Graffiti

This is the 14th in an occasional series of posts featuring images of girls — and women — who grace our public spaces:

Dasic in Bushwick

dasic street art NYC Girls on Walls, Part XIV: Dasic, Ben Angotti, Fusca & Kazy, Swoon, Ree2 & Teck1 and Alice Mizrachi

Ben Angotti in Bushwick

ben angotti bk Girls on Walls, Part XIV: Dasic, Ben Angotti, Fusca & Kazy, Swoon, Ree2 & Teck1 and Alice Mizrachi

Mexican artist Fusca and French artist Kazy in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Fusca Kazy mural art Brooklyn copy 2 Girls on Walls, Part XIV: Dasic, Ben Angotti, Fusca & Kazy, Swoon, Ree2 & Teck1 and Alice Mizrachi

Swoon in Red Hook

swooninredhook Girls on Walls, Part XIV: Dasic, Ben Angotti, Fusca & Kazy, Swoon, Ree2 & Teck1 and Alice Mizrachi

Ree2 and Teck1 in Washington Heights

Ree2 and Teck1 Inwood Girls on Walls, Part XIV: Dasic, Ben Angotti, Fusca & Kazy, Swoon, Ree2 & Teck1 and Alice Mizrachi

Alice Mizrachi in the Rockaways

alice mizrachi street art rockaways Girls on Walls, Part XIV: Dasic, Ben Angotti, Fusca & Kazy, Swoon, Ree2 & Teck1 and Alice Mizrachi

Photos: 1, 2 & 4 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 3 & 5 by Lois Stavsky and 6 by Tara Murray

Note: StreetArtNYC will be on vacation through December 1. Follow what’s happening here in NYC on our Facebook page.

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cycle street art graffiti NYC A Visit to 106 Bayard with: Cycle, Part One, Dr. Revolt, Wolf 1 AOK, Futura, Lady Pink, Team, Whisper, Pure TFP and more

Straddling the border between Williamsburg and Greenpoint, the building at 106 Bayard Street was transformed this past spring into a 3,000-square foot outdoor canvas.  The 70′s and 80′s NYC subway and graffiti movement was the theme of the inaugural 106 Bayard mural project, curated by Gee Dajani and Keene Carse.  Here are a few more images from both the exterior and interior of 106 Bayard captured when we recently revisited the spot.

Part One, Dr. Revolt, Wolf 1 AOK and Futura

Part Revolt Wolf Futura street art and graffiti NYC A Visit to 106 Bayard with: Cycle, Part One, Dr. Revolt, Wolf 1 AOK, Futura, Lady Pink, Team, Whisper, Pure TFP and more

Lady Pink

lady pink street art mural nyc. A Visit to 106 Bayard with: Cycle, Part One, Dr. Revolt, Wolf 1 AOK, Futura, Lady Pink, Team, Whisper, Pure TFP and more

A wide view from across the street with Part OneDr. Revolt, Wolf 1 AOK, Futura and Team

Part wolf futura team 106 bayard graffti street art nyc A Visit to 106 Bayard with: Cycle, Part One, Dr. Revolt, Wolf 1 AOK, Futura, Lady Pink, Team, Whisper, Pure TFP and more

And inside – Whisper and Pure TFP, segment of huge mural

whisper graffiti nyc A Visit to 106 Bayard with: Cycle, Part One, Dr. Revolt, Wolf 1 AOK, Futura, Lady Pink, Team, Whisper, Pure TFP and more

Created and sponsored by Cirkers Fine Art Storage & Logistics, 106 Bayard will be transformed once again this coming spring.

Note: First photo features the legendary Cycle with Jackson and artwork by Williamsburg Charter High School students.

Photo credits: 1, 4 & 5 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2 & 3 by Lois Stavsky

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An innovative line of hoodies with interchangeable, collectible art-inspired hoods provides a new canvas for artists, including some of NYC’s street artists. Curious about it all, we posed some questions to Amisha Patel, the founder and CEO of Le Collektor.

What inspired you to bring the art that we see on our city’s streets and galleries to hoodies?

