Street art murals are not too common in Inwood, at the northern tip of Manhattan. There is plenty of graffiti, some made by artists who have been painting graff since the 70s. However, street artists have not made it up to the 200s, leaving street art fans and photographers to travel all the way down to SoHo or insert hip Brooklyn neighborhood here to catch street art. However, thanks to the partnership between street artist Damien Mitchell and the WAT-AHH! water brand, the Upper Manhattan neighborhood now has one of the largest and most striking murals in NYC.
WAT-AHH!‘s Taking Back The Streets Campaign aims to bring street art to certain neighborhoods around the country while also promoting healthy drinking for children–a less frightening version of the PSAs you see in the subway. The Campaign has given prominent NYC street artists like Icy & Sot, Fumero, Pose and others opportunities to paint large murals around the country for a good cause. This mural, the company’s second mural in NYC is their largest by far and took street artist Damien Mitchell ten full days to complete. (more…)
Last week, Shepard Fairey created a new mural at 161 Bowery, near the corner of Broome Street in Lower Manhattan. This massive project was organized by L.I.S.A. Project NYC, the non-profit which has been bringing wonderful street art to Little Italy and the surrounding areas, creating downtown Manhattan’s first mural district. We had the opportunity to shoot these photos of Fairey and his team at work.
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The day has come for 5 Pointz. Animal New York reports that as of this morning, “a backhoe began tearing into the building that was once the graffiti mecca of New York City. While curators and artists have moved on to other locations in the city, it’s difficult not to see this moment as a symbol of what New York City (its planners and developers at least) aspire for it to be. But in the world of street art in America, a permanent building for aerosol art is probably too much to ask .
Sheryo & The Yok
This past Saturday outlaws and vandals partied inside a former police station in Gramercy. Robert Aloia along with Outlaw Arts, VNA Magazine, street artist Beau, Todd Masters, the NY st.Gallery and the real estate and business financial brokerage firm Suzuki Capital LLC, came together to pull off one of the most massive street art shows of the year. Almost 70 different artists brought their respective street art and graffiti styles to 327 E 22nd. Street, in a show that gave some of the artists free rein on rooms formerly used to hold criminals and teenage runaways.
Tribute to Robin Williams (Meres One via Instagram)
Graffiti artists and former curator of the now gone Queens graffiti landmark 5 Pointz Meres One, collaborated with fellow graffiti artist SeeTF to paint this tribute to Robin Williams in Brooklyn. The actor, famous for his roles in Aladdin, Dead Poet’s Society, Good Will Hunting, The Fisher King, Good Morning Vietnam and more, passed away early Monday. The outpouring was immediate on social media, as fellow actors and fans expressed remorse over the passing of a comedian who made us laugh on television, and on film, for over thirty years.
The quote on the street art piece comes from Williams’ character on Dead Poet’s Society: “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”
We expect more tributes to start popping up around the city and around the world. We will update them as they go up.
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Latin America’s most cosmopolitan city is a magnet for urban artists and art lovers from across the globe. Here in Buenos Aires graffiti art is not a clandestine activity, but a celebrated art form that turns talented graffiti artists into celebrities. Colourful, larger-than-life murals are painted freely on busy city streets, often with the approval of local porteños and money from the government. Found in barrios across the city, street art works range from small stencil images to grandiose displays of world-class artistic talent representing Argentina’s vibrant social and political culture.