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Merry Christmas 2020 From BSA

Merry Christmas 2020 From BSA

You could be forgiven for feeling a little like a Grinch for a part of this Christmas; a global virus and a completely fumbled response to the economic well-being of all Americans has left many without home, food, jobs, healthcare, security on this day in 2020.

But let’s rejoice that we persevered, and we found some reasons to be positive, to be hopeful, and to work together. New York is unbeatable! God Bless NYC!

And we are thankful for you. From your friends at BSA we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

City Kitty and Turtlecaps (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 11.15.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 11.15.20

Happy Diwali to all our Hindu neighbors here in Brooklyn and around the world. We hope you find some ways to celebrate safely over the next few days in this year of COVID-19. Diwali is a festival of lights that symbolizes the spiritual “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance”. We need that for sure.

A week after the US election was called, the current president is trying to foment discord and raise funds for himself, but with war-loving folks like John Bolton and Carl Rove jumping ship, can it be much longer until a stampede of similar careerists and military industrialists follow suit?

And while certain yellow newsreaders on corporate TV were desperate for open warfare in the streets in the days around the election, most people are just waiting until the inevitable capitulation. This has hardly been a bloody revolution, but keep trying Rachel and whatsisname?

Street art is reflecting the current mood in broad strokes and pointed ones. New Yorkers can never keep their big yaps shut, so the level of discourse may sometimes be crude and brash – but it can also be insightful, enlightening, and even an invitation for thoughtful exchange. It’s times like these you can be proud of the voices on the streets, which very likely will persevere.

Here is our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Baston714, Cake$, City Kitty, Dan Bennett, De Grupo, Faile, I Heart Graffiti, Lunge Box, Pure Genius, Reisha Perlmutter, Rubin 415, and Sac Six.

De Grupo positions Biden as Freddy Mercury singing “Weeeee are the champiiiiooons, my friend…”. Of course, there is no comparison. But you get the point. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
De Grupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six interprets Kamala Harris, the Vice President-Elect. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Democratic National Committee darling and Georgia Representative Stacy Abrams gets a tiara from I Heart Graffiti (photo © Jaime Rojo)
I Heart Grffiti pictures the reluctantly departing Trump on a bed of green leafy Covid-19. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A bit more of a direct take-down from Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bela Lugosi or Rudy Guliani? Same difference. De Grupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cake$ in The West Bank sprays a very unlikely silhouetted scene in Palestine. No child could possibly lift that wheelbarrow. (photo © courtesy of the artist)
Math, from Dan Bennett (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Scenes from a street debate – Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Scenes from a street debate – Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Reisha Perlmutter (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty, Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile says 2020 hit a pothole. Wonder what happens in ’21? (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rubin 415 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rubin 415 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Baston 714 goes over himself. (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: 09.27.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.27.20

They are not staying quiet. If you had doubted the inclination of street artists to join the socio-political fray in 2020, don’t. Among the cute and decorative pieces out there, we are steadily discovering that artists are using the public sphere to take risks, addressing issues that are thorny and puzzling. As ever, the streets are a reflection of our society and all its fabulous dysfunction – a refreshing take on free speech that often makes much more sense than the disinformation war raging hourly right now on corporate media.

Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring Adam Fu, Blood and Soul, Clint Mario, Faust, Gazoo to the Moon, Jarus, Maia Lorian, Pure Genius, Raddington Falls, Sticker Maul, Stikman, TV Head ATX, Will Pay, and Winston Tseng.

RBG – RIP VOTE NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Emmanuel Jarus in collaboration with Street Art for Mankind and the United Nations on its 75th anniversary a few blocks away from the UN Headquarters hopes to raise awareness on food insecurity. They don’t have to look far to find hungry people, as reportedly 2.5 million New Yorkers were already grappling with food insecurity before the coronavirus pandemic, and a new report from City Harvest says another 800,000 have been added to that figure in just the last six months. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Emmanuel Jarus in collaboration with Street Art for Mankind and the United Nations on its 75th anniversary. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Will Pay (photo © Jaime Rojo)
TV Head ATX (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faust (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gazoo To The Moon (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls with friends. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Maia Lorian (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fujita for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Blood and Soul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Clint Mario (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Dispatch From Isolation # 1 : The Pure Genius of Toilet Paper Hoarding

Dispatch From Isolation # 1 : The Pure Genius of Toilet Paper Hoarding

As New York enters its first full day of Pause, or lock-down, the social ramifications of the panicked psyche have all been rivetingly on display.

Todays’ Street Art piece by Pure Genius lampoons the behaviors of people actually fighting one another to greedily horde supplies. The drawback with toilet paper is, it is not food, which may become a much larger topic of interest shortly.

Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.01.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.01.20

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week!

The New York State Plastic Bag Ban is in effect March 1! That’s today.

This is troublesome because New Yorkers have started to use their single use plastic grocery bags to wrap their feet, hands, and entire heads before going outside to protect them from the Coronavirus.

Just kidding, of course. It’s not like people are freaking out about the Bag Ban or anything.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring 1Up Crew, Blanca Romero, Captain Eyeliner, Flash, Frank Ape, M Quan, Makh21, Neon Savage, Neckface, Praxis, Pure Genius, RAW, Shiny, The Brujo, Theo, Yiannis Bellis.

