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Fun Friday 11.23.12 – VIDEO Request Edition – Chosen by You

It’s the BSA Reader Video Request edition of Fun Friday for all us peeps who are not shopping today. We asked our Facebook friends and fans for their favorite street art related video flicks and give them to you here- in no particular order. Peace out and have a great Black Friday everybody.

1. Vhils in Germany
2. Wild Style Part 1
3. Open Air
4. In Bed with Invader
5. En Masse in Miami
6. Berlin Street Art as Lyrics (Emus Primus)
7. Shai Dahan new Ted Talk “Beyond Borders”
8. TEJN LOCK ON STREET ART – Street Art Sculpture by Tejn
9. Burn – Episode 3
10. Graffiti Verite Part 1
11. Japanese Stencil
14. Hanoi Lantern Bearers – Vietnam with The Yok
15. Bomb It

Vhils in Germany

The Portuguese Street Artist at work, produced by Euromaxx, recommended by Crist Graphicart (German language)

Wild Style Part 1

The classic Charlie Ahearn movie as recommended by Nahua Prince Huitzilin


Open Air

“In 2006, we created this short for the University of Southern California’s Public Arts Studies Program.

This documentary explored the studios and methods of six of the top street artists in America: Faile, Skewville, Mike De Feo, Dan Witz, Espo and Tiki Jay One.” Recommended by Lou J Auguste

In Bed with Invader

H Veng Smith likes this one with Invader.

En Masse in Miami

“At the end of November (2011), the En Masse Art Initiative flew down to Miami to take part of the Miami Art Basel events. With the help of Sodec Quebec and Galerie Pangée, EM teamed up with Scope Art Fair, Fountain Art Fair, Safewalls, Primary Flight and the Found store to create multiple work of art. During 10 days, the team grew exponentially, adding members from all around the globe; Tel-Aviv, Montreal, Brooklyn, Woodstock, Staten Island, San Fransico, San Diego, Miami etc.”  – recommended by Beth Tully

Berlin Street Art as Lyrics (Emus Primus)

Emus Primus and photography of Berlin Street art, set to music. As recommended by Da Andal

Shai Dahan new Ted Talk “Beyond Borders”

The keynote is about my travel into Palestine.  Considering what is going on there –  Being that everyone is talking about the violence, this video can reflect a bit of light on how there are some ways to find peace.  It may not find the sort of wide peace we hope to all gain there, but through the message in the keynote, I hope people can see that Israel and Palestine can share a common beauty: Street-art.” Shai Dahan

TEJN LOCK ON STREET ART – Street Art Sculpture by Tejn

Suggested by Mogens Carstensen

Burn – Episode 3

“The third episode of BURN graffiti video series. Best episode so far! Featuring rolling freight, live painting and more!   As recommended by Beyond The Rail Photography

Graffiti Verite Part 1

“Part 1 of the 1995 Los Angeles graffiti documentary directed by Bob Bryan. Featured artists include Duke, Skept, Tempt, Prime, Mear, Relic, Cre8, and Design9.”

Japanese Stencil

A stencil artist creates a piece as a tribute to Japan in the wake of the destruction it suffered last year. – As recommended by Crist Graphicart


“an unscientific point of view on the beginning and evolution of life … and how it could probably end. direction and animation by BLU.”   This one recommended by Martha Becker

Hanoi Lantern Bearers – Vietnam with The Yok

In Vietnam on a roof. As recommended by The Yok

Bomb It

The full documentary – “Through interviews and guerilla footage of graffiti writers in action on 5 continents, BOMB IT tells the story of graffiti from its origins in prehistoric cave paintings thru its notorious explosion in New York City during the 70’s and 80’s, then follows the flames as they paint the globe.” Recommended by Orson Horchler

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“I HEART HAITI” T-Shirt Gives 100% to American Red Cross

Here’s the deal:

You Give $25 to the Red Cross = Billi Gives You a T-Shirt

Since the January 12th earthquake we’ve seen lots of neighbors jump on board to help the people of Haiti. Hell, Lou A. even went there to help in person. (Go Lou!) Brooklyn hurts when Haiti hurts, and it’s been fantabulous to see a lot of artists really put their hearts where their mouth is.hearthaiti_1

Having a heart for Haiti is one thing, but it’s also important to “walk the walk”, says Street Artist Billi Kid, and you have to agree with him.

