Filed under: Politics, Ramblings | Tags: 2013, Brooklyn, courtesy card, Family Ties, Get Out Of Jail Free, It's Not WHAT you Know It's WHO You Know, New York, New York City, NY, NYC, NYPD, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, PBA, Politics
“It’s Not WHAT you Know…”
Filed under: Art, Art Show, Books, Graffiti, Inspiration | Tags: Alone, Alone1, Alone One, Graffiti, NYC, New York, AloneOne, Art Show, Alert, Lower East Side, New York City, Faust, Sure, Books, Kaves, Cosbe, 2013, Flip The Script, LES, Christian Acker, Handstyles, Release Party, Typography, White Rabbit, Stay High 149, Slick, Toper, Gyer, Lions, Mike Giant, Cinik, Cornbread, Grey PVC, SR One THR, Eric Haze, Book release, Reed Space
I got a piece in…
151 Orchard St
(Lower East Side) NYC
Thursday, April 4th. 7-10PM.
UPDATE: Some follow up photos from the night HERE.
Filed under: Inspiration, Music | Tags: 1993, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Classic Hip-Hop, Digable Planets, Hip-Hop, Inspiration, Music, New York City, NYC
“NY is a museum with its posters and graffiti
If you’re in the city
come check me”…
- “Pacifics” from Digable Planets…
20 years after being released, this song is still one of my favorite hip-hop tracks to just straight up CHILLLLL out to.
Filed under: Back In The Days, Inspiration, Music, YouTube | Tags: Blues, Funk, Gil Scott-Heron, Inspiration, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Music, New York City, NYC, R&B, Soul, Winter, Winter Doldrums
Slow blogging season. More soon. For now, a few classic tunes..
Filed under: Art, Graffiti, Inspiration, Photography, Uncategorized | Tags: Atlanta, Bombing, Boston, Chicago, D-30, Detroit, Fill-ins, Graffiti, Houston, Los Angeles, MSK, NEKST, New York, New York City, NYC, Philadelphia, R.I.P., Rest In Peace, Saint Louis, San Francisco, St. Louis, Subways, Trains
The graffiiti world lost another one yesterday with the early passing of
Houston CA NYC, nationwide crusher “NEKST”…
“NEKST” Houston St. (NYC)**
* stolen pic from theKeeganGibbs.com
** stolen pic from ?
Filed under: Art Show | Tags: 2012, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Art Shows, Brooklyn, Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Sandy Relief, New York, New York City, NYC, RELIEF: Benefit Art Show to support New York Residents Affected by Hurricane, Trumbull Studio, Williamsburg
I got a new piece in…
Benefit Art Show to support New York Residents Affected by Hurricane
@ Trumbull Studio
143 Roebling St #5 (3rd Floor)
Friday, November 9th, 2012
Silent Auction & Raffle begins at 6 pm – Final Drawing at 9:30 pm
A huge group of established and emerging urban artists will have work for sale, and all proceeds will support LOCAL charities. Our goal is to help our fellow New Yorkers who have been hardest hit from areas like Far Rockaway, Staten Island, Breezy Point, and Red Hook.
Artists who have generously donated work for sale include:
Filed under: Art, Graffiti | Tags: 2012, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Art, Brooklyn, dioramas, Hec, M.T.A., models, New York, NYC, OBT, Orange Baboon Tarantula, Orange Bitey Thing, Pets, Poster Boy, Posterboy, Revs, spiders, Subway, Tarantulas
A little (literally) diorama I made of the Franklin Ave. Station (Brooklyn) for a juvenile OBT tarantula to live in…
A few pics before the spidee moved in…
And one more post move-in and webbing…
“NYC Subway/ Tarantula Diorama”
4″ x 4″ x 8″
paper, cardboard, styrofoam, wood, n-scale model train track, acrylic paint, marker, plastic enclosure and… one OBT tarantula
Filed under: Books, Graffiti | Tags: As Seen In..., Can It, Graffiti, M.T.A., New York City, NYC, SubCulture, SubCulture Zine, Zines
Appears I got a little shine on the cover of the new zine “SubCulture #1: Can It”. Good looks.
