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Speaking with Rocko

February 26, 2015

Rocko street art NYC Speaking with Rocko

Fusing ancient Arabic scripts with modern Western strokes, Moroccan native Rocko has fashioned a distinct aesthetic that has been increasingly making its way onto NYC walls. We were delighted to have the chance to meet up with him this past weekend.

When did you first get up?

Back in Morocco in 1997. I was the first one to bomb in Meknès.  It was something that I had always wanted to do. I was a b-boy, and graffiti was always an essential aspect of that culture. I’d also painted for the pioneering hip-hop crew, Dogs, known these days as H-Kayne.

What about here in NYC?

Here in NYC I only work on legal spaces. There’s too much at risk here!

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What was your first piece here?

Three years ago I did my first piece for the Pita Palace on Montrose and Bushwick.

What was the experience like?

I loved it. I particularly love the interaction with the passersby as I’m painting.

What kinds of surfaces do you prefer?

As I generally paint with brushes, I need smooth surfaces. I also look for spots with no trees of cars blocking the view.

How have folks responded to your particular aesthetic – a fusion of Arabic calligraphy and graffiti?

The response was been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. I am constantly asked to design tattoos featuring my particular calligraffiti.

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How does your family feel about what you are doing?

They love it. Everyone is supportive.

What percentage of your day is devoted to your art?

About 40%.

What is your main source of income?

I work as a director of a senior center in Bushwick.

What are some of your other interests?

Cycling. I race for the Brooklyn Arches.

rocko calligraffiti on canvas Speaking with Rocko

Any thoughts on the graffiti/ street art divide?

I feel that it’s reached a turning point in recent weeks. I expect there will be less of a division from now on.

How do you feel about the movement of graffiti and street art into galleries? Have you shown your work in galleries?

I’m fine with it. It’s just a different context. Yes, I’ve shown my work in a number of spaces in Brooklyn.

What about the corporate world? Any thoughts about that?

I don’t mess with it!

Do you prefer working alone or collaborating with others?

I often work alone, but I’ve collaborated with a number of artists including Zimer, Eelco and N Carlos J.

eelco and Rocko and Vera Times street art dodworth NYC Speaking with Rocko

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

I love what Sek3 is doing. I would like to collaborate with him.

When I first saw your work, I confused you with Retna. Does that happen often?

Yes! But I’ve been doing it for 34 years. It’s my culture!

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

I think it’s very important. It introduces us to so much.

Do you have a formal arts education?

No, I never went to art school. I’m self-taught. I began doing Arabic calligraphy when I was four years old with a wooden pencil!

rocko and n carlos j street art bushwick nyc Speaking with Rocko

How would you describe your ideal working environment?

Just me in my studio. But working on public walls is more fun!

What inspires you these days?

Everything I see around me!

Are there any particular cultures you feel influenced your aesthetic?

Arabic.

Rocko and Eelco street art nyc Speaking with Rocko

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

Never!  I freestyle.

How has your work evolved in the past few years?

It’s gotten better. Sharing my work in public spaces pushes me to work harder at my craft.

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

The artist has a huge responsibility to his or her community – to enhance it in a respectful manner.

Rocko calligraffiti Brooklyn NYC copy Speaking with Rocko

How do you feel about the photographers and bloggers in this scene?

They are very important!

What do you see as the future of street art?

It will just keep on growing and evolving.

And what about you? What’s ahead?

More walls, more collabs and more exhibits. I will also continue to curate the Dodworth Mural Project that I launched last year.

That sounds wonderful! We are looking forward! 

Interview by Lois Stavsky with Houda Lazrak; first photo courtesy of the artist; all others by Lois Stavsky; photo 2 is a collaborative with Zimer; 5 with Eelco and Vera Times; 6 with N Carlos J and 7 with Eelco

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Rafael sliks street art Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

While in Miami this past week, I had the opportunity to visit the grounds of the Jose De Diego Middle School. On the edge of Wynwood, its students are among the city’s most economically disadvantaged.  Over 600 youngsters, who had been deprived of an arts education due to insufficient funding, now attend a school that is also a wondrous outdoor museum. Curious about it all, I spoke to Don Rimx, one of the many artists who had participated in the school’s amazing transformation.

