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Jerkface art truck nyc NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XIII: Jerkface, Wane, Col Wallnuts, Bishop203, CashRFC and Li Hill

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

Jerkface, another view

jerkface truck art nyc NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XIII: Jerkface, Wane, Col Wallnuts, Bishop203, CashRFC and Li Hill

Wane

Wane graffiti truck Bronx NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XIII: Jerkface, Wane, Col Wallnuts, Bishop203, CashRFC and Li Hill

Col Wallnuts

Col graffiti truck NYC NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XIII: Jerkface, Wane, Col Wallnuts, Bishop203, CashRFC and Li Hill

Bishop 203

bishop truck graffiti nyc NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XIII: Jerkface, Wane, Col Wallnuts, Bishop203, CashRFC and Li Hill

CashRFC

cashrfc graffiti truck copy NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XIII: Jerkface, Wane, Col Wallnuts, Bishop203, CashRFC and Li Hill

Li-Hill

lihill art truck nyc NYC’s Stylish Trucks & Vans – from the Whimsical to the Wild, Part XIII: Jerkface, Wane, Col Wallnuts, Bishop203, CashRFC and Li Hill

 Photos: 1, 2, 6 & 7 Dani Reyes Mozeson; Fred Miteff aka Nic707 and 4 & 5 Lois Stavsky

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eder muniz and meal street art graffiti ithaca Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

On our recent stopover in Ithaca, New York, we were delighted to discover the rich and varied street art and graffiti — by local, national and international artists — that have found a home there.  Here is a small sampling:

Italian artist Alice Pasquini, close-up

alice pasquini close up street art Ithaca NY Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

Brazilian artist Eder Muniz

eder muniz street art character ithaca NY Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

Peruvian artist/activist Paloma Abregu Arroyo and Ithaca-based Caleb R Thomas, close-up

Paloma Abregu Arroyo and Caleb R Thomas street art Ithaca Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

Oakland-based artist Desi Mundo

desi street art ithaca ny Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

French artist Roti

roti street art ithaca new york Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

The legendary Copenhagen-based graffiti writer Bates

bates graffiti ithaca new york1 Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

Ithaca-based Meal

meal graffiti street art ithaca new york Street Art and Graffiti in Ithaca, New York: Eder Muniz, Meal, Alice Pasquini, Desi Mundo, Roti, Bates and more

 First image is a collaboration between Eder Muniz and Meal 

Special thanks to Meal for introducing us to Ithaca’s rich public art and to Fresh Paint NYC for connecting us.

Photos: 1, 2, 5, 6 & 8 Lois Stavsky; 3, 4 & 7

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cern street art mural art battles east village nyc Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

Within the last month ArtBattles local champion, Cernesto, and European ArtBattles champ, El Niño de Las Pinturas, have painted — to our delight – huge murals in the East Village and in Soho.

Cern‘s completed mural in the East Village

cern cernesto mural east village nyc Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

El Niño de Las Pinturas, completed mural in the East Village

el nino completed mural east village NYC Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

El Niño de Las Pinturas, close-up in the East Village

el nino Art Battles NYC Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

Cern in Soho

cern mural street art nyc Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

El Niño de Las Pinturas in Soho

el nino street art nyc edited 1 Cernesto and El Niño de Las Pinturas Go Big in Downtown Manhattan

 Photos: 1-3 & 5-6 Tara Murray; 4 Lois Stavsky

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Committed to healing and transforming communities by beautifying the urban landscape, Wall\Therapy has brought dozens of magical murals to Rochester, New York. Here are a few we discovered on our brief stopover last week:

Montreal-based Omen

Omen514 street art Rochester New York Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

Italian artist Peeta

Peeta graffiti Rochester NY Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

West Coast-based Troy Lovegates aka Other

Troy Lovegates aka other street art Rochester New York Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

Tel Aviv-based Know Hope

know hope street art rochester new yori Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

Rochester’s own Mr Prvrt

Mr Prvrt mural street art rochester ny  Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

West Coast-based Sam Rodriguez

sam rodriguez street art New York Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

Brazilian artist Binho

Binho street art rochester NY Rochesters Magical Murals: Omen, Peeta, Troy Lovegates aka Other, Know Hope, Mr. Prvrt, Sam Rodriguez and Binho

And kicking off this Friday, July 17, is WALL\THERAPY 2015 featuring an extraordinary array of artists including NYC-based Li-Hill, Vexta and Daze. 

