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US Election Day 2020, Trump v. Biden, and Politics on the Street

US Election Day 2020, Trump v. Biden, and Politics on the Street

Street art in the last five years has been lit on fire with politically themed illustrations, installations, slogans, opinions, and insights that implore passersby to take action and to be engaged in the direction that society is leading.

WoreOne Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The once-consolidated TV-print media system has had many challengers in social media and websites, though those now too are being censored, demonetized, and throttled by the corporations and certain state actors who have infiltrated and hampered the free-flow of opinions and political discourse under various “honorable” guises.

Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Because major political machines and the corporate media don’t typically use the streets as a communication platform in US cities, aside from the occasional poster campaign for a candidate, the rather unfiltered collection of views and voices come through.

The inheritor of the historically revered “soapbox”, a physical and metaphorical location in a public square where people put forward their opinions, beliefs, philosophies, and ideologies in an impassioned voice, street art currently thrills, perplexes, informs, and annoys. It reaches the tech-savvy and the greater majority of our neighbors who are not on social media.

Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Given that these opinions could be easily buffed or blighted by any passerby yet are permitted to stay, there is an argument that art on the street is the present Vox Populi, a truer representation of the voice of the people.

In the city that knew him first, Donald Trump is given special scrutiny and particular invective for his actions, inactions, behaviors in the role he has occupied as president of the country since 2016. His official opponent in the race is a career politician, an historically right-wing version of a left-wing party, is somehow positioned as a better alternative for an electorate who is desperate for something, anything better than what they have.

By night’s end (or week end, or year end) we will know who is the winner of today’s election; Trump or Anti-Trump. No matter who prevails, street art will undoubtedly weigh in with its opinion.

Raddington Falls Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls, Little Ricky, Diva Dogla. Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mike171, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HeartsNY, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Robert Fontanelli, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dylan Egon, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Joseph Grazi, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Butterfly Mush, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eye Sticker, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Anna Lustberg, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Individual Activist, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wall Of Lies, Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wall Of Lies. Detail. Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wall Of Lies. Detail. Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wall Of Lies. Detail. Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wall Of Lies. Detail. Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wall Of Lies. Detail. Vote2020 (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Wall Of Lies. Detail. Vote2020 (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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What’s In the Box? An Unusual Graffiti / Street Art Show Opens in NYC and Worldwide

What’s In the Box? An Unusual Graffiti / Street Art Show Opens in NYC and Worldwide

An unusual worldwide quarantine requires unusual solutions. Because the virus is preventing us all from going to a gallery show at the moment, it’s been fun to see artists, museums, galleries, gallerists and organizers devise new ways for us to interact with each other and art. One you can participate in Sunday is called “What’s In the Box?”.

You might also call it “Who’s On the Box.” Seriously, Duster? Al Diaz? Terrible TKID170? Zimad? That would make you sit up and pay attention.

Duster ua (photo courtesy of 3Alx)

Organized by Adam Levine (@3Alxnyc) this is a project whose central conceit is a secret – and you have to get inside a virtual space to find it out. In addition the works are all completed on a box which may contain an object of “precious metals and jewels”. We’re curious!

“I’ve assembled close to 30 artists – some old school legends, some NYC staples, West coast players and some fresh faces,” he tells us. “They have all come together and each artist created one unique and original design on a custom wooden box sent to them to decorate that will house something very special.”

Really?

Sacsix (photo courtesy of 3Alx)

“When I say ‘special’ I’m not kidding. This is something that you guys or anybody else on the planet for that matter has never ever seen before.” Those are big promises. Hell, you’re just stuck on this couch for the next forever, so text PIPEBOX to 31996 to get on the VIP list.

Show starts Sunday at 4:20pm in New York, so that’s 21:20 in London and 22:20 in Paris Sunday night. Have fun and support many artists whose work you know from serious well regarded old school writers to Street Art new kids on the scene.

Sf Grajales (photo courtesy of 3Alx)

Participants include Al Diaz, A Lucky Rabbit, AJ Lavilla, AngelOnce, Baston, Belowkey, Captain Eyeliner, City Kitty, Dirt Cobain, Duster ua, EASY, Free Humanity, GoopMassta, Stephanie Grajales, Jeff Henriquez, Nite Owl, Sara O’Connor, The Postman, Raddington Falls, Reggie Warlock, Renda Writer, Sacsix, Vincent Scala, Savior Elmundo, Terrible TKID170, TRAP.if, Turtlecaps, Uncutt, Zero Productivity, Zimad.

Goop Massta (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Raddington Falls (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Zimad Art (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Joz and Easy (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Free Humanity (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Vincent Scala (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Savior El Mundo (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Aj Lavilla (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
A Lucky Rabbit (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
The Postman Art (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Terrible Kid (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Captain Eyeliner (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Angel Once (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Naito Oru (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Baston714 (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Below Key (photo courtesy of 3Alx)
Sara Connor (photo courtesy of 3Alx)

What’s in the Box? Tune in to the live stream Sunday, 4.19.20 at 4:20 P.M. EST. The only way in, is to text the word:“PIPEBOX” to 31996 to get on the V.I.P. launch list and receive the live link. Video production by Silvertuna Studios

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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.21.19

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.21.19

Dog days of summer be damned, the Street Art in all of its fabulous illegal varieties, the true Vox Populi (and self-advertisment) persists and insists through the streets this July.

