Fun Friday – Street Art

I love street art. Can’t get enough. Not the lame ass name tag that deface property. I am talking real art. I don’t care if it is on public or private property. Trust me. The art almost always improves the wall it is on.
We all know about Banksy and Shepard Fairey. But there is so much more. So here is some great places for you to explore and see what great art is out there. Just remember to keep your eyes out and pay attention when you are outside during your commute or shopping.
Kind of sucks that these are now regulated by the town. Used to be anyone over 16 with a can of spray paint could paint here. I would ride my bike down to see the new work all the time. My ex-neighbor and friend from Redondo Beach TikiJayOne was very prolific in West LA. He had me help him do the whole set of walls one night something he felt was never done before.
You know for a fact that white is the most AWESOME white ever painted. Well of course it was me! I remember getting half way across covering the previous art and my friend said ‘Slow down. Just in case some of that art was done by gangsters’. I assumed because it’s one thing to paint something new, and another to look like a do gooder cleaning the place up at 2am!
In NY my friend @ElCelsoLINK has a loose group of great artists that were known as the Electric Love Crew, kind of a street art collective. Here is a great repository of photos or you:
Celso does incredible Nudes!
His studio is in a building visible from the West Side Highway. They used to have this amazing amount of art outside for all to see until the owners decided to paint a lame ass jungle scene.
Before:

After: LAME!
Some of Celso’s friends do incredible work, check the web for Abe Lincoln JrLINK, Choice Royce, Plasma Slug, Dark Cloud, Keely, GoreB, DirtyBoards, or follow people like @cmonstah (Celso’s lovely wife) – LINK or Luna Park LINK

Another great source for NYC Street Art is http://www.brooklynstreetart.com/theblog/ and you can also follow them on the Twitter @BKStreetArt
Lastly this is a site based in Moscow. It is in Russian but the Art Speaks for itself: http://vivacity.ru/ and they are also on the Twitter: @vivacity_ru
Some really incredible movies are available on Netflix as well. I highly recommend:
Exit Through the Gift Shop – A Banksy Film
Bomb It – A Film by John Reiss – he goes around the world incredible stuff
Beautiful Losers – by Aaron Rose – which has a lot of street art history
I love going on walking tours of street art, especially in NYC’s Lower East Side and Williamsburg. But it can be found everywhere.Some from my travels:
SoHo
Manhattan
Woodside, Queens
Woodside, Queens
Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Celso v GoreB)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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About chiefalien

Howie Goldfarb with 20 years of Sales and Marketing experience founded Blue Star Strategic Marketing in central Vermont to serve as the objective and strategic adviser of brands to help them grow and thrive. His Degree in Finance and 14 years of B2B sales to Fortune 500 companies gives him a CFO’s view of marketing. Thus bringing a dose of reality to the confusing world of jargon, spin, and hype. Also playfully known as the Chief Alien of Blue Star Strategic, Howie relishes his role as an industry outsider. A native New Yorker and former Angelino, he currently lives in the Green Mountains of Vermont and is still seeking his first moose sighting. His passions are living life, art, music, the outdoors, he tries to cook and loves the Vermont Fresh Network – local sustainability initiatives like farm to table and buying local.
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2 Responses to Fun Friday – Street Art

  1. Chief Alien says:

    LOL yes lots of love for the NY crew!

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