From their site:
SubCulture #1: Can It
Introducing SubCulture, a new zine about art and culture in the subway. The first issue, entitled “Can It,” is all about the old style trash cans in the subway. These cans acted as a canvas for graffiti writers up until they were discontinued in 2011.
The handmade zine includes 32 pages (including the color cover) of images and text on the topic. Each one comes with the following: one numbered copy of SubCulture #1: Can It, an unique envelope that mimics the design of the subway trash cans complete with a mini CAN IT FOR A GREENER PLANET sticker and handmade mini stickers by over 15 different artists, a Subway Art Blog business card and vinyl sticker, and at least one other assorted sticker.
The zine is limited to an edition of 100. SubCulture is now available at the Subway Art Blog store at: subwayart.bigcartel.com
Filed under: Art | Tags: Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Art, Graffiti, Hello Kitty, Murals, New York, New York City, NYC, Paintings
A Hello Kitty/ New York City inspired bathroom mural I did last year…
acrylic, spraypaint, enamal and glitter make-up on bathroom wall
12′ x 4′ (approx.)
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: A, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, Art, As Seen In..., AV One, Chew, Graffiti, Hert, Inspiration, Kevin Cyr, Malvo, MTK76, Net, New York City, NYC, Ski
Cool oil painting by Kevin Cyr. A NYC van, complete with rust, dents, and graffiti. And upon close examination… ALONE and NET marker tags (under a paint tag) on the door. Haha.. New York City!
“In Praise Of Rust” by Kevin Cyr
Here’s a few more of his paintings…
NEW YORK, NY (April 3, 2012) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce In Praise of Rust, a series of new oil paintings on panel by New York-based artist Kevin Cyr, in what will be his first solo exhibition at the gallery.
In Praise of Rust features paintings of old vehicles seen on the streets of New York—primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks—covered in graffiti, rust, scratches, scuffs, dents and other marks of distinction. Cyr includes a meticulous level of detail in his portrait-like representations with devoted attention to every imperfection and sign of age. Removing the context of the urban landscape, he places a strong focus on his subjects by isolating them in fields of flat, solid color.
The neglected appearance and utilitarian function of these vans carry a bit of nostalgia. Once ubiquitous in large urban cities, they have now become far more rare, replaced by heavily branded box trucks. In the artist’s words, “painting them is my way of documenting a grit that is slowly disappearing from New York. In a culture where people are lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find so much character in derelict vans. I have always been interested in painting vehicles that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.”
On the subject of his exhibition title, Cyr says “Rust serves as a good metaphor for this series, a symbol for deterioration and decay. The meaning also changes slightly when used as an adjective, as in: to become ‘rusty’ or impaired through inaction or disuse.”
Common themes in Cyr’s larger body of work have included mobility, sustainability and self-reliance. Referencing consumer culture and the fuel/energy crisis, these paintings offer a subtle commentary on how rapidly the technology of our generation becomes perceived as obsolete, amid an increasingly unstable and uncertain climate of economic and environmental issues.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kevin Cyr was born in 1976 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada. He grew up in Madawaska, Maine and received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Cyr is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. His paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations have been exhibited by galleries and museums, internationally. In March 2012, Cyr’s work was the subject of an article in The New York Times. Cyr was recently interviewed by fellow artist Dan Witz for a feature that will appear in the May 2012 issue of Juxtapoz, and the May 2012 issue of NYLON Magazine will include a story on Cyr, as well.
Filed under: Art, Books, Graffiti, Inspiration, Photography | Tags: 2012, Alone, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, As Seen In..., Baser, Brooklyn, Carnage, CarnageNYC, Crast, graf, Graffiti, Interviews, Minus, NYC, Stickers, True Grit, Zines
New zine out from CarnageNYC. Thick 60 pages of pics and interviews, stickers, and dope silkscreened covers (frameable pieces themselves). Check em out…
“Stuck” No 1 consists of 60 pages of previously unreleased photos of some of the sickest NYC stickers plus interviews with BASER, ALONE, MINUS and CRASTY. Each copy of the zine comes with three hand-written stickers, along with a full set of four vinyl stickers made exclusively for this issue. The cover image was screenprinted over layers of stickers and up to four colors of paint, giving each cover a completely unique look and texture. (Note: a very small number of covers are available in white ink).
Stuck is limited to 300 hand-numbered copies.