On the topic of illegal, we’ll state it again for the many persons who have an incorrect impression – Street Art, by definition, is illegal. If it is not illegal, please do not call it Street Art. That work you are looking at is probably a mural. Unfortunately we’ve seen some recent flagrant misuses of the term by some folks who probably should know better.

Good to see “Hysterical Men” here in New York, after admiring the campaign from Philly. The artwork reminds us of Robbie Conal as well, who is reliably skewering public officials with his wilting depictions of them on posters on the street. This week we also were reminded of Chicago’s Dont Fret when we saw the work of Matt Starr, with his textual witticisms. Don’t get us wrong, its not a criticism to have similar work – it’s just an observation.

Finally, considering the treatment of immigrants, the mounting fascism, racism, misogyny, and rageful ignorance being modelled and engendered from the highest offices in the land, we’re shocked that, with a few notable exceptions, Street Artists are not taking those messages to the streets. So much for its reputation for being activist. Not so much.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring Benjamin’s Brother, Bones, Cammix Vx, Captain Eyeliner, Diva Dolga, Domingo Zapata, Dr. Nothing, Hysterical Men, Invisible Essence, Little Ricky, Matt Siren, Matt Starr, Mattew Wythe, Mr. Djoul, Obey, Praxis, Raddington Falls, Rammellzee, Sara Lynne Leo, Sinclair, Sunflower Soulz, The Postman Art, and You Go Girl!

Sara Lynne Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Choose Love (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mattew Hyte (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Obey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sunflower Soulz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hysterical Men…fighting for women’s rights…the wrong way… (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Hysterical Men (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Starr (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Starr (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Domingo Zapata (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dr. Nothing (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bones (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CammixVx (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Invisible Essence . The Postman Art. Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Symbol…FYI (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Benjamin’s Brother (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Diva Dolga . Raddington Falls . Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sinclair (photo © Jaime Rojo)
You Go Girl! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. Djoul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rammellzee looking dapper at Beyond the Streets exhibition in Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Palimpsest in Manhattan. July 2019. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.05.18

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.05.18

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Here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuring AJ LaVilla, Boy Kong, BunnyM, ColpOne, Cycle, Haculla, Jappy Lemon, JR, Lungebox, Raddington Falls, RX Skulls, SacSix, SAMO, Sheryo, The Yok and Winstont Seng.

Our top image: The Yok & Sheryo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cycle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cycle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cycle (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Winstont Seng (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SAMO©4 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This is the same newsstand…not sure about the artist… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This is the same newsstand…not sure about the artist…but it looks like RX Skulls… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

but no one was interested in the facts. They preferred the invention because this invention expressed and corroborated their hates and fears so perfectly.” ~ James Baldwin, from Notes of a Native Son.

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

RX Skulls (photo © Jaime Rojo)

An old Haculla gate… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Jappy Lemon (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Boy Kong (photo © Jaime Rojo)

bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lungebox (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Street Terror”, ColpOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pussy Power Chocho with ColpOne (photo © Jaime Rojo)

AJ LaVilla (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified artist’s hand drawing. Original. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We’ll go with just RAD this time… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SacSix takes on a classic (photo © Jaime Rojo)

SacSix takes on a master… (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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BSA Images Of The Week: 08.13.17

BSA Images Of The Week: 08.13.17

 

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“I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,” tweeted David Duke yesterday as #charlottesville, #nazi, #defendcville, and #confederate all trended at the top across the social media platform.

As if Donald ever thinks about those people who marched. Ever.

People marched and bellowed with torches Friday night and with swastika flags on Saturday in Charlottesville; mostly white men and boys encouraged by the Trump/Pence team and all the people who are steering-advising. After a car was driven into the crowd of anti-racists the governor declared a state of emergency.

Racism and other -isms are not new. Neither is how they are being fueled and fanned today.

During these caustically hot summer days in the US almost every opinion expressed is characterized as political rhetoric, thanks to years of televised cable shouting matches. Reasoned discourse with gray areas is strictly verboten. But if you really want to know what is happening, just follow the money. Historians tell us that is the struggle, simplified and bare for the eye to see. Paid-for disinformation and millionaire newsreaders may cloud the view, but that’s what’s happening.

The majority of us are good, even fantastic, people who know somehow we are being ripped off and gradually shoved toward the door. The people have the actual power when they seize it. It just may take an economic collapse.

See any on the horizon?

Thankfully we still have Street Art, right?  There is no doubt that it has already become more political here in the last year and the odds are that it will probably grow louder – as our graffiti and Street Art is always a direct mirror of us.

So here’s our weekly interview with the streets, this week featuringArt Baby Girl, ASVP, Mad Villian, Brolga, Camo Lords, El Sol 25, Gutti Barrios, Raddington Falls, Monsieur Chat, Myth, Pay to Pray, Raemann, Self Master, Stray Ones, and You Go Girl!.

Top image: Gutti Barrios. Placement is key. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Stray Ones (photo © Jaime Rojo)

You Go Girl (photo © Jaime Rojo)

You Go Girl (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Pay To Pray (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Silence = Death. It was true then and it’s true now…Speak Up! Resist! (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Myth (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Camo Lords (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Phone booth ad takeover by Art Baby Girl for #artinadplaces (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mad Vaillan. Even good ‘ole unflappable Mickey has turned sour. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ASVP (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Brolga sits by a summer stream (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25 (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Raemann (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Self Master (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Unidentified Artist…with guests. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Monsieur Chat as featured on TBT Instagram from 2006. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Untitled. Summer 2017. Upstate, NY. August 2017. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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