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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.16.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.16.21

Welcome to Brooklyn, where the lilacs are in bloom and people are smoking weed in the park, like it was 1985 or something. Remember summer of ’85 in Washington Square Park with rambunctious teens backward skating in the dry fountain on roller skates and people were blasting “Shout” by Tears for Fears on their boxes?

Pro Palestinian supporters were marching through southern Brooklyn this weekend, and New Yorkers are talking about this new conflict daily on the street. New York Mayoral candidate Catherine Garcia looks tough as hell and sounds like some paranormal AI robot in her new ad (Video). Also her “Break Glass” metaphor reminds us of some early 2010s Enzo and Nio street pieces. Remember those? New York City Democratic mayoral candidates Ray McGuire and Shaun Donovan both proved themselves to be blithering fools this week by guessing the median home in Brooklyn costs less than $100,000. When, 1990?

As the COVID positivity rate in New York dove toward 1% this week, we’re all encouraging each other to take off masks, but no one is sure when and where it’s completely safe, except when taking a shower by yourself. On the street and on the Subway the results are mixed, with most New Yorkers opting for being safe.

In graffiti/street art news you might enjoy this great interview by Liz Munzell “Street Art in the Age of Basquiat: Fab 5 Freddy and Lee Quiñones on Post-Graffiti Pop Soup” and this one published in Hyperallergic; The Street Wisdom of Al Díaz, a First-Generation Graffiti Artist.


So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: 7 Line Art Studio, Acne, Cabaio, Freakotrophic, G Money NFT, Jet, JJ Veronis, Jowl, Luke Dragon 911, No Sleep, Save Art Space, and Zephyr.

G Money NFT. SaveArtSpace.org (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Luke Dragon 911 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Luke Dragon 911 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JJ Veronis . Zephyr (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jowl (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cabaio for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ACNE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ACNE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Freakotrophic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
7Line Art Studio for The Bushwick Collective. Say No Sleep on the left. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
7Line Art Studio (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Box truck. Writer’s ID? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JET (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentfied artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Statue Of Liberty. NYC Harbor. May 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.09.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.09.21

Nomadland won the Oscar for the best movie this year, a fact that you may not know because A. The Oscars are nearly completely irrelevant, and B. Covid era-awards programs have been the equivalent of watching your dad unclogging the kitchen drain. An unvarnished story about a growing ecosystem of Americans living in cars, trucks, and RVs in parking lots across the country, Nomadland toes a line between blaming neo-liberal vulture capitalism/ de-industrialization of the last 40 years and dipping into the American myths of people who just want to live their life free and unencumbered.

Meanwhile, in New York more people are finding the rent to be too high and are moving into RVs, according to The Daily News this week. In the article they speak with Giovanni, a first responder whom we were probably clapping for last year when he was saving lives from Covid.

In the article Giovanni says, “I was an EMT… you want to talk struggling‚ that was really rough,” he explained. “I had to have somebody rent out my living room just to be able to cover the rent. That’s how hard it was. After doing that for three, four years, I was like, I’m done with this. I quit. I’m over it.”

“I went to college, I did pretty much everything that I was told I was supposed to do in order to have a good life. And it didn’t turn out that way,” he explained.

As the moneyed Real Estate kingpins are fighting against extending a rent moratorium in the city to August 31 and to end moratoriums across the country, you have to wonder where everyone will go once the stimulus checks have dried up, inflation kicks in, and landlords evict people.

Meanwhile, we’re following the street art in a number of neighborhoods in New York this week – and wondering where the topical or political works are. The current generation who are putting work on the streets may venture into politics, but only identity politics. BLM, trans rights, that sort of thing.

New York is headed toward 70% vaccinated soon and the city is actually talking about offering to vaccinate tourists! Soon you can go to the Met, see a Broadway show, eat dinner in Little Italy, get cursed out by a homeless guy, and get a stab in the arm from Pfizer! New York, New York! It’s a wonderful town!


So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: 2 Much, Armyan, Cautious5, Cekis, City Kitty, Cramcept, Denton Burrows, GIZ, Healer, Homesick, Leviticus, LNE Crew, Lunge Box, MalincheArt, MeresOne, MrBbaby, No Sleep, Paul Richard, Ponzi, Ramiro Davaro-Comas, Smart, and Stikki Peaches.