Photos: 1,2, 4-6 Lois Stavsky; 3 & 7  Sara C Mozeson

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Mr Prvrt Roa subway tunnel Rochester Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

With its extraordinary array of wonderful artworks crossing styles, genres and cultures, Rochester’s abandoned subway tunnel is a graffiti hunter’s dream. Here’s a small sampling of what we saw last weekend, while making a few stops in Upstate New York:

Mr. Prvrt and Bile FFL

Mr Prvrt fine art Rochester subway Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Brazilian artist Eder Muniz

eder muniz art rochester subway tunnel NY Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Ax

Ax stencil art Rochester subway Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Bile FFL

Biles graffiti rochester subway Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

FUA Krew

rochester subway graffiti FUAKrew NY Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Chris Pape aka Freedom and Taro AAK

Freedom and Taro graffiti Rochester subway Inside the Rochester Subway Tunnel with: Roa, Mr Prvrt, Bile FFL, Eder Muniz, Ax, FUA Krew, Chris Pape aka Freedom, Taro AAK and more

Special thanks to Fresh Paint NYC for introducing us to this space.

Photos: 1 with segment of Roa piece, 3 & 4 Sara C Mozeson; 2, 5 – 7 Lois Stavsky

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Street Art Santiago . David Sharabani aka Lord K2 on His Newly Released <em>Street Art Santiago </em>with Images of Artworks by Piguan, Piri, Salazart, Guztok and more

Penned by London native David Sharabani aka Lord K2, Street Art Santiago is a fascinating foray into 14 neighborhoods within Santiago, Chile. With his stunning photography and revealing conversations with the artists, the author presents us with an intimate, striking portrait of an historic capital city.  I recently had the opportunity to meet with David and ask him a few questions.

Street Art Santiago is quite amazing.  When did you first start documenting street art?

It was in 2012. I was on vacation in Bogota, Colombia, and I was struck by the texture and quality of the pieces on the walls there.

piri bellavista street art santiago chile David Sharabani aka Lord K2 on His Newly Released <em>Street Art Santiago </em>with Images of Artworks by Piguan, Piri, Salazart, Guztok and more

You’ve been quite passionate about public art since. I’m a huge fan of your site the Museum of Urban Art. What other cities have you explored?

I’ve also photographed street art in Buenos Aires, São Paulo and here in New York City.

salazaart santiago chile street art graffiti David Sharabani aka Lord K2 on His Newly Released <em>Street Art Santiago </em>with Images of Artworks by Piguan, Piri, Salazart, Guztok and more

Why did you choose the street art in Santiago as the subject of your first book?

I discovered so many distinct styles that I loved, many representing the rich political and social history of the city.  And I also felt a special bond with the Chilean artists whom I met. They love to share walls, and they love to collaborate. They invited me to paint with them, and they are extraordinarily humble.

piguan piri guztok David Sharabani aka Lord K2 on His Newly Released <em>Street Art Santiago </em>with Images of Artworks by Piguan, Piri, Salazart, Guztok and more

You have a formal education in art. Did what you see on the streets impact your work as an artist?

Yes, after a few months in Buenos Aires, I was inspired to learn how to do stencil art. And I’ve been doing it since!

grin Cubdos Derik Sick graffiti santiago David Sharabani aka Lord K2 on His Newly Released <em>Street Art Santiago </em>with Images of Artworks by Piguan, Piri, Salazart, Guztok and more

What were some of the challenges you faced in producing this book?

I was working with an inexpensive pocket camera. I was new to graffiti and street art, so I lacked any credibility. My knowledge of Spanish was limited. And I didn’t have a clue as to how to publish a book.

brillos graffiti crew santiago chile David Sharabani aka Lord K2 on His Newly Released <em>Street Art Santiago </em>with Images of Artworks by Piguan, Piri, Salazart, Guztok and more

You seem to have brilliantly overcome these challenges. What’s next?

