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David Bowie 1947 – 2016

David Bowie 1947 – 2016

A few shots of David Bowie as art in the streets. A New Yorker as much as a Brixtoner, Bowie and his wife could be seen on the sidewalks, in shops and restaurants here over the last few decades – and of course his image showed up periodically as art on the streets as well.

Without fumbling too much for words at the news of his death we’ll just say that we at BSA and artists everywhere owe a large debt of gratitude to this man for making new paths for us to walk and encouraging us all to make our own. Our world will never be the same without him.

Celebrate life today because, “These are the Golden Years.”


Gazlay did this tribute to David Bowie on the streets of Brooklyn back in 2009. (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Erik Denbreejen did this tribute to David Bowie back in 2013 using the lyrics to two of his songs, “Heroes”, and “Fashion” (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Rice (courtesy and ©BCN Street Art)


James Cochran, aka Jimmy C, did this mural in Bowie’s hometown in Brixton, South London – and yesterday it became a memorial wall. (Photo © AFP)


From the artists Facebook page late Monday evening in Brixton (© James Cochran)


MBW tribute to David Bowie back in 2008 on the streets of Manhattan. (photo © Jaime Rojo)



 Street Artist Sonni created this animation merging Ziggy Stardust into one of Sonni’s his own unique characters.

Gladys Hulot, AKA Hyrtis Animates David Bowie “Life in Mars”

A thrilling animation created by Hyrtis, who brings Bowie to life on the streets and performs his singing parts with a musical saw.

 Golden Years, David Bowie

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Brooklyn Street Art: 2010 Year In Images (VIDEO)

We’re very grateful for a wildly prolific year of Street Art as it continued to explode all over New York (and a lot of other places too). For one full year we’ve been granted the gift of seeing art on the streets and countless moments of inspiration. Whether you are rich or poor in your pocket, the creative spirit on the street in New York makes you rich in your heart and mind.

To the New York City artists that make this city a lot more alive every day we say thank you.

To the artists from all over world that passed through we say thank you.

To our colleagues and peers for their support and enthusiasm we say thank you.

To the gallery owners and curators for providing the artists a place to show their stuff and for providing all of us a safe place to gather, talk, share art, laugh, enjoy great music and free booze we say thank you.

To our project collaborators for sharing your talents and insights and opinions and for keeping the flame alive we say thank you.

And finally to our friends, readers and fans; Our hearts go out to you for lighting the way and for cheering us on. Thank you.

Each Sunday we featured Images of the Week, and we painfully narrowed that field to about 100 pieces in this quick video. It’s not an encyclopedia, it’s collage of our own. We remember the moment of discovery, the mood, the light and the day when we photographed them. For us it’s inspiration in this whacked out city that is always on the move.

The following artists are featured in the video and  are listed here in alphabetical order:

Aakash Nihalani,Bansky, Barry McGee, Bask ,Bast, Beau, MBW, Bishop ,Boxi, Cake, The Dude Company, Chris RWK, Chris Stain, Dain, Dan Witz ,Dolk ,El Mac, El Sol 25, Elbow Toe, Faile, Feral,  Overunder, Gaia, General Howe, Hellbent, Hush, Imminent Disaster, Jeff Aerosol, Jeff Soto, JMR ,Judith Supine ,K-Guy ,Labrona, Lister, Lucy McLauchlan, Ludo, Armsrock, MCity, Miso, Momo, Nick Walker, Nina Pandolfo, NohjColey, Nosm, Ariz, How, Tats Cru, Os Gemeos, Futura, Pisa 73, Poster Boy, QRST, Remi Rough, Stormie Mills, Retna, Roa, Ron English, Sever, She 155, Shepard Fairey ,Specter, Sten & Lex, Samson, Surge I, Sweet Toof, Swoon, Tes One, Tip Toe, Tristan Eaton, Trusto Corp, Typo, Various and Gould, Veng RWK, ECB, White Cocoa, Wing, WK Interact, Yote.