Stikki Peaches. Welcome Back to the streets of NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
LNE CREW (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cekis for the Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cekis for the Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cekis for the Bushwick Collective. Unfortunately somebody got there before I did… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. Bbaby (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Citi Kitty with Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ramiro Davaro-Comas (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zimad (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smart and GIZ for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smart The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
GIZ for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Denton Burrows with Cramcept (photo © Jaime Rojo)
2 Much (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Healer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Paul Richard (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Malinche. We are trying to figure out why would the artist associate a murderous, vicious cartel leader such as El Chapo with Lady Liberty iconography. The infamous drug dealer is currently held in a Federal prison in Brooklyn serving a long, long sentence. Is Malinche asking for his release? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cautia5 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MeresOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
MeresOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sort of like our economy, this is Ponzi (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Armyan Nispel (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Who Is Dirk (photo © Jaime Rojo)
…and it has worked. Leviticus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Tom Bob (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Snoeman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Homesick . West (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Peony. Spring 2021. Brooklyn, NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 02.21.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 02.21.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week. It’s been snowing and snowing and snowing this month in New York – providing perfect framing for graffiti and street art.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adrian Wilson, Beer, Claudia Ravaschiere, Dasu, Dos Wallnuts, Eron, Goog, Guild234, Hellbent, Magda Love, Michael Moss, No Sleep, Note, Par, Seo, Serve, Swoon, The Postman Art, and Treeze.

Guild234 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Guild234 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adrian Wilson (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dos Wallnuts (photo © Jaime Rojo)
GOOG (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dasu Treez (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Julia (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Magda Love (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Your Queer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Postman Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Par (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Beer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Swoon with text by Patrick Dougher (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Swoon with text by Patrick Dougher (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hellbent (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Claudia Ravaschiere and Michael Moss (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Seo : Eron (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Serve (photo © Jaime Rojo)
No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Note (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SKRO (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan. Winter 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.31.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.31.21

A few weeks ago we saw a populist uprising invade one of this culture’s most sacrosanct public institutions out of anger and disillusionment, among other factors; generally a repudiation of what was perceived as a corrupt cabal who ignores the will of the people. Within days the news was full of stories of the State tracking down and cracking down on the dangerous insurgents and tracing their words and actions. Alliances were suddenly severed, fingers were wildly pointed, threats were issued, straw men swiftly collapsed. An historic quake, the tremulous ground is still shifting.

This week we witnessed another social-media-fueled populist uprising that is shaking the opaquely vexing market of stock trading. Again we hear that this is an unwelcome ambush – one that is fanning the class rift between self-styled ivy-league “elites” and everyday workers (or out-of-workers) who radically barge into a space they are not welcomed in. With access to the wheel, seemingly moments later, Robin Hood puts on the brakes for traders, stemming a hemorrhage for the wealthy. Wall Street warriors are at once calling for regulations on an industry they have steadily de-regulated for decades. The financial and rhetorical upheavals apply great strain to the very foundations again. Everyone is incredulous.

We’re don’t intend to oversimplify here, but you have to admit there appear to be parallels in these stories.

In the end, we see the ripples through street art. Actually, sometimes we see the antecedents to events like these as well – but we may not recognize them as such until later. One cryptic prophet and cultural critic from the street art world, Don Leicht, passed away this week after a very trying illness. His original use of the digitalized Invader predates the high profile street artist of the same name; his comic/cutting assessments of modern hypocrisy echoed across walls of New York as early as the inception of the video game itself. A long time trusted friend and creative collaborator with street artist John Fekner, Leicht was quickly memorialized with this new installation on the street (below).

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring 1UP Crew, Bastard Bot, Below Key, CRKSHNK, De Grupo, Don Leicht, Duke A. Barnstable, Ethan Minsker, Freedom, John Fekner, Maks Art World, Nick Walker, No Sleep, and Young Samo.

A tribute for artist Don Leicht, conceived by Adrian Wilson.
In a collaboration with John Fekner, Wilson used his original stencils. The project was coordinated by Wayne Rada and Ray Rosa at the L.I.S.A. Project in Manhattan.
John Fekner. In Memoriam. Don Leicht. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Reposted from John Fekner:

“Don Leicht (October 12th, 1946-January 22nd, 2021)Don was my fierce older Libra brother, colleague and collaborator throughout almost fifty years of friendship. Don was a passionate and devout painter who played by his own Bronx cool rules; whether as a teacher in the public school system in the South Bronx, or in his hand-written personal writings or hand-cut metal, plastic or cardboard sculptural works, all visually charged with a deep meaning and social purpose. His imagery could spark a laugh or a smile; but were intended to cause a reaction within a viewer’s heart, mind and soul.

