Wild Style in Billyburg

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The Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg (sometimes called “Billyburg” by local hipsters) is not a part of the borough generally known for lots of graffiti. But the ‘hood, like SoHo three decades ago, has become a well-established colony for artists, who settled in Williamsburg throughout the 1990’s and into the ’00’s. They were attracted to the area by relatively low rents and big spaces. With artists, naturally, came art. Some of it has spilled onto the streets like this first-rate example of a retro Wild Style-esque graffiti tag painted over a mural we found just off Union Ave. Notice how the tag has been dedicated “For Natkoa and Joce” and dated “’98.”

Ivan Corsa Photo