Dart & Trap

Everywhere I go, I see Dart/GF and Trap/IF. Although they have distinct, individual styles, it’s always great to see them up together.

trap dart

dart camp ufo

dart trap

trap dart armer smells

Reason #907 to Love New York


gen2
Gen2

I’m an unabashed fan of the 907 crew, who have been rocking New York with their inventive stylings for over a decade now. If you’re like me and can’t get enough of these guys, I highly recommend a visit to the Robots Will Kill Graffiti Galleries. In the extensive graffiti archive, you’ll find classics by Gen2, Oze108, Muk123, UFO and many many more.

Happy Caturday

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m just one cat shy of being a crazy cat lady (for the record, I have two). While I encourage everyone to do their part to help bring down NYC’s feral cat population, these street cats do just fine on their own:


cern kitty
Cern/Ymi

if cats could fly...
Unknown

miss luna kitty
C215

elbow-toe's kitty
Elbow-Toe

cycle
Cycle

Can You See Things From the Other Side?

As someone who follows both street art and graffiti with equal interest, I often find myself simultaneously amused yet frustrated by the narrow definitions members of each group employ to label and judge one another’s work. I realize people will have their hardened opinions about what is and isn’t graffiti — I’ll save the tired “art vs. vandalism” discussion for another post — but I personally don’t see things in such black and white terms. Regardless of what medium is used, I am interested in aesthetics: I appreciate the beauty of a skillfully crafted handstyle as much as a masterfully cut stencil.

That having been said, I increasingly find myself most excited by artists who function on the cusp of both the graffiti and street art worlds, artists who are equally accomplished and respected in both worlds and defy conventional classification. I’m sure I will be posting plenty of other examples in the coming months, but one such artist is Canadian artist Other, who recently came through New York.

Like his contemporary Labrona, Other is known for painting freight trains. From a 2008 interview: “Really the best part of my work is coming home with paint all over my clothes and a giant rip in my pants … a good cop chase and a good painting up somewhere on a train or a building … graffiti is the pinnacle … it is the freight hopping of art.

From a stopover in Brooklyn last winter:

other

While it’s quite likely he graced some NYC freight cars with his black and white figures, he also put up some colorful, painted works on paper:

other souls of my music wornout

other hands feet

For more insight into the work of Other, read his answers to Posterchild’s questions from earlier this year.