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FKDL and His Vintage Glamour Women

New Wall Celebrates Audrey Hepburn for her May 4 birthday in the Brussells district she was born in. Liz Taylor is her special guest.

There are many references to pop culture, movies, fashion, and celebrity that have appeared in Street Art in the last decade or so, thanks to our full immersion in the National Entertainment State. We always say that the street reflects us back to ourselves, and apparently we are fixated on poised prettitude, at least in some cities. From Street Artists like DAIN to Judith Supine to Faile to The Dude Company, Tian, Aiko, TooFly and myriad anonymous stencillists, you are bound to see depictions of glamorous women and in a variety of archetypes popping up on walls and doorways no matter the year.

FKDL “Breakfast at Ixelles”. Brussels, Beligium. (photo © FKDL)

Parisian Street Artist FKDL reliably returns to his wheelhouse of the 1950s and 60s when he looks for images of idealized females.  Even his silhouettes of graceful and lithe dancing figures will remind you of the 2-D animations of opening credits of Hollywood movies from the golden age, the hip early years of television, beatniks in tight turtleneck sweaters reading poems, and swinging chicks on the cover art from long-playing jazz albums.  As a “fill” to his forms, he often pastes in an actual collage of vintage commercial illustrations that he cut from magazines and dress making pattern envelopes.  Clearly his is a romance with an image of female beauty from an earlier time and he reliably visits it again and again in his work on the streets of Europe and New York.

FKDL “Breakfast at Ixelles”. Brussels, Beligium. (photo © FKDL)

So it is no surprise that last week when FKDL was in the Ixelles district in Brussels he found a lone façade wall on an empty lot that faces the street and was compelled to paint a tribute to the cinema icon Audrey Hepburn, born there 84 years ago this Saturday. “Breakfast at Ixelles” refers to the location and her most famous movie, set in New York, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  While doing the wall he decided to also pay tribute to another screen grand dame Elizabeth Taylor. The 30 foot wall uses his distinctive collage style and the paint colors are associated with the flag of Belgium.

FKDL “Breakfast at Ixelles”. Brussels, Beligium. (photo © FKDL)

FKDL “Breakfast at Ixelles”. Brussels, Beligium. (photo © FKDL)

FKDL in New York (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FKDL (detail) in Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FKDL next to DAIN in Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

FKDL in Brooklyn (photo © Jaime Rojo)

 

 

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Images of the Week 07.24.11

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Our weekly interview with the street, this week including DodieBoy, Dust Lust, Freddy Sam, Jaz, Lia Smaka, MSK, N’DA, Risk, Samson, Seh Palito, Sever, Swoon, Tian, Trustocorp, Various & Gould, and Wane.

WeddingBells

Congratulations to the hundreds of newlywed couples in New York’s streets today!

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Swoon’s “Ice Queen” was originally conceived as part of her installation for the “Art in The Streets” exhibition at LA MOCA is now on the streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon “Ice Queen”, detail. Originally conceived as her entry for the “Art in The Streets” at LA MoCA is now on the streets of Brooklyn. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon’s Ice Queen at “Art in the Streets” currently on view at LA MOCA Geffen Contemporary. (photo © Jaime Rojo). For BSA’s coverage on “Art in the Streets” click below: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jaime-rojo-steven-harrington/street-color-art-in-the-s_b_849495.html#s264887

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Swoon. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Swoon will also be participating in “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Sories” August 12 in Venice, Los Angeles, CA.

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Swoon. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Swoon. Detail (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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This Various & Gould piece has been winking at me from the heights of a rooftop in Brooklyn for a long time now. I’m grateful for the opportunity to get a closer look at it. (photo © Jaime Rojo) Various & Gould will be participating in “Street Art Saved my Life: 39 New York Stories” In Venice, Los Angeles, CA.

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Dust Lust (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Dust Lust (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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DodieBoy (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MSK, COD, Sever, Wane and Risky  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MSK, COD, Sever, Wane and Risky  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MSK, COD, Sever, Wane and Risky  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MSK, COD, Sever, Wane and Risky  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MSK, COD, Sever, Wane and Risky  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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MSK, COD, Sever, Wane and Risky  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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JAZ and Freddy Sam  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ND*A  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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ND*A  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Zeh Palito  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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TrustoCorp recently appeared in all sorts of places in New York with their witty and realistic signs. This one alerts us to the arrival of Pigeon Season, which officially ends … when? (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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Samson and Lia Smaka (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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We sadly mark the passing of talented singer Amy Winehouse, who left us yesterday at the age of 27. Thanks to TIAN in Paris for sharing this. (photo © TIAN)