Reka street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

How did you become involved in this extraordinary project?

Soon after I moved to Miami, I met Robert Skran of WynwoodMap.com, a site that documents the public art that surfaces in Wynwood. A few months later, he invited me to participate in this particular project, the RAW Project, in partnership with the Wynwood Arts District Association.

Bikismo street art Wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

What was the goal of this project? Did it have a particular mission?

One goal, of course, was to transform a drab, blank concrete canvas into a vibrant outdoor gallery. It was also conceived as a means to raise funds to enable the school to restore its arts program that had been lost to budget cuts.

MTO Paola Delfin street art wynwoood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

When did the actual painting begin?

We began in November and most of the murals were completed by early December.

martin whatson street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

How did the students respond to the entire process?

They loved it. They were fascinated. They loved watching us paint, and they kept on asking us questions.

mad steez axel void street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

What kinds of questions did they ask you? 

Questions like: Why are you painting this? Where did your idea come from? How do you do this? How long will it take you to finish it? Why are you painting sticks?

Don Rimx street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

Back in December when Art Basel was in town, the school’s makeover attracted so many street art aficionados and art lovers. What’s happening these days?

The entire community loves the murals. The art on these walls have brought us all closer together. When I pass by, I often see teachers taking students on tours of the murals. The kids are always interested in learning something new about them and about the artists. And because so many of the artists traveled to their school from across the globe, there is so much to learn!

diana contreras street art wynwood Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

This really is fabulous! It would be wonderful if the Jose De Diego Middle School could serve as a model to other schools — on all grade levels — everywhere!

Hox Jose De Diego Middle School street art Miami Jose De Diego Middle School as Outdoor Museum: Rafael Sliks, Reka, Bikismo, MTO, Paola Delfin, Martin Whatson, Madsteez, Axel Void, Don Rimx, Diana Contreras, the Hox & more

The murals pictured above are just a small sampling of what can be seen on the walls of the Jose De Diego Middle School:

1. Brazilian artist Rafael Sliks

2. Australian born, Berlin-based Reka

3. Puerto Rican artist Bikismo

4. French artist MTO (left) and Mexican artist Paola Delfín

5. Norwegian stencil artist Martin Whatson

6. West Coast-based Madsteez (left) and Miami-based Axel Void

7. Puerto Rican artist Don Rimx currently based in Miami  – with son, Kye, standing on bottom right. (I’d asked him to take me to his favorite mural!)

8. Miami-based Peruvian artist Diana Contreras

9. Miami-based the Hox

Photos and post by Lois Stavsky

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Interspersed among some of the drabbest streets in the South Bronx Mott Haven-Port Morris neighborhood is an intriguing array of public art.  Here’s a a sampling:

 Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Wepa Woman

wepa woman street art Bronx NYC Mott Havens Motley Medley of Street Art: Wanda Raimundi Ortiz, Seth Mathurin, Dek 2DX, Dennesa Usher and more

Seth Mathurin, Bronx Bull

seth mathurin street art Bronx nyc Mott Havens Motley Medley of Street Art: Wanda Raimundi Ortiz, Seth Mathurin, Dek 2DX, Dennesa Usher and more

Dek 2DX

Dek2DX street art mott haven Bronx NYC Mott Havens Motley Medley of Street Art: Wanda Raimundi Ortiz, Seth Mathurin, Dek 2DX, Dennesa Usher and more

Unidentified artist has money falling from trees!