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Images of The Week 06.13.10

Images of The Week 06.13.10

Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Gaia, Ludo, Liv, MBW, Beau, Yote, Clown Soldier, Faile, Man Standing, Roa, Sweet Toof, Headhoods, and Holy Family

Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ludo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Man Standing
Man Standing (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Holy Family
The Holy Family (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Liv (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Clown Soldier and Yote
Clown Soldier and Yote (photo © Jaime Rojo)

MBW and Beau
MBW and Beau (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Yote and Clown Soldier (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Roa (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sweet Toof
Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gaia (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Headhoods, Ludo and Sweet Toof
Headhoods, Ludo and Sweet Toof (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MBW takes a Big Bite: “Exit Through the GiftShop” Opens in US 4/16

The Banksy Movie With So Much More

One basis for “beef” on the street is another artist “biting” your style. But enthusiastic Thierry Guetta proved to be such a good student that he’s nearly made an art out of it.


The danger presented by “Exit Through the Giftshop”, opening April 16th in New York, is not that Shepard Fairey and Banksy discovered too late for their comfort that a trusted acolyte and “documentarian” eventually imitated their aesthetic approaches successfully, but that he studied their marketing manuals too.

“Exit” is a blast – and not just for those considering themselves insiders because they caught the Street Art Train just as it pulled away from all previous definitions of urban/graff/public/fine art.  This hilarious high-speed romp knows how to keep the storyline infused with new oxygen with each twist of plot, with players swapping in and out of the frame to illustrate points, and locations jarringly jabbing throughout with a Blair Witch finesse for nausea.  In the end it appears that no animals were harmed.  But few in the “Street Art” world will be able to say the same.

For the fans, many of the names (and some of the faces) you know are all in here, a scatter-shot list dictated by Guerra’s dedicated following of the secretive and shadowy urban art trail: a lot of Banksy and Fairey, and slices of Invader, Zeus, Swoon, Neckface, Borf, Dan Witz, Sweet Toof, Faile, Ron English, among others.  Other players like Steve Lazarides and Roger Gastman help us to ground the machinations in the context of the chaotic developments. Darth Vader, I mean Banksy, slopes in the shadows dropping dollops of witticism like so many blobs of paint and comes off more haunted than haunting.

Banksy clearly says at one point, “It’s not about the hype. It’s not about the money,” but most viewers will feel a twinge of incredulity at the statement, however heartfelt in that moment. Any artist who goes to such lengths to insure anonymity and stage installation stunts that top the previous ones may have calculated a wee bit of the old evil hype into the equation.  The story as presented shows how hype for it’s own sake can become unhinged entirely from it’s core mission, clone itself at a rapacious pace and unwieldy velocity, and finally stand by itself as an art.

It’s too easy to flatten the layers of the actors in this post-post-post modern play, and lazy.  It’s not just a story of two street artists unwittingly training their competition while enjoying the company of a one-man glee club with one hand on the ladder and a roving eye. Instead a documentary of this complexity may stand as a jittery cautionary tale, a dramatic foreshadowing of a world of de-contextualized images, recombined and employed with a sharp hand for any purpose anywhere.  It’s not the first time that imagery has been appropriated and re-engineered – it’s just the ease of use and wonderful availability of it all.  As one of MBW’s graphic artists explained about the process of creating new works for him to give up or down thumbs, “We scan the pictures and use Photoshop”.  Hopefully increased cultural literacy of these technological truths will prepare us to deal with future mash-ups of things we once considered institutions.

Brooklyn-Street-Art-MBWS DON'T BE CRUEL copy

Guetta is at times depicted as a loyal fan, an insatiable documentarian, an unsteady hand, a loving family man, and an immensely driven director of his career. For the measured hand-wringing Fairey and Banksy express about their association with the elephant in the living room that eventually emulated them, each of them is too smart not to have seen it coming, and they seem to delight in the waves he has made. While reflecting on his own tumultuous path through the street art world as it continued to explode around him, the filmmaker, street artist, and man behind the moniker MBW says, “I don’t know how to play chess, but my life is a chess game”. Check!

“Exit Through the Gift Shop” comes to the US April 16.