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Images of Week 07.19.09

Images of Week 07.19.09

Our weekly interview with the streets

Follow the Money
Uhh, uh-huh, yeah
Its all about the benjamins baby
Uhh, uh-huh, yeah
Its all about the benjamins baby (photo Jaime Rojo)

Rose

A Rose on a bridge beam (photo Jaime Rojo)

Space Invader

Space Invader (photo Jaime Rojo)

Specter
Does this remind you of those cheap home-office printers you go through because they make them to last about a week and a half now?  (Specter) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Connor Harrington

(Connor Harrington) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Stop or I shot! Connor Harrington

Stop or I shoot! (Connor Harrington) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Dissed Nine

Do you love KH1? (Nine) (photo Jaime Rojo)

MBW Tian HomeTown HiFI
MBW, Tian, HomeTown HiFI (photo Jaime Rojo)

MBW
Who knew he would turn out to be a cross-dresser? (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)

MBW
Oops, you may want to wax that. (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)

MBW

Door to door salesman (MBW) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NINE

(NINE) (photo Jaime Rojo)

NINE

Shin Shin Stickman
Shin Shin, infinity, Stickman (photo Jaime Rojo)

Shin Shin
Bees near the entrance of the hive. (Shin Shin) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Sweet-Toof-Mobile eyeballing the girls in their summer shorts (Sweet Toof) (photo Steven P. Harrington)
Sweet-Toof-Mobile eyeballing the girls in their summer shorts (Sweet Toof) (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Space Invader
You, that’s the bomb! (Space Invader) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Stickman
“The true artist helps the world by revealing mystic truths”, so sayeth the Stikman (Stikman) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Everybody knows that Einstein dude is just a total hippie. (Tian, MBW, DickChicken) (photo Jaime Rojo)

)Elbow Toe "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"
Perfectly balanced. (Elbow Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Elbow Toe "Kin"
These three homeys are spreading the good word. (Elbow Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Elbow Toe
Under the ever-watchful and wise eye (Elbow Toe) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Revs
Revs on the East River with Mad-hatten in the back (photo Jaime Rojo)

WK Motion Picture
WK Interactive motion portrait (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Images of Week 07.12.09

Images of Week 07.12.09

Our weekly interview with the streets

El Sol
The desire to regenerate Viking manhood through heroic struggle meets Dior. (El Sol 25) (photo Jaime Rojo)

El Sol
Interstitial musings on cranial sacral therapy (El Sol 25) (photo Jaime Rojo)

El Sol
Coming to terms with his own past as a weak and sickly boy. (El Sol 25) (photo Jaime Rojo)

I'm watching you
A futuristic and intense psycho drama playing out with xray vision enabling the clear view of Janet’s nether region. (photo Jaime Rojo)

Piggy Bank Tian
The national savings rate must increase, even if a few coins at a time. (Tian) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Trovadour
The noble hippie, bare-chested and defiant, sucks in his gut and clutches his ham and swiss hero. (Trovadour) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Apolo Torres MUNDANO Loro Verz

Apolo Torres, Mundano, & Loro Verz at Factory Fresh (photo Jaime Rojo)

Bast
I hate to seem aggressive but I really need you to use your bathroom. Please give me the key. (Bast) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Cepia Beauty
Sepia Beauty (photo Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25
And which one would we call illegal? (El Sol 25) (photo Jaime Rojo)

El Sol 25
With manly legs pumping furiously, Ned, Accounting Super Hero, rushes to deposit the clients’ jewelry before the bank closes. (El Sol 25) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Gaia
Un aplauso por el Conejo! (Gaia) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Know Hope

Time to come out of the bushes! (Know Hope) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Know Hope

Know Hope behind the grating (photo Jaime Rojo)

Know Hope
Last night I really blew it.  Two packs of smokes, a tin of tuna, some lemonade soda, and a tub of watermelon.  I really gotta stop before I lose an arm or something. (Know Hope) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Lady Pink
Natural beauty in the garden of Eldridge (Lady Pink) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Os Gemeos (detail. More to come!)
I’m thinking of a small town I visited last night in a dream (Os Gemeos) (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Os Gemeos (detail. More to come!)Yes, we’ll go in a minute, I’m just checking my messages (Os Gemeos) (detail) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Space Invader
And when he leans over the railing, I’ll pounce! (Space Invader) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Images of Week 06.14.09

Images of Week 06.14.09

Bishop 203

Black Heart in the Sun (Bishop 203)  (photo Steven P. Harrington)

