2015 Stikman Calendar Giveaway

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Fans of the elusive Stikman, take note: I have a couple of the above calendars to give away! Write a haiku in praise of Stikman and either leave it as a comment below or on my Instagram for a chance to win. Contest ends February 3, 2015.

Luna Park’s 2014 Favorites

As 2014 winds down, here’s a look back at some of my favorite art and images from the past year – shot in New York, Berlin, Munich and Washington, DC.

Featuring work by:

ADEK, WOLFTITS, ELBOW-TOE, FADE AA/EKGLABS, MOSA/CURVE/ESSO PAL, ELSOL25, MAYA HAYUK, BERLIN KIDZ, GRAFRO, MARTHA COOPER, DCEVE/SNOEMAN, STIKMAN, SHOK1, SKI/TOUCH, STEVE POWERS, DAN WITZ, SWOON, RUBIN415, JUST, CHRIS STAIN/BILLY MODE, ENX/COST, KUMA, JOE IURATO, UFO 907, TEXAS/GANE, SPONE/WANE/TRAP, ANDREW PONEROS, PIXOTE/RAMBO, PIXELPANCHO, CASH4, VTS, FALSE/PEAR, POSTER BOY, SOBER/NOXER, BARE/HERT/GABLE, RUSK/KATSU, NEVER, AMNY, YOU GO GIRL/JANZ/NEKST, KASHINK, KRIPOE, NESO, SATONE, RIPO, HOUSE OF HADES, JJ VERONIS, CLINT MARIO/ME_NEWYORK, GADSE, SMELLS/DROID 907, GIZ/GHOST/MARVEL, REVS, SPECTER, CEKIS/CERN, ELMS, HOODRICH, SWEET TOOF/DARKCLOUD, REKA, MOMO, TOP DOGS, JEFFREY GAMBLERO/SMART

My gratitude to those of you working in the public space.
Much love to anyone who lost a loved one this year…
#ripafri #ripdg #ripkorn #ripüzit

Brooklyn Stikman Sightings

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman cut a wide swathe through Brooklyn lately, leaving a trail of new cut-outs and stickers…

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)
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 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)

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)

Comical Stikmen

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Walking around the vicinity of Williamsburg’s Pandemic Gallery, where Stikman recently had a show, I recently discovered a couple of new and amusing wheatpastes. This one reads:

Her: She wants that pile of sticks instead of you…?
Him: I told her to choose… him… or me.

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

And then there’s He’s Looking for People Who Like to Draw

Stikman (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman Show at Pandemic Gallery

Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

I couldn’t be happier that Stikman, one of my favorite street artists, will be opening a show of all-new work at Brooklyn’s Pandemic Gallery tomorrow night. Titled “20”, the show marks an astonishing twenty year career of installing his now iconic stikmen characters on the streets. His ability to reinvent the stikman figure in new mediums and willingness to experiment with different configurations is seemingly boundless. Because the pieces are never the same, they are a challenge to find – but fans of his work no doubt agree there is a special thrill to recognizing one of his pieces.

Of the show, Stikman writes, “To celebrate twenty years of playing in the street with sticks I have created a special battalion of twenty figures to send out into the world with the hope that the friends of stikman will take him along on new journeys to places he has not yet been. I have also created twenty works on paper to commemorate the paper element associated with stikman. Ten of these are PAINTBLAST, which is a form of automatic painting that occurs when I paint the wood figures.”

Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)
Stikman at Pandemic Gallery (photo by Luna Park)

Stikman “20”
March 16-April 6, 2012
Opening: Friday, March 16, 7-11pm
Pandemic Gallery
37 Broadway btwn Kent and Wythe
Brooklyn, NY 11211
L train to Bedford ave, J train to Marcy ave, or Q59 bus to Broadway/Wythe

Help Pandemic Gallery Get To Paris!

Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)
Pandemic (photo by Becki Fuller)

It probably wouldn’t surprise anyone who follows our blog to hear that we love Williamsburg’s Pandemic Gallery. Going to one of their openings can feel like stepping into an updated scene from Beyond The Valley of the Dolls: artists, bikers, rockers, pinatas, models, wigs and leather whips, moms offering trays of cookies…and everyone there is part of the big, happy Pandemic family. And just like in any family, from time to time, help is needed.

Pandemic has the opportunity to go global this October by participating in City Art KonT’ner, a contemporary urban art event specializing in street art, in Paris. But shipping art isn’t cheap, and the gallery needs help with the funding of $7,500 to pay for the rent of the container. Any extra money raised will go towards help the artists themselves to get to the city of lights to share in this amazing experience. Artists involved include: ARMER, BUILDMORE, CELSO, DARKCLOUD, DEUCE SEVEN, JUDITH SUPINE, KEELY, KENJI NAKAYAMA, MATT SIREN, ROYCE BANNON, STIKMAN, SWAMPY, UR NEW YORK, VENG, WRONA

In SUPPORTING Pandemic, you will not only get that warm happy feeling of having done something good, but you will also have GIFTS heaped upon you, based on the size of your donation.

So, break out your piggy banks, make a donation today, and your next shot of tequila at Pandemic is on me!