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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.21.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.21.21

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Coming up Thursday is Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for? We’re thankful for you and the indomitable spirit of New York.

It looks like many New Yorkers who abandoned us last year are thankful to be moving back into our fabulous and gritty city. You see, we knew you would all come crawling back. Real New Yorkers, on the other hand, stayed right here and persevered alongside one another, showing solidarity in hard times, because we may be a little too loud or cantankerous, but we can handle shit. Also, for those of us who are poor or low income, we didn’t have the option of going anywhere else, frankly – we were just trying to get by day by day as we lost jobs, lost family members, lost our homes, listened to ambulances speeding past our windows every hour. We largely stayed indoors for months – except when we were marching for equal rights and justice for all. So, welcome back to the fair-weather New Yorkers. Sadly, a certain number of people in our real estate industry are taking advantage, jacking up rents – in some cases by 70%.

This week we saw Norwegian artist Dot Dot Dot putting up new work in a number of spots around the city – and we have some shots of his new work. One, in particular, seemed prescient in view of further polarization caused by the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case on Thursday. He uses the power of words – lifted from the Pledge of Allegiance that school kids across the country say. It’s always great to see how artists evolve personally and develop their practice, skills, and vocabulary.

It was also great to go to celebrate the monograph book release of photographer Janette Beckman (Rebel: From Punk to Dior (Drago)) this week at Fotografiska New York. Celebrated for her excellent timing on the subcultural scenes of punk in the early 1980s and the burgeoning Hip Hop scene of the 1980s and 1990s, her photographs are the first images that spring to mind for many when you say names like LL Cool J, Salt N Pepa, Public Enemy, Andre 3000. Run DMC, Boy George, the Clash, the Sex Pistols. Celebrity-driven photography that also captured rebels before they mainstreamed, her images are sincerely stylish without preening, enormous stars before they exploded – a few shades closer to documentary work than strictly for the style pages. It was great to see her being celebrated by a room full of New York/London homies from music (Def Jam, Tommy Boy), publishing (Paper, The Face) – as well as graffiti specifically, Hip-Hop culture more generally. Fun times!

Our interview with the street today includes Adam Fujita, Billy Barnacles, DotDotDot, and Mok.

DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
DotDotDot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2021 Graffiti (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Billy Barnacles (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MOK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Box Trucks as Rolling Graffiti Marquees

Box Trucks as Rolling Graffiti Marquees

A ubiquitous sight throughout large cities like New York, the graffiti covered box truck has inherited the all-city art mantle from the subway train cars of thirty years ago with eye-popping collaborations and solo pieces rolling on rubber wheels and circulating through every neighborhood.


UFO 907 Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Box trucks are like the freight trains of New York Streets,” says Bishop 203, a Street Artist and graffiti writer who has successfully managed to parse the visual languages of both into his work – which of course includes a box truck when he can get one. “It’s the best of all worlds. If I do a wall in Bushwick, that’s cool because people in Brooklyn can see it. But if I do a truck in Bushwick, it’s going to go through Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan – who knows?”

Rugged, dirty, grimey, half-rusted – these trucks are rather similar to freights now that you think about it. They do the grueling thankless work of moving everything through the streets, often barreling by at high speeds and careening around corners to meet deadlines. They are carrying everything – produce, baked goods, heavy appliances, iron, steel, glass, equipment for many industries, racks full of garments, crates full of flowers, even art… and if you are passing through most business districts in the middle of the day, you will see them backing into loading docks or double parked in the street with blinking lights, the back door rolled up, and guys and gals shuttling with dollies across the sidewalk to and from restaurants and bodegas.


GenII, Oze 907 Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)

While painting a box truck is not exactly the same as “going all city”, if your art is literally rolling throughout the entire metropolis in the same way that tracks once carried aerosol art for 1970s/80s writers who crushed train lines, you experience a feeling that is pretty golden. “It’s like a mobile billboard for hooligans,” says Bishop, only half joking.

Wherever photographer Jaime Rojo travels throughout the city looking for new shots, he is almost guaranteed to see a box truck. What began as a casual collecting of these rolling canvasses eventually is swelling into a full-fledged gallery. He’s not sure what he’ll do with all of them, but here’s a taste of some of the trucks to whet your appetite.


DEK (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cekis (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cern (photo © Jaime Rojo)


ND’A (photo © Jaime Rojo)


SeeOne, ND’A (photo © Jaime Rojo)


VLOK Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Stem, Gano, VGL (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Cope, Cano, JAOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Staino (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Staino, Rambo, Sevs (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Staino, Fade AAMob (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ski, Optimo, Mok (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jelly Fish (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ski, 2Ease, KA  (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ski, 2Ease, Kepts, KA (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Jedi, Sae, Aven, Baal (in front of a mural by Faile) (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ski, 2Ease, Velo, Fuk, Dred (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Deter (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Sevor, Ideal (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Fame (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Reader, Abra, Mas, Boans (in front of a wall piece by Overunder) (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Ski, 2Ease (photo © Jaime Rojo)


Lefty (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sincere thanks to Bishop203 and Bato for their assistance with identifying some of these artists.




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Images Of The Week 10.17.10

Images Of The Week 10.17.10


Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Ski & Werds, Anera, Clown Soldier, Old Crow, Gaia and Radical!

Gaia. Outdoor mural at Brooklynite Gallery (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gaia. Outdoor mural at Brooklynite Gallery (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Clown Soldier (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Clown Soldier (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Montreal Street Art (Photo © Adolfo Bejar)
Montreal Street Art (Photo © Adolfo Bejar)

Anera. She hasn't been feeling friendly lately (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Anera. She hasn’t been feeling friendly lately (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gaia (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gaia (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo, Mok and AdLib. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ski & Werds. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

DC (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Old Crow (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Radical (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Radical (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gaia (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Gaia (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

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