Don was a steadfast bridge to carry me through my sometimes unwieldy behavior. He would provide answers with care, understanding and positivity; whether it was in person or through a 10-minute or hour phone call. Within our conversation (and with many of his friends), he would always repeat the message as to be sure that you ‘got the message’ and would act accordingly. Don always had a simple soothing solution: ‘Get one thing done by the end of the day.’

Don was preceded in death by his wife Annie; and he will be deeply missed by his two sons, Anthony and Nicky, who helped their father throughout his overwhelming health issues, especially in this past year.

Walk on dear friend. We celebrate your life work!”

Another street memorial to radio and television talk show host Larry King by Maks Art World. Larry King 1933 – 2021 “Those who have succeeded at anything and don’t mention luck are kidding themselves. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Freedom is back! Actually Freedom never left. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bernie and friends…(photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bastard Bot combines the death of rapper MF Doom, who fashioned myriad masks, with the Bernie Inauguration meme. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Pandemic Twist! Bastard Bot (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ethan Minsker (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Urban Russian Doll NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Below Key (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Trump with a big black dot blotting his visage. McConnell peering out through the splatter to see a raging fire. Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nick Walker (photo © Jaime Rojo)
No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Young Samo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We wish Duke A. Barnstable good luck with his New Year Resolutions… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
De Grupo likes Pele. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 12.06.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 12.06.20

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

…and welcome to a December in New York City where shootings have risen 96% this year, the Sugarplum Fairy and Mouse King and The Nutcracker are not going to appear, 24 subway train cars were aerosol bombed in Queens, a Judge ordered the federal government to fully reinstate the DACA program, the Middle Collegiate Church has burned in the East Village in Manhattan, and Red Bull Arts – home of the awe-inspiring Rammellzee show a few years ago, has announced that it is closing in Manhattan.

Looking for a Christmas tree? An accurate barometer of the income gap perhaps, we found two vendors on the streets of Williamsburg who each told us a 6 foot tree this year starts at $150 this year. Later in the neighborhood of Bushwick we saw a collection of 6 foot tall trees for $60 each. In Soho or 5th Ave just double it, or quintuple it.

Also, as an entirely unrelated aside, have you noticed that Noam Chomsky is metamorphosing into Santa Claus? To be fair, Noam is rarely jolly.

Here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring City Kitty, Elfo, Exposure, Easy and Joz, Gak, Giani NYC, Kest, No Sleep, Quality Mending, Raw Raffe, Skewville, TV Head ATX, UFO907, Muk 123, Gen 2907, Oze108, and Unlok.

Unlok, GianiNYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Exposure (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raw Raffe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Quality Mending for Red Art Projects (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Quality Mending for Red Art Projects. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Easy and Joz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Good to see that 907 crew is masking up! UFO907 in collab with MUK 123 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gen 2907 and Oze108 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Steel Fist Velvet Glove (photo © Jaime Rojo)
It’s metastasized! TV Head ATX (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Told you so… Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Remember (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Remember (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kest . Gak (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Elfo in Italy…the middle of nowhere. (photo © Elfo)
Untitled. Queens, NY. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.22.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.22.20

Mint. Surf. Mirf. Smurf.

Good to see Mint and Surf on the streets again here in NYC. We wondered where they had gone.

Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving this week, whether you are alone or with family, cooking a turkey or baking a pie, spraying a tag or slapping a sticker, collecting art or collecting bills. We hope that we can all count some blessings this week. Please stay safe from the Covid-19.

Here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Butterfly Mush, Dragon 99, Eye Sticker, Fours Crew, Graff Art Kings, HOACS, Invader, Michael Conroy, Mint & Serf, Mr. Can Do, No Sleep, Only Jesus NYC, Rawraffe, Roachi, Shniz, Shorty, Smells, and Surface of Beauty.

Mint & Serf / Mirf (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Surface Of Beauty (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Roachi / Fours Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hoacs, Roachi, Mr. Can Do. Fours Crew (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smells (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rawraffe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Street art proselytizing with this sticker campaign. Only Jesus NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Only Jesus NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eye Sticker, Graff Art Kings. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Fuck Fuck Fuck Shit…exactly. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Shorty. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Thats the schnizzle. Shniz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A tribute to Shorty RIP. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dragon99 for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Butterfly Mush pondering her options… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Michael Conroy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week 06.07.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 77

BSA Images Of The Week 06.07.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 77

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week.

The revolution has begun.

When a socio-political-economic nexus is forged with such historically contentious factors, it only takes a spark. If you are wondering who will win, merely look at history, as past is prologue. Sorry, we won’t be spoilers.

