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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.12.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.12.18

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This is it! The last part of summer when you are still daydreaming, looking at the sky. The trees in all the parks are deep rich green, the city’s swimming pools are still teaming with people, the abandoned lots and railroad tracks are sprouting full-blown bushes and weeds that grow so tall they are over your head. Somewhere in those weeds is a secret hiding place where you’ll find a half pack of cigarettes and a porno magazine stowed by a teenager. Oh, they don’t read porno magazines anymore? It’s all on your phone?

Speaking of that topic, what about the disaster porn across all the corporate news shows every single day? Boy, that stuff sells! Hard to imagine they want to give up that money with all our eyes glued to TV millionaires like Rachel and Shawn and Blondy McBlonderstein and the rows of speaking Barbies and Kens spewing out one more outrageous piece of drivel after another. This presidency is a boon to business in so many fabulous ways! Almost better than war!

Street Art is alive and well and summer has produced a healthy crop of murals, wheat-pastes, stencils, tags, pieces, you name it. New Yorkers have a lot to say in public space – as well as a bounty of visitors, like the Brazilian Eduardo Kobra, who has been painting a new series of socially conscious walls with celebrities carrying the message around New York. On the street it’s always a mixed bag, and we like to see the huge walls as well as the small missives. You’re guaranteed a good crop this summer.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Arkane, Benjie Escobar, Caratoes, CRK, Goodie, Gum Shoe, Key Detail, Kobra, Mike Makatron, Mr. Never Satisfied (Never), Mr. Baby, Primal, R. Heak, and Shaun Bullen.

Our top image: Kobra (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kobra (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kobra (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kobra (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Somewhere in the middle there is art. Mr. Never Satisfied took inspiration from Benjie Escobar graphic (pictured below).  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Benjie Escobar.  (photo © Benjie Escobar/Instagram)

Arkane for Owley. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Goodie…indeed… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Key Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Caratoes (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shawn Bullen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shawn Bullen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mike Makatron (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Bbaby (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Bbaby (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gum Shoe. We have published this piece before as a wheat-pasted poster. This is probably the original hand painted canvas piece affixed to the wall with glue. The piece is based on the 1907 painting by Pablo Picasso called “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon”. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

CRK (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Primal. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

R Heak (photo © Jaime Rojo)

R Heak (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. July 2018. New York. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.24.16

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.24.16

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Vote for the one candidate who does not need this job,” intoned one of the many speakers who are receiving a trust fund from DJ Trump this week at the RNC convention. That’s convincing, isn’t it?

Blonde Women’s Lives Matter. Make America Salem Again. I am the Law.

The Donald didn’t let us down again this week – and for those of you who think we’re being partisan, we’re not. This dork has been doing this stuff in New York since the 80s – and we are all used to his grandiose claims and mid-speech reversals.  But this week the RNC looked like it was going to devolve into Lord of the Flies crossed with the Salem Witch trials.  No wonder the Street Art we keep seeing is approximately 10 to 1 against him – and still he’s like a gushing geyser of humor, comedy gold! Except for the violent parts.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Alexandre Keto, Astro, Coloquix, Cyrcle, Dee Dee, Elle, Funquest, Lapiz, Leipzig, OverUnder, Patch Whisky, Uncut Tart, and You Go Girl!.

Our top image: Elle for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in East Harlem. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Elle for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in East Harlem. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dee Dee (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Thankfully there IS a light at the other end of the tunnel. Astro for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in East Harlem. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Specter took over a billboard to great effect (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Coloquix (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alexandre Keto for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in West Harlem. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alexandre Keto for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in West Harlem. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Alexandre Keto for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in West Harlem. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Patch Whisky for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in West Harlem. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Lapiz for Urban Art Festival Leipzig, Germany. (photo © Lapiz)

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You Go Girl! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Overunder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Overunder for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in East Harlem. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Funqest (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Rabi of Cyrcle (and friends) for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in East Harlem. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Uncut Tart remembers the power and style of Run DMC (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Uncut Tart. Michael Jackson. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Uncut Tart. Notorious BIG. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Uncut Tart. Bob Marley (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Marina Zumi for #NotACrime in collaboration with Street Art Anarchy in East Harlem. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Unidentified Artist. Something about freedom of religion restricted under communism? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Untitled. East River. Brooklyn, NYC. July 2016. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Owen Dippie is Dangerous in LA

Owen Dippie is Dangerous in LA

Finishing up his bi-coastal tour of the US, Owen Dippie gave Los Angeles a dangerous mural before heading back to New Zealand. Complete with an official unveiling, the draping of US, Mexican, and New Zealand flags, and a re-enactment of the zombie scene from Thriller, Dippie needed only to show Michael Jackson’s eyes to evoke the memory of the larger-than-life superstar performer. It may be the detail or it may be the scale of the mural he is calling “Dangerous” in Downtown LA but anyone who passes by gets caught in Michael’s gaze for a moment.

