujita, BustArt, Cb23, Chris Dyer, Dain, Dasic, Don Rimx, Ethos, FoxxFace, Jerk Face, Labrona, Meca, Meer Sau, Milo, Muro, Osch, Princess Hijab, QRST, Ricardo Cabret and Son, Sem, Skewville, Stinkfish, Stovington 23, Txemy, Vexta, Zaira

Top Image >> Dasic for the Juicy Art Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Adam Fujita for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Princess Hijab has a new installation in the Paris Metro (photo © Adrien Chretien)

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Princess Hijab. Detail of the above installation. Paris, France. (photo © Adrien Chretien)

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Are you feeling this felt lava lamp? Milo calls what she does Graffeltti. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Osch new installation in London’s Brick Lane. (photo © Massimo Filippi)

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Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sem (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ethos new piece in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (photo © Claudio Ethos)

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QRST (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Don Rimx, Ricardo Cabret and Son for the Juicy Art Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Labrona new indoor mural in Montreal, Canada. (photo © Labrona)

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Vexta for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Stovington23 new corporate takeover in Eastbourne, UK. (photo © Stovington23)

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BustArt and Zaira new stencil work in Amsterdam. (photo © Bustart/Zaira)

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BustArt and Zaira new stencil work in Amsterdam. (photo © Bustart/Zaira)

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Muro . Txemy . Stinkfish . Meca . Done for the Juicy Art Festival. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Meer Sau in Salzburg, Austria. (photo © Meer Sau)

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Jerk Face completed his Tom and Jerry piece in Williamsburg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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cb23 and Foxx Face collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chris Dyer in Denver, Colorado. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Greenpoint, Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

If you are lucky enough to be in NYC this Sunday, get out of the house and head over to East Williamsburg and Bushwick. You’d have the chance to see many of these murals in person and perhaps and artist or two while applying the final touches to his or her wall. Click HERE for more info on The Bushwick Collective block party taking place today. And HERE for the Juicy Art Fest which is not happening until June 5, 6 and 7 but artists are currently busy at work on their murals and it is only a short walk between the two.

 

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Images Of The Week: 03.16.14

Images Of The Week: 03.16.14

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Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Amanda Marie, bunny M, City Kitty, Dan Witz, Foxx Face, Invader, JerkFace, Mattia Lullini, Pixel Pancho, PJC, Retna, Sean 9 Lugo, and Twobit.

Top Image >> Pixel Pancho keeps it all in the robot family (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Amanda Marie did a series of new stencils recalling childrens books and tales from generations ago. Because she lays down a light foundation before stenciling, the images have ghostly glow, an energetic halo effect. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Amanda Marie. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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FoxxFace (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JerkFace fragments his work and experiments with space for Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mattia Lullini for the Street Art Delhi Festival in India. (photo © Mattia Lullini)

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Retna. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Silver Retna (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Twobit (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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bunny M interprets Anne Boleyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sean 9 Lugo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. March 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A Sudden Secret Street Art House Party in Manhattan

A Sudden Secret Street Art House Party in Manhattan

It’s a House Party Y’all!

With studio apartments in Manhattan now hitting nearly 3K a month the closest thing most Milennials will ever get to a house party in Gotham will be snagging a VCR tape of the Kid ‘n Play danceoff movie at their parents stoop sale.  Last week during the “polar vortex” cold freeze some lucky invitees did get access to a secret house party in a dilapidated building on the Lower East Side for 2 hours however. There wasn’t much heat, no DJ, and your flask of Jack Daniels substituted as the bar, but if you made it in you scored a free condensed Street Artist show that is as rare as a New Jack Swing hit these days.

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A subtle beam of light from Heaven (or Kevin) above Hanksy. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A little more than 40 (mostly) Street Artists brought the four floor former tenement building to life one last time before it will be destroyed – and they did it almost entirely in secret over the course of a week.  Just how secret this event was is debatable considering the multitude of blog posts and photos of it that appeared in the days following but in the Internet age, news about stuff like this goes viral no matter what.

All tolled, the varied collection of participants was a cross-section; a blurry screenshot of Street Artists on the New York scene along with a few graff writers, taggers, sticker slappers, painters, illustrators, aerosol experts, installationists, art school students, and visitors to the big city who happened to be around at the right time.  Also, a couple of pyros.

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A collaborative wall for “Surplus Candy” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While this sort of artist takeover of an abandoned house or building is increasingly occurring in bankrupt cities and neighborhoods in America and Europe where no one wants to live except the creative types, you don’t find this unruly and freewheeling expression much in the increasingly scrubbed and mall-like playground for the rich in Manhattan.

