All posts tagged: Sticker Maul

War Is Hell – Sticker Maul

War Is Hell – Sticker Maul

Street artist Sticker Maul doesn’t need a large canvas to create art that makes an impact on the street. A recent piece we found in the Lower East Side of Manhattan keeps us thinking…

War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, is a book by Chris Hedges, where he argues that war seduces society and creates the fiction needed to gain its support.

“In the beginning, war looks and feels like love. But unlike love, it gives nothing in return but an ever-deepening dependence, like all narcotics, on the road to self-destruction. It does not affirm but places upon us greater and greater demands. It destroys the outside world until it is hard to live outside war’s grip. It takes a higher and higher dose to achieve any thrill. Finally, one ingests war only to remain numb.”

― Chris Hedges

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“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
― Albert Einstein

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According to The Watson Institute at Brown University, which conducted a project to determine the costs of war post 9/11 called Costs of War Project:

  • At least 929,000 people have died due to direct war violence, including armed forces on all sides of the conflicts, contractors, civilians, journalists, and humanitarian workers.  
  • Many times more have died indirectly in these wars, due to ripple effects like malnutrition, damaged infrastructure, and environmental degradation.
  • Over 387,000 civilians have been killed in direct violence by all parties to these conflicts.
  • The cost of the post-9/11 wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, and elsewhere totals about $8 trillion. This does not include future interest costs on borrowing for the wars.
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What’s The Word On The Street?

What’s The Word On The Street?

Oh, Word? Word.

We may take them for granted, but these can be the most powerful, impactful things that we can do during our lifetime. That is why we follow the street scribes and listen to what is said and how. Because of the effort that it takes an artist or a poet, or a preacher to prepare these texts for us to read in the public sphere, we give them a little more respect. Perhaps you find them inspiring, puzzling, angering, or a waste of time.

If well chosen and well placed, the written word has the power to move mountains.

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Words are free. It’s how you use them that may cost you.” -KushandWizdom

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“…But the human tongue is a beast that few can master. It strains constantly to break out of its cage, and if it is not tamed, it will run wild and cause you grief.” -Unknown

Failure Is Not An Option. Sticker Maul. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Savior El Mundo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble.” -Yehuda Berg

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“My task, which I am trying to achieve is, by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel–it is, before all, to make you see.” -Joseph Conrad

Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“Don’t mix bad words with your bad mood. You’ll have many opportunities to change a mood, but you’ll never get the opportunity to replace the words you spoke.” -Unknown

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
KING (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.” -John Keating

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)

“If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words, we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive.” -Betty Eadie

Praxis (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 07.31.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 07.31.22

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The city is now under a Monkeypox state of emergency thanks to a declaration by our state governor as of yesterday. Also jujitsu triumphs over random public punching, New York City children would still want to play Nintendo and Gameboy in the event of a nuclear attack, and we actually have a lower crime rate than the 80s/90s – contrary to narratives of bedlam and hoopla in the streets of Gotham.

However, there do appear to be more sharks around this summer – and not just your cousin Melvin and his buddies at the pool hall. Ah, New York, your grizzled, gritty exterior hides such a fascinating crushed-velvet heart beating inside…

We’re mainly happy that it’s not a thousand degrees on the streets this weekend, a welcome relief to the heatwave. Ice cream, anyone?

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Faile, Stikman, Sticker Maul, Degrupo, Homesick, Cone, and Ked.

Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Faile (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Homesick (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Houston/Bowery Wall continues its organic summer show… definitely not on a hiatus folks. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Beavis Trump with a little splash of self-tanner by Degrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rapper Birdman is transforming into the superhero by Degrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Degrupo goes geometric. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Degrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Cone (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mr. Met and the Ked (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ked (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ked (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ked (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickermaul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stop All Wars ~please! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Summer 2022. NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 05.08.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 05.08.22

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Constant rain for days, but the street art is blooming, baby! As are the riotous news waves about the Supreme Court, abortion laws, the efficacy of the vaccine, the ridiculous/tone deaf Met Ball, the new electric bikes just released by Citi, a rise in anti-semitism in New York, the legalization of weed, the 60 Collective 3 show in Dumbo, Swoon’s new “Sanctuary” Project, Elon Musk buying Twitter, a virtual unknown winning the Kentucky Derby, and Meghan McCain selling only 244 copies of her new book. Who is she again?