The outcry and public debate around the whitewashing of 5Pointz reminded me of what street art is all about. It’s such a pure form of self-expression — truly democratic in nature. At its root is a desire to be seen and heard. And while I think it’s great for artists that street art has been recognized by traditional art collectors and galleries, we wanted to find a way to bring its democratic spirit to its original fans – people on the streets. The hoodie – a streetwear classic – seemed a great way to do it.

sonni street art bushwick Le Collektor Fashions Moveable Art Galleries with Hoodies Designed by Sonni, Chris Uphues, Joseph Meloy and more

Sonni street art nyc  Le Collektor Fashions Moveable Art Galleries with Hoodies Designed by Sonni, Chris Uphues, Joseph Meloy and more

Sonni art hoodie copy Le Collektor Fashions Moveable Art Galleries with Hoodies Designed by Sonni, Chris Uphues, Joseph Meloy and more

How did you select the particular artists who are participating in this venture?

We approached it as if we were curating a group show that artists would want to attend. We wanted to showcase distinct styles that could be seen in cities around the world. We also wanted to work with artists who were  on board with what we’re trying to do. Our inaugural artists – Nick Gazin, Chris Uphues, Sonni, Dru Brennan, EWOK, David R. Head, Jr. and Joseph Meloy – have been amazingly supportive, and we very much appreciate that they trust a new brand with their work.

How have the artists responded to your mission? 

The artists love the idea. It gives them a direct way to connect to fans — especially those who aren’t in cities that have street art scenes. Everyone also really loves the way the hoodies turned out.

Which artists – based here in NYC – are you featuring?

Joseph Meloy, Nick Gazin, SonniChris Uphues and David R. Head, Jr

Chris Uphues street art williamsburg NYC Le Collektor Fashions Moveable Art Galleries with Hoodies Designed by Sonni, Chris Uphues, Joseph Meloy and more

Chris Uphues street art Bushwick jpg Le Collektor Fashions Moveable Art Galleries with Hoodies Designed by Sonni, Chris Uphues, Joseph Meloy and more

uphues art hoodie  Le Collektor Fashions Moveable Art Galleries with Hoodies Designed by Sonni, Chris Uphues, Joseph Meloy and more

How can artists join this project?

We’d love to grow our list of collaborators! Artists can email me directly at amisha@lecollektor.com

Can you tell us something about the hoodie itself? Who will be manufacturing it?

We wanted our hoodie to be the go-to so we made sure that it was worthy of the art on its hoods. It’s being made by a factory in Los Angeles that we found through our friends at Bleick Studio who work with some of the best streetwear brands out there:

  • Super soft 13 oz. brushed Sherpa fleece locally knitted in Los Angeles
  • Flat-locked seams for extra durability
  • Ribbed side panels for a close fit and extra warmth
  • Pre-washed and shrunk to fit
  • Classic ribbed bomber collar to wear jacket without a hood
  • Rope drawcords with custom metal tips
  • Hidden phone pocket with headphone port

Joseph Meloy street art Le Collektor Fashions Moveable Art Galleries with Hoodies Designed by Sonni, Chris Uphues, Joseph Meloy and more

Joseph Meloy artwork on NYC container Le Collektor Fashions Moveable Art Galleries with Hoodies Designed by Sonni, Chris Uphues, Joseph Meloy and more

meloy art hoodie  Le Collektor Fashions Moveable Art Galleries with Hoodies Designed by Sonni, Chris Uphues, Joseph Meloy and more

Why did you launch a Kickstarter? Can you tell us something about it?   

Big brands use artists’ work all the time, but we want to build our brand around the artwork in a way that it will provide artists with meaningful income directly from their fans.  Kickstarter seemed the perfect platform to engage directly with artists’ fans and with the creatively-minded community we want to build around Le Collektor. It’s about bringing big ideas to life, and — really more than any other company out there — it has created a new class of everyday patrons of the arts – which is in line with our company’s mission. So far, it’s been very exciting to see all of the support and love for what we’re doing. We’re a Kickstarter staff pick, and artists have written in from all over saying they’d love to be part of the movement.

Note: You can check out and support Le Collektor’s Kickstarter here.

Photo credits: 1. Sonni on Bushwick rooftop, Lois Stavsky; 2. Sonni in the East Village, Tara Murray; 3. Sonni hood, courtesy of Le Collecktor; 4. and 5. Chris Uphues in Williamsburg, Lois Stavsky; 6. Chris Uphues hood, courtesy of Le Collecktor; 7. Joseph Meloy at Welling Court, Dani Reyes Mozeson; 8. Joseph Meloy for the Centre-fuge Public Art Project, Tara Murray; 9. Joseph Meloy hood, courtesy of Le Collecktor

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The x spot East Harlem graffiti The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

Topaz – one of the most active members of the hip-hop and 5Pointz communities – began customizing T-shirts when he was in junior high school. His most recent venture is the X-Spot, a unique space at 2 East 116th Street in East Harlem. We recently visited him and had the opportunity to speak to both Topaz and Jay, the manager of Production X.

topaz graffiti The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

How did you guys come up with the idea to open such a space?

