Topaz graffiti NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

Yesterday at noon, the 14th edition of the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame, presented by Joey TDS and James Top, was officially launched inside the famed East Harlem schoolyard on 106th Street and Park Avenue. Here is a small sampling of what went down during the early afternoon:

Topaz

Topaz graffiti mural NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

Scratch

scratch graffiti hall of fame At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

To be identified

Graffiti Hall of Fame At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

Hops

Hops street Art graffiti hall of fame At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

Bver

Bver graffiti hall of fame NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

Wiz Art

Wiz Art graffiti hall of fame nyc At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

Queen Andrea

Queen Andrea graffiti Hall of Fame NYC At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

 And earlier in the week, Tats Cru – with Crash and Nick Walker – fashioned a huge mural outside the school yard. Here are some close-ups:

crash bio nick walker At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

Tats Cru graffti Hall of Fame copy At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

Tats close up At the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame with Topaz, Scratch, Hops, Bver, Wiz Art & Queen Andrea and on the Street with Tats Cru, Crash & Nick Walker

The 14th edition of the NYC Graffiti Hall of Fame continues today from noon to 8pm.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Featuring a wondrous array of characters in a diverse range of styles, What a Character – curated by See One – continues through September 11 at Low Brow Artique. Here are a few of the characters — from the comical to the surreal — that greet you:

Patch Whisky, Tripping Faces

patch whiskey character artwork painting What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Reno Msad, Multiple Personalities

Reno Msad Multiple Personalities artwork What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Chris Cortes, Dragon

chris cortes character What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Royce Bannon, Ride or Die

royce bannon character What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

PlasmaslugIntergalactic

Plasmaslug Intergalactic artwork What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Shiro, Pillow

Shiro character What a Character Continues through Sept. 11 at Low Brow Artique with:  Patch Whisky, Reno Msad, Chris Cortes, Royce Bannon, Plasmaslug, Shiro and more

Also featured are works by Cern, Epic Uno, Marka 27, Sheryo and the Yok.  Low Brow Artique is located at 143 Central Avenue in Bushwick.

Photos of images by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Under the curatorial direction of Tag Public Arts Project founder, SinXero, the walls on and off the 6 line in the South Central section of the Bronx have become one of the borough’s visual highlights.  Loved by both local residents and passersby, these murals, in fact, are now incorporated into an official tour of the Bronx. Here is a small sampling of what can be seen:

Marthalicia Matarrita and Raquel Echanique 

Raquel Echanique street art Bronx TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

Marthalicia Matarrita, close-up

Mathalicia Mattarita street art Bronx TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

Sexer

sexer graffiti Bronx NYC 2 TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

 SinXero

Sin Xero street art Bronx NYC TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

See TF

See TF street art Bronx NYC TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

Col Wallnuts

Col wallnuts street art graffiti Bronx TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

Werc

Werc street art Bronx NYC TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

Daek William – in from Australia 

Daek William street art Bronx NYC TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

Damien Mitchell

Damien Mitchell street art Bronx NYC TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

Billy Mode and Chris Stain

Billy Mode Chris Stain street art Bronx NYC TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

Zimad – close-up 

Zimad close up street art Bronx NYC TAG Public Arts Project Adds Visual Intrigue to the Bronx with Marthalicia Matarrita, Raquel Echanique, Sexer, SinXero, See TF, Col, Werc, Daek William, Damien Mitchell, Chris Stain, Billy Mode and Zimad

Keep posted to our Facebook page for many more Tag Public Arts Project images and check here for piece painted by the legendary John Matos aka Crash.

