Roa, Jerkface, Erin Kelli, Anthony Lister & Trap
In our monthly showcase, Untapped Cities Street Art Columnist Christopher Inoa highlights the top five New York City graffiti and street art pieces found on the city’s walls, rooftops and tunnels.
As the flowers start blooming, so do the walls of New York (and Jersey) City. April was a big month in the street art and graffiti community with some big names in their respective forms putting up unique and challenging works, like JR’s Walking New York pieces which we’ve covered separately). There has been so much, it was really difficult picking just five pieces to highlight this month. But, after some deliberation, pieces were chosen and arranged. This is a special one folks, here are the top five pieces of April 2015.
Trap (IntoSpaces via Instagram)
Trap, an all-city graffiti artist whose name has appeared on NYC’s streets, tunnels and rooftops since the 1980s, is making this list for the very first time. The Queens native, according to a conversation he had with VICE a few years back, works in streaks. His method may leave fans months before seeing something new, but it’s a strong reason why throughout his over 30 years of being an artist, he has never been caught. This piece, a geometric twist on the usual branding of his name, is the work of an veteran. A reminder that while he may not be as prolific as other graffiti writers, when he does appear, he makes it count.