Sunday, June 21, 2015

BUSHWICK BLOCK PARTY: SUMMER 2015 AT THE COLLECTIVE

Happy Summer, officially! With my favorite season in the city well underway, I have to say it is a constant balance between the struggles of humidity and sitting inside long enough to write these blog posts! When will Central Park get WiFi so I can blog in my backyard? A few weeks overdue, but a thunderstorm this afternoon finally motivated me to share this June block party at the Bushwick Collective. 

Muralists from all over the world celebrated a new season of street art this month, re-painting nearly ever wall in the neighborhood. The colorful concrete jungle has murals ranging from tributes to cartoons and wild animals, next to portraits and pops of graffiti, and it's a glorious collaboration. 

For anyone who hasn't been to Bushwick before, well, you're missing out. So if you venture so far as to the depths of Brooklyn, get off the L train at Jefferson St. As you exit the subway, put your phone away and open your eyes. The street art that plasters Bushwick is impossible to miss and covers almost every stretch of wall for as far as you can see. Head northeast on Troutman towards St. Nicholas & Wyckoff, and you'll find yourself in the middle of an amazing outdoor gallery. 

Enjoy -- New Edition at the Bushwick Collective! 
If this isn't the definition of a concrete jungle, I don't know what is
Art by @werc 
Homer Square Pants
by @IncarceratedJerkfaces
Life's a Beach
by @SolusStreetArt
Jay-Z // Basquiat
by @OwenDippie
Self-Portrait
by @DamienMitchell
Brooklyn
By Danielle Mastrion
Another Brooklyn beauty
by @LexiBella
Not a "new" piece, but graffiti painted over & touched up
By @IncarceratedJerkfaces
By @Tellaeche
By @MrNerds 
Even as you turn off of St. Nicholas, the surrounding neighborhood has more mural space and tons of creatively designed art walls. Immediately below are a few sweet homages to more traditional style graffiti, whose bright colors and intricate details are far more epic than these pictures can really show. 


While I loved the art previously on this wall, it had turned into a melting pot of graffiti, peeling wheat paste, and fading spray paint. In other words, the wall needed a facelift. The RIS Crew Such, Ghost & Giz killed this wall with Kobra spray paint, and I could go back to Bushwick tomorrow to do a whole post on close-ups of this wall. I just love it. 



"Got New York In A Choke Hold!" Love the theme to this badass jammer by graffiti legends Tats Cru. This collaboration between artists Bio, Mist, Crash, Stash, Nicer, BR & BG is a perfect example of beautiful graffiti work. Their walls are always so fun, and the iconic style by this crew can hardly be rivaled by other traditional graffiti artists. My favorite part of this wall is how each artist in collab blends their signatures into the mural. 











The New Edition art continues! Summer 2015 is off to a great start in Bushwick. 
By @TheToasters
Wu-Tang Forever
By @ac2bsk 
In classic "trendy" Bushwick style, this elephant mural below was painted by a 6 year old. Yes, Lola the Illustrator probably has more Instagram followers than you, and she's in first grade. How does that feel? (I mostly just feel jealous that my parents never would have trusted me with a can of spray paint at age six....) 
By LolaTheIllustrator


Not to embarrass Lola or anything, but her wall is nothing compared to Buff Monster's, located just around the corner. At least she can still have adult goals to reach towards! I usually save the best (or my favorites, the subjective "best") for last, so to keep with tradition, here are two of my two favorites from the block party. 
By @BuffMonster

Dasic has become such an integral part of the Bushwick collective through his unique murals, and this one is no exception. Wait. Is it a portrait of me, sweating to death in Bushwick? (the answer is no. I'm not yet cool enough to be painted by Dasic!) 
Summer Skin
By @DasicFernandez
To sum it all up: I love you, The Bushwick Collective! This community of street art continues to grow and blossom, and I love being a part of it. The new edition at the Collective is the best yet, and I can't wait to see how the neighborhood evolves even more this summer. 


