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Chris Stain Talks About Giving Them Hell

It’s always cool to learn about an artist’s process and the story behind his or her work. Street Artist Chris Stain shares with you here where he gained inspiration for his gallery piece called “Give ‘Em Hell”.


Give ‘Em Hell, by Chris Stain, currently on view at “Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories”. (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

“When I was a kid growing up in Baltimore we always played baseball and pretended we were Eddie Murray or Rick Dempsey when stepping up to bat. It wasn’t until later that I realized that a baseball bat could be used as an equalizer when the bigger kids thought it was a good idea to kick my ass for the fun of it.

This piece represents for me standing up for yourself and the things you believe in. The boy in the picture was originally photographed by Boogie. The background photos were taken by me during a trip to Baltimore. I hand cut the image out of rubylith and screen printed it onto an old table I used to work on. Then I hand colored it with thinned out spray paint and wood stain.”


From our interview with Chris for Juxtapoz:

“Born in 1972 and raised in East Baltimore, Chris Stain is a New York-based, self taught stencil artist and print maker influenced by social realism, the plight of working people, and skateboarder culture. His straight-forward portraits in urban or industrial settings harken back to the Depression, when bankers and masters of industry declared war on the blue collar and poor. With blunt realism and everyday protagonists, Stain encourages passersby on the street to draw direct connections between social and economic conditions of then and today.”

Read Chris’s answers to the Back Talk questions on Juxtapoz here:

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Opening Shots from “Street Art Saved My Life” in Los Angeles

Images from the Show


The show in Los Angeles last weekend was a lot of fun, with 500 people flowing through C.A.V.E. Gallery to see studio work by some of the artists on the streets of NYC. What impressed us the most was the number of conversations we saw taking place with two or three friends gathered around a piece and discussing it and really taking it in. Marsea Goldberg, owner of New Image Gallery told us, “This is Los Angeles, we take art seriously”, and judging by the enthusiasm and knowledgeable people we met at the opening, in the back patio, and on the street, many Angelinos are interested in street art from the east coast. After comments about the dense and layered quality of the show, the next most popular topic was, “When are you going to do an LA street art show in New York?”  After we catch our breath. Thank you LA, and thank you all the artists who came out to make work on the walls.

Thank you also to photographer Carlos Gonzalez for shooting all the pieces in the show, which follows after this collage of opening night shots by Andrew Hosner from ThinkSpace, who was our partner with C.A.V.E. to make this show happen.

See a couple of links at the end of this posting for more pictures of the opening from Andrew Hosner and Karin Freda.


Adam Void (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Anthony Lister  (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Broken Crow (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


C215 (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Cake (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Chris Stain (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Clown Soldier (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Creepy (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Dan Witz (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


El Sol 25 (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


EMA (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Faile (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Futura (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Gaia (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Gilf! (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Hargo (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Hellbent (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


How and Nosm (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Imminent Disaster (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Indigo (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Kid Acne (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Know Hope (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Ludo (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Mark Carvalho (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Miss Bugs (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Nick Walker (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


NohJColey (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Other (AKA Troy Lovegates) (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


OverUnder (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Radical! (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Rene Gagnon (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Skewville (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Specter (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Sweet Toof (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Swoon (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Tiptoe (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


White Cocoa (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

If you want to see pics of opening night on Andrew Hosner’s Facebook Page please go here:

To see Karin Freda’s Flickr page of photos from the show please go here :

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TipToe “Back Talk” Conversation



To introduce readers to some of the Street Artists in the upcoming show “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories”, BSA asked a number of the artists to take part in “Back Talk” with one of our most trusted and underground and sweet sources for modern art, Juxtapoz.

Today we hear from TipToe.

Something that annoys or frustrates you about people: “Obsessions with Warhol and people who don’t know the difference between ambiguous and arbitrary”


TipToe (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Read “Back Talk: A conversation with TipToe” on Juxtapoz:

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Back Talk with Street Artist Radical!



To introduce readers to some of the Street Artists in the show “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories”, BSA asked a number of the artists to take part in “Back Talk” with one of our most trusted and underground and sweet sources for modern art, Juxtapoz.

Today we hear from Radical!

Artists you admire: “Henry Darger, Margaret Kilgallen (RIP), Barry McGee, Booker (Read More Books), Blu, Barbara Kruger, Robert Longo, C215, Chris Stain, Dondi White (RIP), Os Gemeos, Vrno, Gaia, Josh Keyes, the old Pottymouth Crew (Dwell, Oneunit, Mr. Prvrt), my grandpa, my professors, all of the people still going big these days.”


Radical! in Coney Island (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Read “Back Talk: A conversation with Radical!” on Juxtapoz:

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Various and Gould say, “Street Art Saved OUR Lives”

Street Artists Various and Gould are showing one of the more entertaining pieces at the show on Friday – entirely in the vein of their fun-loving style. The difference now is they are using their own faces and creating a self portrait for the first time, called, “Street Art Saved OUR Lives”.

The wacky duo explain the new work this way,

“Our piece is a direct response to the humorous title of the show, approaching it in a personal way. Often asked about how we collaborate, the piece shows who is steering the wheel. As many other (street) artists, we have been trying to stay anonymous as much as possible in the past.