Nevermind, we’re back on the streets where we belong, tracking the exciting new directions it is taking us.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Jason Naylor, INSA, Sticker Maul, Stikman, Degrupo, Diva Dogla, Mike Raz, Corn Queen, Jorit, Eric John Eigner, Smet Sky Art, Bad Boi, O. Grey, Steven Paul Judd, Katie Merz, and Delphinoto.

Eternal Possessions (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jason Naylor (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Diva Dogla (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist targets increasing censorial actions by social media platforms (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Degrupo lionizes Zelinsky as transformer (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman embeds with Ukraine (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mike Raz & Smet Sky Art sing the praises of our beloved city (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Bad Boi (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Corn Queen (photo © Jaime Rojo)
O. Grey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Kiowa/Choctaw artist Steven Paul Judd hails from Oklahoma but appears to have roamed ayonder to NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Street artist Jorit celebrates Italian football coach and former player Andrea Pirlo for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jorit for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
INSA. Our guess is that this piece was almost completed but the rain prevented him from finishing it. Still, we are happy to see this British artist in NYC. We’ll go back to see what details we are missing. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sitckermaul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sitckermaul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eric John Eigner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Katie Merz. You Are Not Alone for East Village Murals. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Delphinoto paints @Pontifex “in solidarity with Pope Francis’s Laudato Si Action Platform – the Vatican’s response to the ecological & economic crisis.” (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Spring 2022. NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 04.03.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 04.03.22

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“Ramadan Kareem” to everyone celebrating it this month. Also in April the Jews will be celebrating Passover and the Christians will be celebrating Easter and the Hindus are celebrating Chaitra Navratri. New York has the most diverse assembly of amazing and beautiful neighbors and we are all richer as a result.

In Hollywood and elsewhere people are celebrating/mourning the events surrounding Will Smith. In street art style, his infamous act shows up on a wall this week already (below).

It’s been cold in NYC this week! Fingers are cold, noses are cold, and migrating geese are humming the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go”. The Cyclone at Luna Park in Coney Island, opened yesterday and assures New Yorkers that Spring is already here even if you don’t feel it yet.

We’re excited to see the new exhibition Jean-Michel Basquiat: King Pleasure opens here this week. Congratulations to his family for bringing this enormous undertaking to fruition, especially Jean-Michel’s sisters Lisane Basquiat and Jeanine Heriveaux and his stepmother Nora Fitzpatrick.

Also, don’t sleep on the Whitney Biennial, opening Wednesday! Curators David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards say they have had a guiding principle; “It’s got to be buck wild.” That’s enough for us. Hopefully, some people will be buck naked at the show. A special shout-out to Biennial artist Jane Dixon. Her paintings and photographs of New York in the 80s captured its electricity and unpolished promise – during the time when she lived with filmmaker Charlie Ahearn in an apartment overlooking the tawdry excitement of Times Square. She say the city was, “burning, broke, and dangerous.”

Gentle people, start your stopwatch! Let’s see how long it takes for news items and pundits to begin likening our new Staten Island Amazon warehouse union workers to terrorists.

We’ve allowed companies to become richer than nations, so you can imagine what resources they can summon; the most comprehensive campaign to malign, discredit, impugn the character of workers, and thugs to intimidate them. This is the biggest victory for organized labor in a generation, born in a time of unprecedented income disparity across the city and country. Most citizens would be pleased if corporate behemoths simply paid their fair share of taxes.

The street is still one of the best exhibition spaces, never to be recreated fully.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: AJ LaVilla, Clown Soldier, Little Ricky, Sticker Maul, Michael Alan, Dragon76, Diva Dogla, CP Won, Savior El Mundo, Acro, Jennifer Pod is Dead, and Masnah.