Until next time! 

xx
Naomi


Outfit pictured: Crop top by Forever 21. Necklace by Jessica Simpson. Skirt from Nordstrom Rack. Shoes by Modern Rebel from MyHabit.com. Sunglasses from 80sPurple.com. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

DOWNTOWN SIGNAGE: MURALS OF MAY

As the city comes out of its hibernation from winter and heads into the full bloom of "Summer & The City" as I like to call it, new murals have been popping up everywhere. May was also plagued with no L train service on the weekends, an insanely busy work schedule, and the innate New Yorker's need to get away for Memorial Day weekend. In between the chaos of this month, here a few of my favorite murals that I found along the way. 
Mural by Alexis Diaz
Puerto Rican artist Alexis Diaz painted the latest rendition of the Rag & Bone mural in SoHo/NoLiTa. I know I say this every time, but seriously--this one may be my favorite residency yet. Up close, you can see the cross hatch detail and fine paint lines that make this mural amazing. Beside the genius creativity in this piece, it was executed beautifully. If you are in NYC, go see this. It's for your own good. 



Some people may think that the downtown signage sponsored by billion dollar brands makes the art disingenuous, but I find it the opposite. Standing in front of this stunning, hand painted Tristan Eaton mural proves just that--and Guess (alongside the LISA project) made this mural of Gigi Hadid possible. Little Italy's newest street art is one of the biggest in the neighborhood. See it just around the corner from his original Audrey Hepburn on Mulberry. 
Gigi Hadid mural by Tristan Eaton
The infamous Mr. Brainwash has been back in NYC this month, leaving a trail of murals in his path. The first one shown below is off West Broadway in SoHo, on the window pane of a Sunglass Hut, promoting his new line of sunglass frames. The next is much larger, on 14th St and 10th Ave opposite the High Line's end. While I typically only see his work in movies (ahem, Exit Through the Gift Shop) and art galleries, I've really enjoyed these larger scale pieces on the street. Keep them coming, please! 



Memorial Day weekend kicks off tourist season in NYC, but I'll do my best to reserve choice words for the slow walkers and confused subway riders. Summer in the city is just my absolute favorite! Cheers to the art that June will bring, and stay tuned for my next article featuring Maya Hayuk at Columbia University! 

xx
Naomi

Sunday, May 17, 2015

HULK ON HOUSTON: THE BOWERY MURAL IS BACK

After nearly a whole year of being blocked by scaffolding, the Bowery Mural is back and as bold as ever. Last month, Ron English took over the wall and the result is insanely amazing. 

Another "Temper Tot" has been residing in Little Italy for quite some time now, but it really doesn't compare to this neon, 3-D version currently residing on Bowery & Houston in the Lower East Side. I mean.....it's hard not to stare, right?! 



Here are a few of my favorite details and close-ups. From sarcastic rebranding of some American cult classics, to the weird, random, and outright gross--everything about this wall screams pop art by Ron English. Popaganda, as he calls it, is hilariously entertaining. I could have stood on the corner here all day (but it was hot & I was wearing a leather jacket). After catching this mural for the first time, I realized that only seeing his art in galleries doesn't do it justice. His iconic style is truly larger than life, and is best viewed on a bustling street corner in Manhattan, for the public to digest and divulge. 









It's been a while since I last posted, which really just means that now I have of art to catch up on. Stay tuned this week for another downtown street art adventure--from Little Italy to NoLiTa and Chelsea, I have so much more to show you! 

xx
Naomi

Outfit pictured: Top by Olivia Moon. Jeans from Forever 21. Booties by Sam Edelman. Leather Jacket from H&M. Sunglasses from 80's Purple. 





Bonus!! The OG temper tot, via my Instagram

Sunday, April 19, 2015

SPRAY PAINT & SUN RAYS: ART IN THE EAST VILLAGE

Since my last post at First Street Green Art Park, it wasn't even a full 24 hours later that more cement blocks were upgraded into street art fixtures on E Houston St. At least now the inevitable traffic in the Lower East Side has entertaining views to offset the road rage....