I’m off to Thailand at the end of the month where I will be documenting another kind of art, the art of Muay Thai, Thailand’s principal spectator sport.

vandal jony bellavista santiago chile David Sharabani aka Lord K2 on His Newly Released <em>Street Art Santiago </em>with Images of Artworks by Piguan, Piri, Salazart, Guztok and more

What about street art? Any other books on the way?

Yes, my next book will focus on the street art in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

That sounds great!  Good luck with it all!

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky

Photos: 1 Piguan 2 Piri 3 Salazart 4 PiguanPiri & Guztok 5 Grin, Cubdos, Derik & Sick 6 Brillos Graffiti Crew 7 Jony

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Lady aiko street art mural coney island coney art walls At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Featuring over two dozen beautifully-executed murals representing a diverse range of artistic styles, Coney Art Walls is a cause for celebration. Here are a few images captured this weekend.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh pays homage to the long-time residents of Coney Island

Tatyana Fazlaizadeh street art mural coney art walls coney island At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Lady Pink

lady pink coney art walls coney island street art nyc At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Kashink

Kashink street art coney island cobey art walls At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Sheryo and the Yok 

Sheryo and the Yok street art coney island coney art walls At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

El Seed

el seed coney art walls calligraffiti At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Roa, close-up

Roa skeletan coney art walls coney island At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Buff Monster

Buff Monster street art coney island coney art walls At Coney Art Walls with: Lady Aiko, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, Lady Pink, Kashink, Sheryo & the Yok, el Seed, Roa and Buff Monster

Curated by Jeffrey Deitch, Coney Art Walls is located at 1320 Bowery Street off Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island.  And on Sundays — through September 6 – a curated summer music series and dance party happening takes place from 5pm – 11pm.

Note: First image is of mural by Lady Aiko. Keep posted to the StreetArtNYC Facebook page for many more photos of Coney Art Walls.

All photos by Lois Stavsky

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trans1 street art mural Bronx From Across the Universe to <em>Graffiti Universe</em> in the East Bronx: Trans1, Jorit, Vins & Signl ESO and Stay One KD

Currently gracing the walls of Graffiti Universe up in the Bronx is a range of styles from photorealistic portraiture to stylish graffiti. Here is a sampling of the work fashioned by both international and regional artists:

Italian artist Jorit does the legendary TAKI 183

Jorit street art Taki183 NYC From Across the Universe to <em>Graffiti Universe</em> in the East Bronx: Trans1, Jorit, Vins & Signl ESO and Stay One KD

Vins and Signl, EOS 

vins and signl graffiti Bronx NYC From Across the Universe to <em>Graffiti Universe</em> in the East Bronx: Trans1, Jorit, Vins & Signl ESO and Stay One KD

Norwegian artist Stay One, KD

Stayone kd graffiti nyc From Across the Universe to <em>Graffiti Universe</em> in the East Bronx: Trans1, Jorit, Vins & Signl ESO and Stay One KD

Graffiti Universe is located at 2995 Boston Road in the Allerton section of the East Bronx.

Note: First image is by London-based Trans1

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Wane graffiti Demolition Exhibit Jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Green Villain‘s Demolition Exhibition has it all! With everything from stylish tags to captivating characters to first-rate pieces, it is a graffiti lover’s wonderland. Just minutes away from Downtown Manhattan, it is located at 410 Marin Boulevard, a short wall from Newport Mall. Here are a few more images I captured in the interior of the former Jersey City Pep Boys Auto Store while visiting Monday evening. 

Doves

Doves graffiti Jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Curve and Mr. Mustart

curve mr mustart graffiti Demolition Exhibition Jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

The prodigious Evikt

evikt graffiti jersey city demolition exhibition  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Jahan

Jahan graffiti jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Mes, ThemoDistoart and Kingbee

themo kingbee mespfe distoart graffiti jersey city  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Era

creep cloth era pfe graffiti Demolition Exhibition Jersey City  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

Goomba and Stay One

goomba stay one graffiti   Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

And the mastermind behind it all — Greg Edgell aka Green Villian

Green Villain  Green Villains <em>Demolition Exhibition</em> Converts Former Jersey City Shop into a Graffiti Wonderland: Wane, Doves, Curve, Mr. Mustart, Evikt, Jahan, Mes, Themo, Distoart, Kingbee, Era, Goomba, Stay One & more

This amazing feat — coordinated with dozens of artists and community members — was accomplished in partnership with real-estate developers Forest City Enterprises and G&S Investors. Through this weekend, you can visit the space any day from 12-8pm.