Historically sky-high unemployment in an economy headed for depression, a somnolent political-corporate class standing listlessly by to watch as you are lowered deep into the well, an unprecedented heist of the US cupboard in broad daylight, the flames of social inequity fanned by a muscular and shiny fascism. What’s not to like?

In one irony (among many) New York City is opening tomorrow. Except for the curfew at 8pm. It’s also boarding up. Just as graffiti and street art were effectively scrubbed from Manhattan, the city offers artists and poets thousands and thousands of brand new plywood canvasses. It’s a jubilee!

Just not a debt jubilee.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Captain Eyeliner, Niko Alexander, Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain, Xena Goldman, Pablo Helm Hernandez, Dusty Rebel, No Sleep, Pajtim Osmanaj, Russian Doll NYC, and Soul Thundre.

#blacklivesmatter NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#blacklivesmatter NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#blacklivesmatter NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#blacklivesmatter NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#blacklivesmatter NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#blacklivesmatter NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
June is Pride Month and photographer Dusty Rebel is marking the occasion with a photo essay “Out In The Streets” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
June is Pride Month and photographer Dusty Rebel is marking the occasion with a photo essay “Out In The Streets” Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The public mural painted by artists Niko Alexander, Cadex Herrera, Greta McLain, Xena Goldman, Pablo Helm Hernandez was projected on a screen Thursday during the entire memorial for George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Pajtim Osmanaj. Revolution is in the air in New York and Paitin Osman adapts Eugène Delacroix and places a medical worker in the role of Marianne in Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple
[la libɛʁte ɡidɑ̃ lə pœpl]) (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pajtim Osmanaj (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Street art doesn’t always have to be illegal, as we know. This textual mark-making leads directly to The White House on 16th Street. With painters hired by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, they didn’t announce it nor explain it until it was obvious. According to Emily Badger (@emilymbadger) on Twitter “When I asked them what they were doing, several city workers casually said ‘just paintin’ the streets,’ as if there were nothing else to say.”
Aerial shot of the new street art.
Pajtim Osmanaj (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Russian Doll NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Russian Doll NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Soul Thundre / Consumer Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Soul Thundre (photo © Jaime Rojo)
No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Manhattan. NYC. June 2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.17.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 56

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.17.20 / Dispatch From Isolation # 56

Times are tough but so are you.

Such a New York sentiment and at the heart of it we believe in our fellow New Yorkers and people in general to pull through this series of cavalcading catastrophes that are befalling us as many of our would-be leaders stand by and watch.

“Times are tough..” – It’s also a new piece this week on BSA Images of the Week from Captain Eyeliner. Let’s look for common ground, fundamental fairness and a common dream – without being tricked into fighting each other.

Meanwhile here’s some of the genius and humorous works this week on New York streets (and one from Tel Aviv), as we nurse our wounds and mourn our dead, and praise our nurses – and so many others. Hang tough people!

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adam Fujita, Almost Over Keep Smiling, Billy Barnacles, Captain Eyeliner, CRKSNK, Lunge Box, Maya Hayuk, Merk, No Sleep, Praxis, Quasar, Sac Six, Tag, and You Go Girl!

Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Maya Hayuk (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Billy Barnacles (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Amy Makes Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
You Go Girl (photo © Jaime Rojo)
QUASAR (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Merk (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#tag in Tel Aviv (photo @Tag)
No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SOHO, NYC. May 2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.06.19

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.06.19

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Welcome to October – the time when the leaves turn yellow and orange and when your local pharmacy is selling Halloween candy and Christmas decorations because why the hell not? We’ve got The Actual Joker in the White House ready to shred all pretense of civility and rule of law before a terrified nation, not that he was holding that down at all.

Makes us think of the sentiment of this new Street Art piece below by Sara Lynne-Leo. “Why are you still holding on?”

But we know the answer — Because the grand finale of this burning dumpster fire will be huge! – friggin’ ratings will be off the charts for this one, dawg. Plus the Demopublicans have already lined up the Warren White House so we know what’s coming on TV next on DNC.

** chomps popcorn, smacks lips

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring DAK, Dede Bandaid, Dee Dee, Demure, Dirk, Don Rimx, Insurgo, Invader, Jeff Henriquez, Jona, Muebon, Neckface, Nite Owl, Nitzan Mintz, No Sleep, Panda Bear, Salami Doggy, Sara Lynne Leo, Seemerch, Unify Art, and WK Interact.