JMR
Yo, check out the color! (JMR) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Judith Supine
Department of Parks Pool Rules: No. 4: Please check that there is water before you dive into the pool. (Judith Supine) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Noah Spark and?
Portrait of a barmaid. (Noah Sparkes and?)  (photo Jaime Rojo)

Shark Toof

Department of Parks Pool Rules: No. 7: Inspect pool for sharks (Shark Toof) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Sol 25
“Why you haven’t changed a BIT.  You look just as good as when we graduated.  How do you do it?” (Sol 25) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Specter Bishop203

It's an upside down world we are living in. (Spector & Bishop203) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Tian
Waiting for something to fall out of your burrito (Tian) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Veng RWK
Cracking a smile? (Veng RWK) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Gaia
Hunny, there’s a bear on the roof! (Gaia)  (photo Jaime Rojo)

Leif Mcllwaine
A tribute, to say the least (Leif Mcllwaine) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Images of the Week 05.31.09

Images of the Week 05.31.09

(photo Jaime Rojo)
Die young, stay pretty. (Shin Shin, Billi Kid) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Chris Stain (photo Jaime Rojo)
Yo, he barely cleared that post. That was close! (Chris Stain) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(photo Jaime Rojo) crosby street
Crosby Street (photo Jaime Rojo)

Dain! There's something in mah ahh!  (Dain) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Dain! There’s somethin’ in mah ahh!  (Dain) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Dan Witz) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Okay, I’m going to need to see some I.D. (Dan Witz) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Oh hi  (photo Jaime Rojo)
Oh hi, no I’m just looking for my contact.  I dropped it over here someplace. (photo Jaime Rojo)

Imminent Disaster (photo Jaime Rojo)
Help us out with this one if you know the name/s (Imminent Disaster) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Mussolini) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Mussolini. The original Che (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Nobody) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Incredible new colorful sculpture by Nobody. (photo Jaime Rojo)

NYDF (photo Jaime Rojo)
Another ingenious merging of the two cities. (NYDF) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(passenger pigeon) (photo Jaime Rojo)
(Passenger Pigeon) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Peru Ana  (photo Jaime Rojo)
Blowing bubbles or smoking a pipe? (Peru Ana Ana Peru) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Tazzmat) (photo Jaime Rojo)
(Red Nose Tazzmat) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Tian)  (photo Jaime Rojo)
You mention my multicolored bike and I’ll punch your lights out. (Tian) (photo Jaime Rojo)

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Week in Images 05.24.09

Just hanging out on this ledge. (Bishop203 and Specter) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Bishop 203 (photo Jaime Rojo)
(Rednose Tazzmat and Bishop 203) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Bishop 203 (photo Jaime Rojo)
Bishop 203 (photo Jaime Rojo)

What the duck are you lookin at? (photo Jaime Rojo)
Sit down here and I’ll tell you a secret. (C215) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Judith Supine (photo Jaime Rojo)
Collecting alms at the door. (Judith Supine) (photo Jaime Rojo)

misle (photo Jaime Rojo)
This way across the bridge! (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Shepard Fairey) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Such a friendly smile. (Shepard Fairey) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(Shepard Fairey) (photo Jaime Rojo)
Have you seen my moped? (Shepard Fairey) (photo Jaime Rojo)

QRST (photo Jaime Rojo)
Member of the SWAT team. (QRST) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(photo Jaime Rojo)
A veritable natural paradise teaming with bear, a canadian goose, long-billed stork, seagull, and some flying arrows (Chris and Veng of Robots Will Kill, Broken Crow, Over Under) (photo Jaime Rojo)

(photo Jaime Rojo)
A stroll in the middle of the grey. (Chris and Veng of Robots Will Kill) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Stikman (photo Jaime Rojo)
Things are looking up (Stikman) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Tian (photo Jaime Rojo)
How much is this beige one? (Tian) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Tian (photo Jaime Rojo)
Would love to help but a little tied up at the moment. (Tian) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Tian (photo Jaime Rojo)
A big round ample breath. (Tian) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Veng and Chris from Robots Will Kill (photo Jaime Rojo)
Angel and Devil robots whisper into Mochni’s ear, “Go ahead and have the tart!” “Leave that little trollop alone!”  (Veng and Chris from Robots Will Kill) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Veng from Robots Will Kill (photo Jaime Rojo)
Ready for the annual roller-bed race? (Veng from Robots Will Kill) (photo Jaime Rojo)

Veng from Robots Will Kill (photo Jaime Rojo)
“Not to get into the weeds about this, but” (Veng from Robots Will Kill) (photo Jaime Rojo)
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