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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This is the third in a series of occasional posts featuring the range of creatures that share our streets with us:

Werc and Gera Luz in Gowanus, Brooklyn

Werc and Gera Luz street art Gowanus NYC A Feast of Beasts on NYC Streets, Part III:  Werc & Gera Luz, Ishmael, Kaffeine & Li Hill, Mr. Prvrt, IDT Crew, Kremen, Vers, KA and Hitnes

Ishmael at the Bushwick Collective

ismael Rivera Bushwick Collective A Feast of Beasts on NYC Streets, Part III:  Werc & Gera Luz, Ishmael, Kaffeine & Li Hill, Mr. Prvrt, IDT Crew, Kremen, Vers, KA and Hitnes

Kaffeine and Li Hill at the Bushwick Collective

Kaffeine and li hill street art Bushwick NYCNYC A Feast of Beasts on NYC Streets, Part III:  Werc & Gera Luz, Ishmael, Kaffeine & Li Hill, Mr. Prvrt, IDT Crew, Kremen, Vers, KA and Hitnes

Mr. Prvrt in Bushwick

mr prvrt street art nyc A Feast of Beasts on NYC Streets, Part III:  Werc & Gera Luz, Ishmael, Kaffeine & Li Hill, Mr. Prvrt, IDT Crew, Kremen, Vers, KA and Hitnes

IDT Crew in Williamsburg

IDT Crew williamsburg NYC A Feast of Beasts on NYC Streets, Part III:  Werc & Gera Luz, Ishmael, Kaffeine & Li Hill, Mr. Prvrt, IDT Crew, Kremen, Vers, KA and Hitnes

Kremen in Bushwick

Kremen street art Bushwick NYC A Feast of Beasts on NYC Streets, Part III:  Werc & Gera Luz, Ishmael, Kaffeine & Li Hill, Mr. Prvrt, IDT Crew, Kremen, Vers, KA and Hitnes

Vers in Bushwick

Vers street art NYC A Feast of Beasts on NYC Streets, Part III:  Werc & Gera Luz, Ishmael, Kaffeine & Li Hill, Mr. Prvrt, IDT Crew, Kremen, Vers, KA and Hitnes

KA in Bushwick

KA street art BushwickJPG A Feast of Beasts on NYC Streets, Part III:  Werc & Gera Luz, Ishmael, Kaffeine & Li Hill, Mr. Prvrt, IDT Crew, Kremen, Vers, KA and Hitnes

Hitnes at the Bushwick Collective

Hitnes street art Bushwick Collective NYC A Feast of Beasts on NYC Streets, Part III:  Werc & Gera Luz, Ishmael, Kaffeine & Li Hill, Mr. Prvrt, IDT Crew, Kremen, Vers, KA and Hitnes

Photos 1 – 3, 6 – 9 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; photo 4 by Tara Murray; photo 5 by Lois Stavsky

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ambi 67 mixed media art  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

Featuring the artwork of a dozen talented Brooklyn and Queens natives, BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite continues through this Sunday, August 24th at Dumbo’s powerHouse Arena.  Here are a few more images from this exhibit curated by Queens native Yvette “Yvey” Hidalgo.

UR New York

U R New York on canvas  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

Alice Mizrachi

Alice Mizrachi portrait  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

KEL 5MH

Kel5MH  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

David Cooper

david cooper art on canvas  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

Cernesto

Cern at Powerhouse  BQE: Brooklyn Queens Elite Continues through Sunday at Dumbos PowerHouse Arena with: Ambi67, UR New York, Alice Mizrachi, KEL 5MH, David Cooper, Cernesto & more

Included, too, are works by Ernie Paniccioli, Greg Larmache, Olivia Jarowski-­Lovera, TooFly, Tommy Rebel and WRY TCK. The powerHouse Arena, also home to a wonderful bookstore and more, is located at 37 Main Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

The first image is a close-up from a mixed-media work by Ambi67. Photos of images by Dani Reyes Mozeson.

