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BSA Images Of The Week: 03.10.24

BSA Images Of The Week: 03.10.24

Welcome to BSA Images of the Week! Set your clocks forward an hour!

Guess you can’t bite a graffiti artist and expect to make bank – without getting bitten. This new Nekst campaign on the Manhattan streets appears to have Claudia Schiffer and Anna Nicole Smith putting their best face forward, aside from the streams of wrinkles caused by the wet wheat paste. Time is a cruel mistress, even as our nostalgic memories of the 90s are suddenly aflame when seeing these large-scale posters and images on the catwalk named New York.

This takes the fashion labels’ accused theft of Nekst’s tag to a new level – and back to the street, where the best fashion houses traditionally find creative inspiration. The deceased graffiti writer was bold in his command of high-profile spots, and his output was profligate, giving him a reputation that current writers still pay homage to a decade after his passing. With the fashion label Guess, Inc. publicly traded, one wonders if this restyling of their brand in a fashion capital will hit them in the ticker, especially when it appears they directly ripped their style from a self-made artist/vandal and took it to the cash register.

This act highlights the ongoing debate about the street’s raw, authentic creativity and the fashion industry’s appropriation tactics. The situation questions the consequences for a major brand like Guess, primarily when the originality in question stems from the underground art world.

As Daniel Cassady from ARTNEWS and Deborah Belgum from WWD illuminate, the recent uproar in the street art/graffiti community is not merely about the misuse of street credibility but a deeper infringement on street artists’ intellectual and cultural property. Cassady discusses the blatant replication of Nekst’s signature by Guess, bringing to the forefront the fashion industry’s recurrent pilferage from street art’s raw, unfiltered energy without due homage or consent. Meanwhile, Belgum adds a familial and emotional layer, highlighting the distress caused to Nekst’s family by the unauthorized commercialization of his legacy, an act they describe as “horrifying.”

In a city where the lines of art, fashion, and identity blur, these incidents prompt us to question the ethics of inspiration versus theft. As we showcase these charged visuals, we invite our readers to ponder the fine line between tribute and exploitation in the ever-evolving narrative of street art. This is not merely about images on a wall or polished cotton; it’s a testament to the indelible impact of artists like Nekst on the fabric of urban culture and the complexities of their posthumous relationships with the commercial world.

Read more about this fight by clicking these links:
ArtNews, WWD, Hyperallergic

And please enjoy images from our ongoing conversation with the street, this week featuring Stikman, Captain Eyeliner, Bunny M, Homesick, Solus, Nekst, Muebon, Dirt Cobain, Jappy Agoncillo, Outer Source, Samo©, Isabelle Ewing, Lady JDay, John Draw Volta, Toy, Girls Just Wanna Have Funds, Butterfly Mush, and Ash Saint.

NEKST (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NEKST (photo © Jaime Rojo)
NEKST (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A Guess t-shirt featuring what appear to be tags by graffiti writer Nekst for sale on (©iqueens)
Ash Saint (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Ash Saint (photo © Jaime Rojo)
JhonDrawVolta rocks the street with boundless imagination. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Stikman (photo © Jaime Rojo)
bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)
bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)
bunny M (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Solus (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Unidentified artist (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Isabelle Ewing. Girls Just Wanna Have Funds. Butterfly Mush. Lady Jday. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HOMESICK (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Jappy Agoncillo (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Samo© (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Captain Eyeliner (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Dirt Cobain. Outer Source. Muebon. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
TOY (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. SOHO, NYC. March 2024. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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BSA Film Friday 09.09.16

BSA Film Friday 09.09.16




Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. Kerava Art Museum: Our Pink House by OLEK
2. Vegan Flava: “A Walk On Weak Ice”
3. Narcelio Grud. MASK
4. T̶̶O̶̶Y̶ CREW – Wir häng im Bahnhof ab
5. Avalanches: Walk On the Subway




BSA Special Feature: Kerava Art Museum: Our Pink House by OLEK

Olek has covered a house in pink crochet with the help of volunteers for the Kerava Art Museum in Finland. A meditation on the life of a refugee, Olek says we all could stand to be more aware of it, and take more positive actions to help those in need. With projects like this she hopes to build a sense of community through art. Psychologically this pink skin is a protector against danger, a healer of wounds.

“Originally, this building, built in the early 1900s, was the home of Karl Jacob Svensk (1883-1968). During the Winter War 1939-1940, the family fled to evade bombs falling into the yard, but they didn’t have to move out permanently. In 2015, more than 21 million people were forced to leave their homes in order to flee from conflicts. The pink house, our pink house is a symbol of a bright future filled with hope; is a symbol us coming together as a community.”


Vegan Flava: “A Walk On Weak Ice”

This kind of public art-making is a first for us.

If you have ever been on thin ice before or heard the stories of those who didn’t survive it, this new piece by Vegan Flava filmed on Lake Mälaren during a cold Swedish winter day earlier this year – is chilling.


Narcelio Grud. MASK

Street Artist and Do-It-Yourself art maker, sociologist, interactive designer – all of these titles apply to Narcelio Grud.

In his latest video Mr. Grud creates masks with unused fabrics collected from textile factories and he customizes traffic lights in the city of Fortaleza, Brazil.


T̶̶O̶̶Y̶ CREW – Wir häng im Bahnhof ab

The U-Bahn train system’s Rosenthaler Platz station in Berlin has some new art thanks to graffiti crew called T̶̶O̶̶Y̶.

It’s not what your thinking.

Breaking rules, creating new aesthetics, redefining artistic codes. It’s all there.

T̶̶O̶̶Y̶ will be exhibiting for the first time in Berlin at Zwei Drei Raum this weekend and the opening is Saturday night, September 10th in Kreuzberg. Bringing the aesthetics of graffiti inside to canvases, videos, and installations will be Berlin based writers ROZER, IGIT, SPIRIT, LOFK, Viktor Treshkow and Max Grambow.

Avalanches: Walk On the Subway

For those of you who have not been on the New York City subway, this is exactly what it is like.

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