Tag Archive | Bushwick

Video Clip of The Week: Sharkmuffin, “Little Bird”


The colorful neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn features prominently in this week’s visually engaging and exceptionally groovy clip for “Little Bird” from the Brooklyn-based duo called Sharkmuffin. In this offbeat yet hip clip, “Little Bird” juxtaposes the story of an individual trying to be a Big Shot in the hood with what it might be like if the biggest bird in the world — Big Bird — was some kind of rock star and had hordes of fans following him around, and needed a bodyguard and everything. The video also includes spontaneous, synchronized street dancing in the style of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (minus the un-dead). Hilarious and fun!

Sharkmuffin is comprised of Tarra Thiessen and Natalie Kirch, whose influences span the musical spectrum from Nirvana to The Ronettes, so comparisons to Live Though This-era Hole are not out of line. I would call them Garage Pop Psychedelia, but I imagine their sound is capable of expanding far beyond that somewhat concise description.

“Little Bird” can be found on Sharkmuffin’s sophomore album Tsuki, (featuring Kim Deuss on drums), which will be released on May 5th, 2017, via Little Dickman Records. The ladies will also be touring the UK in May (dates below) with their original line-up of Drew Adler on drums and Chris Nunez on second guitar. I bet their live shows are a gas. And just look at how cute their little Sharkmuffin Logo is:

Shark Muffin Gif

Enjoy!

SHARKMUFFIN TOUR DATES:

5/10 – Bassment – Chelmsford UK
5/12 – The Harp Restrung – Folkestone UK
5/13 – John Peel Centre – Suffolk UK
5/16 – Gwdihw – Cardiff, Wales
5/18 – The Great Escape (Sticky Mike’s) – Brighton UK
5/19 – The Lock Tavern – London UK
5/20 – The Eagle – Manchester UK
5/21 – Twenty Ten – Matlock UK
5/23 – The Nest – Bath UK
5/24 – Whiskers – Newquay UK
5/27 – Mello Festival – Evesham UK
5/28 – Blank Generation Festival (afternoon) – London UK
5/28 – The Victoria Dalston (evening) – London UK
5/31 – Green Door Store – Brighton UK

Sharkmuffin Band
Behold: The Lovely Ladies of Sharkmuffin (Image Courtesy of FaceBook).

Sexy Ronald McDonald by Wizard Skull

Ronald McDonald by Wizard Skull
Photo By Gail

Oh, My God.  This buff Ronald McDonald, wearing an American flag speedo with a bunch of french-fries stuffed in his crotch; you cannot un-see it.

Photographed on Harrison Place in Buskwick, Brooklyn.

Pink Thing of The Day: Pink Panther Mural on a Building

Pink Panther Building
All Photos By Gail

This delightful Pink Panther Mural by the Queens-based street artist known as Jerkface was photographed by me on Morgan Avenue between Ingraham Street and Johnson Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Pink Panther Mural by Jerkface

Signage indicates that the building houses Max Cellar, a new music venue located in the basement below the now closed Amancay’s Diner. The front entrance of the building is at 2 Knickerbocker Ave.

Jerkface Tag

BKLYN House: Affordable Boutique Hotel Showcases Work By Local Street Artists!

BKLYN House Front
BKLYN House, Located at 9 Beaver Street, Brooklyn NY (All Photos By Gail)

Street art fans already know that the neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn, with its artist-friendly rent and budding gallery scene, is also one of the hottest, most fertile areas in NYC to find amazing new street art popping up virtually everywhere you look. Appropriately, BKLYN House, an affordable  new hotel, which had its soft opening in December, 2015, is providing a dynamic venue for showcasing  the work of many of Brooklyn’s local artists.

BKLYN House Lobby
Lobby of BKLYN House Features This Brooklyn-By-Neighborhood Mural By Artist DINK C

The bright, loft-style boutique hotel has 116 guest rooms, a modern and sleek industrial-style design and a collection of local street-art inspired artwork, including unique murals — one on each floor —  depicting one of the unique areas of Brooklyn, which were commissioned specifically for the BKLYN Hotel.

Brooklyn 718

Additionally, the walls of the hotel’s common areas, such as the breakfast room — where guests can enjoy a delicious free breakfast that is included with their room reservation — and the lounge / business center, feature many colorful paintings that pay homage to the vibrant neighborhood scene.

Lounge

Business Center

Two Brooklyn

BKLYN House Art

Brooklyn Street Signs

All art was curated by local gallerist Steven Gonzalez Marin of the Renaissance Collective, who partnered with Image Gallery to select a group of 11 artists, each assigned a neighborhood in Brooklyn that would inspire a wall-sized thematic mural. Check these out!

Bed Stuy Mural
Welcome to Bed Stuy (Bedford Stuyvesant) by Josie’s Boy.

Bed Stuy Mural Detail
Bed Stuy Mural Detail

Bushwick by Mano a Mano
Bushwick by Mano a Mano

Bushwick Detail Biggie
Bushwick Mural Detail (Biggie)

Crown Heights by Rez Shaolin
Crown Heights Mural on Post Card by Rez Shaolin

Flatbush by Yes One

Flatbush Mural on Post Card by Yes One

Fort Green eby Mason Eve

Fort Greene Mural on Post Card by Mason Eve

Coney Island

Coney Island Mural by Ovrlnd Collective

Coney Island by Ovrlnd Collective Detail

Coney Island Mural Detail

Dumbo 2

Dumbo Mural By Phetus 88

Dumbo 1

Watch a fun video of the murals in the process of being created, including interviews with some of the artists, at This Link.

