Here’s the detail shot of “Shapes.” Not your average East Village-graf, “Shapes” is a stencil-like splatter-work of red paint and sans-serif letters in all-caps. While the artistry and style is neither “wild” nor “hip-hop” by the standard of traditional techniques, this is a highly distinctive and original tag. Even though it’s small, you can’t miss it on East 9th Street between 2nd and 3rd avenues, a stretch of gentrified and expensive downtown Manhattan real-estate with practically zero graf but least a half-down Japanese restaurants.

Ivan Corsa Photo