Part One

Once again, Union Street Park’s magical walls in Hackensack, NJ have been transformed. Pictured above is Washington Heights graffiti legend Totem. Several of these featured images were captured during Rozzy Ken Roz‘s birthday celebration — hosted by Darrius-Jabbar Sollas — two weeks ago. Others were taken when we revisited Union Street Park this past Wednesday.

The superb Sade TCM 

Bronx-based Ricky Montalvo aka Soze527

Flite (L) and Rocky 184 & Gem 13 Collabo

Classic writer Wore IBM at work

The legendary Seen TC5

Graffiti pioneer Part One

Wide view with celebration under way 

Photo credits: 1, 4, 5 & 8 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2, 3, 6 & 7 Lois Stavsky

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Home to a rotating range of vibrant murals by first-rate, often classic, graffiti writers, Hackensack’s Union Street Park is a treasure. While visiting on Wednesday, I had the opportunity to pose a few questions to its founder and curator, Darrius-Jabbar Sollas also known as Nasty Neo.

When did you first begin curating this spot?  It’s a graffiti-lover’s paradise. We’ve been returning regularly to check it out since we first discovered it — by chance — several years ago.

It’s ten years now. I began curating it in 2007. We are celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Congratulations! How did you discover such an ideal spot?  And how did you come to manage its walls?

I used to pass it every day as I took my kid to school.  And it looked like the perfect spot to showcase graffiti. As I went about locating the owners of the adjacent building to secure permission to use the walls, I discovered that a friend of mine was one of the building’s owners. I was given one huge wall.

What was the initial response to your transformation of this space? How did the community react?

The response was wonderfully enthusiastic. The town’s officials couldn’t have been more positive. And soon I was invited to curate the entire space, not just one wall.

Among the many artists who’ve painted here, do any in particular stand out?

Among them: Serve, Bates, Hef, Med, Tats Cru, Poem, Sade, T-Kid, Wane

What have been some of your challenges in managing this space?

The artists themselves! They can be pompous and arrogant. All of the walls are buffed for them, and too many still need to be catered to.

I notice that you guys are buffing the walls now. What’s ahead? Are you getting ready for anything special?

Yes! We have a birthday barbecue coming up Saturday for Roz…our fifth annual one.

Who are some of the artists who will be painting at the birthday barbecue?

FliteServeWore, Jew, Pase, Python, Rocky 184, Gem 13

It sounds great! Have fun! And thanks for bringing so much vibrancy to Bergen County!

Images

1  Union Street Park curator and artist Darrius-Jabbar Sollas aka Nasty Neo

2  Staten Island-based Goal

3  Classic writer Sound7TC5

4  Graffiti legend Part One

5  The masterful Sade TCM

6  Doe of the RTH crew

Photo credits: 1, 4-6 Dani Reyes Mozeson; 2-3 Lois Stavsky; interview conducted by Lois Stavsky

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This past Sunday, Elmhurst’s ELKS Lounge was home to Street Art Expo NYC, as it celebrated three generations of first-rate graffiti artists. Visitors — of all ages —  had the opportunity to meet a wonderfully diverse range of artists, become acquainted with new products and purchase original artworks directly from the artists. Pictured above is the legendary Part One. Here’s a small sampling of what we saw:

Veteran writer and photographer Flint Gennari with photo he’d captured back in the day of Flip One in action

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 Old school writer and a sponsor of Street Art Expo NYCAlski

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Bronx-based veteran writer and founder and curator of InstaFame Phantom Art, Nic 707

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Contemporary graffiti and street art legend Moody Mutz, AA Mobb

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The prolific Brooklyn-based Plasma Slug

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Bronx-based b-boy and graffiti artist, Chief 69

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In addition to The Alski Show, other sponsors of Street Art Expo NYC included: Ironlak, TYOTOYS and Art Primo.