Money on trees mott haven the Bronx NYC Mott Havens Motley Medley of Street Art: Wanda Raimundi Ortiz, Seth Mathurin, Dek 2DX, Dennesa Usher and more

Dennesa Usher, Unlock Your Dreams, close-up

D.Usher street art mott Haven Bronx NYC Mott Havens Motley Medley of Street Art: Wanda Raimundi Ortiz, Seth Mathurin, Dek 2DX, Dennesa Usher and more

 Photos: 1-3 & 5 Lois Stavsky; 4 City-as-School intern Zachariah Messaoud

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This is the seventh in an occasional series featuring images of males who surface on NYC public spaces:

 UK’s Nick Walker on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

Nick Walker Upper East Side 2 Guys on Walls, Part VII: Nick Walker, E.L.K, Anthony Lister, Bly, Dasic, Conor Harrington, Heesco & Damien Mitchell

Australian artist E.L.K at the Bushwick Collective

ELK streeet art Bushwick Guys on Walls, Part VII: Nick Walker, E.L.K, Anthony Lister, Bly, Dasic, Conor Harrington, Heesco & Damien Mitchell

Australian artist Anthony Lister in Bushwick, Brooklyn

antony lister street art bushwick nyc Guys on Walls, Part VII: Nick Walker, E.L.K, Anthony Lister, Bly, Dasic, Conor Harrington, Heesco & Damien Mitchell

Swedish stencil artist Bly in Dumbo, Brooklyn

bly street art DUMBO NYC Guys on Walls, Part VII: Nick Walker, E.L.K, Anthony Lister, Bly, Dasic, Conor Harrington, Heesco & Damien Mitchell

 Chilean artist Dasic Fernandez at ABC No Rio on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Dasic abc north rio street art nyc Guys on Walls, Part VII: Nick Walker, E.L.K, Anthony Lister, Bly, Dasic, Conor Harrington, Heesco & Damien Mitchell

Irish native Conor Harrington for the LISA Project in Downtown Manhattan

Connor Harrington street art LES NYC Guys on Walls, Part VII: Nick Walker, E.L.K, Anthony Lister, Bly, Dasic, Conor Harrington, Heesco & Damien Mitchell

Mongolian native Heesco and Australia’s Damien Mitchell for the Bushwick Collective

Heesco and Damien Mitchell NYC Guys on Walls, Part VII: Nick Walker, E.L.K, Anthony Lister, Bly, Dasic, Conor Harrington, Heesco & Damien Mitchell

Photo credits: 1,2 and 7 by Lois Stavsky; 3-6 by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Here are a few of the works reflecting a range of political and social issues that have surfaced on NYC streets:

Bikismo in Williamsburg

bikismo street art nyc Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art: Bikismo, Gilf!, #Dysturb, LMNOPI, Luis Rosenfeld, Sophia Dawson & Hunt Rodriguez

Gilf! in NoLita

Gilf street art nolita Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art: Bikismo, Gilf!, #Dysturb, LMNOPI, Luis Rosenfeld, Sophia Dawson & Hunt Rodriguez

#Dysturb in Manhattan

dysturb street art nyc Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art: Bikismo, Gilf!, #Dysturb, LMNOPI, Luis Rosenfeld, Sophia Dawson & Hunt Rodriguez

LMNOPI in Bushwick

lmnop dont shoot street art Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art: Bikismo, Gilf!, #Dysturb, LMNOPI, Luis Rosenfeld, Sophia Dawson & Hunt Rodriguez

Luis Rosenfeld at work in SoHo

luis rosenfeld at work Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art: Bikismo, Gilf!, #Dysturb, LMNOPI, Luis Rosenfeld, Sophia Dawson & Hunt Rodriguez

Sophia Dawson, lead artist, in the East Village

sophia dawson mothers against police brutality Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art: Bikismo, Gilf!, #Dysturb, LMNOPI, Luis Rosenfeld, Sophia Dawson & Hunt Rodriguez

Hunt Rodriguez in SoHo — in response to the Charlie Hebdo attack

Hunt rodriguez installation Bowery Politically and Socially Conscious NYC Street Art: Bikismo, Gilf!, #Dysturb, LMNOPI, Luis Rosenfeld, Sophia Dawson & Hunt Rodriguez

