See One

Artists from across the globe, along with some of our favorite local artists, have been busy this past month gracing Brooklyn’s most elegant, evolving canvas – Bushwick Five Points. Here are some pieces that have recently surfaced:

Brooklyn-based artists See One and Hellbent

"See one and Hellbent street art"

Hellbent, close-up

"Hellbent street art"

 Italian artist Pixel Pancho

"Pixel Pancho street art"


Italian artist Never2501

"Never2501 street art"

"Never2501 street art"

 Cuban artist Shie Moreno

"Shie Moreno street art mural"

Australian artist Reka

"Reka street art"

"Reka street art"

Photos by Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky



The once-abandoned trailer on East First Street off First Avenue in Manhattan has been transformed once again.  With assistance from the young members of Cre8tive YouTH*ink, a creative arts youth development organization, it currently showcases a vibrant mix of styles from over 20 artists who had participated in the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project‘s first five cycles. The following images were captured these past four days:

Iranian artists Icy and Sot at work

Icy and Sot

Beau, Icy and Sot and Samuel Ashford

Icy and Sot, close-up

Icy and Sot

 Brooklyn-based artist Samuel Ashford, close-up

Samuel Ashford street art

 Jerry Otero aka Mista Oh,  founder of cre8tive YouTH*ink, Moise Joseph of cre8tive YouTH*ink and Cram Concepts

"Centre -Fuge Public Art Project"

See One and Yuri Valez at work

"See One and Yuri Valez"

Baltimore-based Billy Mode, Jose Aurelio-Baez, See-One, Yuri Valez & photographers Kenny Rodriguez & Osvaldo Jimenez

"Centre-fuge Public Art Project"

Billy Mode and Jose Aurelio-Baez, close-up 

"Billy Mode and Jose Aurelio-Baez"

The Muffin Man, Zera at work, DMZL and Dr. Whom

"Centre-Fuge Public Art Project"

Optimo Primo


Never street art

Danielle Mastrion, Michael DeNicola, Lexi Bella and Fumero

"Centre-Fuge Public Art Project"

Centre-Fuge Public Art Project founders and First Street residents Pebbles Russell and Jonathan Neville have announced that Cycle 7 submissions are due by 12/31.  They may be sent to  We are looking forward to another year of energetic public art on East 1st Street, dedicated to the memory of former East Village resident Mike Hamm.

Top image: NOIDone, Veng RWK, Cram Concepts, Chris RWK, Mastro, Never, Samuel Ashford, Icy and Sot, BEAU and Adam Kidder; photos by Lenny Collado, Tara Murray and Lois Stavsky


This is the fourth in a series of ongoing posts featuring the diverse range of stylish trucks and vans that strike NYC streets:

Noxer and 3ess in Bushwick, Brooklyn

"Noxer and 3ess graffiti"

Gano in Manhattan

"Gano graffiti"

Wen One in Manhattan

"Wen One graffiti"

 Deceve of Smart Crew

"Deceve graffiti"

Sebs in Bushwick, Brooklyn

"Sebs graffiti"

ND’A and See One in Bushwick, Brooklyn

"ND'A and See One"

See One close-up

"See One graffiti"

 Stem in Manhattan

"Stem graffiti"

Photos of Noxer & 3ess and ND’A close-up by Lois Stavsky; Gano, Wen One, NDA & See One by Dani Mozeson; Deceve by Lenny Collado; Sebs by City-as-School intern Damien Kelly and Stem by Sara Mozeson


"Icy and Sot, Chris and Veng, RWK, and ND'A and OverUndeer street art"

The East Village was the place to be this past weekend as the Centre-Fuge Public Art Project was at it again — transforming a once-abandoned trailer into a masterpiece of urban art.  Here are some images from Cycle 5 captured over the weekend on East First Street off First Avenue:

Brooklyn-based ND’A at work

"ND'A street art action"

Completed piece with OverUnder

ND'A and OverUnder street art

NYC’s prolific Chris and Veng, RWK at work

"Chris and Veng, RWK street art"


"Chris and Veng, RWK close-up"

Iranian brothers Icy & Sot at work

"Icy and Sot stencil art"

Close-up from completed piece

"Icy and Sot stencil art"

Baltimore-native Billy Mode

"Billy Mode street art"

The legendary Cost and Brooklyn-based Enx at work

"Cost and Enx street art"

Completed piece

"Cost & Enx street art"

Brooklyn-based Jose-Aurelio Baez & Ponce, Puerto Rico native Noidone at work

NYC native See One

"See One street art"

Photos by Lenny Collado, Tara Murray and City-as-School intern Hallie Lederer


Among the highlights of this past weekend’s Afro Punk Fest 2012 is the “Art Wall” at the Commodore Barry Park of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Here are a few images:

Brooklyn-based See One

"See One street art" More after the jump!