CP Won (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Savior El Mundo in collaboration with AJ LaVilla (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Savior El Mundo in collaboration with AJ LaVilla (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Clown Soldier (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Masnah (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Masnah (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Masnah (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Masnah (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ACRO (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dragon76 for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dragon76 for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Little Ricky and Diva Dogla (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jennifer Pod Is Dead (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Michael Alan (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Michael Alan (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Memorial Wall for Nick. RIP(photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Spring 2022. NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.27.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.27.22

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One of the first graffiti writers to name themselves after a laptop, ACER got up big on the front of the New Museum this week, which may be one of the most relevant shows they have presented in recent years. Just kidding, he’s not named after a laptop. Police will certainly be after him for this high-profile crossing of the legal line that got more press than Putin for a New York minute, but in terms of graffiti parlance, this got him major fame among peers.

Speaking of crossing the line, national embarrassment Ginni Thomas was accused this week of using her husbands’ influential seat on the Supreme Court as leverage to overturn the 2020 election. But competition for most embarrassing US citizens was very stiff this week. Did you see all those frustrated white guys grandstanding and preening before a black woman, presumably prosecuting a culture war while disrespecting her office and person? These Supreme Court hearings were especially painful for what they revealed. Ted, Josh, Dick,… Lindsay Darling, did you know the cameras were rolling? You know people can watch those for years, right?

Here in New York we have daffodils, shag mullets, and a man nesting in a tree. In street art news, its all about Ukraine and Zelensky, baby.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: CRKSHNK, Sticker Maul, Sara Lynne-Leo, Stickman, David F Barthold, Savior El Mundo, Manuel Alejandro NYC, Home Sick, Georgi Collagi, The Bloom Project, and ACER.

David F Barthold (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
These are the NYC official colors of all public children’s playgrounds – before the war began. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
CRKSHNK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Bloom Project (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stickman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Home Sick (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ZL SP 1996 / George Collagi (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Taste and Compare! (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Savior el Mundo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Manuel Alejandro (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#acer444 tagged the facade of the New Museum in NYC. ACER painted on the third story of the building on The Bowery in Manhattan on Thursday. It’s a mystery how the writer accomplished such a feat. We were too late to catch the tag but not too late to catch the graffiti removal crew erasing the piece. See below a photo of the tagged facade taken by B4flight. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
ACER. New Museum. Bowery, NYC. (photo © b4flight)
Untitled. Spring 2022. Manhattan, NYC. (photo montage © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.13.22

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.13.22

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week. The streets are reflecting this moment in New York this week as artists are showing their colors. Or Ukraine’s colors, rather. Hard to sleep through the night when you know that Gotham is on the hit list if this Russian invasion turns nuclear, hard to process the idea that a cold war is never far from a hot one, despite activists best efforts for all these decades. Hard to believe that sanctions won’t damage many more people than the intended targets. Hard to believe that money-printing is never discussed in the news as THE creator of this inflation and much more inflation to come.

Let’s do everything we can to de-escalate this war, this perpetual specter.

And thank you to the street artists who are keeping the conversations alive. Also this week, new works from F**kin REVS !

Remember to Set Your Clocks Ahead One Hour Today.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring: Adam Fujita, Fuckin REVS, Below Key, Sticker Maul, Sara Lynne-Leo, Hek Tad, Gold Loxe, Mike Raz, Smetsky Art, Hear Eye Am, Equalist, Liagam, and Mitya Pisliak.

Death is not the answer. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Brooklyn Bitch Bakery (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mitya Pisliak (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Gold Loxe (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smetsky Art & Mike Raz (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NYC to Putin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NYC to Putin (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Below Key (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ligama for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ligama for The Bushwick Collective (photo © Jaime Rojo)
REVS (photo © Jaime Rojo)
REVS (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Equalist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HEAR.EYE.AM (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We know Spring is around the corner when The Lenten Rose, as it is commonly known, comes up from the ground. More often they go unnoticed by the people in the city, as the weather is still cold and their colors are muted – and the fact that they are very close to the ground – prevents them from screaming “here I am!”. But they are the first to announce the advent of a new season. Spring 2022. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 10.24.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 10.24.21

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Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! The streets are alive with fresh cool air, skateboarders, bicyclists, the smell of fresh street art, and of course, shootings.

