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Fun Friday 03.09.12 Armory Week BSA Picks

Hells yes, it’s the invasion of the art fairs in New York – and all the associated events around them, including Bushwicks Beat Night and Williamsburg’s Arts Not Fair in the People’s Republic of Brooklyn and many galleries have special programming planned for the weekend around the city. The big fish is the Armory, which is apparently taming itself down a bit if last nights opening was any indication, and their door is a hefty $30 – boutique indeed.  But the hardy street art fan never pays anyway, from what we’ve seen.

Also this weekend are Fountain, PooL Art, Scope New York, Volta , Art Now, and Theorize which are more affordable or free and can be a lot more interesting frankly. Or, just hang out on the street with your bagged container and check out the street art on selected streets and abandoned lots in neighborhoods like the L.E.S, Bowery, Chelsea, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick, Red Hook, Long Island City, Dumbo. It’s cheap and you might get invited inside for a party if you bring a couple cans of beer. As you know, it doesn’t cost money to access the creative spirit.

1. Armory Arts Week
2. Fountain
3. Volta
4. Scope
5. Lisa Enxing at Le Salon d’ Art
6. Ambush Gallery, “Project 5, Volume 4”
7. “Beat Nite”
8. “Hyper/Hypo” at Secret Project Robot
9. OBLVN “100 Paintings at Klughaus Gallery
10. Jef Aerosol “Hot Spots” @ Galerie Austral
11. Street Artist Ives.One (Video)

For further information regarding Armory Arts Week click here


(Images © Steven P. Harrington)

This year Fountain has provided a 200 foot long wall for a slew of Street Artists, including Chris Stain, Know Hope, GILF, Imminent Disaster, Joe Iurato, LMNOP, Elle, ShinShin, LNY, Cake, En Masse, Sophia Maldonado, Hellbent, Radical! and Wing. See some behind the scenes photos posted yesterday here.

Joe Iurato at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

LNY will be at Fountain (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Fountain include a great line up of galleries that promote, support and represent Street Artists including:  Kestin/Ray Gallery, Mighty Tanaka Gallery, The Market Place Gallery and Marianne Nems Gallery.

XAM will be exhibiting at Fountain with Marianne Nems Gallery. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Brooklyn gallery Mighty Tanaka will be having a greatest hits collection of work by almost everyone in their stable of untamed horses. One of the best walls is the dual red white and blue side by side 3-D sculptural wall installations by Skewville and Miguel Ovalle – including swords on the bottom of the Ovalle piece for the kids.

Featured at Might Tanaka are Abe Lincoln Jr. Adam Leech, Adam Void, Alexandra Pacula, Alice Mizrachi, Andrew H. Shirley, Burn 353, Cake, CAM, Celso, ChrisRWK, Conrad Carlson, Criminy Johnson, Curtis Readel, Don Pablo Pedro, Drew Tyndell, ELLE, Ellen Stagg, EVOKER, Flying Fortress, Gigi Bio, Gigi Chen, Greg Henderson, Hellbent, Hiroshi Kumagai, infinity, JMR, Joe Iurato, John Breiner, Katie Deker, Lamour Supreme, Masahiro Ito, Matt Siren, Max Greis, Mike Schreiber, Nathan Pickett, Nathan Vincent, NEVER, Peat Wollaeger, Robbie Bush, See One, Sofia Maldonado, TooFly, UFO, Vahge, VengRWK, VIK with exclusive murals by Miguel Ovalle & Skewville.

For further information regarding Fountain Art Fair click here


Carmichael Gallery from Culver City, CA will be exhibiting new works by Aakash Nihalani.

Aakash Nihalani (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding Volta Art Fair click here


The Corey Helford Gallery from Culver City, CA will be exhibiting works by D*Face, Ron English and Risk at Scope.

D*Face in Los Angeles for LAFreeWalls Project (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ron English in Miami for Wynwood Walls (photo © Jaime Rojo)

White Walls Gallery from San Francisco will be exhibiting works by Blek le Rat at Scope.