Introducing the unicorn boob. Seriously? Nothing is too weird for the East Village. 

Miss Me Art & Hektad have been busy in the East Village, with unicorn boobs and love drunk balloons found on what seems like every other block. Love it! 
Paste-ups by Miss Me Art  & Hektad
Paste-ups by Ivan Orama & Miss Me Art
By Matthew Denton Burrows. Side piece by Cramcept

Art by TMO Plater
by Hektad
 A super appropriate picture for a Sunday street art adventure that takes place after drunk brunch... LOVE DRUNK! 
by ChrisRWK 
Another classic piece recently went up in the East Village, which I caught on my way to brunch, in a much more sober state. The graffiti'ed truck, with an old-timer mural on the side of Doc Holliday's, plus this stick figure trying to hail a cab and a sun spot from my camera? Street style in the EV at it's finest! 


It took all of my self-control not to jump in this cement block for the picture. Good thing I considered how hard it would be to get back out, before I got in! It's safe to say, I really do love the EV. 
By Cramcept
My next post is coming soon, and takes place just a few blocks southwest from Centre-Fuge in the Lower East Side. Hint: it involves a Baby Hulk, and has already been featured on my Instagram! 

Oh Spring in NYC, how I love you! Until next time...


xx
Naomi 




Outfit pictured:
Shirt & Leather Jacket: Forever 21
Hat & Pants: H&M
Shoes: Sam Edelman 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A SPRING TRANSITION AT FIRST STREET GREEN ART PARK

Situated on the north side of Houston St between 1st and 2nd ave is the First Street Green Art Park. There's a basketball court, benches, and a garden area that stretches down the ave, hidden from traffic by a gate and growing branches, but not immune to the hustle and bustle of noisy Houston St in the Lower East Side. 
Mural by Hektad
Well hello- hearts, happiness and Hektad! 

This block is no stranger to emerging, changing artwork: Centre-Fuge Public Art Project is just down the street, closer to 1st ave. After being sick for the last few weeks (and still recovering) I wanted to see the spring transition going down on this colorful block. In the next few weeks, the winter installation of Centre-Fuge will be painted over and the community will have new artwork to swoon over. Today, I wanted to see the amazing polar bear mural by BK Foxx one last time. I came to say "see you later" to winter--and to my surprise, all of Friday's snow had already melted for my sunny Saturday street art adventure. 
Mural by BK Foxx
Centre-Fuge Cycle 16:
Art by Sest 2, Joshua David McKenney, Michael De Nicola, Lexi Bella, Lelax Cubotopia, and Master Moody Mutz. 
Glad I got to see this installation one last time, and excited to see what Cycle 17 will bring to East 1st St! 

The afternoon sun hits First Street Green Art Park just perfectly, and after weeks of being sick and mostly stuck inside, I was happily basking in the sun and the bright, colorful walls. In the last few days of winter, Hektad and other artists revamped the open space in the art park to welcome a new season in NYC. Take a look around with me! 




Michael Jackson pasteups by Uncutt Art 
Container Art by Kwue Molly
Container Art by Zero Productivity
Container Art by the Drif!
Container Art by Icy & Sot


Do you have a favorite mural or container? I don't know exactly what it is--maybe the unique way in which the Drif's art collides with fashion so well, or that my outfits always seem to be a perfect match for his spray paint work, but I do love his newest container here, made in a memory of a lost friend and dubbed "Into the Wind". 


Happy Spring to all! Now that winter's coldest is behind us, I'm hoping to turn over a new leaf filled with health, prosperity, and sun rays for the year ahead of us. 

Until next time...

Xx
Naomi 



SPRING TRANSITION'S STYLE: 
Coat: BB Dakota
Mini-bag: Zara 
Shoes: Zigi Soho from DSW 
Jeans & beanie: H&M