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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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Character Witness

Character Witness

Sometimes it is a talisman who is having adventures on the behalf of an artist, a part of him/herself who stays behind and watches the area.

At other times it is a character seen through a mirror, an alter-ego who represents a fictional part of their inner world who has been set free onto the street to interact. It may be a branding element, a logo, or signature that lays claim to the artwork it is attached to. By itself it is often a form of marking territory; a practice begun by graffiti writers decades ago.

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Whether it is a symbol or a figure, it is undoubtedly a personification of some part of the artists id, one that is so individual that you can spot it from a distance and if you are a fan, you’ll smile in recognition.

Many street artists have a discernable style, that is true; a hand-style, a recurrent motif, color palette, a topic that reappears, a technique of application, even a likely location in the urban landscape where they are most likely to appear.

Of that number, fewer have developed a character or a motif so well defined in our minds that it can stand alone, but we have found a few over the decades. Each is imbued with memory, with place, with personality, with character.

And, as ever, we are witness.

Aiko (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dark Clouds (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dark Clouds (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kaws (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Michael Defeo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Michael Defeo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shepard Fairey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Oculo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Oculo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stik (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stik in collaboration with LA2 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)
UFO 907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
UFO 907 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.03.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.03.21

Welcome! What a great week for weather here – fresh, a little cooler – lots of new street art.

Friends we have to caution the young bucks – don’t train surf. We’ve just learned of a fellow who lost his footing Saturday and was killed. No joke.

And now we don’t know what other topic can follow that one, so…

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Abby Goodman, BLAZE, Captain Eyeline, Chill, Chris RWK, City Kitty, CRKSHNK, Fake Hambleton, Faust, Invader, JJ Veronsis, Konart Studio, Lunge Box, Mad Town, Matt Siren, Modomatic, Royce Bannon, The Velvet Bandit, and Who is Ponzi.

Blaze (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JJ Veronis & Faust (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Chill (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Velvet Bandit (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, and Abby Goodman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, and Abby Goodman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, and Abby Goodman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren, Royce Bannon, and Abby Goodman. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mad Town (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box & Chris RWK. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shin Shin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Still life with street art. Who Is Ponzi. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Toxicomano (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Konart Studio (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fake Hambleton (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fake Hambleton (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The series of #fakehambleton “Shadow Man” that have been appearing on the street of Manhattan (and in London) are attributed to a guy who goes by the name of Pablo who runs a mystery Hambleton “foundation”. He’s admitted to painting the fake Hambleton iconic figures on the streets of NYC. We believe this to be a marketing campaing. More on this @bkstreetart on Instagram.

Fake Hambleton (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Alfa Romeo. SOHO, NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images of The Week: 06.20.21

BSA Images of The Week: 06.20.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Today is PRIDE DAY in NYC and Father’s Day in many parts of the world. Congratulations to us all, queer and/or fathers. We’re happy to show you what we’ve been finding as the spring now stretches into Officially Summer. At night in some neighborhoods, you’ll hear a smattering of fireworks as youthful hooligans are already lighting them – anticipate the 4th of July holiday. A sign of our crazy summer ahead; behold the bang-pop-ratatat-tat-bang-bang-swizzle-shizzle-pop now erupting regularly in empty lots and dead-end streets.

It’s great to see so many kids and youth and adults on bicycles now that the City has made myriad networks of safe pathways throughout the five boroughs. If we could get the police to hand out tickets to car drivers, even school bus drivers, sometimes using the bike lanes to circumvent others and put riders in danger.

The street art and graffiti scene are thick, and you don’t want to miss it here this time of year. While some complain that “vandalism” is reaching 1970s levels, many are happy to see a rotating display of artworks on the city skin at a time when so much of our local cultural and entertainment options have been killed or neutered. The institutional and commercial arts will all come back to New York, we have no doubt. Often, the renaissance begins in the streets.

Aliens, robots, skulls, femme Fatales, cats, cartoons, nationalism, existentialism – the new are runs the gamut and if it upsets the audience, it doesn’t run for long. Catch it while you can

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Acne, Adam Fujita, Almost Over Keep Smiling, Captain Eyeliner, City Kitty, Degrupo, Demure, Eugene Delacroix, Jeremy Novy, Lunge Box, Matt Siren, Modomatic, One Rad Latina, Plannedalism, Raddington Falls, Royce Bannon, Russian Doll NYC, SacSix, Sara Lynne-Leo, Save Art Space, Sticker Maul, The Creator, and Vy.

Jeremy Novy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty. After Eugene Delacroix. Portrait of a Woman in Blue Turban, ca. 1827. Dallas Museum of Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Russian Doll NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lexy Bella (photo © Jaime Rojo)
One Rad Latina (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Royce Bannon and Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Creator on the left unidentified artist on the right. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Demure (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Save Art Space (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Degrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Acne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Plannedalism (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.30.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.30.21

New York is crushing it right now.