Photo credits: 1 & 5 Tara Murray; 2-4, 6 & 7 Lois Stavsky

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After a brief hiatus, I was again riding the subway trains with Nic 707 as he continues to bring Old School writers, along with new artists, back to where it all began. Here are a few more images captured yesterday from another chapter in the Instafame Phantom Art movement:

Nic 707, Surround Yourself with Love

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Nic 707, Fill Your Heart and Mind with Love

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 Part One

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Styx

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Gear One

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Gear One does Che Guevara

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First image is: Nic 707, Love Is Not Alien Technology

Photos by Lois Stavsky

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Produced by Sade TCM for Nasty, Neo FC, the Blaze of Hackensack has refashioned the always-brilliant graffiti walls in Hackensack, New Jersey’s famed open-air gallery. Here’s a sampling of what surfaced last month:

Bronx-based Pase

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NYC artists Per One and Hef

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Bronx-based John Matos aka Crash

Crash

Bronx-based Ces

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The Blaze of Hackensack curator Sade TCM

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Bronx-based Bio, Tats Cru

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Bronx-based Zimad

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Bronx-based BG 183, Tats Cru

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Veteran graffiti writers Sonic and Part One, Dedicated to the Victims in Paris

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Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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Opening this evening from 6-9pm at the Hi-Arts Gallery on 304 East 100th Street is JR’s Inside Out Mi Gente/ Oyáte kiŋ Art Project — focusing on and uniting two communities: NYC’s East Harlem and South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. Here are a few images captured yesterday while visiting the exhibit, curated by Carlos Mare:

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And more

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And outside with murals by Alice Mizrachi and Part One

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 Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson

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In Bergen County, New Jersey — where public space is generally a blank canvas — the township of Hackensack boasts some first-rate graffiti.  Here’s a sampling of what was recently seen on a spot off the train tracks:

Shiro 

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Per1 and Dero

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The Bronx Team

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Pure1

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Tiws and Enue

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Musa

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Shiro with Part One

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Rath

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Photos by Dani Reyes Mozeson; first photo features Yes1 to the right of Shiro.

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This is the sixth in an occasional series of artwork on NYC shutters:

Ewok in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Ewok

Alice Mizrachi aka AM in East Harlem

"Alice Mizrachi"

Michael De Feo on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

Michael De Feo

Part One in East Harlem

"Part I"

Vato in Williamsburg

Vato

BeauElle and Hue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side

"Beau and Elle"

Crisp in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Crisp

Fumero in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Fumero

Icy and Sot in Bushwick, Brooklyn

"Icy and Sot"

Photo of Michael De Feo by Tara Murray; all others by Lois Stavsky 

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Dozens of new artworks, representing a wide range of cultures, styles and approaches, have surfaced this summer at 5Pointz. Here are a few from NYC’s ever-evolving open-air gallery:

Veteran graff artists Bis and Vor 

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London-based artist Christiaan Nagel installs his iconic mushroom with a little help from Meres

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 Austrian artist Roofie

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Japanese artist Shiro with PartYes1 and Meres

Shiro, Part, Yes One and Meres

ND’A and Bishop

NDA and Bishop

The Mexican Har crew, close-up

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Har Crew, complete mural

Har Crew

French artist Zeso

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Brooklyn-based international muralist Joel Bergner

Joel Bergner

Barcelona-based artist Dase

Dase

Photos by Dani Mozeson, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky

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Dozens of new pieces surfaced this past weekend in “The Final Edition” at East Harlem’s Graffiti Hall of Fame on 106th Street & Park Avenue. Here’s a sampling from the event presented by James Top Productions and Joey TDS:

Brazilian writer AK47

AK47

Pose 2 and Czech writer Chemis

Pose 2 and Chemis

HopsOne

Hops One

Scratch and Shock

Scratch and Shock

Part One

Part One

Kingbee and Tony 164

KingBee and Tony164

Slave

Slave

Jesus Saves

Jesus Saves

Tomb. Wizart, Mad1, & Had2

Tomb. Wizart, Mad1, Had2

Jerms

Jerms

Rain

Rain

 Photos by Lois Stavsky

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