We ran into PJ O’Rourke II in the bowels of Grand Central Terminal, not surprising since he spends most days underground, not just hawking his art, but creating it there too. PJ, or Flye Lyfe as he calls himself, came to New York from Tulsa, Oklahoma “2.3 years ago.” Armed with pencil, ink and trusty Adobe Illustrator, he makes hats, shirts and prints emblazoned with caricatures in his signature trippy style. His subjects have included everyone from Bugs Bunny to the Wall Street bull, but they all seem to share a penchant for the controversial–and the absurd. Kind of like political cartoons on acid. Our favorites are his New York City sports teams (below). When not posted up in the Union Square and Times Square subway stations, you can often find PJ at Raw Space NYC, a Harlem art gallery, where he hosts events and open mic nights for other, less literal, underground artists.
All images courtesy Flye Lyfe