Similarly, producers of large Street Art/Urban Art events in global cities can deliver murals that make you salivate and on a scale that dwarfs this “event” thanks to corporate underwriters and shills for sneakers/sodas/urban-themed tampons these days, but few can truthfully rival the unpolished impromptu spirit of a semi-secret House Party jam session. For one week during installations and on opening night it was like the ghost of New York’s downtown 1970s-80s Bohemia was coming back to the island in all it’s imperfectness to remind everyone of Manhattan’s former greatness as a petri dish for experimentation and discovery.

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Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Considering the huge increase in sanctioned walls over the last two years in New York, this work looks surprisingly alive, and is just the sort of balm needed for the raw nerves of anarchists everywhere who have bemoaned the polished soul-deadening mural painting of late. Even if some of this looks sort of slap-dash and ragged in spots, and it does, it also gives off an air of being authentic and in-the-moment.

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Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Notably, the ratio of penis, breast, and defacation-related themes was higher than your average art show but as you know, there is an audience for every artist, even the ones gravitating to bathroom humor as creative wellspring.  Judging by the few hundred images floating around on Flickr and elsewhere, this pop-up was a hit for the people.

Given the growing number of artists communities that have blossomed outside of Manhattan, this could have been one of its last jams for Street Art.  Yo! That’s my jam!

And now please step aside as we build another luxury condo.

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Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gilf! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Gilf! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alice Mizrachi (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alice Mizrachi (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alice Mizrachi (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Trap (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ASVP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tony DePew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tone Tank (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Tone Tank (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sonni (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Royce Bannon at work on his installation. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Royce Bannon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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LNY (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ELLE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ELLE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dee Dee (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rusell King (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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CB23 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Col Wallnuts (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cosbe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

This show, “Surplus Candy” was organized by Hanksy, and is now closed.

A near complete artist list includes:

Alice Mizrachi/AM, ASVP, BD White, Bishop203, CB23, Cernesto, Col Wallnuts, Cosbe, Dee Dee, Dick Mama, Drippings, Edapt,   EKG, El Sol 25, Elizabeth Glaessner, Elle, Enzo and Nio, Foxxface, GILF!, Hanksy, Icy and Sot, Left Handed Wave, Lunar New Year, Magda Love, Martha Cooper,  Mata Ruda, Moustache Man, Mr. Toll, Mr. Two Three, Mrs. Big Stuff, NDA, Never, Nicolas Holiber, Royce Bannon, Russell King, Sonni, Tako, Tone Tank, Tony Depew, Trap, UR New York, Vulpes Vulpes, Wizard Skull, and Wretched Beast.

 

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The Perpetual Magic of Small Art On The Streets

“I was thinking about the whole idea of genius and creative people, and the notion that if you create some magical art, somehow that exempts you from having to pay attention to the small things.” ~ Bell Hooks

On the street, the most magical art is sometimes the most miniature.

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TV With Cheese. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

It can be easy to overlook the small and smartly cut stencil or meticulously markered sticker that pops up on a dumpster or illuminates a light pole when you are being overpowered by the panoramic painting that swallows the expanse of an entire wall. Getting up big is big right now. Making a splash with an ocean of pigments appears to be the norm rather than the exception in art in the streets at the moment – thanks to very organized festivals and welcoming real estate folks and an ever more appreciative appetite by the public.

But that doesn’t mean the petite pieces have perished. At times they appear to proliferate.

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TV With Cheese. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Small Street Art pieces seem to pop up on the streets overnight like mushrooms in the urban forest – aided by the darkness and fertile conditions – small and surprisingly shaped upcroppings, some tasty and complex and others that may poison your pleasant disposition. We still remember the thrill of walking the desolate streets of Williamsburg, Bushwick, Red Hook and Greenpoint in the late 90s/early 2000s and discovering the “hidden” Street Art that suddenly surfaced without announcement. Amidst a sorry series of sadly deflated industrial sites you would see a hand drawn sticker, a grease-penciled poem, a knitted pole cozy, a pasted collage of textures, photos, and text. Its less frequent right now, but the practice has continued partly because it is quick to install and the effect can have impact and a certain intimacy.

Also, not everyone has a burning need for the big stage. As we all know, the biggest talker in the room is not necessarily the most humorous, insightful, genius or certainly, the most magical.

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TV With Cheese. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TV With Cheese. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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K8 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz. From The Natural History Street Art 2013 Series. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dan Witz. From The Natural History Street Art 2013 Series. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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RAE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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CB23 . Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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H (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (Signed but not legible). (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Spidertag (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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$howta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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R (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Images Of The Week: 07.14.13

We’re in the thick of summer now ya’ll, get out the lime popsicles and 40 SPF sunscreen and let’s ride our bikes out t0 Coney Island. New Yorkers don’t need those waves like Cali to be happy, we just like the sand and the crash of the waves and waft of french fries from up on the boardwalk. Check out that lady dragging the cooler up the beach inbetween all the towels and tanning babes and boys, “Budweisahhhh! “Ice cold beeaaah heeeah! Get ’em while their cold! Get ’em while I got ’em!”  Hey, wanna go in?