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Owen Dippie (photo © Courtesy of the artist)

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Owen Dippie (photo © Courtesy of the artist)

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Owen Dippie (photo © Courtesy of the artist)

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Owen Dippie. CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE. (photo © Courtesy of the artist)

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Owen Dippie. Thriller. (photo © Courtesy of the artist)

 

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Images Of The Week: 02.02.14

Images Of The Week: 02.02.14

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Welcome to New York! Apparently there is some sort of sporting event happening today here. Or is in New Jersey? So hard to tell. Something to do with tobogganing or something. Winter Olympics maybe?

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Chor Boogie, Chromo, Dain, Deived, El Sol 25, Jesse James, Katsu, Luut, Mr. Toll, Reve, Sen2, The Orion, UNO.

Top Image >> El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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A special message made of corporate logos from fine eating establishments on a new sticker that has been spotted around town. Can you identify them all? Artist Unknown with a Chromo tag. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Division of painting labor helpfully illustrated by Luut and Sen2 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Deived. Tijuana, Mexico. January 2014 (photo © Deived)

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Katsu (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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UNO walking a pig in Bologna, Italy. 2014 (photo © UNO)

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UNO. Bologna, Italy. January 2014 (photo © UNO)

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Dain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chor Boogie. Detail of his Michael Jackson tribute in progress in Times Square. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Chor Boogie getting ready to paint Madonna next to Michael Jackson. Yes, he does look like Hellboy for some reason. (photo © Steven P. Harrington)

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The Orion in Romania pays tribute to Soviet Union era cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (photo © The Orion)

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REVE in Italy (photo © REVE)

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Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Mr. Toll spilling his BK control advice. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Jesse James in Miami. (photo © Jesse James)

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Untitled. Times Square, NYC. January 2014 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Fun Friday 06.25.10 : A Street Art Salute to the King of Pop

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A Street Artist Tribute to Michael Jackson a Year After His Death

The pain is still fresh for those of us who were shocked last June 25th to hear the talented musician and entertainer we grew up with had died too soon.

We found some comfort in the sincerity and hilarity of this couple of French buddies who like to make giant mural tributes to musicians who have died. Today at one minute past midnight and with much fanfare Shygun and Keflione released photos of their tribute to Michael Jackson.

Pulling together many of the visual elements associated with the 40+ year career of Jackson, the artists inject a dose of cheeky irreverence to keep it light, if verging on disrespectful. Perhaps the most impressive and endearing part of their work is that not only do these guys paint, they also re-enact shots and poses of their honoree in action.

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BSA: Can you tell us about your personal history as artists?

Shygun and Keflione: We are Street artists from Rennes, France, and we started graffiti almost 10 years ago in abandoned factories.

I’m Shygun and I live and work in Rennes, France. I’ve been active as an artist for ten years now, with my bro Keflione since day one. I gradually moved away from graffiti but never let it go completely. Today I use a logotype representing a gun with a bent barrel as a signature, and I’m planning to publish a comic book series by the end of the year.

I’m Keflione, also known as Keflouis Vuitton or Keflouis XIV.  I live and work in Paris as an artist and designer. Even if I don’t do graffiti, I’m a font addict and I still work in the streets.

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BSA: Why did you do this tribute to Michael Jackson?
Shygun and Keflione:
MJ tragically passed out a year ago now, and since we are kids from the 80’s, it was a big loss for us. His music is eternal, and we felt we had to pay him this massive tribute. Since he was an active musician since he was 5, they were many aspects of Michael’s life to represent.  The first anniversary of his death was the right moment to release our masterpiece.
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BSA: Who dresses in the costumes?
Shygun and Keflione: We both get dressed as MJ look-a-likes. The costumes are as important as the painting itself. It’s not Graffiti anymore; we consider it as a performance with a painting, costumes and a photoshoot. For every artist we paid tribute to, we enjoyed using their dress codes, accessories, and the whole atmosphere of their music. It’s a part of the whole concept, pushing our limits off the wall!

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BSA: What motivates you to pay such strong tributes to the memory of musicians who have passed away?

Shygun and Keflione: It’s a kind of tradition in the Hip-Hop culture.  As street artists, we never did such a thing. Here we wanted to give it a try with something more creative and fun. Biggie and Tupac are Hip Hop icons who are often painted in the streets. Our goal was to go further, and represent other main artists. As Graffiti is sometimes still considered as vandalism, we choose to ironicaly use celebrities to conquer a larger public. We had so much fun doing the first one (Bob Marley) so we choose to go for a series.Brooklyn-Street-Art-copyright-Shygun-and-Keflione-michael-jackson-thriller

To see more photos of the Michael Jackson Wall and their other tributes to musicians who have passed including Bob Marley, Biggie Smalls, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, and Elvis, go to http://www.keflione.com/prevolution.html

At the moment, Keflione is putting an exhibition together about a year when he travelled in Asia in 2008-2009 (India, Brunei, Singapour, Thailand, Cambodia). The first “Call ME His Majesty” show will presented at the Traffic-Art-Gallery in Brussels, Belgium, in February 2011.

