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Droid 907 x CarnageNYC

Sex or Suicide by Droid907

Sex or Suicide by Droid 907

Since his first release in 2011, Carnage has quickly made a name for himself as a purveyor of high quality graffiti zines. Aside from selling his own zines, he also distributes work by like-minded individuals, like the sold out Greetings from Detroit from earlier this year which presented images of Detroit by 5 photographers from New York and California. And now a limited run of Droid 907′s Sex or Suicide is available.

Droid 907's Sex or Suicide

Sex or Suicide by Droid 907

In Sex or Suicide Droid offers us a tantalizing glimpse into a world of sex, drugs and rocking rollers, interspersing stories of drunken encounters under bridges with the soul-baring recollections of a free spirit, photographs and numbered lists of names and phrases.

Sex or Suicide by Droid 907

Sex or Suicide by Droid 907

Carnage will be releasing his next zine, Lost in Shibuya, this coming Saturday, December 14, from 7-9pm at the City Reliquary (with an online release to follow on Monday, December 16). Please support these fine zinemakers.

HOTTEA Pays Tribute to Dondi

Hottea Dondi tribute (photo by Luna Park)

HOTTEA Dondi tribute (photo by Luna Park)

After his yarn installation on the Williamsburg Bridge this summer met with so much interest, I lept at the opportunity to help Minneapolis-based street artist HOTTEA realize his next New York City project. On an unusually warm and sunny November day, I met up with HOTTEA and a small crew of fellow assistants, Jaime Rojo of Brooklyn Street Art, Disco Bryso and Patrick Sullivan.

Jaime Rojo and HOTTEA hold up the panel at the 1st location (photo by Luna Park)

Jaime Rojo and HOTTEA hold up the panel at the 1st location (photo by Luna Park)

HOTTEA came prepared with two heavy panels: each bore a meticulously stenciled recreation of one of Dondi’s iconic 1980 Children of the Grave wholecar pieces applied onto a series of yarn rectangles fastened onto a metal framework. It was our job to position these panels in such a way so as to create the illusion of Dondi’s work passing by on the modern subway.

Of his inspiration, HOTTEA wrote, “As an ex-graffiti writer of 12+ years there is no denying the influence of 80′s NYC subway graffiti had on me. I still remember the first time watching Style Wars and how much of an impact it had on me and my work. Dondi’s work stood out to me amongst them all. The way he spoke about his work, the colors and the style in which he wrote his letters were very inspiring. I no longer practice writing graffiti and have taken on yarn as my new medium of choice. I wanted to create a piece about one of my biggest influences non-destructively.”

This was no easy task, as each passing train gave us merely seconds to line up the panels, all the while gauging the proper distance of camera to panel to train to achieve the desired proportions. Multiple attempts had to be made at several Brooklyn locations.

HOTTEA lines up his panel at the 2nd location (photo by Luna Park)

HOTTEA lines up his panel at our 2nd location (photo by Luna Park)

After much trial and error – coupled with some rare patience for the MTA’s labyrinthine weekend scheduling – success! With a little suspension of disbelief, the magic of Dondi on rolling stock is in the air…

The memory of Dondi lives on... (photo by Luna Park)

The memory of Dondi lives on… (photo by Luna Park)

Philadelphia Haring Mural Restored

Keith Haring (photo by Luna Park)

We The Youth Haring mural (photo by Luna Park)

Aside from visiting the Stikman show on view in the Mural Arts offices, I also stopped by this newly restored Keith Haring mural in South Philadelphia. We The Youth was originally painted in 1987 and was a collaboration between the artist, kids from New York and Philadelphia, CityKids Foundation (New York) and Brandywine Workshop (Philadelphia). Mural Arts spearheaded the restoration with the generous support of the Haring Foundation. Scroll down for a great video from Brandywine Workshop with footage of the original mural being painted.

Keith Haring (photo by Luna Park)

We The Youth Haring mural (photo by Luna Park)

Keith Haring (photo by Luna Park)

We The Youth Haring mural & Haring the Cat (photo by Luna Park)

Keith Haring (photo by Luna Park)

We The Youth Haring mural (photo by Luna Park)

Keith Haring (photo by Luna Park)

We The Youth Haring mural (photo by Luna Park)

Keith Haring (photo by Luna Park)

We The Youth Haring mural (photo by Luna Park)

Keith Haring (photo by Luna Park)

We The Youth Haring mural (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman in the house… and out

Stikman ... in the house (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman … in the house (photo by Luna Park)

I don’t get down to my former hometown of Philadelphia nearly often enough, so I jumped at the opportunity to take in Stikman’s … in the house solo show, organized by Vandalog’s RJ Rushmore and hosted by the city’s Mural Arts Program. The show of diverse works, hung in the eclectic style the Barnes Foundation, is a perfect fit for the Mural Art’s colorful offices in the historic Thomas Eakins House. The show has been extended til November 16th and is viewable at 1727-29 Mt. Vernon Street during regular weekday office hours (or by appointment). Stikman is graciously donating the proceeds of all sales to Mural Arts.