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring ADB, Bisco203, Bishop203, Cake, Cern, ClassicB23, Foxx Face, Don John, Don Rimx, El Niño de las Pinturas, Elle, Emma Krahn, Gilf!, J. Meloy, KA, Leias203, LUTU, ND’A, Perk, Sebs, SenTwo, Sex, SKings Wanky, Stikki Peaches, and Vexta.

Top image Don Rimx. Sex. El Niño De Las Pinturas. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Don Rimx. Sex. El Niño De Las Pinturas. 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

CERN (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gilf! Malala Yousafzai. Malala was honored at the UN on Friday, which was renamed “Malala Day”, to draw attention to the importance of education for all children. This girl was shot in the head last October by the Taliban for being on a school bus and going to school. She has recovered miraculously and Friday in New York she turned 16. And she spoke at the United Nations. To view her speech click here. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LUTU (photo © Jaime Rojo)

CAKE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

VEXTA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stikki Peaches (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Don John in Copenhagen (photo © Don John)

J. Meloy. 5Pointz, Queens.. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SenTwo. ADB. 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ELLE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SKings Wanky (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Classicb23 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

From left to right: Sebs . KA . Bisco203 . Leias203 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

PERK. 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Bishop203 . ND’A 5Pointz, Queens. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Verrazano Bridge. New York City. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Welling Court 2013 Is a Blast, Was the Last

This was the last edition of Welling Court.

Or it will be if you don’t help.

Garrison and Alison Buxton have spent countless hours, elbow grease and their own money to make this huge non-commercial Welling Court Mural Project happen 4 years in a row – giving free walls to a few hundred artist during that time.

Cost to us: Zilch, Zero, Nada

Cultural workers extraordinaire with a Rolodex list as long as the banquet table at an Italian wedding, these two have given more Street Artists artists more free opportunities than a block full of GO-GO bars. Wait, that didn’t sound right. But you get our point.

If not, here’s the point: Go pledge 10 bucks or a hundred bucks to their fundraiser for all the fun and true community spirit they have brought people for the last four years.

And this means all the artists who have been helped too. Should we start naming names?

After you pledge some money to their Indiegogo come back here and enjoy brand new images of the 4th Annual Welling Court installation. It may be the last time. And then all we will have left are logo-smothered festivals sponsored by cool “urban” lifestyle brands, real estate agents, energy drinks, and/or the Chamber of Commerce and The Daughters of the Revolution.  Jeez that’ll be fun, won’t it?

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El Kamino (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)

John Fekner . Don Leicht. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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John Fekner. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ND’A . Mataruda (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hellbent (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Toofly (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Vexta at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Vexta (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Cupcake Guy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Icy & Sot at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Icy & Sot. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Sinned (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Ryan Seslow (photo © Jaime Rojo)

R. Robots (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mike Fitzimmons at work. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Kiji (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Queen Andrea (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LMNOP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chris . Veng . RWK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rusell King . Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Magda Love (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Roycer says, “You giving 10 bucks?” Abe Lincoln Jr. says, “WERD!” Royce Bannon . Abe Lincoln Jr. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Previous 3 years on BSA:

Welling Court: A New York Mural Block Party Like No Other

Posted on June 27, 2012

Buxtons Bring “Welling Court 2″ to Queens, Artists and Scooters in Tow

Posted on June 28, 2011

Welling Up a Little? That’s the Street Art “Community” Feeling

Posted on May 24, 2010

 

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Images Of The Week: 06.02.13

Stoop sales, hula hoops, fire hydrants, ladders and paint. Get me one of those ices from that guy with the cart on the corner, will ya?

Here’s our weekly interview of the street, this week featuring A1one, Chris Stain, Creepy, Elbow Toe, Essen, Foxx Face, Icy & Sot, LMNOP, Maya Hayuk, Mr. Toll, Rubin, Sexer, Werds, You Are Beautiful, and Zimad.

Top image > Sexer and Zimad at work on the brand new mural for Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Elbow Toe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Foxx Face (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brooklyn’s Maya Hayuk just completed this new work in Cologne, Germany (photo © Maya Hayuk)

Icy & Sot (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Icy & Sot. What could they have been playing with? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Creepy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris Stain completed his second mural at Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A1one at work on his new mural on Essen, Germany. (photo © A1one)

A writer who has used Arabic lettering since 2003, A1one just completed this new piece and translates it for us. “The word is Love (Ishq). In all the Middle East they can understand the meaning of this word… It refers to the divine or clean kind of love,” says A1one.

A1one  (photo © A1one)

You Are Beautiful  abbreviates the sentiment this time. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LMNOP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LMNOP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rubin at work on his wall for Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rubin. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Rubin (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Manhattan, NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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