Blek le Rat in Los Angeles (photo © Jaime Rojo)

For further information regarding Scope Art Fair click here

Also happening this Weekend:

Lisa Enxing at Le Salon d’ Art For more information about this show click here

Ambush Gallery in Sydney, Australia presents “Project 5, Volume 4”. For more information about this show click here

Don’t miss “Beat Nite” happening this Saturday in dirty Bushwick and presented by Norte Maar. For more information about this event click here

“Hyper/Hypo” group show at Secret Project Robot opens this Saturday. For more information about this show click here

OBLVN solo show “100 Paintings” opens this Saturday at the Klughaus Gallery. For more information about this show click here

Jef Aerosol new solo show “Hot Spots” opens this Saturday at Galerie Austral in Saint-Denis, France. For more information about this show click here


Amsterdam based Street Artist Ives.One

A nice stop motion piece made with Arden de Raaij:

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Secret Project Robot and Brad Truax Present: “Hyper/Hypo” A Group Show (Brooklyn, NY)


March 10th to 25th     

Brad Truax Presents:  HYPER/HYPO    

Opening Reception Saturday 3/10 8 to 11




In this month long installation and group show curator Brad Truax turns the lens onto the artist and asks them to explore themselves and the way in which they make art.  Are they-

HYPER overactive, active, energetic; busy, fidgety; excited, frantic,  frenetic,frenzied, adrenalized, feverish; or Hypo- low, under, beneath, down, below normal.

The exploration of the state of mind of the artist will give incite into their work offering a glimpse at the creative process and the aesthetic accomplishments and styles which develop out of these different emotional states… It will be interesting to see if the viewer’s expectations correlate to how the artists actually approach their work- which in turn puts the lens onto the viewer, asking them to gauge their assumptions about the way in which they look at art.

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Monster Island in Williamsburg; 2004-2011

By now it has been very well documented that Monster Island in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has closed its doors after seven years of art exploration and experimentation with murals, art shows and music concerts. The building is set for demolition and it is rumored that it will be replaced by a Whole Foods Store.

During these years we’ve watched the exterior of Monster Island with great interest as it was an every-changing heaven for emerging artists to show their stuff to the public. The environment engendered creativity; With non for profit art galleries and performance spaces, an underground music venue, a surf shop, a screen-print studio, a recording studio, several artists studios and a family of lovely street cats, Monster Island was a symbol of what Williamsburg was all about; artists and community struggling to make cool stuff for each other and sometimes a big audience. Since the early 1990s, ad-hoc love-driven venues like this have opened and closed, along with art parties, loft performances, artist collectives, and a loose association of art galleries. The settlement of writers, dancers, bands, performers, and all sorts of artists helped give the area a decided edge, even if you couldn’t convince your Manhattan friends to come visit the neighborhood at night.

Kid Acne (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Now “The Edge” of course is the name of a corporate looking glass tower on the waterfront and the moderate frightened masses began their march to Williamsburg after the developers re-zoned 30+ blocks in North Brooklyn in 2005, transforming it quickly to a New York suburb with quirky, kooky shopping opportunities. It’s an old story, but we have to tell it; Now the rents are too high and the culture is increasingly inhospitable to artists and the Monster Island landlord has a different plan for the lot and the lease wasn’t renewed.  Williamsburg is going upscale just like Manhattan and the rest of the city and for struggling artists and the venues that give them shelter and nurture them this is another reason why we are watching people move to other neighborhoods or out of New York altogether. In a way, this is what NYC is all about; Re-invention and greed.

We have been photographing the ever-changing facade of this building that was offered as a canvas for local and visiting artists all over the world to put their art up. Today we pay homage and say farewell to this iconic institution and to the people that endeavored to make it unique with a photo essay of the numerous murals that went up there since 2004. We have made an effort to identify most of the artists. Please let us know if you know the names of the artists we have tagged as unknown or if we erroneously credited a piece of art.

Armsrock (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Armsrock (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Maya Hayuk (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Ripo and Maya Hayuk (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 “This Wall Could Be Your Life” was a 7-year project conceived, curated and solely funded by Maya Hayuk. “For the following seven years artists were invited from all over the world, given paint, space and freedom to create” Maya Hayuk. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

This spring the Lilac bush outside the building was majestic. Punto and Blok’s mural on the background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Wolfy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Noah Sparkes (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ROA (photo © Jaime Rojo)

ROA pulls a rabbit out of a hog. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

MOMO and Zosen  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

MOMO and Zosen working on a makeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Waldo with a hook looks on as an artist works on a makeover. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Troy Lovegates AKA OTHER. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Troy Lovegates AKA Other, Deuce 7 and Pork. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

YOTE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Hellbent and Hellcat (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Cat with Punto’s mural in the background. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

I just finished my installation. Time to take a cat nap. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

A Spring 2011 model. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Skewville (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Kyle Ranson and Oliver Halsman Rosenberg. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Julia Langhof (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Maya Hayuk. As a final collective event, a paint pour and block party was organized in September. Multiple artists went up to the roof and poured paint down the walls, a colorful blessing on the home that gave so many opportunities to artists and built community.  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Maya Hayuk. Paint Pour (photo © Jaime Rojo)