Sara Lynne-Leo for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jeff Henriquez (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dee Dee (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sinclair (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Demure…speaking about The Joker…this one is even more frightening than the one currently spooking audiences at the cineplex… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Demure (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Demure (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dak Was Here…look closer… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unify Art for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Neckface (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invader (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Nite Owl (photo © Jaime Rojo) (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Don Rimx (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Insurgo . Dirk (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Muebon for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Panda Bear (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Salami Doggy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jona. There’s so much to decipher here. The cosmonaut with all the symbols and the shout outs… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matzu’s piece has been tagged…this one didn’t ride long unperturbed… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Seemerch for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dede Bandaid with Nitzan Mintz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
WK Interact for (RED). (photo © Jaime Rojo)
WK Interact for (RED). (photo © Jaime Rojo)
WK Interact for (RED). (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Images of The Week 09.09.12

Our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Adeline, Cost, El Sol 25, JM, Joseph Meloy, Keely, LMNOP, Mr. Toll, No Sleep, NohJColey, Sanpaku, Sheryo, Smells, ICY & SOT, Shie Moreno,The Cretin, The Yok, and Werds.

Shie Moreno (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shie Moreno. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Shie Moreno in Miami (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 hangs out with LMNOP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Yok and Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Beautiful and awesome Adeline performs to celebrate NohJColey’s birthday at his opening last night. Better than Marilyn at the MSG for Jack. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Cretin (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Sanpaku (photo © Jaime Rojo)

From Wikipedia:

Sanpaku gan (三白眼) or Sanpaku (三白) is a Japanese term that means “three whites” and is generally referred to in English as “Sanpaku eyes”. The term refers to the iris being rather small, so that it only covers about two-thirds or less of the vertical axis of the eye; e.g. delineate an eye into four portions; the iris would only occupy one portion of the divided four sections; thus leaving the other three in white, hence “three whites”.

When the bottom of the white part of the eye, known as the sclera, is visible it is referred to as ‘Yin Sanpaku’ in Chinese lore. According to the myth, it represents physical imbalance in the body and is claimed to be present in alcoholics, drug addicts and people who over consume sugar or grain. Conversely when the upper sclera is visible this is called ‘Yang Sanpaku’. This is said to be an indication of mental imbalance in people such as psychotics, murderers, and anyone rageful. Stress and fatigue may also be a cause.[1]

In August 1963, macrobiotic pioneer George Ohsawa predicted that President John F. Kennedy would experience great danger because of his sanpaku condition. This was reported by Tom Wolfe in the New York Herald Tribune.[2]

People with sanpaku eyes may also be feared to be prone to violent or disordered behaviors.[citation needed] There is no evidence for this belief, however.

John Lennon mentioned sanpaku in his song “Aisumasen (I’m Sorry)” from the 1973 Mind Games album. It is also briefly referenced in William Gibson’s Neuromancer, as well as in Michael Franks‘ 1979 song “Sanpaku”, and in The Firesign Theatre‘s piece “Temporarily Humboldt County”.

Joseph Meloy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

No Sleep (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A message for William Wegman from a disaffected unknown feller. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Toll (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cost, Smells and Keely welcoming mat. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Icy and Sot. Special shout out to Joe’s buddy at Bushwick 5 Points for giving me a lift so I could get the right angle. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

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Optimo : Hometown Primo in a Top Hat

Optimism Straight Outta NYC

BSA doesn’t spotlight too much graffiti because we’re not very smart about it, and there are a lot of geniuses on graff out there. Plus the S-A part of our name precludes much BS on the graff tip. But some artists straddle the edge of graff and Street Art, and one artist who keeps catching our eye because of his placement and the light-hearted comedic quality of his character is Optimo, sometimes referred to as Werds (depending where you are surfing).

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Short for Optimo Primo (best cousin), the graffiti artist Optimo grew up as a boy in Chelsea in the 1980s excited and ignited by the colorful graffiti he saw on trucks and trains around him.  As a true original New Yorker, he names some of his stylistic influences as 1990s graffiti writers including Wolf1, Revs & Cost, Seen, Reas, and Sabe.  His signature character has been on the streets since 2006, the American flag bandana as a symbol of free expression and the First Amendment, and the showman top hat something the artist likes to wear as well.

Now a full time artist selling his stuff on the streets of Soho, Optimo has showed his work in a gallery setting with a 40-piece show at  Revolution Studios in Chelsea last summer and in a group show at Brooklyn Fire Proof in Bushwick as well as Culture Fix on the LES in the fall. His soft spot is box trucks, which he says he’s painted over 100 of, according to his bio on Tumblr, and he aspires to retain his signature style of “optimism”.  Here is a BSA collection of images of work in New York and Miami by Optimo NYC.

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Optimo. Werds (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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