 Photo credits:  1, 3, 4 & 7 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2. Lois Stavsky; 5. Lenny Collado aka BKLenny & 6. Tara Murray

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shida vexta street art melbourne dean sunshine Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

With his keen eye and infinite passion, Melbourne-based photographer Dean Sunshine avidly documents the graffiti and street art he encounters in his hometown and beyond. His second, newly-released book, Street Art Now, is a first-rate chronicle of the art that has been surfacing  — not only on the streets of Melbourne — but in other cities across the globe that Dean has recently visited. I met up with him when he was in NYC this past fall. Soon after, his stunning second book Street Art Now made its way into print. 

STREET ART NOW Cover FINAL Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

Have you any early memories of Melbourne graffiti and street art? When did you begin to photograph it?

Graffiti and hip-hop sprouted in Melbourne in the 80′s with VHS copies of Style Wars being handed around, educating the kids here about these subcultures thriving in NYC. My first piece of graffiti art was a present for my 21st birthday in the mid eighties — a basketball backboard spray painted by Merda and Ransom – two of the stars of the Melbourne scene. Decades later this piece still hangs at my home and many of the writers who are now mates are surprised and envious of this original piece. I started taking photos in the early 2000′s.

Wane COD graffiti melbourne Dean Sunshine Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

What motivated you to do so?

I loved snapping all this amazing art seen on the streets, but it was actually my partner at the time who told me I was a fool to have thousands of images on a hard drive that nobody else could enjoy. She said, “You should start a blog,” and the Land Of Sunshine was born.

Roa street art melbourne Dean Sunshine Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

Adnate street art Melbourne Dean Sunshine Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

How do you find the time while working at a day job to photograph so many great pieces of street art, blog regularly and publish two books?

I find time during my daily grind in the rag trade driving around to appointments across the suburbs of Melbourne visiting textile factories. On these travels I often stumble over graffiti and street art, and I pull over and take a quick shot. On the weekends I often hunt out abandoned factories, get down into the drains, and search new lane-ways – always on the lookout for new work.

shida seth globe painter street art melbourne dean sunshine Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

Do any particular moments stand out in your street-art hunting expeditions?

There are so many highlights throughout my time documenting. I have met, hung out and I’ve been privileged to watch so many incredible artists in action including: ROA, Kid Zoom, Herakut, Hush, D*Face, Stormie Mills, Rone, Makatron, Adnate, SlicerLi-HillShida, Smug, WANE, Sofles, Kaff-eine, DEB, Heesco, Meggs, Reka, Phibs, Bailer, DVATE, Does, Twoone, Mysterious Al, Dscreet, Vexta, 2501, Faith47, DALeast, Pixel Pancho, Phlegm, Insa, Sirum, The Yok, Sheryo, Gaia, Alexis Diaz, Maya Hayuk, Crash, Daze and ELK. But the times I have spent with Futura, Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper stand out the most, as these three are the pioneers of this scene in which we find ourselves submerged. I got to take each of them around the streets and lanes of Melbourne, proudly showing them my favorite spots in my own hometown. Such absolute legends, all with a passion that has lasted decades. I wish I will be as passionate 25 years on!

Pixel Pancho street art perth australia Dean Sunshine Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

What brought you to NYC?

I came to New York this past September to keep my wife company who was shooting fashion week. (Yes, she is also a photographer!) As she went uptown each morning to the shows, I got on my pushbike and rode all over, snapping as I went.

kaffeine li hill street art NYC dean sunshine Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

What other cities have you visited?

Over the last years, I’ve been lucky to have travelled to Los Angeles, Hawaii, Berlin, Paris, Italy, Mexico, Buenos Aires, Rio De Janeiro, and even Perth. It’s funny how these days it’s a priority when I’m on holidays to track down and snap all the local art I find. My recent book, Street Art Now, documents some of these findings.

yok sheryo street art zicatela mexico Dean Sunshine Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

What’s ahead?

