Well, if you haven’t had a chance too see the above iteration of the Houston Bowery Mural Wall, it’s officially too late, because the colorful piece, by Bronx-based graffiti consortium, Tats Cru, was painted over during the Memorial Day Weekend. And that’s why I’m here: to tell and show you what you missed. You’re welcome.
The Mural Kings went up in late January of 2019 as an homage to NYC and the Lower East Side, including a shout out to the late Keith Haring (who, back in 1982, was the first artist to create a site-specific mural for the now legendary street canvas). Tats Cru is the first full graffiti crew to paint a mural here.
The mural also honors green activist and advocate Liz Christy (1950 – 1985), who created NYC’s first community garden, which still thrives just across the street from the mural.
Tats Cru has spearheaded the battle to change the public’s perspective of graffiti as an art form through their respected work.Their murals adorn the walls of major corporations, museums, schools and iconic New York City Institutions
Tristan Eaton’s Intermission Mural up now at Bowery and Houston Street is one of the more colorful and accessible installations to take up the space at that revered corner in recent memory. The mural went up in June of 2018.
Geoffrey and I happened to walk by it on a very overcast day, but Eaton’s signature bright colors and pop art references made the day a little bit brighter.
Installed adjacent to the mural is a small black plaque where you can read these words about the artist:
Born in 1978, Triston Eaton spent his childhood moving from Los Angeles, London and Detroit to Brooklyn, where painting graffiti, skateboarding and comic books became his obsession.
Eaton devoted his artistic career to spray paint after 15 years of experimentation with motorcycle painting, toy design, silk-screen work and graphic design.
His diverse background informs his now iconic painting style. Eaton’s large scale mural work features a meticulous visual collage of pop imagery, all executed with freehand spray paint on a colossal scale to tell human stories through iconograpohy and metaphor.
Eaton’s murals can be found in dozens of cities across the globe from Paris to Shanghai a well as the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection.
The above photo shows a detail of the mural where Eaton has drawn a rough map showing where you can find works by other prominent street artists in the surrounding neighborhood.
The Brazilian twins and street artist duo known as Os Gemeos have put up this fun mural on Houston just West of Bowery, which shows one of their signature characters tagging the building with the name Os Gemeos. Very meta indeed!
Legendary street artist and social satirist Ron English’s Hulk Baby Mural has been on display at the corner of Houston and Bowery since late April, but you know sometimes we arrive a little late to the party, because so much else is going on. Because, NYC!
The selfie-friendly mural shows English’s Hulk Baby character (AKA Temper Tot) set against a patchwork American flag, featuring reproductions of the many scathing corporate/brand parodies, memes and unique characters he has introduced over the past two decades as “guerilla” billboards, paintings and collectible art toys. Here are a few of our favorites.
Contemporary Pop Artist Kenny Scharf was born on this day, November 23rd in 1958. It was almost a year ago today as well that Geoffrey and I were walking up Houston Street on a cold Black Friday evening when we passed Kenny as he worked on his amazing Houston Street Mural, (see image above or click on link) which has sadly been replaced several times since then. Happy Birthday, Kenny!
Geoffrey took the photo above late yesterday afternoon as he and I walked east on Houston Street. We were out and about in the Soho area because we had actually planned to hit up Kenny Sharf’s new exhibit, Hot Glue Hullabaloo at the Hole Gallery on Greene Street, but it was closed for Black Friday. It was just an insane bit of luck that as we approached the corner of Bowery, formerly the site of the famous Keith Haring mural and later home to murals by other famous artists such as Shepard Fairey, who did we see but Scharf himself in the process of creating an amazing new work of art. There were maybe half a dozen photographers documenting Scharf’s progress as he worked with a can of spray paint on the pink figure you see here, and no one even seemed to mind that it was really quite freezing standing there on the street. I’m going to walk by the site again today and see how far along he’s gotten.
Kenny Scharf Works on his Newest Mural on Black Friday in NYC
Update: Kenny completed the Mural on Tuesday 11/30/10. Here is what it looks like now! So cool!