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)

Kenkeleba Revs

Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)

If you push your way through the dense shrubs at the East 2nd Street entrance to the Kenkeleba House Garden, you’ll find a secret sculpture garden that houses this piece by Revs. Founded in 1974, the Kenkeleba House gallery and artist house not only holds an historic collection of African-American art, but also champions artists who work outside the commercial gallery system.

Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)
Revs (photo by Luna Park)

Bäst 2012

Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)

Although he’s never really gone for long, it’s been great to see Bäst hit New York City streets with renewed vigor recently. I’ve really been enjoying his latest work, especially these stencils.

Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)
Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)
Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)
Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)

His recent stencil work has also included a couple legal murals in Brooklyn, including one in Bushwick together with Aiko.

Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)
Bäst x Aiko (Photo by Luna Park)
Bäst x Aiko (Photo by Luna Park)

But what’s got me most excited, is this new crop of classic Bäst collages, wheatpasted to doors and walls in lower Manhattan…

Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)
Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)
Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)
Bäst (Photo by Luna Park)

For more classic Bäst, check out my set on Flickr.

“All Talk” and then some at Pandemic

Gabriel Specter (all photos by Luna Park)

I promise it’s not just all talk, but the evening of Friday the 17th is shaping up to be very busy with no less than 3 quality shows set to open. After hitting Snowblind at Klughaus in Chinatown and Inside Out featuring Cake and Don Pablo Pedro at Mighty Tanaka in Dumbo, I’ll end the night with “All Talk” at Pandemic. I don’t want to spoil any surprises, so I leave you with just a taste of what’s in store at Pandemic. Listen up: it’s going to be a good night for graffiti culture, so don’t miss out.

Jenna Hicock
Jesse Edwards x Jesus Saves
Noh J Coley
Merk
"All Talk"

2011 Rooftop Legends

Wall St by Keo (photo by Luna Park)

The Lower East Side’s New Design High School threw open its doors and invited legends and visitors alike up onto its spacious rooftop yesterday. Since its inception in 2007, the Rooftop Legends event has relied on some of New York City’s finest style writers to refresh its walls annually. Scroll down for some of the freshest pieces from 2011…

RIP King Kase 2 aka Jeff Brown by Noah and Keo (photo by Luna Park)
SP One x Doves (photo by Luna Park)
Noxer x Mone (photo by Luna Park)
Knows (photo by Luna Park)
Pfunk by PinkSmith (photo by Luna Park)
Queen Andrea (photo by Luna Park)
Cycle (photo by Luna Park)
Vers (photo by Luna Park)
? x Indie x Rubin (photo by Luna Park)
Cey x Bounce (photob y Luna Park)
2raw x Spot (photo by Luna Park)

Classic Combo: Box Trucks & Graffiti

Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)

As a kid, my brother used to collect Matchbox cars. Funny how I was never into cars, yet as an adult I’ve really gotten into trucks … specifically, the elusive graff truck. You never know when and where you’ll stumble across one. If you’re lucky, it’ll be parked … or at least idling at a stoplight long enough to fire off a shot or two. Here are some of my favorites.

Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Trucks (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)
Graff Truck (photo by Luna Park)