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Buff Monster and Crash BR163 Murals on Tienley Enterprises Building

Buff Monster and Crash Murals Photo By Gail Worley
All Photos By Gail

On one not-so-sunny Saturday afternoon back in February, I went for a long walk — an Urban Art Safari as I like to call them — on the Lower East Side. This happened a full month before any kind of lockdown thing was even a glimmer of an idea, which you can tell because there are cars and people in the photos

I didn’t realize at the time what a valuable resource the photos I took that day would become, as they now provide much-needed content for this blog. It’s not been easy to wander far from home in these past five or six weeks. Who’s even keeping track? Anyway, it must have been a very long time since I’d walked this particular route, because I discovered all kinds of cool street art that had in some cases been up for six months or longer. Time flies when you don’t know what you’re doing.

Buff Monster Mural Photo By Gail

At the intersection of Chrystie and Broome there’s a building whose tenant is Tienley Enterprises, Inc., a company that offers the wholesale distribution of Asian groceries and related products. The eastern and southern-facing sides of this building are covered with colorful murals by renowned street artists Buff Monster, and John “Crash” Matos with BR163, respectively. Both murals were part of the Lisa Project in conjunction with the World Pride Mural Project  and went up in the late summer of 2019.

Buff Monster Mural Photo By Gail
Buff Monster World Pride Mural Faces the Southbound Lane of Chrystie Street

I like this photo mostly for the surprised-looking guy taking on his phone while smoking a cigarette. I didn’t even notice him when I took the photo. Now, I feel he deserves to be so immortalized forever.

Buff Monster Mural on Christie Photo By Gail Worley

Here’s an almost identical shot without the guy. Tell me in the comments which one you like better.

green mr melty by buff monster photo by gail worley

You guys already know Mister Melty, right?

buff monster mural detail photo by gail worley

Here’s a rare — and very much appreciated — flash of blue sky!

Tienley Ent Inc photo by gail worleyTienley Ent Inc photo by gail worley

Once we can travel freely again, I will perhaps return to the scene and take a few fresh snaps, because the mural is so detailed. If I could get one without any cars on the street, that would be super sweet.

crash and BR163 mural photo by gail worley

Here’s a pretty nice shot of the Crash BR163 collaborative mural, which covers the Broome Street side of the building.

Felix the cat photo by gail worley

These Murals are Located at 125 Chrystie Street, Northwest Corner at Broome Street on the LES, NYC.

Buff Monster and Crash Murals Photo By Gail Worley

Joey Ramone Memorial Mural in the Bowery

Joey Ramone Mural
Photo By Gail

This image of the late Joey Ramone wearing a pair of Cheap Boxing Gloves was created to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Ramones debuting at CBGB. The mural went up on September 3rd, 2015 but it took me a few weeks to get around to seeing it for the first time, in early October, which is when I took this photo while (literally) standing in the middle of the street between idling cars that were waiting for the light to change at the corner of Bleecker and the Bowery — directly across from the former location of the legendary music venue, which is now a John Varvatos Clothing Boutique. The mural was painted by Solus and John CRASH Matos, who you might remember from This Post.

Update: As of August 24th, 2017 The Joey Ramone Mural has been Replaced by a Mural of Blondie’s Debbie Harry.

Ferrari Art Car By John “CRASH” Matos

Ferrari Art Car By John Matos
All Photos By Gail

Italian automotive excellence meets the art of the street in this bitchen graffiti art car by John “CRASH” Matos. The custom-painted 2005 Ferrari F 430 was on display curbside last evening in front of the Dorian Grey Gallery on East 9th Street as part of the opening reception festivities for its Strada Veloce exhibit, which opened yesterday. Strada Veloce, loosely translated, is Italian for “Fast Road.”

Ferrari Art Car By John Matos

It wasn’t that easy to get clear, “Human Free” shots of the car because, understandably, people were swarming all over it like flies. Because even those who don’t drive love a fast car. If you are looking for an advance semi truck lighting repair, visit advantage-fleet.com for more info.

Ferrari Art Car By John Matos

The exhibit, which features exotic automotive accessories refashioned as functional furniture and also oil paintings of expensive foreign sports cars, will be up through October 5th at Dorian Grey Gallery, Located at 437 East 9th Street (Between A and 1st) in NYC. But if you weren’t there last night, you missed this Sweet Ride for good!

Ferrari Art Car By John Matos