Monthly Archives: August 2005

Matt Siren Wheatpaste in Nolita


Went to Nolita on Sunday to get our hair trimmed and came across this recently posted wheatpaste by Matt Siren. Love the high-contrast black-and-white illustrative style. Reminds us of that character “Emily.” Or a character you might find in a indie graphic novel. This piece of street art (or guerrilla marketing) is on Elizabeth Street near Prince Street. On the west side of the block are three or four small buildings that have yet to see the effects of the larger gentrification of the neighborhood, which is is now one of downtown Manhattan’s most desirable and trendy (and expensive) nabes. The buildings are mostly unused, decrepit and bombed with graf, street art and ad bills, and stand out like a sore thumb in an area filled with fashionable real estate, luxury apartments, and gut-rennovated condos and lofts.

Kicks on our feet: Adidas “Gerd Muller” – Beige w/ Green

Muzik on our iPod: Royksopp “Melody AM”

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Finished Street Painting by Rich Jacobs at Eleven, NYC 03


A couple of weeks ago, Global Graphica featured some shots of a work in progress by acclaimed artist Rich Jacobs, who happily posed for a photo with his artwork. Here we bring you the completed painting, which hangs on the side of Eleven, a vintage clothing store, at the corner of Prince and Elizabeth streets in Nolita, New York City. The art work features a group of faces painted in Rich Jacobs’ unmistakeably original style. These faces have been a staple of Jacobs’ art work for much of his career. You can see the photo of the painting (when it had only a background player on it) here.

Check it:Photo of Rich Jacobs Painting in progress at Eleven

Kicks: Puma 5000M

Tunes: LCD Soundsystem “Daft Punk is Playing At My House”

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Emergency Box Wallpaper 1


Check it … we caught this wallpaper-like pattern on one of those red emergency 911 call-boxes that dot the streetscape every few blocks. This one was at the corner of Prince and Mott streets in Nolita, NYC. This could be cool on a t-shirt.

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“Hello” Mural on Elizabeth Street, Nolita 2


It’s not unusual in downtown Manhattan to see storefront shutters decorated (or defaced) with graf, street art or murals. This one on Elizabeth Street in Nolita is among the best we’ve ever seen. “Hello” shows the artist’s deft use of color and typographic sensibility. This rules.

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Bambi Politics Wheatpaste Cartoon


Tongue firmly in a cheek, maybe. Biting political commentary at street level, certainly. Got to love this work on Elizabeth Street near Prince Street in Nolita.

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Fame Game 3


This is an awesome piece of work: The words “FAME GAME” spelled out with a wood frame and affixed to the side of that cynosure of downtown Manhattan street art, the building at 11 Spring Street, in Nolita. This work is on the Elizabeth Street side of the building. The unoccupied 19th-century apartment house was, until recently, undergoing interior renovations by its owner, NY Post scion Lachlan Murdoch. The transformation of the building into a piece of large, luxury residential real estate for Murdoch all but guaranteed that the end was near for 11 Spring’s place as a venue for street artists. But Murdoch recently shocked the media world by announcing his resignation as publisher of his father’s, Rupert’s, newspaper. He also announced that he would move to Australia. The renovation work came to a sudden halt at 11 Spring, so for now expect it to remain a home for street-smart visual culture. See more shots of Fame Game below.

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“FC” Signed by “Claw” on Crosby Street, SoHo, NYC


Previously we posted an a shot of an up by “Claw.” The graf had the ubiquitous upturned cartoon-like ideogram of a paw and visible claws with a custom signifier, which is unqiue to each instance of this writer’s graf. In this case, the added signifier was “F.C.” So resurrected here is a clever switch-up on this concept: the main up is “F.C”” and the signifier is “Claw” rendered like a handwritten signature in small, black lettering.

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“Claw” Strikes Back with “FC”


Our girl “Claw” strikes again. This time with the “F.C.” signature. Go figure. This up is on a wall along Crobsy Street, the last of the great, dirty SoHo backstreets. Though this canyon-like lane looks largely untouched by the rampant commercialization that has made most of SoHo, in effect, a large outdoor shopping mall, looks are indeed deceiving. There’s is a Starbucks, a Bloomingdales and MoMA store along Crosby, not to mention the multimillion-dollar loft apartments and condos occupied by celebs like Lenny Kravitz and Courteney Love. But there’s still lots of graf and grime to remind us what SoHo was more or less like circa 1980. And graf writers like Claw lend it a degree of artistry in keeping with the nabe’s original re-generation by artists back in the day.

Sneakers at the time: Puma “Easy Rider”
Muzik at the time: Deerhoof “Green Cosmos”

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