Our interview with the street today includes BK Foxx, David Flores, Didirok, Drecks, Melski, Miss Me, Peat EYES Wollaeger, Rap Gang, Sticker Maul, Timmy Ache, Villarose, and Vitruvian Truth.

BK Foxx (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We Demand (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timmy Ache (photo © Jaime Rojo)
David Flores. Detail (the lift was still in front of the mural). Houston Bowery Wall/Goldman Global Arts. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jughead, your college advisor, suggests that you may want have a career as an orchestra conductor. Vitruvian Truth (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Healthy Mind Movement (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Healthy Mind Movement (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mask UP (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eyez (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Drecks (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Didirok and Villarose (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Melski (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Rap Gang (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Miss Me (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Magnet Wall in Wynwood, Miami. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentifed artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Mid-Summer Discovery: Burgeoning Magnet Wall in Manhattan Boasts Bounty

Mid-Summer Discovery: Burgeoning Magnet Wall in Manhattan Boasts Bounty

We like findings spots that feature walls slammed with street art in a most organic way, the aesthetic signature of a current ecosystem mid-evolution. These spots are often a magnet for street artists to get up in NYC, L.A., Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Barcelona, Mexico City, Miami, Boston, London, and beyond. Usually illegal, they allow the artists a quick way to safely leave their imprint on the chaos of the city, a welcome to international artists on their spraycation as well as locals who relish the feeling of standing among peers. The art is usually limited to small original pieces, stickers, and posters, wheat pastes.

De Grupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

We call them “magnet walls” – and NYC has had its share of them. Now, however, they are increasingly endangered because of Gentrification and the voracious real estate market in the city with its apparent never-ending appetite for building new soaring soul-free glass towers. One spot is still welcoming artists to its walls: Freeman Alley. This favorite enclave, composed of two long walls along a narrow corridor in the Lower East Side, is constantly updated in an organic way with contributions by local and international artists. We have surveyed it for years, often publishing our findings in the popular “BSA Images Of The Week.”

C0rn Queen (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Last week we rolled by the alley again and to our surprise, we discovered a gate ajar; one that leads the lobby of a relatively new hotel. Usually locked with a code, this secret Bowery spot instructs guests to enter through the alley. Once inside, they’re greeted with a nicely landscaped, small-scale courtyard leading to a lobby. Surprisingly, it is now bursting with new stickers, posters, stencils, paintings, collages, wild imaginings. Technically, this is a legal magnet wall – but most of the artists whose work is on display here can also be found illegally on the walls of the alley.
Here’s a fresh selection just for you:

Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Drecks (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dewei (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dewei (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dewei (photo © Jaime Rojo)
General View (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Eye Sticker (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timmy Ache (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timmy Ache (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Timmy Ache (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (the fire hydrant is real) (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Voxx Romana (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Little Ricky (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
General view (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vegan Club (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Poor Mike. Probably feeling sad about labor conditions in sweatshops. Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Early Riser NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
David Puck (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Make Art!
Savior Elmundo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
RAD and friends (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 06.27.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 06.27.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! These are the beautiful long summer days that we all wait for. As New York frees itself from the shackles of Covid and our cloistered lives alone the sense of freedom to explore our city and commune with its fabulous chaos is sweeter still. But suddenly restaurants can’t sell you a bottle of booze, so maybe we also will stop seeing sidewalk sales of cocktails as well. Of course with legal weed in New York, people will still be strange and slightly hallucinated and punching random other New Yorkers, no doubt.

When it comes to freewheeling handmade one of a kind art in the public sphere, we still follow the beat on the street.

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Drecks, Le Crue, Mirs Monstrengo, Modomatic, Mort Art, SacSix, SMiLE, Sticker Maul, and TV Head ATX.

