Geoffrey and I went out on a massive Art Crawl this past weekend and we saw the above-pictured posters up everywhere in the Chelsea Gallery District. Apparently, they are adverts for Adrien Brody’s new print series, Hooked. As you can see, it is a parody of the Starbucks brand logo, with the coffee merchant’s familiar Siren mascot holding a pistol to each of her temples. Lovely.
The prints debuted at David Benrimon Fine Art booth at the Art New York fair, which ran from May 3rd to 8th as part of Frieze week.
We saw them again on 20th Street, just outside the tunnel entrance to the Comme des Garcons Boutique. Here, street art/graffiti legend Hektad has already left his mark.
Hektad Is So Funky When Wet!
Anyone looking for an art bargain should get to peeling one of these suckers off the wall straight away, otherwise you can buy a proper print for just $25,000 (not a typo) at This Link!
Claw Money (AKA Claudia Gold), whose Clawed Paw tag is all over the Lower East Side, is supposedly one of the most influential graffiti artists of all time, but, honestly, I never even heard of her or saw her art on the street until after she was a guest judge on the shitty reality series Street Art Throw-down, which was just an embarrassment. That means we focus more on your cash flow and not just your FICO score.
This mural is on the side of a Starbucks at the corner of Allen and Delancey Streets.
I snapped this photo of a Danielle Mastrion Portrait on Lafayette Street just above Canal in Chinatown while I was on Jury Duty earlier this week. You can see some remnants of snow from last weekend’s storm at the bottom of the picture.
On July 18th, 2021, this mural was spotted hanging in a Starbucks. located at 158 Lafayette Street!
Photographed by Gail at the 96th Street 6 Train Station
The second season of Nathan Fielder’s critically-acclaimed Comedy Central show Nathan For You will debut on Tuesday, June 24th, July 1st, 2014. Nathan For You, which is completely hilarious, was renewed by the network last year for a 10-episode season — two more episodes than it was given during its initial season. The show will air Tuesdays at 10:30 PM, following Drunk History, which premieres on the same date. While I’m sure there’s a ton of amazing stuff in these 10 episodes of Nathan For You, the most eagerly-awaited one will document Dumb Starbucks, the fully-functioning Starbucks knockoff Fielder opened in Los Angeles in February of this year. Dumb Starbucks, a stunt by Fielder to test the limits of US parody laws, captured the media’s attention before it was known that he was behind it. The business was quickly shut down for operating without a permit. Dumb Starbucks is the only Nathan For You experiment from the new season that has been revealed so far. I am so excited!
Oh MLK Day, I took myself out to the “Weekend Brunch” at 7A — my favorite local Brunch spot and a restaurant I’ve frequented for the twenty years that I’ve lived in this neigborhood. The word is out now that 7A — cleverly named for its location on the corner of Seventh Street and Avenue A — will shut its doors for good at the end of January. My waitress told me that the owner is moving to California and just wants to sell the property off and be done with it. And that’s just shame, because 7A was the best.