Monthly Archives: October 2005

Stop Sign Stickers, Soho, New York 1 – Detail

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Here’s a detail shot of this awesome sticker street art.

Sticker bombing is a common sight in downtown New York City. Here and there public street signs get hit with a mad vengeance. This stop sign in Soho is good example. The stickers are a mix of street art and guerilla publicity.

We heart sticker art!

Ivan Corsa Photo

Tokyo: Tokyo Tower View

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Love this shot of central Tokyo with the Tokyo Tower smack in the middle. The Japanese capital is one of our favorite places on earth. We love visiting Tokyo — and travel to and around Japan, in general. There’s so much human activity at street level in Tokyo and so many interesting urban spaces. Once one steps out of the hotel, one could walk for hours and hours just exploring. And in recent years, there’s a lot to explore in terms of great street art by Japanese and foreign artists — some obscure, some well-known — in the backstreets of the Harajuku, Ura-Harujuku, Naka-meguro and Daikanyama neighborhoods. Book that flight now, Speed Racer.

D. Carter Witt Photo

I Love You, NYC

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We’ve been seeing a lot of “i love you” popping up around lower Manhattan these past six months, especially in the Lower East Side, Nolita, Soho and the East Village. It’s unkown to whom, individually, this message is directed besides the public. But its essense is positive, a reminder, perhaps, that “out there,” somebody loves somebody, at least so much so that somebody felt compelled to scrawl it on walls across downtown New York City. And that can’t be so bad, right?

Ivan Corsa Photo

Bronson Versus Deniro – Karbon Kopy Killers by Ars

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The actors Robert Deniro and the late Charles Bronson both played vigilante killers in films about outsiders taking the law into their own hands to seek justice. Here the two are united in wheat-paste street art on a Chinatown street in lower Manhattan. The image of Deniro is culled from the film Taxi Driver. Bronson’s image is from Death Wish. Dubbed “Karbon Kopy Killer,” this street art is by the artist Ars.

Ivan Corsa Photo

Surface To Air, Paris – Storefront

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Surface To Air (or Surface 2 Air) is an underground-ish creator’s atelier, art gallery, event space and boutique all wrapped up into one at very central Paris address in a right-bank neighborhood near Les Halles. Here is a shot of the iron-shuttered, graf-scrawled storefront from across the lane. Like Colette a couple of kilometers away, Surface To Air is a small mecca of under-the-radar creative cool.

Ivan Corsa Photo

Surface To Air, Paris – Logos

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Here’s a shot of some graphic design in the form of cool logo/symbols painted on the storefront of Surface To Air in Paris.

Surface To Air (or Surface 2 Air) is an underground-ish creator’s atelier, art gallery, event space and boutique all wrapped up into one at very central Paris address in a right-bank neighborhood near Les Halles. Here is a shot of the iron-shuttered, graf-scrawled storefront from across the lane. Like Colette a couple of kilometers away, Surface To Air is a small mecca of under-the-radar creative cool.

Ivan Corsa Photo

Surface To Air, Paris – Signage

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This is a shot of the Surface To Air signage, a non-descript, sterile sans-serif logotype.

Surface To Air (or Surface 2 Air) is an underground-ish creator’s atelier, art gallery, event space and boutique all wrapped up into one at very central Paris address in a right-bank neighborhood near Les Halles. Here is a shot of the iron-shuttered, graf-scrawled storefront from across the lane. Like Colette a couple of kilometers away, Surface To Air is a small mecca of under-the-radar creative cool.

Ivan Corsa Photo

Walk This Way – 3

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This image doesn’t really need explanation … well .. okay, maybe it does … a little. Whenever a building undergoes some sort of renovation work in New York City, scaffolding is placed on all sides of the building adjacent to the sidewalk. The scaffolding covers the sidewalk, and the sides of the structure is often repurposed as billboard space and as a placeholder for signs of those street-level retail businesses whose front signage is blocked by the scaffolding. Pictured here and below is a cheeky use of scaffolding space as signage by Digital Ink, an electronic printing company on Varick Street in Soho.

Ivan Corsa Photo

Walk This Way – 2

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Another shot of the clever use of scaffolding space by Digital Ink to advertise its business in New York.

This image doesn’t really need explanation … well .. okay, maybe it does … a little. Whenever a building undergoes some sort of renovation work in New York City, scaffolding is placed on all sides of the building adjacent to the sidewalk. The scaffolding covers the sidewalk, and the sides of the structure is often repurposed as billboard space and as a placeholder for signs of those street-level retail businesses whose front signage is blocked by the scaffolding. Pictured here and below is a cheeky use of scaffolding space as signage by Digital Ink, an electronic printing company on Varick Street in Soho.

Ivan Corsa Photo

Walk This Way – 1

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One more shot of the clever use of scaffolding space by Digital Ink to advertise its business in New York.

This image doesn’t really need explanation … well .. okay, maybe it does … a little. Whenever a building undergoes some sort of renovation work in New York City, scaffolding is placed on all sides of the building adjacent to the sidewalk. The scaffolding covers the sidewalk, and the sides of the structure is often repurposed as billboard space and as a placeholder for signs of those street-level retail businesses whose front signage is blocked by the scaffolding. Pictured here and below is a cheeky use of scaffolding space as signage by Digital Ink, an electronic printing company on Varick Street in Soho.

Ivan Corsa Photo