Triple Play: False

False has had a steady presence on the streets of New York over the last few years. True … or false?

false emone

false

false

[False et all – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Triple Play: Cost x ENX

Cost and his partner ENX have been relentless in their ongoing wheatpasting campaign. They continue to carve out new spots, especially with their highly visible jumbo posters, strategically pasted up high.

yellow/black

enx cost kwolf

zimer wane cost enx

[ENX/Cost/Muk123/False/Bäst, ENX/Cost/KWolf, ENX/Cost/Zimer/Wane – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Throwback Thursday: Specter

Throwback to September 2010, when Specter artfully “sidebusted” some of the biggest names in NYC street art…


specter sidebusts swoon

specter sidebusts bäst

specter sidebusts skewville

obey law & order

[Specter vs Swoon, Bäst, Skewville, and Obey – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Triple Play: Sweet Toof

After having visited earlier this year, it seems like London-based artist Sweet Toof is back to take another bite out of New York.

yawn sweettoof keely

sweettoof

sweettoof smells cash4

[Yawn/Sweet Toof/Keely, Sweet Toof, Sweet Toof Smells – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Lots more Sweet Toof on the Street Spot!

Triple Play: Curve

With styles for miles, it’s always a pleasure to come across a Curve piece in the wild.

curve snoeman

mosa curve esso

sam3 momo kuma curve obese camel

Bonus *before* shot:

sam3 x momo x kuma x curve x risot

[Curve/Snoeman, Mosa/Curve/Esso, Sam3/Momo/Kuma/Curve/Obese/Camel, Sam3/Momo/Kuma/Curve/Risot – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Triple Play: Dan Witz

Although his NY Hardcore show at Jonathan Levine just closed, Dan Witz continues to regularly exhibit on the streets of New York.

dan witz

dan witz grey

dan witz

[Dan Witz in Brooklyn – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Triple Play: Shok1

London-based aerosol artist Shok1 recently treated New York to three variations on his X-rainbow series.

shok1

shok1

shok1

[Shok1 for LISA Project, Bushwick Collective, and Welling Court – all photos (c) Luna Park]

Steve Powers at the Strand

Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)
Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)
Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)
Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)
Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)
Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)
Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)
Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)
Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)
Steve Powers at the Strand (photo by Luna Park)

Triple Play: 5 Boro Bike Tour

The path of Sunday’s 5 Boro Bike Tour on Sunday, May 4, took it straight past some big walls in progress by the Domino Sugar Factory on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

[Hellbent, Rubin415, Aakash Nihalani – all photos (c) Luna Park]

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)