We just arrived in Amsterdam, and now, after settling into our hotel and freshening up from the flight from NYC, we’re enjoying a coffee in front of the Christmas tree in the lobby, pictured below. We’ll be spending a few days here hanging out with old friends, collaborators and creators, and checking out new spaces and checking in at the museums and galleries before celebrating New Year’s.
We can see the Ink 148 hotel penthouse from the rooftop deck of our agency’s offices in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. The penthouse has been aptly dubbed the “Heaven Over Hell’s Kitchen Suite.” From this perch, there’s a stunning view of Midtown Manhattan’s dense mass of skyscrapers. We were thinking the penthouse might be a good place to relocate Global Graphica’s NYC HQ. But then our accountant suggested we should look for more modest accommodations …Much more modest. Sigh … But to dream. For now, we’ll settle for a spot at the rooftop bar and park our laptop there.
We were pleasantly surprised to find this massive street-art mural by the American artist and street-art rockstar Alec (a.k.a., “Alec Monopoly”) in the lobby of the outrageously epic and luxurious W Hotel in Seminyak, Bali, in Indonesia. The artwork includes many of the iconic characters and celebrities Alec has included in many of his street artworks over the years, including actor Jack Nicholson, 1960s fashion model Twiggy, and Rich “Uncle” Pennybags (sometimes called “Monopoly Man”), the character from the Monopoly board game and the image Alec is most associated with.