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Sweet Toof, Cern, Brown Boys, Shiro, Yes One & False

Welcome to the first installment of our monthly showcase of the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels, an expansion of our popular semi-annual column, curated by Untapped Cities Street Art columnist, Christopher Inoa.

Lucky for us, the graffiti and street artists of New York are not taking a break just because it’s January. The temperature may be below freezing, but the men and women who pick up spray cans and paint brushes are not letting something like the cold stop them from making the streets just a bit more colorful. Fresh off a great 2014, the new year has already given us great murals to admire. To catch you up on what’s been going on in, here is the first of the monthly column. Happy hunting!

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Oh you thought it was over? That after our list of the Top 10 NYC Street Art Graffiti Pieces of 2014, we had nothing more to say about art this year? Well this is the season of giving and we have one more heavily researched and debated list for you. Not since the early days of graffiti has art in New York City been more mobile. These traveling masterpieces move around the streets and highways of the city, popping up in every borough, making those in the know appreciate seeing a work of art minus the travel time. From pieces from some of the best NYC artists to pieces that will take you back in time, these are the top 10 Graffiti trucks of 2014.

10. Nerds – Turtle Power

Nerds-Untapped Cities-Art-Graffiti Trucks-Trucks-TMNT-Art-NYCNerds (LFader via Instagram)

The Michael Bay produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie SUCKED! Like we wouldn’t wish this on our worst enemy kind of suck. Honestly, there has never really been a good Ninja Turtles movie (sorry), but for us who remember the awesome early 90s cartoon and classic video games (Turtles in Time!), we always have hope that the “world’s most fearsome fighting team” will be in something that is watchable. Until that time, let us all appreciate this awesome truck by graff artist Nerds. (more…)

At the beginning of December, 5 Pointz was basically gone, but the streets of New York City are stilled filled with art. Graffiti complaints are up throughout the city and for those of us who love hunting for street art, there has been no better time be a part of the art scene here. Over the summer, we listed the Top 10 Street Art Murals of The Year (So Far) and with the year coming to an end, we selected our 10 favorite pieces that made the streets of NYC that much more interesting. And for more, check out the top 10 street art trucks of the year too. 

10. Smart Crew, Snoeman & Elmo Chinatown: The Lower “Far East” Side

 

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Jeffrey Gamblero-Untapped Cities-NYC-Brooklyn-ArtThe Brooklyn Nets (Photo via Facebook)

Before they hit the court to take on the Miami Heat, the Brooklyn Nets (who took part in a major political statement last week) decided to make a pay respects to a fallen fan last night at Barclays Center. Along with a video tribute, every member of the Nets wore a shirt with the name ‘Gamberlo’ and the number 44 on the back. This was in tribute to fallen fan Jefferey Vanchiro a.k.a Jeffrey ‘Korn’ Gamblero. The graffiti artist and former professional poker player sadly passed away last weekend, setting shockwaves through the NYC art scene.

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Sweet Toof-Pandemic Gallery-Untapped Cities-Art-Street Art-Brooklyn-NYCSweet Toof

The Pandemic Gallery in Brooklyn presented the opening of UK street artist Sweet Toof’s second NYC solo show Derailed this past weekend. If you happen to journey around Bushwick or look out the windows of an elevated J Train; you would be hard pressed not to notice the bright pink gums, with bright white teeth, on Brooklyn’s streets and rooftops. Sweet Toof’s colorful cartoon iconography filled the large gallery, with a colossal mixture of works that included oil paintings, graffiti murals, sculpture and performance art.

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Hot Tea-UUGGHH-Street Art-Untapped Cities-NYC-Art-Installation-Bowery-Jay MaiselHot Tea’s UUGGHH (Screenshot via Vimeo)

NYC street artist Hot Tea—an artist whose work mostly consist of forming geometric words and shapes using yarn—is not happy with the rapid change that has come to New York City. He is tired of seeing historic buildings transformed into condos, and he is tired of the city’s identity being tossed away like yesterday’s Jets roster. One night walking through the city, the artist walked past the historic building on 190 Bowery owned by art collector and photographer Jay Maisel, and made his opinion known: “UUGHH” read on the exterior.

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