An unknown artist painted this figure while the building awaits demolition. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Chris Uphues gives the building a heart while it awaits demolition. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Duece Seven and Friends tonight in “Mystic Stylez” at Secret Project Robot

RARE New York Show


It’s a rare opportunity to see Duece Seven, whose work nonetheless thrills and chills even the most dull witted passerby.  Since last summer Secret Project Robot’s building facade has had a very cool piece by the illusive artist and many people had wondered if he was back in town. This loosely wrapped crew is comprised of young bucks and wild horses running with flared nostrils and snorting and rocking back on hind legs in a field of colorful oats: flashes of periodic brilliance guaranteed.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Secret Project Robot.
210 Kent ave
Brooklyn, NY
Deuce Seven Detail

Deuce Seven Detail

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Deuce7 and Other
Deuce 7 and others (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Mystic Stylez
A show by Deuce 7

May 15th through June 12, 2010
Opening Reception Saturday May 15th 8 to 10
with after party hosted by PopGun booking featuring

On May 15th 2010, Deuce 7, and some friends he hasn’t told us who yet, are repainting Secret Project Robot with an exhibition called MYSTIC STYLEZ. Needless to say the show will be sick…

The first time we saw his work we were walking back to Secret Project Robot and passed a street sign with a small wooden piece, a few days later he had hit the Williamsburg Bridge. Immediately we wanted to find him. It took nearly two year, in fact we couldn’t figure out who he was until he hit our building and we had Maya Hayuk introduce us. The rest we shall say is a happy history.

Deuce 7 has taken New York City Streets by storm. On first seeing the exhaustive detail of his work we wondered how he could possibly finish each piece in the open streets. His prolific and colorful, almost painterly works, are filled with Native American tribal references, images of insects, trains, horrifying alien invaders, references to 1950’s horror movie posters and video games like Galaga, beautiful and complicated symmetry and an appeal that seems to be apolitical and universal.

Deuce 7’s modus operendi isn’t in claiming space as much as in reclaiming, in fact, though his work has touched the heavy hitting spots- The Williamsburg Bridge, Lower East Side, etc. he seems to operate best in abandoned buildings, train cars in the Midwest, underneath and behind things; his art is often a happy surprise, it puts objects back into points of visual interest.


210 Kent Ave
(between 13th St & 14th St)
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Neighborhoods: Williamsburg – South Side, Williamsburg – North Side
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Fun Friday 12.11.09 – Support Your Artist Neighbors this Holiday Season

It’s a Festival of Blight!

Artists ’round Brooklyn-World are taking Christwanzaakkuheid matters into their own hands….with art fairs and screen-printing parties and good old-fashioned holiday disco-burlesque-debauchery !!!!

Here are a handful of opportunities to spend your cash and not worry that it is getting sucked through a tube to a corporate headquarters somewhere while the frightened-minimum-wage-no-health-benefits cashier who bags your item thinks about hitching a ride to her second job.

When you buy art in your community from your community your money stays in your community. Hooray!

Pandemic Printing Party 12.12


More info @ Pandemic Gallery

Cream Studios Holiday Sale & Party 12.12


238 Melrose street
between Wilson and Central
Sat Dec 12 4:30 – 12

Andy Kessler Memorial Benefit Art Show  12.12

Honoring the Godfather of NYC skateboarding, who passed away in August

Come by the Volcom NYC store on Saturday, December 12th for the Andy Kessler Memorial Art Show. The show is from 8 pm – Midnight, there will be a silent auction featuring a ton of art, drinks and good times to raise money for a good cause!

Volcom NYC
446 Broadway (Between Grand and Howard)
Also open Sunday, December 13th – 11 am – 7 pm

Secret Project Robot Channukah Party 12.13

4pm to 10pm
For your Jewish and Gentile friends alike a Menorah lighting at sunset
(they’re throwing a christmas/holiday party with Jonathon Toubin on the 17th as well)
German Measels
Jaques Detergent
The Mad Scene

Non profit Secret Project Robot supports the local weirdo arts scene consistently through-out the year

– whether it’s art shows, fashion shows, music shows, street art, conceptual art, performance pieces, parties, fundraisers -you name it. They are totally ART + COMMUNITY and many people have come through their doors that we know, and the doors are still open to struggling new people who are trying to make a go of it.

Make a Donation directly to Secret Project Robot (a 501(c) registered non-profit) arts organization by writing to them – they’ll make it easy for you to give back to the arts  >>>

Check out this hilarious “My Menorrah” video, a favorite of our own Manischewitz home-gurl Lera Loeb

3rd Ward & The Danger Party throw “Sugar Rum Cherry” 12.12

Click on this to RSVP at their site and see a delicious HIGH class striptease to Eartha Kitt, may she rest in peace.
Click on this picture to RSVP and see a delicious HIGH class striptease to Eartha Kitt, may she rest in peace.

