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Stunt Loving Supine Slithers Up Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

Stunt Loving Supine Slithers Up Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

Look who’s rolling up the East River; it’s Judith Supine completing yet another night time feat of foolhardy urban exploration with a bridge-based installation for one of the green skinned ladies s/he is known for on Brooklyn streets.

Probably seeking one of the last places in New York where you can still smoke a cigarette, we see one of Supine’s new ladies puffing away and staring blankly while nursing a cocktail above the traffic streaming across the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge into Manhattan.


Judith Supine on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (photo © Steve Duncan/

Already known for hanging a piece off the Manhattan Bridge in ’07 and on top of The Williamsburg Bridge in ’09, at this rate if he keeps heading in a northward direction we estimate the Street Artist should be on the new Tappan Zee when it opens in 2018.

Photographer Steve Duncan took these pics which appear to show the perch from Judith’s perspective, and we just saw a video of it on the website Arrested Motion that was posted Saturday, so there you go, the artist loves the river view.

We shouldn’t be surprised by his aquatic attraction since one of his child-women was previously seen wading below the pedestrian bridge in Central Park and he once styled his dear old dad in a ladies swimsuit and floated him off Grand Street Park in Williamsburg (see video below).


Judith Supine on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (photo © Steve Duncan/


Judith Supine on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (photo © Steve Duncan/


Judith Supine Goes Bathing in the East River




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Fun Friday 07.15.11


Fun Friday stories this week:

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”

CAKE on Juxtapoz : New “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 CAKE.

Artists you admire:
Tomma Abts, Jenny Saville, Olga Romashuk, Kathe Kollwitz, Herakut, Polina Soloveichik, Alice Neel, and Edvard Munch are my tops.”


CAKE (photo © Jaime Rojo)

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

Street Artist TES One Gets Down with Ice Cube for a Print

Tes One has done a new print with Ice Cube to raise awareness and funds for The Minority AIDS Project.The proceeds from the limited edition artwork will benefit the project.


Tes One Signing his print of Ice Cube (copyright Tes One and Rareink)


brooklyn-street-art-ice-cube-rareinkIce Cube (photo © RareInk)

RareInk and ICE CUBE partner to deliver music fans original, authentic autographed works of art from their favorite recording artists created in conjunction with a collective of fine artists from around the world.

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.

Click on RareInk’s site for more information regarding the sale of the prints and how to purchase the art.

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Free Art on the Street! PaperGirl Surprises NYC With Original Idea

331 rolls of art, 9 bikes, 3 boroughs, 3 bridges, 6 hours of insane fun, 1 sunny day.

Yesterday BSA participated in the first annual PaperGirl NYC where  pieces of original art were handed out for free to incredulous recipients in Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, The Lower East Side, Union Square, The Meat Packing District, The West End Highway, The Upper West Side, Central Park, The Upper East Side and Long Island City.

Getting Ready (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Art-gifting bike riders preparing at 3rd Ward before hitting the streets. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

NewYorkers can be suspicious when it comes to free stuff on the street from strangers. Curious like cats, they love schwaaaaaag, and they’ll  grab shiny packaged free gum, energy drinks or diet nut bars from corporate vans and pickup trucks wrapped in splashy advertisements. Sometimes they’ll even wait, flirt and be nice to you to get a free sample of whatever food or drink it is that you are presenting to them.

But if you are pushing free original one of a kind pieces of free art – the responses can range from just flat out “no thank you”, to just “no” or a shake of their head. And that’s when they are being nice. In many cases they will just ignore you or give you nasty looks. Other times they’ll give you a hug and pose for pictures. You just never know.

Manhattan Bound (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Manhattan Bound (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Manhattanites are a tough crowd indeed. The number of people that rejected the free art in Manhattan was very surprising to many of us. The crowds in Union Square Park, for example, had little interest in free art and the same pretty much goes for the rest of the island. Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint and Long Island City residents were far more receptive and nice to our overtures and when they heard “It’s free art” you would see their faces light up and take the art with a big smile.

Lucky Art Lovers (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

Lucky Art Lovers (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

The people waiting in line to enter the studios TV show The Colbert Report were definitely not interested. When one standee timidly reached out to grab the art being handed to him on the sidewalk, a studio security guard promptly snatched the art from his hands and proceeded to lecture us about the dangers of handing down anything to them.

“These people, waiting in line, they belong to The Colbert Report,” he intoned with a straight face.

Of course when we challenged that ridiculous assertion of a public street somehow containing people who were enslaved and controlled by a television show, he became a bit more conciliatory. He explained that it was a matter of courtesy not to give free art to these people. The Colbert Report fans can’t enter the show with rolls of paper that might offend the host or gasp! the audiences back at home. Got it.

A pleased recipient with her rolled up piece. Photo © Jaime Rojo

PaperGirl NY is a collective of artists and art lovers that put out a call to artists to create art and to participate on this adventure. Artists from 12 countries responded and the art was shown briefly in New York City and in Albany before it was rolled up and given away. It was street art indeed. The concept is different from what you normally consider street art to be but the art was on the streets and this time some lucky people got to take it home.