The volume of Street Art has picked up full steam with more graffiti on walls than many OG graff fans can remember were on the trains in the 80s. Competition for spots large and small is more fierce than a Saturday afternoon rush at the nail salon. The quantity of pieces and tags and stencils ebbs and flows, as does the quality and freshness. But looking at it as you walk makes you feel like New York street and cultural life is in full bloom. Large-scale and small, the works appear like mushrooms popping up in the urban forest after a late-spring rain storm.

In other news, we’re really digging the miniatures of New York life made by artist Danny Cortes, the 1980s NYC train writer Futura is evolving himself into light fixture design with new works in a Noguchi Museum show (plus new collaborations with Comme des Garçons and Uniqlo), and Tesla’s Elon Musk is looking for “awesome graffiti” to adorn his company’s new mega-factory in Berlin. Let’s see how many graffiti and street artists get trampled in the stampede to “sell out”! Go Bro! Go Sis! Just don’t lecture us on heavy topics like gentrification, or the sullying of “our culture” by arrivistes. Yawn.

Let’s take to the streets, no?

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Conse, D. Scribblings, Damien Mitchel, False, Fhake, Kest Gak, Lorenzo Masnah, Matt Siren, Menace Resa, Michael Zelehoski, Mint & Serf, Mort Art, Royce Bannon, Shiro, Smells, Swif, The Yit Foreward, Toxic, UFO 907, and Zexor.

FALSE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
FALSE and SWIF (photo © Jaime Rojo)
TOXIC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mint & Serf (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shiro (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Menace Resa (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Miguelito” by Michael Zelehoski (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This wooden sculpture installed in McCarren Park in Williamsburg is made from recycled wood from boarded-up windows. It will remain in place until October 2021.

“Miguelito” by Michael Zelehoski (photo © Jaime Rojo)
“Miguelito” by Michael Zelehoski (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Yit Forward (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Act Like You Know by an unidentifed artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Masnah (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Masnah (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fhake (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zexor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Conse (photo © Jaime Rojo)
D. Scribblings (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mort Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Royce Bannon. Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kest Gak (photo © Jaime Rojo)
UFO907 Smells (photo © Jaime Rojo)
I Love You Always Too! (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: 03.21.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.21.21

Nowruz Mubarak! Happy Persian New Year to all the New York neighbors who celebrate it. Also, Happy Spring! Did you think it would never arrive? Already the birds are chirping in the trees, and the crocus is popping up from beneath the garbage and dog crap. That guy who lives downstairs named Manny and his brother are washing their car on the curb while blasting a mix from Marley Marl & Red Alert at top volume for the block to enjoy. All the while, there is a colorful parade of young bucks and shorties who are strutting around the neighborhood with big eyes and a burning flame of hope in their hearts.

Another reason Brooklyn is feeling hopeful is the announcement Friday by Chuck Schumer saying that New York is to get 1.6 million COVID shots every week thanks to a ‘vaccine supercharge.’ One year after the sounds of ambulances filled the air and refrigerator trucks became mobile morgues on Brooklyn streets, people are eagerly running to pharmacies and Yankee Stadium and Citi Field to get the shot.

New Yorkers are also taking to the streets to protest Anti-Asian discrimination and violence locally and nationally. Many point to Trump’s use of the term “Chinese Virus” repeatedly in the last year as a direct causal relationship to increased acts of prejudice. But once again, New Yorkers know how to re-enforce the message: “United we stand, divided we fall.” As a New Yorker and as a person, it makes you feel proud.

Finally, street art is popping off in all kinds of stylistic and thematic directions this week – from the secular American saint, Dolly Parton, posed as a vaccine nurse by SacSix, to Sticker Maul’s Priority Mail collages, to Winston Tseng’s subtle and damning phone booth campaign of Walmart and McDonald’s workers who represent our formerly middle-class neighbors who are paid so little that they actually qualify for food stamps.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: Almost Over Keep Smiling, City Kitty, D7606, Damien Mitchell, Ethan Minsker, Invader, LET, Matt Siren, Mort Art, NET, Rambo, Raw Raffle, Royce Bannon, SacSix, Sara Lynne Leo, Sticker Maul, Tram, Voxx Romana, and Winston Tseng.

SacSix (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Damien Mitchell (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tram (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rambo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mort Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A Cat called LET (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ethan Minsker (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren . Royce Bannon (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raw Raffe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty. Vox Romana. D7606 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Daniel Mastrion (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan, NYC. March 2021.(photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images of the Week: 03.07.21

BSA Images of the Week: 03.07.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

Remember that time when your best friend’s boyfriend was installing a towel rack in the bathroom of their apartment, and he clumsily busted a hole through the wall, revealing a hidden room – which subsequently released a ghost who regularly appeared at the foot of their bed and slammed doors throughout their dwelling? We do. That’s why it was/was not shocking when a New York woman investigated the breeze emanating from her bathroom mirror. She took the mirror off the wall and discovered a portal to a three-room apartment.