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Nic707 graffiti wildstyle on train InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

The brainchild of veteran graffiti writer Nic707,  InstaFame Phantom Art continues to bring graffiti back to NYC trains — with artists from across the globe now contributing to this ingenious project. Here are a few images of artworks captured on the 1 and 6 lines:

The legendary Kingbee

King Bee graffiti in transit InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

British graffiti pioneer Pulse

Pulse from London graffiti NYC InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Bronx native Yes One

Yes one graffiti subway NYC InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Bogota-based stencil artist Praxis

Praxis stencil art subway usa InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Style-master Meres — of 5Pointz fame

Meres graffiti instafame NYC InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Old School writer Tony164

Tony164 graffiti NYC transit InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

And new from Nic707

Nic707 2014 graffiti InstaFame Phantom Art Brings Back Graffiti to NYC Trains with Nic707, Kingbee, Pulse, Yes One, Praxis, Meres and Tony164

Photos by Lois Stavsky 

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This is the eighth in a series of occasional posts featuring the diverse range of trucks and vans that strike our streets:

Erica

Erica graffiti truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Cern

cern on truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Mast

Mast graffiti on van NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Uta

uta graffiti truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Urban Animal

urban animal art truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Gano

gano graffiti truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

Zeso

Zeso graffiti truck NYC 2 NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans, Part IX: Erica, Cern, Mast, Uta, Urban Animal, Gano and Zeso

 Photo credits:  1, 2 & 6, Tara Murray; 3, Dani Reyes Mozeson; 4 and 7, Lois Stavsky; 5. Sara C. Mozeson 

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Curated by Robert Aloia, along with VNA Magazine, Beau, Todd Masters, NY St. Gallery and Suzuki Capital LLC, 21st Precinct opens this evening at the former space of the 21st Precinct at 327 East 22nd Street. Reminiscent of this past winter’s Surplus Candy – although on a much larger scale – dozens of artists have transformed five stories into an expressive, inventive canvas charged with unfettered energy. What follows is a small sampling of close-ups from larger installations:

Esteban Del Valle

Esteban del valle painting 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Sheryo and the Yok

sheryo yok installation 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

N. Carlos Jay

N Carlos Jay close up 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 2 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Nepo

Nepo installation 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Chris Soria

Chris Sora 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

RAE

RAE edited 1 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Ghost, GIZ and Duel with a message

Ghost GIZ Duel 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NYC 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Pixote

Pixote 21st Precinct Art Exhibit NY 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Lorenzo Masnah, APC

Lorenzo Masnah 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Presented by Outlaw Arts, Savior Elmundo and Pesu, the exhibit opens this evening at 6pm. It will be open again tomorrow from 1-6pm and next Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm.

exhibit outlaw arts 21st Precinct Art Exhibit to Open Tonight with Esteban Del Valle, Sheryo and the Yok, N. Carlos Jay, Nepo, Chris Soria, RAE, Ghost, GIZ and Duel,  Pixote, Lorenzo Masnah APC and more

Photo of Nepo by Lois Stavsky; all others by Sara C. Mozeson

Note: Keep posted to the StreetArtNYC Facebook page for more images from this landmark exhibit.

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La Maison d’Art, a lovely guesthouse on West 132 Street in Harlem, is also home to some intriguing art.  On exhibit in its indoor gallery through August 28 is “GETTING UP!” — the Evolution of Graffiti. Here is a small sampling of what is on display:

The legendary T-Kid, Back in Da Day, Acrylic spray on canvas

T Kid Back in da day In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

 King Trio, Acrylic spray on canvas 

t Kid graffiti king trio In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

MRS – whose works we’ve seen on the streets of the Bronx –Contact High, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

MRS Contact High Mixed Media on canvas In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

French artist Oeno, Mechanical Child  Stencil, spray paint,  pencil, markers on canvas

Oeno In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Harlem-based Royce Bannon aka Choice Royce, Everyday Hustle, Acrylic on oak (top left); Alone by Myself, and Ride or Die, Acrylic and spray paint on wood

Royce Bannon acrylic on wood edited 1 In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

And in the garden is a huge array of works in different media forged with found objects by the masterful Linus Coraggio.