Exit Through the Giftshop

Sunshine, NY    16-Apr
Lincoln Plaza, NY    16-Apr
The Landmark, LA    16-Apr
Arclight, Hollywood    16-Apr
Embarcadero, SF    16-Apr
Shattuck, Berkeley    16-Apr
Rafael, San Rafael    16-Apr
Aquarius, Palo Alto    16-Apr
Ritz 5, Philadelphia    23-Apr
Century, Chicago    23-Apr
Harvard Exit, Seattle    23-Apr
Kendall Square, Boston    23-Apr
Lagoon, Minneapolis    30-Apr
E Street, Washington, DC    30-Apr
Harbor, Baltimore    30-Apr
Midtown Art, Atlanta    30-Apr
Mayan, Denver    30-Apr
Hillcrest, SD    30-Apr
Main/Maple Art, Detroit    7-May
River Oaks, Houston    7-May
Angelika, Dallas    7-May
Downer, Milwaukee    7-May
Avon, Providence    7-May
Plaza Frontenac, St. Louis    14-May

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Stencil Top 5 for 03.01.10


The Stencil Top 5 as picked by Samantha Longhi of StencilHistoryX

Czarnobyl (POL) (spray on MDF, 7 colors and 9 stencils) (image courtesy Stencil History X)

Learn more about this piece by Czarnobyl at Stencil History X


"Seems So Long Ago" by artist Btoy for the "Art for Bhopal" show at Pure Evil Gallery in London. (image courtesy Pure Evil Gallery)


Artist Joe Iurato stands in front of his piece for the Art Whino "G40" Show in Washington DC. (image courtesy the artist)


An anonymous piece in Paris (photo ©Lepublicnme)


A portrait of David Bowie by MBW at his New York show (photo ©Lois in Wonderland)

See more at

Lois in Wonderland on Flickr

See more work by Joe Iurato

See more work by Btoy

Lepublicnme’s Flickr

Pure Evil Gallery

Art Whino “G40”

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Images of the Week 11.08.09

Brooklyn Street Art – Our Weekly Interview With the Streets

Man on the street by Specter (photo Jaime Rojo)

Specter (detail)
Specter (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Specter (detail)
Specter (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Vintage Botanical Elbow Toe
Vintage botanical by Elbow Toe (photo Jaime Rojo)

“And, but, see, the thing is, the lady at the desk didn’t even know that I had about a thousand dollar bills rolled up in my back pocket and I could of bought any of those pictures.  She just looked at me and told me I couldn’t come in”. (Pickett) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Damon Ginandes
The new Damon Ginandes figures look with ennui and curiosity at the ebullient high school students passing by. (photo Jaime Rojo)

Damon Ginandes (detail)
Damon Ginandes (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

She was hiding inside a phone booth
Found this little lady hiding inside a phone booth (photo Jaime Rojo)

MBW is delving back to the early days of comedy and cinema with this portrait of Charlie Chapman (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week 11.01.09

Brooklyn-Street-Art-IMAGES-OF-THE-WEEK_1009Our Weekly Interview with the Street

C Damage
C Damage Bear Guy (photo Jaime Rojo)

Avoid Pi
Avoid Pi is taking a new approach with this framed triad of photos.  If you can name them send us an email! (photo Jaime Rojo)

Blue-eyed Cake (photo Jaime Rojo)

"Army of One' JC2
“Army of One” by JC2 (photo Jaime Rojo)

Imminent Disaster
Half disaster (Imminent Disaster) (photo Jaime Rojo)

American jazz saint and snappy dresser Louis “Sachmo” Armstrong is back in New York, courtesy of MBW. Born poor in New Oleans, he ended up in the borough of Queens. (Jaime Rojo)

Transformer viking warrior dude is just so frustrated and verbally constipated that he resorts to giving the finger. (Pimax) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Gimme Shelter (QRST) (photo Jaime Rojo)

The Dude Company and A Later Collaborator
Stupendous collage and stencil work. Definitely the Dude Company – but who is the collaborator? (photo Jaime Rojo)

The Dude Company (Detail)
The Dude Company (Detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Revs is also doing collaborations more (photo Jaime Rojo)

“Eat Fruit and Die” (Specter) (photo Jaime Rojo)

You must be my Lucky Star (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)

A new Marilyn and a Red Velvet Underground banana (Pimax) (photo Jaime Rojo)

From that classic New York underground album referenced above, Femme Fatale

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Images of the Week 10.25.09

Images of the Week 10.25.09


Our Weekly Interview with the Street

Swoon (photo Jaime Rojo)

Swoon Detail

Swoon  (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Swoon Detail
Swoon (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Swoon Detail
Swoon (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Swoon detail
Swoon (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ Coley
Iz The Wiz is all city in the memories of many. (NohJ Coley) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ Coley detail
NohJ Coley (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ Coley detail
NohJ Coley (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