Dude, if that happens to us, we’re not putting it on Tik Tok. We’re heading to Bed Bath and Beyond. In a space-starved city, newly discovered square footage is like finding gold bullion or bitcoin between couch cushions.

In other New York news, some street art neighborhoods are devoid of new works these days – perhaps because January and February are a frozen, mischievous purgatory that chases you inside in a normal year – doubly so when you’re on your 37th consecutive month of pajamas, Minecraft, and Chef Boyardee Beefaroni. Have faith; the next tumultuous 8 weeks of winter-spring-winter-spring weather will eventually coax the street artists and graffiti writers outside in a perennial sign of spring like the appearance of a robin on your windowsill.

Despite the paucity of prancing vandals at the moment, our Editor of Photography, Jaime Rojo, still managed to capture new art in the streets this week in Red Hook, Bushwick, Chelsea, and Bushwick – amongst the scores of closed restaurant huts that have besieged sidewalks citywide. Movie theaters will open for 25% capacity now, and perhaps the moribund restaurants will be coming back to life in this city that never quite sleeps.  

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adrian Wilson, Berkit, Binho, Blur, Captain Eyeliner, Colin Capernick, Comik, DYM Crew, Ethan Minsker, Know Your Rights Camp, Locs, Matt Siren, Paolo Tolentino, Sara Lynne Leo, Shark, Taboo, The Monks, and Tony De Pew.

Adrian Wilson in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC draws our attention at the increase of hate speech and violent acts against the Asian Community – spearheaded by none other than our former Hateful-in-Chief. Why the GOP continues to make this pact with the Devil is a mystery, or is it? It alerts people’s darkest, most odious traits and keeps us fighting with each other. As a true melting pot, we believe New York is better than this. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Now, now, Sara Lynne-Leo. Remember what the minister’s wife/organist at church always says; “The Good Lord doesn’t make mistakes.” (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
The Monks for The Bushwick Collective (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Psychedelic reimaginings by Tony De Pew in collaboration with Matt Siren. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Comik. DYM Crew. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Blur (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Berkit, Locs and Binho (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Shark (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Taboo, Host. DYM Crew. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Ethan Minsker (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
Public service messages from Paolo Tolentino (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
#knowyourrightscamp This is a form of advertisement, and we recognize it, despite its graffiti/street art vernacular. Even so, we admire Mr. Caepernick as one of the few brave sports figures of immense relevance and influence who was and still is willing to forgo fat checks in exchange for being free to speak his mind on social and racial justice issues that are close to his heart and to his home.
Untitled. Manhattan. Winter 2021. (photo @ Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.08.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.08.20

Did you get Covid this year? Lose your job? Get evicted?

Look in the mirror. You may be Donald Trump.

The difference is that you may be poor – but Donald Trump never was, and won’t ever be.

New York’s least favorite son has embarrassed New York, himself, his family, and the entire country on the world stage so many times in the last 4, 10, 25 years that it seems hardly worth mentioning one more time. That he was evicted this week on such a low margin is our shame. That fifty-seven percent of Americans don’t have enough cash to cover a $500 unexpected expense, 54 million people in America face food insecurity, and 30 million have no healthcare insurance at all, — these are all our national shame.

And this stuff didn’t just start in 2017. Regardless which millionaire is in or has been in the White House or which millionaires are in the presidents cabinet or which millionaire is telling you what the news is on CNBCFOXMSABCBS, your neighbors’ collective standard of living has been going down for decades and even life expectancy is going backward.

Identity politics will not put food in the cupboard or give you healthcare.

We badly need reconciliation with each other. If we keep fighting each other we are more easily divided, and conquered. And the next demagogue will be far more competent. Now with a new president-elect, America has a lot of work as we head into the Greater Depression.

When it comes to street art New York’s streets always tell us what time it is.

Here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Baston714, BKFoxx, Buff Monster, Consume Art, Dylan Egon, Go Paint the World, Indecline, NNR, Peachee Blue, Pure Genius, Matt Siren, Tony DePew, and Timothy Goodman.

Timothy Goodman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren and Tony DePew new collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Buff Monster (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Baston714 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NNR (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Consume Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
BK Foxx (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Indecline – Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Go Paint The World (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dylan Egon (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Harry on the front porch of his home. Manhattan, NYC. November 2020. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Happy Halloween 2020 from BSA

Happy Halloween 2020 from BSA

It’s a blue moon! Ahhhooooooooooooooooooo!