We grew up together in Rego Park, Queens, and we’ve been working together for years. We’ve actually had two stores before – one in Paterson, New Jersey and the other in South Carolina. We wanted to do something different from what we’d done in the past.

Jerms graffiti map The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

In what ways is this venture different?

Our emphasis here is on providing services and maintaining a gallery.  It is production-based. Although we sell graffiti art on canvases, select magazines — like the latest issue of Flashbacks — and CD’s, our space here is not primarily a store or shop.

Jerms Topaz and Blone graffiti on canvas The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

What are some of the services that you provide?

We provide clients with all forms of graphic design — customized murals, logos, portraits, canvases, T-shirts and more.

Jay ProductionX with street treat graffiti The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

It sounds – and looks – great! Whom do you see as your principal clientele?

At this point, it is largely the hip-hop community – rappers and entertainers. But, ideally, the general public, especially as graffiti continues to gain respect and recognition as an art form.

Treat Street graffiti on canvas The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

This is such a great location! It’s right off 5th Avenue in East Harlem and down the block from the 2 and 5 subway lines. How did you guys come up with such a great locale?

A lucky set of circumstances – as Jay’s cousin had previously worked at this location.

Poet Pace Jerms Sav Ice graffiti on canvas gallery The X Spot Arrives in East Harlem with Custom Graffiti Art and more by Topaz, Jerms, Treat Street...

The artwork on display here is primarily by you, TopazJerms and Treat Street NY. Are you open to other artists participating in your projects?

Absolutely.  Talented and committed artists can stop by our space or drop us an email at ProductionX@aol.com or LordRoccolypse@aol.com.

Photo credits: 1. and 2. Topaz by City-as-School intern Tyler Dean Flores; 3. Jerms by Lois Stavsky; 4. Jerms, Topaz & Blone by Lois Stavsky; 5. Treat Street with Jay (X-Productions) by Lois Stavsky; 6. Treat Street, as commissioned by Derek Jeter’s nephew, by Lois Stavsky and 7. PoetPaceJermsSav, Ice and more by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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This is the seventh post in an occasional series featuring artwork on NYC shutters:

Elle at Welling Court in Astoria, Queens

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Foxxface in Bushwick

Foxxface street art nyc NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Peruvian artist Biark in the Rockaways

Biark street art rockaways NYC NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Caratoes in the Bronx for the Tag Public Arts Project

Caratoes street art on shutter NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Claw Money and Lexi Bella at the Bushwick Collective

Claw money Lexi Bella street art BushwickCollective nyc  NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Mark Paul Deren aka MADSTEEZ on the Lower East Side

mad steez street art shutter NYC NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

UR New York in Bushwick

urny street art shutter NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Queen Andrea in the East Village for the LISA Project

Queen Andrea street art LES JPG NYC Shutters – Part VII: Elle, Foxxface, Biark, Caratoes, Claw Money & Lexi Bella, Madsteez, UR New York and Queen Andrea

Photos: 1, 4 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 2, 6-8 Dani Reyes Mozeson and 3 by Tara Murray

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meres and seetf graffiti street art nyc In Prospect Heights, Brooklyn: Meres, See TF, NME & Danielle Mastrion

Gracing Prospect Heights — a short walk from the Brooklyn Museum — is a wondrous wall fashioned last month by Meres One, See TF, Danielle Mastrion and NME. Here are a few more images:

NME and Meres

nmeoner meres street art nyc In Prospect Heights, Brooklyn: Meres, See TF, NME & Danielle Mastrion

 See TF

seetf street art Brooklyn NYC In Prospect Heights, Brooklyn: Meres, See TF, NME & Danielle Mastrion

Danielle Mastrion

danielle mastrion mural art NYC In Prospect Heights, Brooklyn: Meres, See TF, NME & Danielle Mastrion

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson; the first photo features Meres One and See TF

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Nose Go the art of the tag My Plastic heart Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

Over two dozen talented toy designers and graphic artists  – many of whom also work on the streets — customized water tower models using Boundless Brooklyn’s Water Tower kits.  The results are on exhibit through November 21 at myplasticheart at 210 Forsyth Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  Here are a few more images by those artists who also use the streets as their canvas:

The Drif

the drif the art of the tag Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

Toofly

The art of the tag Toofly Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

Rob Plater

Marthalicia Mataritta the art of the tag Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

Darkcloud

the art of the tag darkclouds copy Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

And Stencil1 – as seen from the outside looking in

stencil1 Boundless Brooklyn & myplasticheart Present Water Towers Designed by: NoseGo, the Drif, Toofly, Rob Plater, Darkcloud, Stencil1 & more

For those of you who would like to try designing your own water tower, kits are available here.

Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson; the first image is of NoseGo

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Banksy I love NY Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

The following guest post is by Houda Lazrak, a graduate student in Museum Studies at New York University.

Last October, the British stencil artist Banksy paid an unexpected visit to New York City. And fervently chronicling the elusive artist’s daily workings — during his month-long residency —  was writer and photographer Ray Mock. The founder of Carnage NYC, Mock presents — in Banksy in New York – a comprehensive and insightful account of the month that captivated us street art aficionados, along with so many other New Yorkers.

Banksy in New York Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

For each of Banksy’s pieces, Mock offers a short narrative, providing insights into the various sites and neighborhoods, as well as into the artworks and the reactions they elicited. Each account is complemented with a range of photographs — from selected close-ups to shots of strangers’ poses with the pieces.

Banksy with hammer Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

In addition to chronicling the pieces that surface throughout the month, Mock shares first-hand insider anecdotes.  We follow him on his adventurous rides to the designated locations and we meet some of the others out there  – who, too, are obsessed with locating and photographing every Banksy piece that appears. Mock also offers us intriguing background information. He recounts, for example, how a half-joke by a local resident to charge for photographs of the East New York beaver stencil resulted in a price tag of $20 for each photograph shot that day.

Banksy East NY Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

As Banksy’s pieces — particularly those that are politically-motivated — are contingent on location, the local viewers’ reactions and interpretations are part of the process. Banksy’s piece, Ghetto 4 Life, in the Melrose section of the Bronx, for example, did not go over well with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, who had loved Banksy’s previous Ronald McDonald installation.

Banksy Ghetto 4 life Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

Despite all the attention Banksy’s residency received in the media, Mock provides us with something that was lacking — an overarching personal account of Banksy’s legacy on this city’s urban and social landscape. We speculate, along with Mock, on Banksy’s possible intentions and we embrace the artist’s uncensored creative expression.

Banksy Graffiti is a crime Banksy in New York: Writer and Photographer Ray Mock Chronicles Banksys New York Residency

In addition to the limited edition of the book — with a screen printed cover —  which can now be purchased via Ray’s site, a new hardcover edition will be available for pre-order on his site starting on November 3. It will also be in bookstores by Thanksgiving.

All photos by Ray Mock

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Just one block off the MTA Broadway-Junction station in East New York, Brooklyn are some of NYC’s most intriguing walls. Here’s a sampling of what I captured earlier this week in the bright sun:

Nicole Palapoli and Bugn

Nicole Palapoli and Bugn graffiti NYC In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Rez

REZOR graffiti East New York NYC In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Meres One

Meres graffiti NYC In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Sek3

sek3 graffiti east new york nyc In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Topaz

pazroc graffiti nyc In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Lites 

Lites ftr graffiti In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Jerms

Jerms graffiti east new york In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Adam Fu

Adam Fu graffiti East New York NYC In East New York, Brooklyn: Nicole Palapoli, Bugn, Rez, Meres, Sek3, Topaz, Lites, Jerms and Adam Fu

Note: The image of Lites’s piece features the fashion model Tabitha Annette Miller, whom I met along with her stylist Sheryl Roberts during a photoshoot by RedHanded Imagery.

Photos by Lois Stavsky; keep posted to the Street Art NYC Facebook page for more images of recent walls in that location.

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The ingenious InstaFame Phantom Art, conceived and curated by Nic 707, continues to bring old school writers — along with newer ones from NYC and beyond – back to the trains.  Here are a few images captured on recent rides:

Paulie Nassar and the legendary TAKI 183  — with background by Nic 707

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Anjl

Anji graffiti 1 train Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Nic 707

Nic 707 graffiti on 1 train NYC 2 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Praxis

Praxis stencil art on subway 1 line edited 11 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Shiro 

shiro graffiti 1 train Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Nic 707 and TAKI 183

Nic707 taki183 graffiti MTA subway train NYC Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

TAKI 183 with background by Nic 707

Taki 183 Nic 707s InstaFame Phantom Art Brings the Legendary TAKI 183 Back to the Trains    with Paulie Nassar, Anjl, Praxis, Shiro and more

Photo credits: 1 & 7, City-as-School intern Tyler Flores; 2 – 6, Lois Stavsky; 8, Nic 707

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