Well, I am soon to become a father so my priorities will change — although I will probably be doing the same, just with the little guy on my back.

KEITH HARING mural 1984 Dean Sunshine Melbourne Melbourne based Photographer Dean Sunshine on Street Art and Graffiti, <em>Land of Sunshine</em>, NYC, His Newly Released Book and more

Congratulations! I am quite certain you will.

Note: You can check out some local coverage that Dean’s recent book, Street Art Now, received here, along with a guided tour of the Melbourne scene by Dean here.

Photos of above artworks in Street Art Now:

1. Vexta and Shida in Melbourne

3. WANE in Melbourne

4. ROA in Melbourne

5. Adnate in Melbourne

6. Seth GlobePainterShida and TwoOne in Melbourne

7. Pixel Pancho in Perth

8. Li-Hill and Kaff-eine in New York City

9. The Yok and Sheryo in Zicatela, Mexico

10. Keith Haring in Melbourne, 1984

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AEON paints in chicago street art Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

I caught up with Bogota native Lorenzo Masnah – aka AEON and Third World Pirate – last week in his Bushwick studio as he was readying to head to Chicago’s Galerie F to join Stinkfish, Zas and Buytronick in preparation for APC’s first exhibit in the U.S.

You are leaving in a few hours for Chicago. What’s happening there?

I will be working with Stinkfish, Zas and Buytronick to produce a series of collaborative works. Each of us has a distinct graphic language and they all will come together on an array of surfaces – from found objects to huge outdoor murals — for this exhibit at Galerie F.  Drawings, paintings, zines, shirts and all kinds of APC paraphernalia will be on sale at the gallery. The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, January 30.

animal tricks gallery 8 APC Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

Can you tell us something about APC? What does it mean? When did you guys all meet?

The crew originated almost ten years ago back in Bogota with a few artists who participated together in festivals.  These days we have over 50 members representing APC throughout the entire world. The acronym has many different meanings. Its principal one is Animal Power Cult, as animals play an essential role in our individual and common aesthetic.

Aeon Zas Rimx Arepa street art graffiti nyc Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

What about you? You seem to have three distinct identities. I primarily associate you with Third World Pirate as I remember watching you paint your iconic pirate almost ten years ago in Bogota. But there everyone seems to refer to you as AEON. And, here in NYC, I’ve come to think of you as Lorenzo Masnah.

I’ve been obsessed with pirates and drawing them in endless variations since I was a child growing up in Bogota. That explains Third World Pirate!  He is the one character who always travels with me. AEON is my acronym for Al Estilo Orto Nombre (Another Name for Style) – as I began getting up back in 2002 in Bogota with distinct one-line drawings. And I adopted the name Lorenzo Masnah when I had my solo show at Fuse Gallery in 2013.

Aeon dancers Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

Among the highlights of your solo show at Fuse Gallery were your refashioned images of beautiful Mexican women. That is another theme that resurfaces in your work. Can you tell us something about that? You seem to be quite obsessed with Mexican ladies!

Yes, for years I’ve been collecting Mexican erotic magazines dated from the early 1950s. This past year, in fact, while visiting Mexico, I discovered in a used book store in Puebla a huge stack of 45 records with covers fashioned from these vintage magazine pictures. I bought them all! And I am now working with them, recreating them with images that transcend that specific era.

Why do you suppose these images so engage you?

I love their pure innocence, their nostalgic beauty! And they represent so much of what we are missing in our era of Internet dating, where romance has lost its essence.  And I’ve also always loved working with recycled materials. It is my way of preserving the past, as I create a visual encyclopedia of aesthetics and issues that speak to me – and, hopefully, to others.

stinkfish street art chicago APC crew Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

Zas Painting in chicago Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

What’s ahead?

After Chicago, we plan to travel out West and then return to NYC for APC’s first East Coast exhibit.

