Monthly Archives: April 2006

Twerps! “Lobster Roll” Sticker

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In a post dated January 24, 2006, we posted the above image, and misidentified the sticker shown and its creator as “Neckface.” But a reader, Mikhail, has kindly shown us the error in our original post. The photo above actually shows Twerps! “Lobster Roll” sticker and not a sticker by Neckface. We found the sticker on the base of a lamppost in Soho, New York City. As Mikhail pointed out, “Twerps! works almost exclusively with stickers” but Neckface does not. We apologize to the artist and our readers for the error. (Props to Mikhail for setting us straight.)

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“Goal” Graf in the Lower East Side, NYC

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A big tag by “Goal” in the trendified Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City. This “up” is on the back side of an old, sealed-up tenement buildng at the corner of Essex and Broome streets, in the “BelDel” (“Below Delancey” street) area, where the old Jewish nabe and the northeast-most reaches of Chinatown merge into a multicultural mash-up of a neighborhood.

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Thundercut Strikes Greene St., SoHo

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The artist(s) known as Thundercut strikes a crosswalk signal at the corner of Greene and Prince streets in the heart of Soho, New York City. As always, these cheeky sticker cut-outs cleverly dress up the “green” walking figure on the crosswalk lights.

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New Vans Sneaker Billboard in Soho

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For much of the past year (maybe longer) the Vans sneaker brand has been running ads on a street-level billboard outside Spring Street subway station in SoHo, New York City. These ads are part of a larger billboard campaign that involves the old-school skateboard sneaker-maker commisioning artists — some of them street artists — to supply original Vans-inspired imagery for the adverts. Despite the commercial context and aim of the artwork, much of these artists have created amazing work for the campaign.

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Greene Street Graf: “Ecko” and “Morty”

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This couplet of black-and-white tags were discovered on Greene Steet in downtown, New York City, amid the world-famous loft apartments and boutiques of SoHo. The tags are on a large roll-up shutter near the entrance to the post office behind the Apple Store.

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Defaced “Silent Hill” Ad

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The new print ad for the horror-suspense film “Silent Hill” features the face of a mouth-less girl. To underscore the “silence,” her lips have been Photoshopped away by designer of the ad. It’s a technique that grabs the eyes of viewers, even those jaded New Yorkers who pass the ads on the subway platform. But the ads are also ripe canvasses for graf writers or pranksters (or both, naturally) with a little imagination, a little initiative and a Sharpie. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen at least half a dozen of these defaced ads around the New York City subway system. In this ad on the Uptown platform at Spring Street Station in SoHo, a graf writer has put a tag where the mouth would be on the girl’s face.

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Contextual View: East Village Tags

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Lots of tags here on a roll-up shutter on E. 1st Street in the East Village of New York City. A year ago, this storefront shade was covered with a comepletely different set of tags. In spite of the soaring property values, expensive real estate, new luxury condos and gentrification, graf still lives in the Village.

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“Bunana” in NoLIta, NYC

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Who or what is “Bunana”? This characiture and typographic illiustration is an intriging bit of paste-up in NoLIta, in the area between the Lower East Side and Soho of downtown Manhattan. The pastel, crayon-like coloring give it a child-like quality. Yet, the subtextual shape is suggestive of something un-childlike

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