This has not so much to do with any kind of (il)legal activities, but the wish to let the artworks be in their right place. We think this gives the viewer the possibility to judge the artwork itself without the necessity to put it in context with the person behind it. Keeping your face out of things is constant work and nevertheless everything you do conveys a message.

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Creepy In Process on a Wall in LA

Australian Street Artist in Los Angeles for “Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories” is working on a few walls in LA curated by BSA.  Here are some process shots of a wall in Venice from Carlos Gonzalez and the artist himself.


Creepy sketches out the beginning of a new piece (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Creepy at the top of the ramp (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Creepy adds a lot of color and texture (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Creepy (photo © a passerby unknown)


Creepy shoots his own piece (photo © Creepy)


Seems like there is an extra “e” in there, doesn’t it? (photo © Creepy)

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EMA Talks about Brooklyn: “A Place Like No Other in the World”

Street Artist EMA has created a visual metaphor for her Brooklyn with her new piece for the show, “A Place Like No Other in the World”. reflecting the love and hard-won truths one gains from persevering in a place like BK.

She describes the piece this way,
“Figurative elements are set in an abstract, art deco-inspired background, incorporating a mixture of typography, 90’s hip-hop influences and a strong female figure looking scandalously decadent in the centre of the image.


Sinusoidal abstract shapes, rain drops and floral components unite the grotesque and the fantastic in a post-industrial setting – with Williamsburg’s iconic Domino Sugar factory forming the backdrop. As the factory seems to be in fire, the figures, proud and powerful hover on top of the letter B for Brooklyn – We rock hard.”


EMA in studio creating her piece for “Street Art Saved My Life : 39 New York Stories” (© Ema)


See Ema’s piece at “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories” opening at C.A.V.E. Gallery this Friday, presented by Brooklyn Street Art in collaboration with ThinkSpace.

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NOHJCOLEY and Hellbent Get Up in LA

Two of Brooklyn’s finest are putting up new work in LA right now since they are in town for the show at CAVE Gallery on Friday.

Photographer Carlos Gonzales shows us works in progress from Hellbent and NohJColey.


Hellbent (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


Hellbent (photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


(photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


(photo © Carlos Gonzalez)


(photo © Carlos Gonzalez)

SPECIAL THANKS to Patrick Iaconis and Tanya Patsaouras at CAVE Gallery for finding these walls, working with the landlords to coordinate, and keeping the back of the artists with what they need. We sincerely appreciate it.

See a brand new interactive sculpture by NohJColey and a new wall piece by Hellbent at “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories” opening at C.A.V.E. Gallery this Friday, presented by Brooklyn Street Art in collaboration with ThinkSpace.

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OverUnder “Back Talk” Conversation



To introduce readers to some of the Street Artists in the upcoming show “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories”, BSA asked a number of the artists to take part in “Back Talk” with one of our most trusted and underground and sweet sources for modern art, Juxtapoz.

Today we talk with OverUnder.

Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:
“Dive out of a car before it flies off a cliff.”


OverUnder (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Read “Back Talk: A conversation with OverUnder” on Juxtapoz:

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New Dan Witz On the Street, If You’re Looking

Don’t make love by the garden gate – Love is blind but the neighbors ain’t!

Looks like Street Artist Dan Witz has installed a large full length street version of “Hoodys Kissing” in this bricked alcove, but who will see it?  The artist has mastered the art of camouflage, plainly laying out his work where it can be seen with the bare eye.


Dan Witz newest addition (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Standing nearby and watching passersby for a few minutes gives ample evidence that we can be blind to the things right in front of us – and in a city that is full of loud noises, music, polluting cars, sidewalk vendors, and sexy summer fashions parading at you from all directions, can you blame us? Plus, I think that traffic attendant is putting a ticket on my windshield! “Wait! Sir! I’m just running in this drug store to get my Grandma some Doan’s pill for her knees! Please don’t give me a ticket, I was only in there for 2 minutes! Crap!”


See “Hoodys Kissing”, the painting by Dan Witz, this Friday when “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories” opens at C.A.V.E. gallery in Los Angeles. More info HERE.

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Hellbent “Back Talk” Conversation



To introduce readers to some of the Street Artists in the upcoming show “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories”, BSA asked a number of the artists to take part in “Back Talk” with one of our most trusted and underground and sweet sources for modern art, Juxtapoz.

Today we learn about Hellbent.
One reason you make art:
“For that feeling when you lose yourself, time slips away and you’re in it. It is the best drug and it keeps me sane(ish).”

bsa-hellbent-copyright-jaime-rojo-street-art-saved-my-life-5Hellbent (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Read “Back Talk: A conversation with Hellbent” on Juxtapoz:

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HARGO “Back Talk” : “Cash for Your Warhol” on Andy’s Birthday!



To introduce readers to some of the Street Artists in the upcoming show “Street Art Saved My Life: 39 New York Stories”, BSA asked a number of the artists to take part in “Back Talk” with one of our most trusted and underground and sweet sources for modern art, Juxtapoz.

Today, on Andy Warhol’s birthday, we hear from HARGO.

The last good movie you saw: “That one with the talking German Shepherd”


Hargo (photo © Jaime Rojo)

Read “Back Talk: A conversation with Hargo” on Juxtapoz:

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