Unidentified artist. Plaster sculpture. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist. Plaster sculpture. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Le Crue for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Le Crue for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Le Crue for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
TV Head ATX center with Sticker Maul on the left and Modomatic on the right. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic codex. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic codex. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Mort Art (photo © Jaime Rojo)
SMiLE (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Drecks and Mirs Monstrengo collaboration. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. Dallas, TX. June 2021. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images of The Week: 06.20.21

BSA Images of The Week: 06.20.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Today is PRIDE DAY in NYC and Father’s Day in many parts of the world. Congratulations to us all, queer and/or fathers. We’re happy to show you what we’ve been finding as the spring now stretches into Officially Summer. At night in some neighborhoods, you’ll hear a smattering of fireworks as youthful hooligans are already lighting them – anticipate the 4th of July holiday. A sign of our crazy summer ahead; behold the bang-pop-ratatat-tat-bang-bang-swizzle-shizzle-pop now erupting regularly in empty lots and dead-end streets.

It’s great to see so many kids and youth and adults on bicycles now that the City has made myriad networks of safe pathways throughout the five boroughs. If we could get the police to hand out tickets to car drivers, even school bus drivers, sometimes using the bike lanes to circumvent others and put riders in danger.

The street art and graffiti scene are thick, and you don’t want to miss it here this time of year. While some complain that “vandalism” is reaching 1970s levels, many are happy to see a rotating display of artworks on the city skin at a time when so much of our local cultural and entertainment options have been killed or neutered. The institutional and commercial arts will all come back to New York, we have no doubt. Often, the renaissance begins in the streets.

Aliens, robots, skulls, femme Fatales, cats, cartoons, nationalism, existentialism – the new are runs the gamut and if it upsets the audience, it doesn’t run for long. Catch it while you can

Here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring Acne, Adam Fujita, Almost Over Keep Smiling, Captain Eyeliner, City Kitty, Degrupo, Demure, Eugene Delacroix, Jeremy Novy, Lunge Box, Matt Siren, Modomatic, One Rad Latina, Plannedalism, Raddington Falls, Royce Bannon, Russian Doll NYC, SacSix, Sara Lynne-Leo, Save Art Space, Sticker Maul, The Creator, and Vy.

Jeremy Novy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sticker Maul (photo © Jaime Rojo)
City Kitty. After Eugene Delacroix. Portrait of a Woman in Blue Turban, ca. 1827. Dallas Museum of Art. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Russian Doll NYC (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sara Lynne-Leo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lexy Bella (photo © Jaime Rojo)
One Rad Latina (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Royce Bannon and Matt Siren (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Almost Over Keep Smiling (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Lunge Box (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The Creator on the left unidentified artist on the right. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Adam Fu (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Demure (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Raddington Falls (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Save Art Space (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Degrupo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Vy (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sac Six (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Modomatic (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Acne (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Plannedalism (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.28.21

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.28.21

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week as we head into Passover and Easter. If street art reflects society, and we know that it does, Governor Cuomo is in hot water and may not keep his job. But then, we thought the same about the war criminal George Bush and the grifter Trump, so never mind.

Thank you to reporter Jim O’Grady for interviewing us for a story on WNYC radio this week – along with our colleague Sean Corcoran who is the Curator of Prints and Photographs and a graffiti historian from the Museum of the City of New York.

“As Covid Ravaged New York, Street Artists Fought Back” is the name of Jim’s eight-minute exposition – and his storytelling adds so much to our appreciation of the city and the environment that gives life to our street art and graffiti scene here. Thanks for including us Jim.

So here’s our weekly interview with the street, this time featuring: Chris RWK, CRKSHNK, Dwei, Hope Hummingbird, I Heart Graffiti, Little Ricky, Peachee Blue, Raddington Falls, Rambo, SacSix, Sara Lynne-Leo, Sticker Maul, and Technodrome.

Chris. RWK / (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Technodrome (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue / NYCThrive for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Peachee Blue / NYCThrive for East Village Walls. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
We’d like to think that this collab between Little Ricky and Sara Lynne-Leo happened organically, whereupon, first either one of the artists found the one piece on the wall and the other had the best placement opportunity of the day. Both pieces are illegally placed. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
And here again we find our friend Little Ricky cavorting with other friends. Raddington Falls, I Love Graffiti. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Sitkman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman’s installation on a traffic sign draws attention to climate change. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist addressing climate change as well. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
#nomalarkey (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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Hope Hummingbird pays tribute to the great Margaret Kilgallen. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Zoomy out for a walk on the first Spring day in NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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