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Our favorite crime-fighting reptiles, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, have recently been immortalized in Bushwick by way of a new mural. Except the eye-popping wall-painting on the side of some train tracks doesn't show Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael as weapon-wielding turtles, but rather as the Renaissance artists after whom they're named.  The mural was spotted by Brooklyn resident Peter Knox last week, and it looks like this: https://instagram.com/p/5N1nOokeex/?taken-by=peterknox It's the work of Owen Dipple, a street-artist from New Zealand who's got...
During the rise of New York City's graffiti culture in the crime-ridden 70s, spraypaint-wielding kids were considered vandals by much of the mainstream, their public art thought not much better than public urination. Now, though, the best contemporary graffiti writers are recognized for what they are--artists--and many, from Banksy to KAWS to Shepherd Fairey, have even won over the Ivory Towered fine art establishment. Trespass: A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art, by Wooster Collective founders Marc and Sarah Schiller, offers...
In the crime-ridden New York City of the 70s, graffiti artists transformed subway cars, buses, billboards, and telephone poles into wild canvases. Made in 1976 for the BBC and recently dug up by Gothamist, Watching My Name Go By is a 25-minute mini-documentary about the rise of this graffiti culture. The film introduces the kids who lived to deface public spaces, chronicling how tags spread vine-like over the city's every surface. It also features the anthropologists, cops, and pedestrians who liked to analyze them ("Psychologists...
This interview is part of our FRESHMakers series, a collaboration with Arizona-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Guerin Blask. For this project, Blask took portraits of New Yorkers he finds inspiring: ”I wanted to capture the faces behind the work I so admire. Each of these entrepreneurs has had a major impact on my daily life over the past decade, and I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to photograph each of them in his or her element.” Artist David...