We do. That’s why we’re helping him and telling you about this fundraiser.

What's not to love?

What's not to love?

The project is called “I HEART HAITI” – seems simple enough, and we’re glad to see that the artist has figured out a way to give 100% of the profits to the people who are hurting.

These three companies have generously donated their time and services
Alternative Apparel ,
The Shirt Factory , and
The Public Works Department

Here’s the website

The I HEART HAITI website is LIVE and they are ready to take your order for Men’s and Ladies styles in 4 different sizes.

PLEASE SEND THIS LINK TO YOU FRIENDS, Twitter it, FaceBook it, Text it, and send your grammy a nice hand written letter.  She probably deserves one anyway even if you don’t mention the tee-shirt.


Brooklyn Street Art: So, how did you conceive of the design for the shirt?
Billi Kid: I’ve always been a fan of Milton Glaser’s “I Heart NY” tee. Honestly, it was the first thing that came to mind. The message is simple, yet resonates to the core of how we should feel about Haiti right now.

CC License photo credit: Aash J

Brooklyn Street Art: It seems like it’s really nice quality….
Billi Kid: Alternative Apparel’s tee is of the highest quality and feels like butter. It’s 100% pure Egyptian cotton and retails for $19.95 without the silk screened artwork.

CC License photo credit: Aash J

Brooklyn Street Art: Isn’t it hard to get partners to do the production and shipping for a project like this?
Billi Kid: I have to give all of the credit to the Public Works Department. They brought in all of the partners involved. All I did was design and produce the artwork and website. No small feat, but it felt good doing it. One of the great things about unemployment is you have lots of free time. LOL

U.S. volunteers hand out food and water in Haiti
CC License photo credit: USAID images

Brooklyn Street Art: You are not a major corporation – how did you manage to give 100% of the proceeds to Haiti?
Billi Kid: Again, PWD has all of these great relationships with the folks involved. Fortunately, they all wanted to donate to the best of their abilities. The Shirt Factory printed over 12 dozen tees at no cost and pledged to do more if our efforts are successful. I’m sure what we raise is just a drop in the bucket, but every little bit counts.

Brooklyn Street Art: Can you talk about the aid organization you’re working with?
Billi Kid: We decided to give all of the donations to the American Red Cross because they seem to be the most legitimate and involved charity out there. Unfortunately, they protect their brand to such a point that they asked us to take their logo off our website. No hard feelings though, we have all heard how people rush to profit from such tragedies. OUCH!

hearthaiti_1Brooklyn Street Art: People in Haiti are living under a piece of fabric, or plastic. How long do you think they will continue to need help?
Billi Kid: I have heard it said that this tragedy was not an act of nature, but rather an act of poverty. It will take decades before we see real progress from this earthquake, let alone their economy.

Brooklyn Street Art: Anything else we should mention?
Billi Kid: I have to give a shout out to BSA. I Heart BSA!!!

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Photo credit: Please see Aash J’s Flickr at

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NOHJColey Video Premiere of “Sprayed N Stone”, by Director Lou Auguste

NOHJColey Video Premiere of “Sprayed N Stone”, by Director Lou Auguste

Plus NohJ’s remarks on his
Personal Primary Flight in Miami last week.

NYC street artist NohJColey has been steadfast and focused in his determination to do his homework, refine his skills, and challenge himself artistically. In turn his art and the ideas behind them continue to surprise, perplex, and provide brain candy to the viewer. NYC video artist and director Lou Auguste started documenting art on the streets of New York in 2004, and this fall he approached NohJColey to capture the young artist’s new series, “Sprayed N Stone”, a wheat-pasted trio of graff writers who have passed.

Here’s the gorgeous and lyrical result that captures the influences and tempo of NohJ’s approach in only two minutes. The Thelonius Monk tune not only nails it, that’s exactly what you’ll hear in NohJ’s studio all day. Special Thanks to Lou for sharing it with BSA readers first.