First image is Knows aka Wane; all photos by Lois Stavsky

Note: Check out StreetArtNYC on Instagram for more photos of images from Demolition Exhibition, and keep posted to our Facebook page, as well.

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The first NYC tagger to go all-city, TAKI 183 has achieved mythical status as the father of modern day graffiti.  We were thrilled to meet up with him last week.

Taki 183 The Legendary TAKI 183 on Tagging, <em>The New York Times</em>, the Wall on 207th Street, InstaFame Phantom Art, Graffiti and more

Your name TAKI is — according to what we’ve read – a traditional Greek nickname for Demetrius, and 183 refers to the street where you lived in Washington Heights. How old were you when you first got your name up? And what was the first surface you hit?

I was about 16. The first surface I remember tagging was the bus terminal on 179th Street and Broadway.

What inspired you to leave your mark in a public space?

My friends Phil T. Greek and Greg 69 had begun writing their names in the neighborhood. They had most likely been inspired by Julio 204, whose tag first surfaced around 1964.

And why did you keep doing it? 

I liked the feeling of getting my name up, and I liked idea of getting away with it. I soon became obsessed. Once I started, I couldn’t stop.

taki 183 nytimes The Legendary TAKI 183 on Tagging, <em>The New York Times</em>, the Wall on 207th Street, InstaFame Phantom Art, Graffiti and more

Did you have any preferred surfaces?

Any flat surface was good. Subways were good. If there was a blank space, I hit it.

Do any early memories that stand out?

One night when I came upon a huge empty space on a wall across from George Washington High School, I decided that instead of using a marker to write my name, I would use a paintbrush with black paint. I wasn’t prepared for the mess that it made. And I remember returning home with black paint all over me.

In the summer of 1971, you were the subject of a significant article in The New York Times. How did you feel about that?

I didn’t understand why they would waste their time on some kid who was tagging. I thought to myself, “For stupid things they put me into The New York Times. Aren’t there more important things going on in the world?”

Jorit street art taki 183 The Legendary TAKI 183 on Tagging, <em>The New York Times</em>, the Wall on 207th Street, InstaFame Phantom Art, Graffiti and more

How did that New York Times piece impact you?

It gave me legendary status. After all, if The New York Times says so, it must be true! Suddenly the media were all interested in not only what I was doing — my greatest hits —  but in the entire culture of tagging and graffiti.

How did your family react to what was going on?

My father said, “Take it easy!”

Have you any thoughts about the direction that graffiti has taken?

I don’t really pay attention to it. If you were born after 1955, I don’t know you! But I do appreciate the graffiti over on 207th Street.

taki183 subway art graffiti The Legendary TAKI 183 on Tagging, <em>The New York Times</em>, the Wall on 207th Street, InstaFame Phantom Art, Graffiti and more

You’ve been riding the trains again in Nic 707‘s Instafame Phantom Art Project.  Can you tell us something about that?

I think it’s great! I like Nic’s vision of taking an old concept and presenting it in a new way.

How do you feel about your status in the graffiti culture?

I feel good about it. I like having a place in history!

Have you any theories as to the world-wide popularity of modern graffiti?

It’s a great outlet for talent and creativity. And getting up in a public space gives you great exposure. Not everyone has the means or know-how to get into a gallery.

taki 183 signs graffiti tag The Legendary TAKI 183 on Tagging, <em>The New York Times</em>, the Wall on 207th Street, InstaFame Phantom Art, Graffiti and more

What advice would you give to the young taggers out there?

Be careful!

Interview conducted and edited by Lois Stavsky.

Photos: 1 & 4 Lois Stavsky; 3 Italian artist Jorit with his portrait of TAKI 183 in the Bronx, courtesy Patrick Styx One; 5 Tara Murray

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