Hypocrisy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Finally Laid to Rest
Street Artist TesOne just completed a brand new painting titled “Honesty is the Best Policy” to celebrate the repeal of the highly unjust Clinton-era policy toward gays and lesbians serving the US military, discriminating against it’s own citizens for 17 years. Released on this historic day, TesOne’s new piece is pretty funny and heartwarming, to tell the truth.
Explains the artist, “Honesty is the Best Policy” is a painting I just completed honoring the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. While there is still a lot of work to do on that front, I think any step towards equality is worth celebrating.”
It’s also worth noting that the sentiment of “Just Married” shown here, while appropriate, draws attention to the fact that the military and all federal agencies DO NOT recognize gay marriage, thanks to another Clinton-era invention, The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). No matter which state has legalized gay marriage, the federal government does not extend the same rights to married gays and lesbians, including the spouses of armed service members.
1. Multicolored Disappearing Horizon on Williamsburg Bridge
2. CAKE on Juxtapoz : New “Back Talk” Conversation
3. Street Artist TES One Gets Down with Ice Cube for a Print
Multicolored Disappearing Horizon on Williamsburg Bridge
It’s summer and people are taking to the streets with their art. If you have taken a stroll or skateboard ride across the Williamsburg Bridge recently, you’ve seen a public art installation entitled “Baji Lives!”.
In this short film by Danielle Barbiari, five friends show how a collaborative project can also come alive with very modest resources and some elbow grease.
“During the wee hours of a warm summer night, several friends conspired to bring color to the Williamsburg Bridge. Inspired by the unique vantage point offered by this public space, Baji Lives! responded with a site-specific composition that accentuates the spatial dynamics of the pedestrian pathway. This piece is an offering to those who use the bridge”
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“Expanding the interaction with fans of my music by offering limited edition, signed artwork that they are able to share and enjoy with their friends and family is something I feel my fans deserve,” said Ice Cube, who in addition to being the RareInk’s first artist will serve as the company’s strategic advisor.
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Brooklyn and NYC are Getting Hit! – New stuff is being installed on walls this week from Nick Walker, How & Nosm, TesOne, Bask, Tristan Eaton, Gaia, Clown Soldier, Hellbent, Chris Stain, and more. It’s a hot week in late winter.
We interrupt our regular weekly program of new shots of the street with IN PROGRESS new shots on the street by Nick Walker and How and Nosm and Bask.
This week art fairs will draw huge crowds of collectors and fans, bringing a number of Street Artists with spray paint and brush and wheatpaste in hand to hit up walls with their new pieces. From Fountain to Scope to Volta to Verge to Independent , the city is poppin with new pieces and new installations by scheduled Street Artists, and most likely a fair amount that isn’t scheduled on the streets too.
As reported here Friday BSA was with Nick Walker this week as he installed “Anonymity” a brand new stencil in a couple bricked up windows in Brooklyn. While in New York he’s also hit up walls inside and outside the Cooper Square Hotel in Manhattan (see below).
As he worked he talked about the significance of this new piece:
Nick Walker: This piece is all about anonymity. When you are a graffiti artist some people play the anonymity card. But then there are those who play the anonymity card one minute and the next minute you see them on the Internet not playing the anonymity game. This piece reflects what I see around me and I see other artists doing. I think that if you are going to play the anonymity game you have to play it from the start and never slip up. For a lot of the artists that I see now is “on-off” thing.
Southern Street Art talents Bask and TesOne are braving the cold temps in Brooklyn right now to hit walls with How and Nosm and Tristan Eaton as part of Contra Projects, a newly formed alliance of Street Artists who will be traveling around the globe in 2011 lead by visionary Eaton and his equally dynamic brother Matthew.
Opening at Scope this week the roster includes the above with Mr. Jago, DFace, Thomas Thewes, Ron English, James Marshall and TrustoCorp. Before the big Scope opening some of these cats will be hitting walls in BK and here are here are the first progress shots of the wall by How and Nosm from yesterday. They don’t have a name for it yet – suggestions are welcome! Finally a shot of Bask as he traces out the new piece.