Harlem sculpture In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Close-up from huge mixed-media installation

La Maison recycled art In Harlem at La Maison dArt with T Kid, MRS, Oeno, Royce Bannon, Linus Coraggio and more

Also on exhibit in the gallery are works by Paul Deo,  Mathametics Patterson, Flygirrl and Ausm.  La Maison d’Art is located at 259 W 132 Street in Harlem.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson  

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Speaking with Sienide

August 13, 2014

sienide portraits rooftop Bronx NYC Speaking with Sienide

Bronx-based Sienide aka Sien is one of NYC’s most versatile artists. His delightful compositions — in a range of styles from masterful graffiti writing to soulful portraits — continue to grace public spaces throughout the boroughs. I recently had the opportunity to interview him:

When did you first get up?

I started tagging and bombing on the Grand Concourse in 1981 with my older brother. I was living at 176th street and Morris Ave. I did my first piece in 1985 with my then-bombing partner SEPH. Jean13 was also there, and he helped me shape up my letters. Ironically, my first piece was also a legal commission.

What was your preferred surface back then?

I really wanted to get into the yards. But I couldn’t, so I hit trailers instead. There was a great lot over in Castle Hill, where we painted and made a tree-house to store our supplies.

What inspired you to get up?

Everybody around me was writing.

sienide street art Bronx NYC Speaking with Sienide

Did you paint alone or with crews?

Both. In 1986 IZ the Wiz put me down with TMB after he saw my black book. Since, I’ve painted with the best of the best: OTB, FX, KD, GOD (Bronx) and GOD (Brooklyn), MTAInd’s,  Ex-VandalsXMEN, and TATS CRU

What about these days? Do you paint only legally?

Oh, yes! I’m too old to play around, and I want to get paid for what I do. I also want to paint in peace.

How did your family feel about what you were doing back in the day?

They weren’t happy. When I was arrested for motion tagging with my cousin on the 6 train, my uncle — who was my dad at the time —  told me that no one would ever hire me because I defaced public property.

Sienide paints Biggie Speaking with Sienide

What percentage of your time is devoted to art?

At least 85% of it.

What is your main source of income these days?

It’s all art-related. I sell my work, earn commissions for painting murals and I also teach.

Have you any thoughts about the street art and graffiti divide?

I love them both. I have forever been trying to marry them.

sienide paints  Speaking with Sienide

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries?

I think it’s cool. I love to see my stuff hanging on walls, and when someone asks me to be in a show, I feel honored.

What about the corporate world? How do you feel about its engagement with graffiti and street art?

I have no problem with it. If the corporate bank writes me a check, I’ll cash it.

Is there anyone in particular you would like to collaborate with?

I would like to collaborate more with Eric Orr.

sien paints graffiti 5Pointz NYC Speaking with Sienide

How do you feel about the role of the Internet in all of this?

The Internet is useful. It works for me.

Do you have a formal art education?

Yes I have a Masters Degree in Illustration from FIT.

Did this degree benefit you?

Yes, I now know my worth.

Sienide paints graffiti. NYC Speaking with Sienide

How would you describe your ideal working environment?

Outdoors, Florida-type weather and a generous paint sponsor.

What inspires you these days?

I’m inspired by the life I live and by the students I teach.

Are there any particular cultures that have influenced you?

The human culture.

sien b boy on canvas Speaking with Sienide

Do you work with a sketch in hand or just let it flow?

I work with a rough sketch, but I never have colors in it. This prevents me from becoming a slave to my reference, and it allows my creative mojo to experiment freely.

Are you generally satisfied with your finished piece?

Never.

How has your work evolved through the years?

My work keeps evolving and changing because I allow myself to experiment.  I don’t like being stuck in one particular mode. That bores me.

sien and Kid Lew graffiti Bronx NYC Speaking with Sienide

What do you see as the role of the artist in society?

To give back… to share a gift that we artists have with others.

How do you feel about the photographers in the scene?

I think they’re helpful, but they should share any profits they make with the artists whose works they photograph.

What’s ahead?

I hope to be still doing what I’m doing while advancing my skills. I hope never to lose my passion.

Interview by Lois Stavsky; photos 1, 2 and 8 (collaboration with Kid Lew) by Sienide; 3, 4 and 7 (on canvas) by Lois Stavsky; 5 (collaboration with Eric Orr) and 6 by Lenny Collado

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