Reader in New Orleans

READER: classic books & skulls (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Classic books & skulls (Photo by Luna Park)

I recently spent a week in New Orleans, where I saw A LOT of Reader… impressed as always by the variety of names and styles.

READER: xxx (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Sporkit (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read! (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read! (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Bonafide (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Bonafide (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Reverand Reader (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Reverand Reader (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: xxx (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Book n Skull (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Square Bohohesterer? (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Square Bohohester… (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Square Bohohesterer (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Square Bohohester! (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Harsh Boans You Go Girl (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Harsh Boans You Go Girl (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Rankos Boans (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Rankos Boans! (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boans (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boans! (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boanes Oye (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boans! Oye (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: You Go Girl Reader RK Evak (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: You Go Girl Reader RK Evak (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Wolftits Reader (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Wolftits Reader (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read! (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read! (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read! (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Read! (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Book Skull (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Book Skull (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boanes (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boanes (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boanes Half Shell Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boanes Piccadilly Lounge Half Shell Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boaney Harsh Paws Old Crow (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boaney Harsh Paws Old Crow (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: 9th Ward (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: 9th Ward (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boans (Photo by Luna Park)
READER: Boans (Photo by Luna Park)

Special thanks to P, A, and C for helping me navigate the city.

OYE, Read!

Read *Open*Your*Eyes (photo by Luna Park)

I can’t think of a better way to start my week than coming across a brand new roller by one of my favorite artists! Open your eyes and read motherfucking books all day!

Read (photo by Luna Park)
Read (photo by Luna Park)
Read (photo by Luna Park)

The Return of Operation Madman: LABEL 228 Zine

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Following their debut publication of The Reader, Operation Mad Man has released Reader’s
LABEL 228 zine. The booklet is comprised of hand drawn printed labels, photographs, drawings, collage, and found images. Includes classic label designs dating back to 2003 and up to the present. Plus never before seen photos and other unreleased material. A unique collection of graphics composed compiled by the “Reader.”

$10 SHIPPED
full colour
72 pages
4 1/4 “x5 1/2”
PRINTED IN THE USA

And while we strongly encourage you to support one of our favorite artists out there today by buying his books & zines, we would also like to continue with our tradition here of making our good fortune your good fortune as well. As generous as he is talented, Reader has sent us an extra copy of LABEL 228 zine that we would like to pass forward to one of our readers. The first thing that you see upon opening the zine is one of his signature books, hand drawn on a postage label – this alone makes the book worth it before you even have to turn a page…but do keep turning, because it is packed full of visual, as well as cerebral, treats!

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To enter the contest, just send me an e-mail at becki@thestreetspot.com with your name and we will choose a winner on my dog Ava’s adoption birthday, 3/2/11. The winner will be contacted via the e-mail address that you entered the contest with. Good luck and happy reading!

Salt City Street Art

It appears that all of this snow currently being dumped on NYC has gotten me thinking about my hometown, a place that is well known for it’s crap weather. Growing up in Syracuse, NY, I was fortunate enough to have some really talented writer friends, such as Shone237 and Sake, but it was a rare occasion for outside talent to come through Onondaga county. Yet over the last few years I have been happily surprised to see some internationally renowned names getting up in the Salt City, two out of three with permission and funding, no less.

Back in 2007, Leon Reid (aka Darius Jones, aka VERBS), installed his first legal sculpture right outside of the city court house.

Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)

And in the fall of 2010, Steve Powers brought his Love Letter project literally to the bridge between two very different neighborhoods: Armory Square and the Westside.

Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)
Syracuse Street Art (photo by Becki Fuller)

So, basically I’m just braggin’ for a city that hasn’t always had a lot to brag about…and encouraging any artist with a good idea (and some talent) to consider applying for a grant from the city of Syracuse’s Public Art Commission.

Buy More Books

Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)
Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)

Over the years that I have been photographing street art, the question comes up time and time again: who are your favorite artists? Whether it’s me doing the asking or someone asking me, there are a select few people who seem to make it onto just about everyone’s list. One such artist is Reader, aka Read More, Read More Books, Booker, OYE, Rancour, Hoodrich, Boans…the list goes on and on. You know when he has come through your town because it’s hard to walk even a block without seeing some sign that he has been there. Yet, in the past (and it’s possible that I’m wrong here) I have never seen anything of his – not a print, a canvas, or even a zine – available for purchase. But today I was stumbeling around the internet and happened to run into the website for Operation: Madman.

Apparently these madmen have very good taste, as Operation: Madman Publishing and Distribution has brought us The Reader for their debut publication. Originally released as a hand-bound edition of 12 in 2005, this new publication is being made more widely available as a hand numbered edition of 2000. Samples of what to expect from within its 186 page can be previewed in this Flickr set.

If you live in NYC and you want to support a local business, I hear that Scrap Yard has (or had) some copies for sale. It can also be purchased online at Railroad Semantics ($22) or at Operation: Madman ($18).

Happy Reading!

Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)
Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)
Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)
Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)
Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)
Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)
Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)
Read More Books (photo by Becki Fuller)

Your Summer READing

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If you follow New York City street art and graffiti, there’s one name you can’t ignore: READ. His annual trips leave a highly legible trail each time he hits New York: stickers, tags, rollers and pieces, he does them all with admirable style.

READ all about it on a wall near you.

katsu read

reader freight