PaperGirl – NYC takes a moment to rest and regroup. Photo © Jaime Rojo

The notion that someone would reject free art, or anything free for that matter seemed alien. The enthusiasm and glee in which those that accepted the art were contagious and pure joy to watch. That made the day an unforgettable one… and the weather was perfect.

Yo, check it out. Free Art! Photo © Jaime Rojo

Heels on Wheels. She Biked With Them Pumps All Day. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)
Heels on wheels. This PaperGirl pumped in these pumps all day throughout the city. (Photo © Jaime Rojo)

To learn more about PaperGir-NY please visit the site below:

∆∆ Sina B. Hickey ∆∆
∆∆ PaperGirl-NYState ∆∆
Founder and Lead Organizer
Bringing Art from the Gallery to the Street

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Street Signals 09.05.09

“Oh, my God! We slept on our own important art movement for all these years.” – Lee Quinones

He was talking broadly about graffiti, but he might as well be talking about Street Art too. New York-based Lee Quinones is one of the most important graffiti artists – with some of his work in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.

Here he explains how graffiti has evolved from its early days into “something much more mature, and much more expensive.” Video Interview With Lee Quinones on BBC

Lee Quinones talking to BSA at "Whole in the Wall" show (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Lee Quinones talking to BSA at "Whole in the Wall" show (photo Steven P. Harrington)

Brooklyn Street Art Inteview at the “Whole In The Wall” opening in May


GRL Arriving at Nuart Festival to Demo the Eyewriter Project

Yesterday the Graffiti Research Labs (GRL) arrived in Stavanger, Norway, in advance of their presentation at the Brooklyn street art celebration called the Nuart Festival.

Rockin the Kanye-Tronic GRL Style (image courtesy GRL)
Rockin the Kan-Eye-tronic GRL Style (image courtesy GRL)

James Powderly and Evan Roth are artists and hackers (the good kind) of technology, always looking for ways to project art without damaging property, but in new and innovative ways.  This week at Nuart Festival GRL are showcasing their own works as well as the “EyeWriter” project, which is seeking to enable people who are otherwise disabled to use only the movement of their eyes to create art and communicate.

On hand Nuart special guest will be old school LA graffiti writer Tony Quan, aka Temptone, with whom the “EyeWriter” project has done experiments with the developing technology.

The EyeWriter project at work (image courtesy GRL)

The EyeWriter project at work (image courtesy GRL)

“The EyeWriter project is on ongoing collaborative research effort to empower people, who are suffering from ALS, with creative technologies. The project began in Los Angeles, Caifornia in 2009, when members of the GRL, FAT, OF and TEG communities teamed-up with TEMPTONE. Tony was diagnosed with ALS in 2003. The disease has left him almost completely physically paralyzed… except for his eyes.”

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Day #03- KanEye Tracking from Evan Roth on Vimeo.


Pedestrians & Sidewalks Urban Art Program – Check out this Open Call for Urban Artists to do a project by the WTC Site

“69 Meters,” by artist Magda Sayeg, on Montague Street in Downtown Brooklyn organized in partnership with the Montague BID
“69 Meters,” by artist Magda Sayeg, on Montague Street in Downtown Brooklyn organized in partnership with the Montague BID (image courtesy Alternaventions)

Call for Proposals

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, in cooperation with NYCDOT invite artists and/or designers to propose conceptual designs for a temporary mural to be installed on the part of the construction fence surrounding the World Trade Center Site, located on Church Street between Liberty and Vesey streets in Lower Manhattan. The deadline is October 1, 2009.

Go here to learn more and download full RFP.

About the Urban Art Program

The Urban Art Program is an initiative to invigorate the City’s streetscapes with engaging temporary art installations. As part of the World Class Streets initiative, art will help foster more vibrant and attractive streets and offer the public new ways to experience New York City’s streetscapes.


Street Art Shrine on Williamsburg Bridge honors DJ Josh Link

This bicyclist lights a candle for Josh Link. He said he didn’t know who the guy was, but wanted to pay tribute anyway. (photo Steven P. Harrington)

A not uncommon sight in New York is the street-side shrine, a public and very personal outpouring of grief for a loved one who lost their life due to an accident on the streets.  Currently on the pedestrian walkway of the Williamsburg Bridge between Manhattan and Brooklyn an impromptu tribute is sprayed on a city plaque, a photo taped to it, flowers laid nearby, and candles are kept alight.  While not art for it’s own sake, these displays have a powerful way to symbolize love, grief, and tribute… while the traffic continues to rumble by.

DJ Josh Link (image courtesy Nicky Digital)
DJ Josh Link (image courtesy Nicky Digital)

On August 24 well known DJ Josh Link was hit by a black car on the Williamsburg Bridge while riding his Vespa, and the accident was fatal.  According to news reports, he was knocked from his ride and died as a result.

A very poignant observation can be found here by a person who discovered the accident.

Sadly and ironically, graffiti had just begun to appear around town paying tribute to another New York DJ saying, “R.I.P. DJ AM”, who died 4 days later, reportedly of a drug overdose.

Rest in peace.

Rest in peace.

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