Stikman ... in the house (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman … in the house (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman ... in the house (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman … in the house (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman … in the house (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman ... in the house (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman … in the house (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman ... in the house (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman … in the house (photo by Luna Park)

(photo by Luna Park)

Stikman … in the house (photo by Luna Park)

If you can’t make it to Mural Arts by the end of this week, you can always head out and look for Stikmen in the wild … no appointments necessary.

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Invasion!

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

In town to introduce his film, Art4Space, French street artist Space Invader wasted no time and immediately got down to doing what he does best… invading. The charming, half-hour film is definitely worth seeing – London, you’re up next – if ever there were a paean to the DIY ethos in street art, this is it.

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

Invader (photo by Luna Park)

RAE’s Bodega

Rae (photo by Luna Park) new

Rae (photo by Luna Park)

Here’s a quick peek at RAE‘s corner store, opening in the East Village Saturday night. Sculptures, sundries and sandwiches available. Spread the word.

Rae (photo by Luna Park)

Rae (photo by Luna Park)

Rae (photo by Luna Park)

Rae (photo by Luna Park)

RAE: Word of Mouth
October 26 – November 16, 2013
Opening: October 26, 7:00-10:00pm
Corner Avenue C & East 12th Street
New York, NY 10009

Post-opening exhibition hours:
Thursday – Saturday 2:00-7:00pm
(Closed on Halloween)

Pandemic Pandemonium

EKG (photo by Luna Park)

EKG (photo by Luna Park)

This weekend, Brooklyn’s Pandemic Gallery celebrates a grand re-opening in it’s cavernous, new space by the Navy Yard. The art space will be inaugurated with a 528 foot wrap-around mural by EKG (artist feature and essay on Graffuturism), who will also debut a limited-edition print, t-shirts and other surprise goodies.

EKG tools of the trade (photo by Luna Park)

EKG’s tools of the trade (photo by Luna Park)

Book of EKG (photo by Luna Park)

The big book of EKG (photo by Luna Park)

EKG (photo by Luna Park)

EKG: mastermind at work (photo by Luna Park)

House band Fake Hooker will not only release their self-titled, 12″ studio album, but also treat revelers to a no doubt extremely loud and boisterous introduction to their latest tracks. The brothers behind the punk rock explosion known as Unstoppable Death Machines will also perform.

Pandemic Gallery & Event Space
Opening Party: Saturday, September 28, 2013 8:00pm
22 Waverly Avenue
Btw Park & Flushing Avenues
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Directions:
Subway: Clinton/Washington stop on the G and C Trains (15 min. walk)
Bus: B62 – Park Ave/Washington Ave (1 min. walk)

Vintage Stikman

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

From the looks of Stikman’s latest sticker series, you’d think his shamanic stick figure had been around the block a lot longer than the twenty years he celebrated last year. You really have to look twice to notice that Stikman has seamlessly interjected his iconic character into scenes from the past.

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

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Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Brian Adam Douglas: How To Disappear Completely

Image (c) Brian Adam Douglas

Image (c) Brian Adam Douglas

I’m super excited for my friend Brian Adam Douglas – you may know him under his street moniker, Elbow-Toe – whose first solo show in New York, How to Disappear Completely, opens at Chelsea’s Andrew Edlin Gallery this Thursday! Do not miss this rare opportunity to view his meticulous, cut paper collages in person.

Brian Adam Douglas: How To Disappear Completely
Opening: Thursday, September 12, 6:00-8:00pm
September 12 – October 26, 2013
Andrew Edlin Gallery
134 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Tel. +1 (212) 206-9723

Wild World of Wolfbat

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

It’s great to see some of Dennis McNett‘s sculptures make it out onto the streets of Brooklyn! This bad boy, covered in the graphic prints Wolfbat Studio has become known for, lurks above a bus stop on Flushing Avenue.

I like to think the chain is for our safety.

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)

Denis McNett (photo by Luna Park)