Gusto on Rivington St., Lower East Side

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This weighty tag on a storefront shutter on Rivngton St., between Bowery and Chrystie, has lost some of its luster, but is still an excellent example of the aesthetic style and cryptic lettering usually found in large “throw-ups.” Though a bit faded, the tag has survived mostly intact for at least a couple of years–that is pretty amazing considering the short lives of most tags, which sooner or later (and usually sooner) get painted over my shopowners or obliterated by rival aerosol writers.

Ivan G. Corsa Photo