“Explore twelve thousand square feet of debauched festivities” – oh promises, promises!

Professional art-party ambiance makers The Danger somehow mix the best elements of all holiday traditions while respecting none.

  • Dirty Santas
  • Seductive elves
  • loud sound,
  • jump-up dancefloors,
  • cheap drinks,
  • mistletoe and
  • an abundance of whip-cream and cherries.

Finally, next week it’s Brooklyn’s Own

BLIP FEST ’09 in Gowanus at the Bell House

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Week in Images 09.06.09

Our Weekly Interview With the Street

Fat Kat in Brooklyn QRST

Fat Kat in Brooklyn (QRST) (photo CJ)

Michael (Bast) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Bangel is feeling ignored and is heart broken. Bishop 203
How come every time we start to talk about something important she has to take a call? (Bishop 203) (photo Jaime Rojo)

WK Interact
The guy in this WK Interact motion picture also seems put off by this obsession with digital devices (photo Jaime Rojo)

Fat bottomed girl David Choe
Fat bottomed girl (David Choe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Happy Birthday Freddie Mercury September 5th!

Duce Seven Other
Look who was in town and at Secret Project Robot! (Deuce Seven & Other) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Duce Seven Detail
Deuce Seven Detail (photo Jaime Rojo)

The Kent Avenue Facade of Secret Project Robot
The Kent Avenue Facade of Secret Project Robot (photo Jaime Rojo)

Love Love Love to Imminent Disaster
Love Love Love to Imminent Disaster (photo Jaime Rojo)

Keely (photo Jaime Rojo)

Mr Graceful
Mr Graceful (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ Coley

Jonathan See Lim (The 2nd from the series Sprayed N Stone) (NohJ Coley) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ Coley Detail

Jonathan See Lim (Detail) (NohJColey) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ Coley Detail

Jonathan See Lim (Detail) (NohJColey) (photo Jaime Rojo)

The invisible man (Other) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Yes, there are a lot of these around town (image

Other Detail
Other (Detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Royce Bannon
Royce Bannon monsters at the Woodward Gallery’s outside exhibition space. (photo Jaime Rojo)

Space Invader is on the spot light
Space Invader in the spotlight (photo Jaime Rojo)

Your invasion is being recorded Space Invader
I’m Looking at You (Space Invader) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Heavenly Invasion Space Invider
Heavenly Invasion (Space Invader) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Veng RWK
A porthole into another world (Veng RWK) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Vlok  (Pig on the foreground)
VLOK Crew truck (photo Jaime Rojo)

Vlok truck in progress
VLOK truck in progress (photo Jaime Rojo)

Vlok Truck in progress
VLOK truck in progress (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Swimmingly Swell Swoon Scene at Secret Project Robot

A few hundred artists and fans and applicants for sailing the high seas

converged on Secret Project Robot in Williamsburg on Saturday night to witness and bid on a silent auction of artwork to raise funds for SWIMMING CITIES OF SERENISSIMA.

The planned voyage/community event/art installation will sail from Slovenia to Italy this spring, and a multitude of artists donated work to the show. Many more are hoping to be part of the trip itself.

The well organized event was quickly crowded with people signing up to receive their bidding code name and place their bids on forms next to the art.  A smartly dressed dj spun vinyl 45’s of 70’s soul classics while volunteers at tables offered screen-printed t-shirts and posters in the back rooom and projections washed over the walls.

The collaborative community spirit was palpable, and good humored fun-seekers romped about the space kissing cheeks (and pinching some too).

Cyclops has a lot on the mind (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Cyclops has a lot on the mind (photo Steven P. Harrington)

A Wall of Bidding Opportunity (photo Steven P. Harrington)
A Wall of Bidding Opportunity (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Swoon on the left, bid in progress on right (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Swoon on the left, bid in progress on right (photo Steven P. Harrington)

A beauty by Swoon on rusted tin (photo Steven P. Harrington)
A beauty by Swoon on rusted tin (photo Steven P. Harrington)

A final farewell fundraiser is this Saturday March the 21st.

Headed for the Mediterranean (courtesy Swimming Cities)

Click this to support the ambitious trip.

