We really love this large piece of wheat-paste street art by the intensely prolific and ambitious French artist JR. An extension of his global Inside Out Project, the eye is a recurring image of JR’s work and his various projects. Usually his street artworks show a pair of eyes, but this one is just a single eye. This one is on Thompson Street near Grand Street in SoHo, in downtown New York.
Invader (a.k.a., Space Invader), the French international super-duper street-art star, put up another of his iconic mosaics on the Bowery in NoHo, in downtown New York City. We just noticed this work, but it looks slightly worn already, like it’s been around for awhile. And we’re wondering — if it has been around for a while — how we missed it, since we walk or ride by this spot a couple of times a week.
The “Love Me” graffiti art message has spread like wildfire globally in the past few years and become an icon, if not a brand, in and of itself adopted by other brands and designers, such as Saturday’s Surf clothing store and Bear Pond Espresso shops in Tokyo. Pictured here is a big, bold graffiti takeover of a billboard next to a segment of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (or BQE) in Williamsburg, Brookyn, in New York.
Another one of those “Grampa” wheat-paste street art pieces we see mostly around SoHo. The image always reminds of of Alfred Hitchcock. Usually these are in color and signed by the artist. This one is unusual insofar that it’s a black-and-white line drawing and has “Soho” written on it. We found this one in a doorway on Spring Street in Nolita / Lower East Side.
Brooklyn-based street artist Bast seems like he’s on a frackin’ rampage with his broad-stroked black tag throwing shade on commercial and commisioned work downtown. Check out this massive tag we stumbled upon Saturday on Grand Street in SoHo, New York City. We’ve been seeing more of these loud, ridiculous tags by Bast in recent weeks instead of his otherwise awesome and inspired wheat-pasted collage artworks. Though the heart is a nice touch.
We’ve been seeing a resurgence the past couple of weeks of fresh street art work from the artist Dain in SoHo, in downtown New York City. This new series of wheat-pastes are smaller in dimensions than the pieces pasted up in recent years and are slightly more complex collages than the previous work. We can really see Dain’s work evolving and growing, though we like the larger scale of the older series.
We stumbled upon this tiny, droll example of sticker street art on W. 47th Street in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen. The sticker art is a Sharpie-styled illustration of a laptop computer with audio lines emanating from the device.
This cheeky piece of street art on the Bowery in New York’s East Village shows Queen Elizabeth II holding a protective gas/oxygen mask attached to a plastic water bottle labelled “Dasani Air,” a play on Coke’s Dasani brand of bottled water.
“You and Me” wheat-paste street art with a mix of typographic styles. This street-art piece in on the Spring Street side of the famous “Jay Maisel building” on the Bowery in the Lower East Side of New York City.
Fresh “Popeye” mural street art by legendary graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos at the Deitch Wall, the commissioned, curated art space at the corner of Bowery and Houston Street in downtown New York City.
Fresh street art on Crosby Street in SoHo of a woman with a 1970s-like blaxploitation style – afro hairstyle, big earrings, necklace, etc. This paste-up is by the artist Lady Millard, whose wheat-pasted artwork and cursive “Lady” tag seem to be popping up everywhere in downtown New York City in recent weeks.
Fresh wheat-paste street art from Brooklyn-based artist Bast on Crosby Street on SoHo, in downtown New York City. This twinned, diptych-like image a horse-headed woman plays with color alterations in each of the two versions. Note the newer cursive Bast signature and different colored versions of it, too.
Another one of those Gummy Bear mug shot paste-ups that have been dotting the New York street art landscape in recent months. This one is at a spot where a lot of street art has been popping up lately on Crosby Street, just north of Prince Street, in SoHo.
This small wheat-paste street art image of a black-eyed girl crying blood is sad and haunting. We stumbled upon this paste-up on Crosby Street in SoHo, across from the Equinox gym near Prince Street, though we’ve seen this elsewhere in downtown New York City, notably at the Jay Maisel Building.
On Saturday, we stumbled upon this solid stencil street art on Elizabeth Street in fashionable Nolita, in downtown New York City. It’s a good example of the stencil medium, and we like the slogan “Art rules the streets,” though the notion itself is more aspirational hype than reality. More of this type of stuff, please. We love it.