It all sounds great! We look forward to seeing you guys in NYC.

Note: Animal Tricks opens this Friday, January 30, at 6 pm at Galerie F. Located at 2381 N Milwaukee Ave  in Chicago IL. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

APC in chiacago Lorenzo Masnah aka AEON on APCs First U.S. Exhibit, Romance, Recycled Art & more

Interview by Lois Stavsky. Photos: 1. AEON paints in Chicago, courtesy Galerie F; 2. flyer for exhibit, collaborative by featured APC artists; 3. APC in NYC with AEON, Zas, Rimx  and Arepa photographed by Tara Murray; 4. AEON on canvas photographed by Lois Stavsky; 5 – 7.  APC in Chicago courtesy Galerie F.  

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A range of comic characters — from Calvin and Hobbes to Snow White to Batman — have made their way onto NYC walls. Here are a few:

John Matos aka Crash in the South Bronx for the Tag Public Arts Project

Matos Crash Bronx street art Bronx NYC Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

Ozmo in Little Italy for the LISA Project

Ozmo street art nyc 2 Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

Jerkface in Bushwick

Jerkface street art NYC Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

Mr OneTeas at the Bushwick Collective

mr one teas bushwick collective street art Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

 See One at the Bushwick Collective

see one batman street art bushwick collective Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

see one street art nyc Comic Characters on NYC Walls: John Crash Matos, Ozmo, Jerkface, Mr OneTeas and See One

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

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rainer judd rag and bone mural nyc Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

Often showcasing artworks by diverse street artists – from DALeast to Ludo to Meres  – the wall outside rag & bone has also featured various artists who don’t generally share their visions in public spaces. For the past several weeks we have been treated to a selection of pages from the journals of Rainer Judd, the daughter of the late artist Donald Judd,

Close-up from “Sunlight on the Iguanas.” Book no. 6, Black Leather Silver Corner, 1987- 1989 — as seen last week

Rainer Judd close up journal entry mural nyc Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

“The idea was to see books on the wall, changing pages,” Rainer explains. “I’ve been filling journal books since I was 11. On November 16, 2014, I brought Swiss bags full of these books to photographer Henry Leutwyler and Javas Lehn. With a focus on the graphic quality of them as objects I could see them differently. For me, journals are a place of dialogue with myself, a testing ground for ideas, a pal, a repository for the stuff of the highway of my heart. This is a small window into a deep archive.”

Here are some pages from Rainer Judd‘s journal that surfaced in December

Rainer Judd rag and bone nyc Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

rainer judd mural NYC Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

Then earlier this month

Rainer Judd public art NYC Rainer Judd’s Journal Pages at rag & bones Houston Wall Project Space

And through the end of this month, you can check out the final piece now outside rag & bone on Elizabeth Street off 73 East Houston.

Photos 1-3 by Dani Reyes Mozeson; 4 courtesy rag & bone’s Houston Wall Project and 5 by Lois Stavsky 

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Few NYC graffiti walls change as frequently as those in Upper Manhattan’s open-air gallery.  Curated by South Bronx native, Crane, the walls off the 1 train on 207th Street and 210th Street serve as revolving canvases to several veteran NYC writers and their occasional guests.  Here’s a sampling of what has surfaced in the past several months:

Uptown stylemaster Cone

cone graffiti inwood nyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Veteran graffiti writer Kool Kito

kool kito inwood manhattan nyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Local artist Panic Rodriguez

Panic Inwood New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

LA-based graffiti writer Jero ICR  

Jero ICRgraffitinyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Legendary UK graffiti writer Pulse

pulse graffiti inwood nyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Veteran graffiti writer Ree

ree graffiti nyc New York Citys Uptown Open Air Gallery with Cone, Kool Kito, Panic, Jero, Pulse and Ree

Photos 1, 2, 5 and 6 by Lois Stavsky; 3 and 4 by City-as-School intern Travis Hicks

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