For the third consecutive year, dozens of talented artists graced the walls of the Welling Court neighborhood of Astoria, Queens with a diverse range of images. We visited several times this past week beginning with the day before the Welling Court Mural Project, organized by Ad Hoc Art, held its official opening. On our most recent visit, we had the chance to observe and speak to neighborhood residents – all of whom expressed tremendous pride in their neighborhood’s visual landscape (and curiosity, as well, about the artists).  Here are a few images whose progress we observed:

New Jersey-based Joe Iurato aka .01

"Joe Iurato at Welling Court"

More after the jump!


Brooklyn-based artist See One has been busy gracing a huge wall outside the Running Rebel Studios at 6 Charles Place in Bushwick with his distinct aesthetic.  Earlier this week, we caught up with him in his studio and had the opportunity to ask him a few questions.

"See One in Bushwick"

When did you first start getting up in public spaces?

I was 17 living in Florida. We moved from Queens when I was 10, but graffiti had already had its impact on me. It had slowly worked its way into my blood.

What motivated you to hit the walls?

I started drawing when I was two years old. All the walls and floors of our home bore the markings of my oil-based crayons. As I grew older, I focused on black books, but wanted to go bigger and bigger and reach more people. Hitting huge walls was a natural progression.

What was your style like at the time?

When I first started getting up, my letters were good but I was really into characters. I’ve always loved cartoons.

"See One character"

How has your style evolved?

I wanted my art to stand out.  I have an overactive imagination. I’ve always drawn characters but needed a secondary distinct style.  I call the style “Shards” because it reminds me of broken shards of glass. This evolved into a style of abstract graffiti, my current focus.

"See One artwork"

How did you get your name?

My first tag was Focus, because I always needed glasses to focus.  But I didn’t quite like the ring to it.  So I took my birth date, 10/19, and in Roman numerals, the first three numbers are written CI. This became See One.

Have you had any formal art education?

No. I was never really good at school. I am self-taught.

"See One Painting"

Who or what have been your main influences?

My main influences have always been comic books, character design, and early graffiti. Japanese animation has also had a strong impact on my aesthetic. And, of course, comic books like X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Bone were among my first inspirations.

Any favorite artists?

Many, many. Among the comic artists: Joe Mad, J. Scott Campbell and Jeff Smith. In graff: Seen, FX Crew, Futura, Cost and Revs. Among street artists, my favorites include: Space Invader, D’Face and London Police. I also love Tomokazu Matsuyama and Takashi Murakami.

"See One mural"

Any artists you’ve recently checked out?

I’m looking forward to seeing Doze Green’s work at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery and I’m also into Remi Rough and anything by Jose Parla.

What about galleries? We’ve seen your work at Mighty Tanaka and at Dorian Grey. How do you feel about the gallery scene?

I used to hate it because it seems to be all about who you know.  I’m getting used to it, but I wish it were easier to get my work into galleries. It’s difficult to get a response from most galleries.

"See One painting"

You seem to fuse both graffiti and street art elements into your pieces. Have you any thoughts about the graffiti/street art divide?

I think of Street Art as Graffiti’s little brother. A first-rate graffiti writer has to have the ability to improvise skillfully on a variety of surfaces while enduring the risks of getting up.  Most street artists do their work in a studio setting and face far fewer risks in pasting their work up or stenciling it onto surfaces. Like most little brothers, Street Art is resented by his big brother, Graffiti, and his big brother’s friends.

"see one mural close-up"

Interesting! ‘will have to think about that! Have you ever been arrested?

No. I’m semi-careful. I’ll usually find a lookout when I can.

Have you collaborated with any artists?

My most recent collaboration was with 2Esae and Ski of URNewYork.

How do you see yourself in the future?

My goal is to grow and attain recognition as an artist, so that I can have the means to further develop my vision and reach a larger audience with my work.

Images courtesy of the artist and Lenny Collado