Seasons Beatings, Dear Readers. Is the sending of Christmas / Holiday cards something you enjoy doing? I generally do. I don’t think I’ve missed a year of mailing out dozens of cards to friends and family since I moved to NYC 32 years ago. But this year it’s been difficult to rustle-up the energy to get the card-sending thing together. Confession: that’s mostly due to my lack of a printer for creating the address labels, and the fact that my hands don’t work quite as well as they used to for holding a pen for hours on end. Just being serious! And it is an unfortunate truth that I have had to cancel my annual December trip to see my family due to the Covid, and the sad knowledge that Cali is locked down tight anyway, so there’s isn’t all that much to do out there anyway. Sadness. So, I’ve resolved to write a few cards each day to save my hand, and to make that extra effort to keep in touch with loved ones in a year where we were forced to be apart. You have ten more day to get your cards to their destinations. Don’t put it off.
Happy Valentines Day, Bitches! Remember a while back when I stumbled upon this Pink Graffiti Mail Box on Chrystie Street? I didn’t know it at the time, but the box was part of the Love Letters Project by an LA-based street artist who calls himself Poet. Through the magic of Instagram, Poet (#poetwastaken) made himself known to me and I’ve been stalking his art ever since.
In January, Poet was back in NYC creating more Pink Mail Boxes like this one on Elizabeth Street near the corner of Broome Street. As you can see, many people stop to photograph it for their own Instagram feeds. Very meta.
I thought it would be a perfect Pink Thing for Valentine’s Day! Watch for more cool art by Poet to hit the blog in the coming weeks!
Photographer Stephen Shore, known for his images of banal scenes and objects, has observed that “Paying attention all the time is an interesting way to go through the day,” and I could not possibly agree more. I am always on the look-out for cool and unusual Pink Things for the blog, and I surely could have walked right by this fabulously pink banal object if I wasn’t paying close attention! Ladies and gentlemen, I present this week’s pink thing: the Pink Graffiti Mail Box!
A closer inspection of all four sides of the box will reveal that it is no ordinary mail box, but rather one of those formerly-dark-green mail storage boxes, officially known as a Postal Relay Box. I looked it up.
Aside from having been originally vandalized by being painted pink, the box is quite clearly covered with stickers, wheat pastes, stencils and graffiti from a collection of local street artists, who have marked their territory as a dog marks a hydrant. I see Phoebe New York! Also located close by: Graffiti Dumpster!
I especially like the little Slug, seen above.
Photographed at the Corner of Chrystie and Rivington Streets on the Lower East Side, NYC.
Update 1/28/20: I just found out that this Pink Mail Box is part of the Love Letters Project. Sadly, this box has been moved by the Post Office, but oou can see more works like this under the hastag #poetwastaken on Instagram!
This Street Art Tag of a Silver Sphere sporting Dark Shades and a Protruding Tongue can be seen around the Chelsea Gallery District neighborhood adorning various surfaces, from the above mail box to a van I saw parked just a few blocks from where this photo was taken, at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 20th Street. If anyone knows the artist or what this tag is called, please leave it in the comments – thanks!
According to the Inter Webs, this SpongeBob Square Pants Mail Box is a lone survivor from a December 2013 campaign by the Nickelodeon Kids Network and the USPS to get kids to write more letters. Or something like that. Spotted on Fifth Avenue at the corner of 49th Street, right by Saks Fifth Avenue!
This guy looks hungry for Mail!
The Baby Head is Back, Bitches! Artist Paul Insect has been rocking the iconic Baby Head since around 2008, and I spotted these two stickers — Eyeball Baby Head and Microchip Baby Head, respectively – displayed on a sidewalk Mail Box right outside Jonathan LeVine’s temporary Pop Up Space on West 22nd Street. I hope I can find more of them…