Lou remembers the experience, “NohJ had been calling me all week, he kept reminding me we had to go film. I told him I’d be there no matter what on Friday, but it rained. So instead we met up around 6AM on Sunday morning to make this video.  The light in his apartment was quite yellow I remember.”

“I started focusing on the small things; a pack of cigarettes, discarded paper, details of the work lying there on the table waiting. All of it was telling the story of the artist and his new Sprayed N Stone without words. Hope you enjoy it.”

Auguste has been documenting with video regularly since releasing his first work Open Air in 2006, which gave viewers an inside-look at studio life and the creative spirit while profiling Brooklyn street artists Faile, Dan Witz, and Skewville, as well as Espo, Mike DeFeo and Tiki Jay One.  The artistic process is what drives the narrative for this life-long devotee of art and Lou broadened his scope to shoot his first feature length documentary, Day in the Life released two years later in November 2008.  In addition to developing an “evolving canvas” project known as Concious Cycle, Auguste currently spends his time between London and New York, where he is gearing up to produce his first feature film.


Mere days after the installation, the owner decided he didn’t like the new mural and it was being literally torched by a couple of guys. They paused momentarily while photographer Jaime Rojo got some shots. (photo ©Jaime Rojo)


That may look like a hair dryer, which could be why he aimed it at their heads first?  (NohJColey) (photo ©Jaime Rojo)


NohJColey (Detail) (photo ©Jaime Rojo)


NohJColey (detail)

Hand cut gates and chains (NohJColey) (detail) (photo ©Jaime Rojo)

Just last week NohJ reprised the Sprayed N Stone series inside a gallery setting for the BKMIA show in Miami Beach (part of Art Basel).  In the full wall installation, NohJ very nearly re-created the New York City disarray that accompanies blighted parts of the city with found wood, metal, and disgarded street signs.

A more literal example of the street coming inside than one may usually expect from an Ad Hoc curated show, and that' saying a lot! (photo ©Jim Kiernan)

A more literal example of the street coming inside than one may usually expect from an Ad Hoc curated show, and that’ saying a lot! (photo ©Jim Kiernan)

In addition to the BKMIA show indoors he managed to pull off 3 murals outside too.  In the artist’s tradition, street art veteran Logan Hicks reached out to the promising new dude and hooked him up with a very cool Primary Flight location surrounded by overgrowth and vines.  NohJ killed it with portrait of a reflective musician holding her violin.


“Logan referred me to Slow and Slow gave me and amazing spot,” says NohJ. The piece is called “Th3 Violinist annd h3r Window of Opportunity” (NohJColey)

“Then Gaia gave me a call (with an offer) while I was working on an installation.  I really wanted to paint this picture I had read an article about, so I dropped eveything and went to paint! ”


When you work on the street, you can expect to meet just about anybody.  This guy insisted that NohJ take his portrait. ” He was just walking around and noticed the camera and became adamant about being in the shot,” says NohJ.  This painting for the “Art Whino” show is called “3y3’ll l3ad you”, by NohJColey

Finally, a guy named Max, owner of AE District, approached NohJ to do a mural for him, so of course the hungry artist obliged by doing this piece of an older lady and a church.


The contrast between more formal subject matter and the dripping graff-inspired running of paint somehow makes my head hurt with hard thoughts.  Where are the damn academics when I need them?? This one is called “o!p!p!”, which does not help matters, in all honesty.

Finally when he got back to NYC 7 lbs. slimmer (I told you he was hungry), NohJ told Brooklyn Street Art a little more about his Miami experience;

Brooklyn Street Art: These images – are they people you have known, or just people in your imagination?
These images are not of anyone I have known in this lifetime. All the murals I painted in Miami are all images that visually grab me.

Brooklyn Street Art: How many days did you spend painting these?
I did a little bit of each mural over the course of three days.

Brooklyn Street Art: Did people come up and talk to you, and what did they say?
For the most part everyone wanted to know where I was from. Some people actually want to know what the piece is about or who is the person that I was painting.

Brooklyn Street Art: How would you describe the vibe on the street in that part of Miami?
Miami in general is a great place to work. Everyone is pretty much supportive of the whole beautifying public space idea.

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