When Pantone teamed up with Instagram to promote their 2016 Color of the Year (which, in that year, was actually two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity), they chose muralist WERC (@W3RC) to represent NYC with this depiction of a man wearing an Armadillo as a Helmet, or something like that. Read the full story behind this mural, and the global ad campaign of which it was a part, This Link.
Photographed at the Southwest Corner of 10th Avenue and 50th Street in Hell’s Kitchen NYC.
Hey, remember when I found This on 10th Avenue in the Chelsea Gallery District? As far as reader comments go, that was one of my most popular Street Art posts ever, which is saying something, considering it had virtually no accompany text.
The Green Monster Hand, which has been seen around town by me just a few times, is still a bit of a mystery. Its authoring artist is unknown, and it is far from ubiquitous, unlike the Pink Baby Faces, which have been spotted all over the country at this point. I was out in Chelsea this past Saturday (and what lovely fall day it was) and spotted the Green Monster Hand, now holding an old school cell phone (an upgrade from the now-antiquated desk phone handset we saw last time), which is emblazoned with the text “You Go Girl.” Inspiring.
This little dude, who I am just going to call Phil, is by a street artist also named Phil. He resides in a derelict Fire Alarm Box mounted on a light pole at the northwest corner of West 21st Street and 10th Avenue, in the Chelsea Gallery District. The only other post I was able to find on Phil leads me to believe this piece has been on the street since 2011. That’s a long ass time in NYC Street Art Life.
With his purple hoodie and his boom-box, Phil is maybe a little like the Roaming Gnome of Chelsea. Or maybe not.
It looks like he dropped some green. If you have any information on the Phil who made this art, please leave it in the comments. Thanks!
Pop Culture-themed Tile Mosaics by the French Street Artist known as Invader can be found all over the city, if you know to look up, and aren’t always staring at your fucking phone.
This one of a diminutive Spiderman, captured in the process of scaling the side of a building, adorns the front façade of what used to be a bank, located on the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue and St. Marks Place in NYCs east village. I believe it has been there since late 2015.
There’s cheap but reliable BBQ restaurant just across the street. And just around the corner to the right, you’ll see these familiar buildings.
During his recent NYC residency which saw him eventually get arrested, the French Street Artist known as Invader put up this 8-Bit Andy Warhol on the side of the Standard Hotel on Third Avenue (Cooper Square) at East 5th Street. Nice.
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!
This colorful Graffiti Covered building, Located at 815 Ocean Front Walk in Venice Beach, California, and visible from the boardwalk, is home to Bear Trap Studio. It is also known as the Bear Trap House. The artwork is by Street Artist Mario E.
It must have been a while since I walked west on 7th Street towards Avenue A, because today I noticed for the first time that the Joe Strummer Memorial Mural has been restored to the East 7th Street facade of the exterior of Niagara Bar, located at corner of Avenue A and 7th Street. The original mural, created by street artists Dr. REVOLT and Zephyr after Strummer’s death in 2002, was removed in 2013 to facilitate structural repairs to the building. The piece has now been recreated (a little Googling reveals it reappeared in September 2013) by Dr. REVOLT in a similar but still recognizably different style.
You can see what the original mural looked like at This Link.
Update, September 9, 2018:
I walked by the mural this afternoon and you can see that it as been touched-up to create a more realistic likeness to to Strummer. Nice!
I’ve written about street-turned-fine artist Aakash Nihalani previously on The Gig, when one of his geometric neon sculptures was a featured Pink Thing of The Day.
Aakash currently has an exhibit at Jonathan LeVine Gallery called Portal, which showcases over two dozen of his bright fluorescent, geometric paintings and sculptures. This exhibit is a must see!
What I love about this show is that the work has a wide range of appeal, to art lovers and also people who don’t have much experience with art, because the shapes, which vary subtly from piece to piece, are so enchanting and the colors so bold.
Aakash is also a really nice and down to earth guy. We met him at the opening reception this past Saturday and he was happy to pose for photos and sign cards – very cool. I will be looking forward to seeing his work in future shows, and on the streets.
Portal By Aakash Nihalani will be on Exhibit through February 9th, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, NYC.