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Images of the Week 03.09.09

Aiko (photo Jaime Rojo)
Why don’t you come up and see me sometime? (Aiko) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Cake and ShinShin (photo Jaime Rojo)
Cake and ShinShin (photo Jaime Rojo)

Altered Torino (photo Jaime Rojo)
Altered Torino (Altered Beast) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Altered Brokeback (photo Jaime Rojo)
Altered Brokeback (Altered Beast) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Altered Beast (photo Jaime Rojo)
Jon Benet (Altered Beast) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Bishop 203 (photo Jaime Rojo)
Broken Heart. (Bishop 203) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Feral (photo Jaime Rojo)
Head Dress (Feral) (photo Jaime Rojo)

You’re looking good just like a snake in the grass (Hellbent) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Mark Carvalho (photo Jaime Rojo)
Spring is in the Air! (Mark Carvalho) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Pork at the Robot (Noah Sparkes and ? ) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Pork Robot (Noah Sparkes(pattern) and Roa (pig) ) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Priority Celso (photo Jaime Rojo)
Priority Celso (photo Jaime Rojo)

(photo Jaime Rojo)
Supreme Sunshine (photo Jaime Rojo)

Start Early! (photo Jaime Rojo)
Start Early! (photo Jaime Rojo)

Zoso (photo Jaime Rojo)
Never Forget Your Roots (Zoso) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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"Their Eyes were watching God" (Patrick May)

"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Patrick May

Secret Project Robot, March 14th, 2009

Secret Project Robot – 210 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (at Metropolitan)
March 14th – Benefit Silent Auction 7:30pm – 10pm, Dance Party 9pm – 3am

Secret Project Robot will host a silent auction to benefit SWOON’s latest nautical art project Swimming Cities of Serenissima. The benefit will take place in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on March 14th. The bidding begins at 7:30pm and ends promptly at 10pm. Dancing and Djing by The Paw and Dirty Finger will follow the silent auction. Here is a selection of the participating artists:

  • Maya Hayuk
  • Monica Canilao
  • Tony Bones
  • Michelle Handelman
  • Patrick May
  • Santiago Mostyn
  • D-Dock of Hobby Horse
  • Imminent Disaster
  • Radek Szczesny
  • Ryan Doyle of the Black Label Bicycle Club
"Sky Watch" (Radek Szczesny)

"Sky Watch" (Radek Szczesny)

The Swimming Cities of Serenissima is a fleet of three intricately hand-crafted vessels that will navigate the Adriatic Sea from the Karst region of Slovenia to Venice, Italy in May of 2009.  Designed by the artist SWOON, the floating sculptures are descendants of the Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (Hudson River, 2008) and the Miss Rockaway Armada (Mississippi River, 2006 and 2007). The Swimming Cities of Serenissima are built from salvaged materials, including modified Mercedes car motors with long-tail propellers.  For Swimming Cities, SWOON will collaborate with 30 artists from the United States, including OBIE award-winning playwright Lisa D’Amour. As the Swimming Cities move toward Venice, the crew will collect and install keepsakes in an ark-like cabinet of wonders that will be on display on the boats when they arrive.  Once in Venice, the boats and crew will offer intimate performances that incorporate music, shadow puppetry, and story.  The project is produced with the assistance of Deitch Projects, Paper Monster and Black Rat Press.

Secret Project Robot is a not-for-profit space located in the forest of Monster Island and represents the Mighty Robot A/V squad, HappyFun art group and Sound Artists Robot Death Cult. It is a 2000 square foot performance, and installation centered experimental space founded upon the idea that art should be fun.

For information contact A’yen Tran Secret Project Robot is located at 210 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (at Metropolitan).
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Images of the Week  11.23.08

Images of the Week 11.23.08

Pick a tune for us, fair Feral.        (photo Jaime Rojo)

 Pick a tune for us, fair Feral. (photo Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Theo complex         (photo Jaime Rojo)

Mr. Theo complex (photo Jaime Rojo)

The Dude and who?      (photo Jaime Rojo)

The Dude and who? (photo Jaime Rojo)

Detail at Secret Project Robot  (if you know who it is please write!)  (photo Jaime Rojo)

Detail at Secret Project Robot (if you know who it is please write!) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ and the False Gods    (NohJColey)   (photo Jaime Rojo)

NohJ and the False Gods (NohJColey) (photo Jaime Rojo)

On the way to being an A-Lister     (photo Jaime Rojo)

Becoming an A-Lister (photo Jaime Rojo)

Seeking Cheap Counsel in the Doorway     (Senator, 5036)      (photo Jaime Rojo)

Cheap Counsul in the Doorway (Senator, 5036) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Dark Clouds Over Manhattan   (photo Jaime Rojo)

Cause and Effect?   (DarkCloud) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Baby got Borf's back!   (get back, Borf)  (photo Jaime Rojo)

Baby got Borf!     (get back, Borf)  (photo Jaime Rojo)

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