Check out Keflione’s work on : www.keflione.com or his blog : http://keflione.ekosystem.org/

All images courtesy and copyright of Shygun and Keflione.

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Michael Gone Too Soon

We don’t have anything profound to say about Michael Jackson, and certainly nothing that hasn’t already been said better by others.

We just know that this city was affected strongly; from the sounds of his music pumping from cars and windows and rooftops over the last 12 days, to the spontaneous conversations in offices and bars and delis in many different accents, to the small written tributes on the streets, to T-shirt vendors seemingly instantly selling his image, to 24-hour a day MJ on the radio with call-in memories from listeners, to the gatherings on the pavement in front of jumbo-trons, to crowds jamming into theaters to watch the memorial on screen together, and our impromptu communal memorials at places like the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Times Square (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Times Square (photo Steven P. Harrington)

His music accompanied most of us for a large percentage of our entire lives, and we know it will continue to; that’s the good part.  We’ll hear it at house parties, block parties, clubs, bars, discos, in teenage bedrooms, in steamy backseats, at wedding receptions, high school proms, church barbecues, and, of course, blasting from stereos out on the streets of this city — this summer and probably every summer for a long time.

Hands in the air at the Apollo, where the Jackson 5 performed, where Motown 25 gave Michael the chance to show us the moonwalk (photo Steven P. Harrington
Hands in the air at the Apollo, where the Jackson 5 performed, and where Motown 25 gave Michael the chance to show us the moonwalk (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Almost everyone who mourns him says Michael was more like a brother than simply a pop star and agrees that this was a candle that went out too soon.

A personal tribute (photo Steven P. Harrington)
A personal tribute (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Click here to see the street art tribute we posted the day he passed.

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On with the (Street Art) Show !

Action!  That’s what is happening in the street art scene in New York,

despite the wretched economy and artists losing their dayjobs, and galleries of all types dreaming up new innovative ways to stay afloat, the street art keeps coming.

In one week only (the week we lost Michael Jackson) we hit only a few of the events going on that featured street artists – we’re considering rollerskates and interns at this point – and even if you can’t afford it, you feel rich!  Plus the refreshments are usually free… just don’t take it on the street or you get a ticket.

Welcome to the new Brooklynite Pop Up Shop in the East Village (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Welcome to the new Brooklynite Pop Up Shop in the East Village. The main gallery remains in Bed Stuy, where Ray and Hope hope it will stay! (photo Steven P. Harrington)

New Specter Print at Brooklynite  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
New Specter Print at Brooklynite – he did 8 versions of this, and they are much more impressive in person (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Zbiok and Remed, Various and Gould at Brooklynite  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Zbiok and Remed, Various and Gould at Brooklynite (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Cool Aiko pieces at Brooklynite  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Cool Aiko pieces on cupboard doors at Brooklynite (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Michael in the Headlines  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Michael in the Headlines (photo Steven P. Harrington)

A tribute by a fan in the crowd outside the Apollo Theatre in Harlem on Friday  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Hundreds of fans crowded together to dance and shout and shake their bodies down to the ground outside the Apollo Theatre in Harlem on Friday (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Imminent Disaster at Ad Hoc  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Imminent Disaster at Ad Hoc – sorry no good pics from Gaia – you can check our interview with them a couple days back (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Bishop 203 at Eastern District  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
An impressive number of new canvas pieces by Bishop 203 at Eastern District (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Dennis McNett (McMutt) at Eastern District  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Ever cheerful Dennis McNett (McMutt) at Eastern District (photo Steven P. Harrington)

The crowd at Eastern District  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
The crowd at Eastern District (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Dick Chicken at Eastern District  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
The captions are the funny part. But no closeups here, sorry. Dick Chicken at Eastern District (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Can you name these 4 album covers? Invader at Jonathan Levine  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Can you name these 4 album covers? Invader at Jonathan Levine (photo Steven P. Harrington)

WK Interact wall sculpture  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
WK Interact wall sculpture at Jonathan Levine Gallery (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Vixen with cougar by WK Interact (courtesy Jonathan Levine) (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Vixen with cougar by WK Interact (courtesy Jonathan Levine) (photo Steven P. Harrington)

WK Interact courtesy Jonathan Levine Gallery  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
WK Interact courtesy Jonathan Levine Gallery (photo Steven P. Harrington)

With friends like these (WK Interact at Jonathan Levine Gallery)  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
A series of new portraits of WK’s friends adorned the gallery – with friends like these… (WK Interact at Jonathan Levine Gallery) (photo Steven P. Harrington)

A blur in motion, WK Interact at Jonathan Levine  (photo Steven P. Harrington)
A blur in motion, WK Interact signs fresh copies of the new Drago volume about him at Jonathan Levine (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Skewville's donated piece at the fundraiser for North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition in Greenpoint (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Skewville’s donated piece at the fundraiser for NbPAC (North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition) in Greenpoint  (photo Steven P. Harrington)

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