Single Queen

BKLYN House features comfy single and double occupancy rooms with Queen size beds, each room featuring Pillow-top Bedding, Flatscreen TV, Free High Speed Wi-Fi and In-Room Coffee Service, among other amenities.

Double Occupancy Room

I tried out the beds and they are super comfy.

BKLYN House is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn at 9 Beaver Street, Between Fayette and Ellery streets. The closest subway station is the J or the M Train to Flushing Avenue, and then a very short walk to the Hotel. Visit BKLYN House Hotel Dot Com for Rates, Reservations and More information!

BKLYN House Social Media

Spiderman Kiddie Ride

Spiderman Kiddie Ride2
Photo By Gail

I passed this little guy while walking on Broadway near the Flushing Avenue J Train stop in the Bushwick section Brooklyn. I am not sure how much it costs to ride, but Spiderman gets to ride shotgun.

Elvis’s Cat House

Elvis Cat House
Photo By Gail

I passed this attention-grabbing house while walking along Cedar Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn and was, of course, charmed by these goofy, colorful cats adorning its exterior. Hilariously, it was not until I downloaded the picture into iPhoto that I even noticed the bright green “Elvis” tag. True story.

Kenny Scharf Painting on a Legacy Outback

Kenny Scharf Car 2
Photos By Gail

Spotted parked outside the Stephen Romano Gallery, on Harrison Place near Porter Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Kenny Scharf Car 1

Twiggy Mural By Jules Muck

Twiggy Mural
Photo By Gail

Venice Beach-based muralist Jules Muck made a trip to Bushwick, Brooklyn to paint this colorful likeness of ’60s Iconic Fashion Model Twiggy, with two arrows through her face. Neato.

Death Takes a Selfie

Death Takes a Selfie
Photo By Gail

Seriously, There is No Escape…

Stephen Romano Gallery Christens New Bushwick Location with Lexicon Infernali Group Show

Gallery Name
Barry William Hale, Pomba Gira Sigill Vinyl Wall Installation, 2015 (All Photos By Gail)

The only art gallery that consistently draws us from Manhattan all the way to Brooklyn, the Stephen Romano Gallery, has reopened at its new location in the heart of Bushwick, Brooklyn’s thriving local art scene — very exciting! The gallery’s inaugural group show, Lexicon Infernali, reunites many of the cutting-edge contemporary artists we’ve come to know and love from Romano’s always intriguing exhibits over the course of 2015, while offering up an assortment of welcome surprises.

Installation View

Here are a few of our favorite pieces from the show!

Art by Hunter Stabler
Art By Hunter Stabler: L- Garmr (2015) , hand-cut paper mounted to plexiglass  Edition of 3;  R – Baba Yaga Misquotes The Face To Steeleye Span, laser-cut paper mounted to plexiglass, Edition of 24

El Gato Chimney

2 Watercolor Triptychs by El Gato Chimney: Top –   The Right Way; Bottom – The Good Proportion

Limor Gasko Sheep Head

Limor Gasko, Sheep Head

Elizabeth Shupe The Great Weight of The Soul

Elizabeth Shupe, The Great Weight of The Soul (Mixed Media)

Elizabeth Shupe Green Ophelia

Elizabeth Shupe Green Ophelia (2014), Laser-sintered Nylon 3D Print, with Mixed media in a plexiglass case

Elizabeth Shupe Green Ophelia Detail
Green Ophelia Detail

Beautiful Creature III

Elizabeth Shupe, Beautiful Creature (1 of a Triptych)

Rob Bisen Pink - Pollination

Rob Bowen, Pink – Pollination

Caitlin McCormack Long Stands a Rapture

Caitlin McCormack, Long Stands a Rapture (Diptych) Crocheted Cotton String

Matthew Dutton The White Owl Shaman

Matthew Dutton, The White Owl Shaman

Shawn Thornton
Art By Shawn Thornton: L – Brahmastra for A New Age (UFO/Time Machine); R – Black Pyramid Meditation

Brahmastra for A New Age Detail
Brahmastra for A New Age (Detail)

William Mortenson +2
Left: Photo By William Mortenson. Right: Art By Stephanie Lucas, Top- Equation de Plumes, Bottom – Welcome

Detail Stephanie Lucas
Detail from Equation de Plumes

Lori Field The Bride
The Bride by Lori Field

Eric Richardson Coronation
Eric Richardson, Coronation

GiGi Chen What She Sees
GiGi Chen, What She Sees (This Image Courtesy of Stephen Romano)

David Molesky Rusalka, Acteon

Art By David Molesky: L –Rusalka; R- Acteon

Stephen Roman Gallery is located at 177 Gartan Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn, but the actual location is the corner of Harrison Place and Porter Avenue (don’t ask). Best train directions are to take the L to Morgan Ave, then walk three blocks east on Harrison to Porter and you can’t miss it. Go to This Link for a map.

Installation View