Skywatchers, ghouls and werewolves please take note: The moon will be full this Halloween night across the entire United States. A Halloween full moon visible for most time zones on Earth hasn’t happened since 1944, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

Eye Sticker (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Of course street art is ready to rock Halloween, as some of the most clever, frightening, sarcastic, ghoulish, and hilarious thematic depictions are found on our streets in the days leading up to All Hallows Eve. Truthfully these are such scary times across the board in the US that it is feeling like we’re having Halloween weekly. The monsters walk among us!

We hope you have a spooky good time, you stay safe and don’t forget BSA loves you.

Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cronmmattingly, H2K Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
McH, H2H Crew. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cianni Lee (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tattoo Erjon. H2K Crew. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A brand new release just in time for Halloween from Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip

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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.31.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 70

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.31.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 70

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

The streets are alive with street art and pointed political protest. NYC citizens are joining the cities and communities across the country who are demonstrating furiously over the newest examples of systemic, latent, and explicit racism and police brutality that have characterized our society for so long. Of course it’s just one fire that has been waiting to spark as economic conditions run parallel with social inequity. In the face of sky-high unemployment, unpaid rents, increasing food insecurity, a “rescue” program that gave the store to the rich, and the ever-growing gap between hyper-rich and the chronically poor/ newly poor, the summer here looks like it could be torrid.

We won’t need or see a large number of street art festivals for a while. This show of politically/socially inspired artworks and text messages is probably just warming up on the streets and you can imagine that artists won’t find it appealing to be sitting on panels and pontificating about the genesis of mark-making, the original roots of punk anarchy, or how they are incorporating being woke or inter-sectionalism into their “street practice”. The creative class, however you define it, has suffered a huge blow and many are out of work, and patience. Based on what we have been witnessing here these past few weeks, you may predict that the more aesthetically inclined will seize the opportunity to make art for the city, on the city.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring 1UP Crew, Adam Fujita, Almost Over Keep Smiling, Billy Barnacles, Combo-CK, Denis Ouch, Indecline, Jason Naylor, Lunge Box, Matt Siren, Mr. Toll, and Woof Original.

Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A literal manifestation of conversations on the street. This campaign addressing the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement is answered with spray painted x’s and attempts to rip down the posters. Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A very pink Superman has a roll of toilet paper on his chest. Denis Ouch (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HOPE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Indecline (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Billy Barnacles (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Billy Barnacles (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Should patriarchy in the Catholic church be replaced by matriarchy? Is it a matter of empowerment for women to assume the highest positions of power in religious orders? Or have those establishments become discredited too much already? The French street artist Combo CK wheatpasted these holy women in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Woof Original (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Who you lookin’ at? Mr. Toll, surely you aren’t saying that Brooklyn is ugly, are you? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Spring 2020. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.21.19

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.21.19

Dog days of summer be damned, the Street Art in all of its fabulous illegal varieties, the true Vox Populi (and self-advertisment) persists and insists through the streets this July.

On the topic of illegal, we’ll state it again for the many persons who have an incorrect impression – Street Art, by definition, is illegal. If it is not illegal, please do not call it Street Art. That work you are looking at is probably a mural. Unfortunately we’ve seen some recent flagrant misuses of the term by some folks who probably should know better.

Good to see “Hysterical Men” here in New York, after admiring the campaign from Philly. The artwork reminds us of Robbie Conal as well, who is reliably skewering public officials with his wilting depictions of them on posters on the street. This week we also were reminded of Chicago’s Dont Fret when we saw the work of Matt Starr, with his textual witticisms. Don’t get us wrong, its not a criticism to have similar work – it’s just an observation.

Finally, considering the treatment of immigrants, the mounting fascism, racism, misogyny, and rageful ignorance being modelled and engendered from the highest offices in the land, we’re shocked that, with a few notable exceptions, Street Artists are not taking those messages to the streets. So much for its reputation for being activist. Not so much.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring Benjamin’s Brother, Bones, Cammix Vx, Captain Eyeliner, Diva Dolga, Domingo Zapata, Dr. Nothing, Hysterical Men, Invisible Essence, Little Ricky, Matt Siren, Matt Starr, Mattew Wythe, Mr. Djoul, Obey, Praxis, Raddington Falls, Rammellzee, Sara Lynne Leo, Sinclair, Sunflower Soulz, The Postman Art, and You Go Girl!

Sara Lynne Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Choose Love (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mattew Hyte (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Obey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sunflower Soulz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hysterical Men…fighting for women’s rights…the wrong way… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hysterical Men (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Starr (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Starr (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Domingo Zapata (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dr. Nothing (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bones (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CammixVx (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invisible Essence . The Postman Art. Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Symbol…FYI (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Benjamin’s Brother (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Diva Dolga . Raddington Falls . Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sinclair (photo © Jaime Rojo)
You Go Girl! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. Djoul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rammellzee looking dapper at Beyond the Streets exhibition in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Palimpsest in Manhattan. July 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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