7 out of 30
7 out of 30  (photo Jaime Rojo)

Abe Lincoln Jr.
Little creatures from Abe Lincoln Jr. (photo Jaime Rojo)

BecaGirl clutching her teddy (Becca) (photo Jaime Rojo)

John Lennon clutching his teddy (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Now that the new greatest hits collection is out with this image, do we call it advertising? (MBW) (Jaime Rojo)

Bunny Bin Laden
A swirling vortex of Bunny Bin Laden (photo Jaime Rojo)

Elbow Toe
Call your congress person, call your senator! (Elbow Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Wiped out the old one and put up a fresh new Lister (photo Jaime Rojo)

Nobody (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Street Signals 10.03.09

Street Signals -News Off the Wires from Brooklyn Street Art

Madonna’s Latest Released this Week with new cover artwork by Street Artist Mr. Brainwash (MBW)

Cover art by MBW for a re-packaged collection of songs.

Cover art by MBW for a re-packaged collection of songs.

Calling it a collection of music that “changed the world”, McDonna uses the the energy and irony of real world street art splatter to re-face past hits. The 3rd greatest hits collection appropriates street artist MBW’s recent campaign of Andy Warhol “Marilyn”-inspired large pasteups which appeared on New York streets this spring and summer.

A 19 year old image of the performer during the height of her popularity is photoshopped inside the 1967 image of pop artist Andy Warhol’s silkscreened series of Marilyn Monroe.  Warhol had appropriated a publicity photo of Monroe for the 1953 movie “Niagara”, revolutionizing the art world by employing a mass-production technique that simultaneously cheapened the image and canonized it.

MBW pieces this spring in New York featured Madonna and Angelina Jolie-like faces inside a Marilyn Monroe hairdo (photo Jaime Rojo)
MBW pieces this spring in New York featured Madonna and Angelina Jolie-like faces inside a Marilyn Monroe hairdo (photo Jaime Rojo)

In his own satiric twist on the modern icons of celebrity culture, the French street artist had similarly placed competitors for the Marilyn throne such as Britney Spears and Angelina Jolie alongside others clearly not in the running such as Larry King and Leonard Nimoy.  The large scale of the pieces drove home the comedic effect and simultaneously elevated and parodied the meek contributions of pop fame.


Quick Reader Technology: Deal directly from the gallery on the Streets with your iPhone

Will this knock out the bricks and mortar gallery middleman?

Example QR Code

In a development in Street Art that may have ramifications previously unthinkable, some online re-sellers of street art are testing QR two-dimensional codes that can be read by your cell phonte as a way of connecting with your favorite street artist’s work. A two-dimensional bar code (like the one above) is intended to contain information which can be scanned quickly and easily by electronic devices.

Street Art Dealer is one of the first online re-sellers (but not the last) to use QR technology.

Of course this will not stop taggers from going over the little QR code carefully placed on or near your piece, and it may make it easier to track you down by law enforcement if your work is illegal, so no one expects a fool-proof employment of this technology.  But imagine going on a gallery-of-the streets tour with your headphones on, listening to an online tour that is triggered by scanning the QR code.  Or imagine doing some holiday shopping and never walking into a store.

Using your phone and a QR reading software, you could find out where to see Dain's show! (image Steven P. Harrington)
Using just your phone you could get an artist bio, price list, a GPS map to see more examples at a gallery, order a piece directly… (image Steven P. Harrington)

In London, street artists C6 and Steal From Work have already begun testing the idea. This innovative use of QR code technology was be showcased during an exhibition on the streets of Bristol in July.  Read more HERE.

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Images of Week 07.19.09

Images of Week 07.19.09

Our weekly interview with the streets

Follow the Money
Uhh, uh-huh, yeah
Its all about the benjamins baby
Uhh, uh-huh, yeah
Its all about the benjamins baby (photo Jaime Rojo)


A Rose on a bridge beam (photo Jaime Rojo)

Space Invader

Space Invader (photo Jaime Rojo)

Does this remind you of those cheap home-office printers you go through because they make them to last about a week and a half now?  (Specter) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Connor Harrington

(Connor Harrington) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Stop or I shot! Connor Harrington

Stop or I shoot! (Connor Harrington) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Dissed Nine