More info and pics at CarnageNYC.
Get a copy here.
Filed under: Art Show, Inspiration, Photography | Tags: 2012, Art, Art Shows, Demo, Depoe, Inspiration, NYC, Photography, Queens
Oldie but goodie flick I took of my homie Depoe One in action on a mural 20 feet up…
136-17 39th Avenue (Btwn. Main St & 138th St)
Flushing, NY 11354
Filed under: Graffiti, Photography | Tags: Bloods, Brooklyn, Crips, Gang Graffiti, Gangs, Graffiti, New York, New York City, NYC
After aborting my Los Angeles relocation a few years ago, I thought along with the gang driven drive-by shootings and talk of “colors”, I’d also be leaving the accompanying graffiti. Well, maybe not so quick. Seems that New York has been getting its fair share of gang turf wars as evident on the streets of Brooklyn…
Filed under: Art, Graffiti, Inspiration, Photography, Ramblings | Tags: 2009, Aakash Nihalani, Bushwick, Graffiti, Graffiti vs. Street Art, New York, New York City, NYC, Photography, Poster Boy, Posterboy, Street Art, Streets
If street artists want to co-exist and be accepted by the graffiti world, there’s an old graffiti rule that they should understand. “DO NOT GO OVER OTHER PEOPLE.” ESPECIALLY if it’s bigger, better, or old. Sure those tags and those filled in “throw up” letters DO make a nice looking background to your street art. But that graffiti was there FIRST. It might not seem like much, but those letters were done on the spot with risk of arrest, possibly by someone from another city/country , a king, or even a RIPed writer’s last artifact. Undoubtedly potential historic pieces in the graffiti world. You CAN NOT go over them. Go BEHIND them? Hmm.. Maaaybe? ..If it’s done respectfully. This is a pic I took in Bushwick back in 2009..
“Give respect, Get respect.”
Filed under: Art, Back In The Days, Books, Graffiti, Inspiration, Photography, Vintage Spraypaint | Tags: "History Of American Graffiti", 2011, 5AV, Albuquerque, Alert, Alone, Alone 1, Alone One, Alone1, AloneOne, American Graffiti, Atlanta, Baltimore, Bay Area, Blackbooks, Books, Boston, Caleb Neelon, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, East Chicago, Freight Train, Freight Trains, Future textbooks, Graffiti, Hawaii, History, History of Graffiti, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York City, NY, NYC, OD, Oregon, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Providence, Reviews, Roger Gastman, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Spraypaint, Tagbanging, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., Washington DC, Wisconsin
This book came out about a month ago. I meant to do a comprehensive review on it, but with about 400 PAGES a proper review would take months for me to write. And I don’t want to reveal too much of the book. Here’s a small preview…
First, the cover. Take off that paper one that it came with and reveal the (MUCH doper, in my opinion) vintage spraycans cover hiding under there.
Then get ready for a Graffiti History 101 on the history of over 25 cities. Just check out the Contents pages!..
Of course any history book is bound to overemphasize certain people and events and omits others (REZENT! LOST!). However the Boston and New York sections are pretty accurate and no way as biased as it could have been. I’m not so knowledgeable on the other cities, but hopefully they are just as accurate.
In addition to the individual city chapters, there’s profiles on some very influential writers such as Cost, Revs, Twist, and others.
Then to top things off, they’ve even included info on spraypaint, blackbooks, tagbanging, freights, the list goes on..
I was very pleased to see the Boston chapter giving just credit to the X-men, Jayrock, Remote, and of course the much justified write up and photos of Alert (OD. KBN. 5AV) and Ryze (5AV KBN.) in the Boston chapter.
The OD crew gets their mention. I get a mention and some quote. And a photo (not one I would have chosen.. guess I should have submitted some of my own.) of an “AN” I did on the Porter MBTA tracks in 1993. Yup, the “Star Market wall”.
They also go on in the Denver section about Alert and Hel (OD KBN) relocating out there and hooking up with SWS.
Overall, this is a great book that will undoubtedly (like it or not) be used as THE first and foremost account of 20th century graffiti and will be studied for centuries to come. Grab a copy while you can still get an original first pressing.
*** Oh yeah, BIG THANKS to Caleb and Roger for hooking up me up with a copy of the book!!