Mad Ups – Graf All-Stars in East Village, New York

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This image if a wall along 1rst St., between Bowery and 2nd Ave. in the East Village, really speaks for itself. Here we see some really good graf and mural painting mixed together to make a collage of aerosol art. It’s an impressive testament to the artists and writers’ mad skills and excellent can control. The location is worth noting — it’s a block around the corner from legendary live music club CBGBs and down the street from the infamous dive bar called Mars Bar. This stretch of 1rst Street has a lot of graf amid abandoned lots and crumbling buildings, which are now being cleaned up by real estate developers to put in expensive luxury apartments and condos. How long the street and aerosol art will remain in the face of the development boom is any one’s guess.

Ivan Corsa Photo