Do you love KH1? (Nine) (photo Jaime Rojo)

MBW Tian HomeTown HiFI
MBW, Tian, HomeTown HiFI (photo Jaime Rojo)

Who knew he would turn out to be a cross-dresser? (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Oops, you may want to wax that. (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)


Door to door salesman (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)


(NINE) (photo Jaime Rojo)


Shin Shin Stickman
Shin Shin, infinity, Stickman (photo Jaime Rojo)

Shin Shin
Bees near the entrance of the hive. (Shin Shin) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Sweet-Toof-Mobile eyeballing the girls in their summer shorts (Sweet Toof) (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Sweet-Toof-Mobile eyeballing the girls in their summer shorts (Sweet Toof) (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Space Invader
You, that’s the bomb! (Space Invader) (photo Jaime Rojo)

“The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths”, so sayeth the Stikman (Stikman) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Tian MBW
Everybody knows that Einstein dude is just a total hippie. (Tian, MBW, DickChicken) (photo Jaime Rojo)

)Elbow Toe "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"
Perfectly balanced. (Elbow Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Elbow Toe "Kin"
These three homeys are spreading the good word. (Elbow Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Elbow Toe
Under the ever-watchful and wise eye (Elbow Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Revs on the East River with Mad-hatten in the back (photo Jaime Rojo)

WK Motion Picture
WK Interactive motion portrait (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week 04.26.09

Images of the Week 04.26.09

Chris Cole

Col from Robots Will Kill (photo Jaime Rojo)

donkey skin

Donkey Skin (photo Jaime Rojo)

green dragon

Green Dragon (photo Jaime Rojo)


My therapist told me it is so important to just give myself permission to have fun. (Katz) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Matt Siren

The Condom Death Princess and her mushroom stormtroopers (Matt Siren) (photo Jaime Rojo)


Tonight on Larry King, makeup tips with RuPaul! (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)


Monster Shield (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Chris from Robots Will Kill) (Photo Jaime Rojo)

There's hole where my heart was. (Chris from Robots Will Kill) (Photo Jaime Rojo)

numb nuts

Yo! Nice goin' numb nuts (numb nuts) (photo Jaime Rojo)

red dragon

And now the red dragon (photo Jaime Rojo)


Rednose makes an example of AIG (Tazmat Rednose) (photo Jaime Rojo)


Stikman feeling a bit green (Stikman) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Week in Images 03.16.09

The Streets are coming alive again after a long bitter winter.  Also here are some sneak peeks at the “Work to Do” show opening on Thursday.


"Are you sure it isn't time for a 'colourful metaphor'?", asked Spock Monroe (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Foreshadowing of Souplines (Exyzt)(photo Jaime Rojo)

Foreshadowing of soup lines (Exyzt)(photo Jaime Rojo)

You fly the dirigible, I'll look out for the authorities.(Hotel Venado, Nick Walker) (photo Jaime Rojo)

You fly the dirigible, I'll keep an eye out for the authorities (Venado, Nick Walker) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ works in Color at "Work to Do" (NohJ Coley) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ works in Color at "Work to Do" (NohJ Coley) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Which way? (Chris from Robots Will Kill)(photo Jaime Rojo)

Time's Up! - from "Work to Do" (Chris from Robots Will Kill) (photo Jaime Rojo)

C.Damage gets Up at "Work to Do" (photo Jaime Rojo)

C.Damage gets Up at "Work to Do" (C.Damage) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Deeks and Celso and Infinity from (photo Jaime Rojo)

Deeks and Celso and Infinity from "Work to Do" (photo Jaime Rojo)

Picasso What? from "Work to Do" (photo Jaime Rojo)

Picasso What? installation from "Work to Do" (photo Jaime Rojo)

Royce Seems to be Fine from "Work to Do"(Royce Bannon)(photo Jaime Rojo)

Royce Seems to be handling it well, don't you agree? From "Work to Do" (Royce Bannon) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Veng from Robots Will Kill) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Wait, I'm still thinking. From "Work to Do" (Veng from Robots Will Kill) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Stikman at "Work to Do" (photo Jaime Rojo)

Stikman at "Work to Do" (photo Jaime Rojo)

I know what YOU are thinking. You men are all the same.(Za) (photo Jaime Rojo)

I know what YOU are thinking. You men are all the same.(Za) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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