The Brujo…loves NY (photo © Jaime Rojo)
…and Neckface will be back in 10 minutes… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Makh21 in Berlin. Is this an homage to Rammellzee’s Garbage Gods? Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Speaking of garbage…RAW. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)
M Quan (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Neon Savage (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Theo in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Contemporary paleontology with an unidentified artist. It looks like a Shin Shin wheat-paste but the the colors are hand-painted. (photo Jaime Rojo)
YES STAND OUT!!! Frank Ape (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SHINY in Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
1UP Crew, Flash, Xrils, and other vandals in NYC… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
I’m a Scorpio. What’s your sign? Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ad take over by an unidentified artist. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lucky 13 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bianca Romero (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Berlin. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Yiannis Bellis tribute to Syrian children. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. February 2020. Abobe the Atlantic Ocean. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 01.26.20

BSA Images Of The Week: 01.26.20

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The city is in mid-winter “blah” mode. We suffered a fire at the New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America this week, and the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams used his Martin Luther King Day speech to tell recent arrivals to ‘Go back to Iowa,’ Things can be tough out here people.

In Street Art and graffiti news, New York has had some “whole car” pieces on the subway line recently, including one that looked like a whole train! Old timers were rubbing their eyes. According to a local media outlet, legendary graffiti artist Chris “Freedom” Pape gave his assessment; “..based on the artist’s philosophy, he gives it an “A” but based on the quality of the graffiti on old subways, he gives it a “C”. Also a new film about New York octogenarian Street Artist Robert Janz opened this week at the Anthology Film Archives. Janz in the Moment is the passion project of Filmmaker Joanna Kiernan that features many corners and crazy details of New York’s streets that are familiar to us – and probably to you.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week from Miami, and this time featuring Add Fuel, Atomik, Bisco Smith, CRKSHNK, Dal East, Feik, Hysterical Men, Jilly Ballistic, Kai, Mr. June, Pure Genius, Rick Azevedo, WCKT, What Will You Leave Behind, Will Power, and Winston Tseng.

London Kaye gives a shout out to the Australian’s wildlife, and of course to the people as well. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
London Kaye gives a shout out to the Australian’s wildlife, and of course to the people as well. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Feik. Wynwood. Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Will Power (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Will Power (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jilly Ballistic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bisco Smith. Wynwood. Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Add Fuel. Wynwood. Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Atomik. Wynwood. Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hysterical Men (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kai. Wynwood. Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)
What Will You Leave Behind (photo © Jaime Rojo)
WCKT (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. June. Wynwood. Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ric Azevedo. Wynwood. Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. NYC Subway. January 2020. Manhattan, NY.(photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 09.15.19

BSA Images Of The Week: 09.15.19

Did you see that micro-moon on Friday the 13th? We were up on the roof with artists and friends and weirdos celebrating “mid autumn moon” and looking at the New York skyline and that beautiful moon, which didn’t seem 14% smaller, did it? Seemed like your run-of-the-mill gorgeous Harvest Moon, right? Also, a dope opportunity to say “apogee“, which you just don’t get to say very much. No those are not those tassels that exotic dancers put on their nipples.

So here’s our harvest of Street Art and graffiti for you! The city has been producing amazing crops all year, to tell the truth.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring Almost Over Keep Smiling, Crappytalism, Jason Naylor, Jocelyn Tsajh, Li-Hill, Peoples Power Assembly, Plannedalism, Pure Genius, Rider, Subway Doodle, Surface of Beauty, The Joker, Thomas Allen, and Will Kurtz.

Jason Naylor and Surface Of Beauty collab for ST.ART NOW. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor and Surface Of Beauty collab for ST.ART NOW. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Plannedalism commentary on the polarization of our society. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Li’ Hill commentary on Climate Crisis. According to the text accompanying his art work the artists writes that the World Bank estimates that as many as 145 million people could become Climate Refugees in the near future. Global warming is causing temperatures to rise at alarming levels rendering vasts swats of the earth as inhospitable for its inhabitants. High-level heat and humidity are one of the main killers of humans by heat strokes. Humans are abandoning their lands and homes in search of a cooler environment. This exodus is causing logistical problems for the countries receiving the refugees as many lack the resources to provide and care for them. Wars, famines, and diseases are no longer the only reasons for people to abandon their homes. Global Warming has been added to the list, yet countries are reluctant to declare extreme heat waves as natural disasters. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Li-Hill. A Perilous Journey In A Changing World. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jocelyn Tsajh (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Unfortunately the only word we could read on the signature is Lily. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Collaboration between Subway Doodle and Thomas Allen. We had published a portion of this piece. It sits on a construction material business that insists on placing merchandise on the sidewalk thus the piece is almost fully blocked most of the time. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
As opposed to where? Crappytalism (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pure Genius (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unless it is. Peoples Power Assembly (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
This is an ad. The piece is not signed but it’s branded. It’s hand-painted and the artist is rendering a scene from the movie The Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Will Kurts sculpture made with plastic shopping bags and tape. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rider (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Lower Manhattan. Summer 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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