Monthly Archives: June 2011

Not Just Another Nail Salon

A wonderful use of graffiti scrawl as signage and marketing on a roller shutter: “Not just another nail salon” references the small business behind the metal gate, which might be inferred is a nail salon, but is in fact an art gallery (and not just another nail salon). Clever.

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Dope Summer Shirt

Snapped in the Meat Packing District of New York City, we saw this dude with a dope tee. We hate this fella’s overall style (it’s just not to our taste), but we love the orange tank top with the leaf graphics on the back. It would be a good after-surf shirt, worn nicely while cupping an icy tumbler filled with a caipirinha near the beach in, say, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro. We’ll take one of those, please.

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Brooklyn Pastoral

From our City Life file … Pic of the beautiful, lush garden behind a couple of of old tenement apartment buildings in East Williamsburg, in Brooklyn, where friends of Global Graphica hosted a recent BBQ party. No graffiti or street art here in the garden, but in the front of the building  there’s a lot. It’s like two different worlds.

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Backwards Milk Studios Van

A production van for the acclaimed Milk Studios on the border of the Meat Packing District and Chelsea in downtown New York City. In a clever design flourish, the Milk logotype has been rendered backwards on the side of the van.

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Woah! Giant Kaws Sculpture at Standard Hotel

A giant sculpture by the artist (and infamous former graffiti writer) Kaws of his famous, iconic cartoon character sits, head in hands, crying in the small plaza in front of the Standard Hotel in the Meat Packing District, in downtown New York City.

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A Preview of the New Whitney Museum

Below is New York Magazine photo with computer-generated rendering of the building that will be the new home to the Whitney Museum. The influential Upper East Side art institution is moving downtown to the Meat Packing District and closer to one of Manhattan’s newer, grander hubs of creative influence and culture. The NY Mag article was a critical and harsh review of the building’s architecture.

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Blank City

Stumbled upon this poster in Providence, R.I.,  for the film Blank City, a recent documentary by Céline Danhier about the 1970s “No Wave” cinema scene in New York City that that spawned a generation of well-known indie directors, actors, artists and musicians.

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Four5

Four5 wheat-paste poster in deep TriBeCa Nolita, in downtown New York City. The image is striking in its high-contrast black white image of a woman disturbingly holding an open pair of scissors to her face.

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Down to Earth

This awesome-since-Day-One “Down to Earth” wheat-paste poster by artists A.S.V.P. is on Greene Street in SoHo, downtown New York City. The retro-80s People’s Republic of China imagery of a baby astronaut is defaced by an SWLF  heart sticker.

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Obey + Stickers in Providence

A classic Shepard Fairey “Obey” (“Giant has a Posse”) sticker on the back of a speed-limit sign in the otherwise staid, clean and gleaming downtown of Providence, Rhode Island. The other side of the sign has been mini-sticker-bombed, evidence, perhaps, that the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) is a couple of blocks away.

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RISD’s Well-Designed Signs

A recent road trip to Boston took us through Providence, Rhode Island, where we visited the Rhode Island School of Design, often referred to by its acronym RISD (pronounced RIZ-DEE). The campus dominates a big, leafy chunk of historic downtown real estate where, naturally, there are many examples of good design, as these bus stop signs testify.

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Awesomely Faded “Built By Wendy” Graphic Tee

Photographer Major Deegan (a.k.a., Daniel Puissant) proudly shows off  his awesomely faded Built by Wendy graphic t-shirt by Wendy Mullins. The illustration on the shirt is of actresses Tatum O’Neal and Kristy McNichol and based on imagery from the 1980s teen-exploitation film Little Darlings, in which they appeared. The shirt was blue when MD bought it, but has since faded to white after years of wearing and washing.

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Kiehl’s Wall of Neon

Kiehl’s, the storied beauty brand, recently opened a shop in the the Meat Packing District of downtown New York City. The store’s interior design is beautiful and features a large wall of neon-signs, words related to their products.

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