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Street Art in Bushwick [ Part 2 ]

On the last installment of Bushwick Street Art, I showed you a lot of work found via the JMZ Walls Collective. But, as I also mentioned, there are other groups keep things vibrant around the Borough.

Enter the Bushwick Art Collective. Started accidentally by Joseph Ficalora, the project sort’ve came into fruition after Ficalora began inviting artists to paint walls within the area as long as they followed a few simple rules:

1. Nothing offensive to children, women or the local businesses walls they were allowed to paint on.
2. No politics.
3. No one is paid for the work. The artists donate their own supplies and time, and the building owners donate their wall space.

From there, it took off to what you see today. Artists from all over the world have made their way to Bushwick for the chance to showcase their work on a wall within the city. Interested in checking it out? Head on over to Troutman Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. Or for those familiar with the L line, get off on Jefferson St. and simply walk around. The pieces are everywhere. Enjoy the photos!

Notorious B.I.G: 20 Years Art Exhibit

“’cause I went from negative to positive and it’s all…good.”

It’s been 20 years (time flies right?) since Christopher Wallace was slain in L.A. To celebrate the life and times of the legendary MC, Brooklyn’s own Bishop Gallery held an art show from 4/10-4/12 showcasing the work of several artists paying their respects to Frank White. There were some really great pieces there. If you weren’t able to make it, check out a few of the photos below.


The Face Challenge


One of my NYE resolutions was to draw more, so I challenged myself to draw 1 portrait a day for all of January. I didn’t quite pull it off (21 total), but these were a few of my favorites. Every 4 block of sketches shows improvement. It’s funny how a little bit of practice (WE TALKIN BOUT PR-) goes a long way. This wasn’t a personal challenge either. Other artists join in on twitter. Thanks to everyone who participated. I added their names below along with the final 4 sketches and a link to view everyone’s work.








Street Art in Bushwick

With the Bushwick Collective Block Party happening this weekend (Click Here for more info on that), it felt like the perfect time to finally drop this. It’s virtually impossible to walk through the streets of Bushwick (Brooklyn, NY.) without bumping into some amazing pieces of artwork spray painted on Rooftops, Walls of Bodegas, Do Not Enter barricades, etc. It’s everywhere!

[Note: One of the best views for hidden pieces, is  on the Manhattan Bound J Train from Broadway Junction and beyond.]

Although it’s usually considered ‘illegal‘ to cover public property with Graffiti, J M Z Walls, a non for profit collective has been actively working to change that and bring art to ALL local pedestrians. The name comes from the trains (The J, M & Z obviously) that run along the path of many of these walls daily. With their help along with many other local organizations such as The Bushwick CollectiveDodworth Street Mural, they have all participated in helping brighten up your daily work commute, or like me, spending your Saturday afternoon wandering the neighborhood.

During my small weekend excursion, I stopped at a certain piece only to be greeted by the actual artist behind it (I promise we didn’t plan it or anything.) Meet the lovely Lexi Bella. She was nice enough to not only introduce herself but do me the honor of posing with her work for a photo. Hey Lexi! [ View More of Here Work Here ]  There was so much to post, I had no choice but to make it a gallery. (Otherwise this would scroll forever! Eitherway, take a moment out of the day to check out some of the work below. My hats off to ALL of the artists. Hope to meet you guys!

Creating Chamber 25

Simply put, I want to draw like Lupe Fiasco raps. Also, I needed somewhere to store all the screens I use for designing, so I took on the challenge of repainting a wooden cabinet. But of course, I wouldn’t stop there and figured it’d be cool to create my own mural. I never had the opportunity to draw on something like this before and figured it’d be fun. The entire thing will be themed off of the anime “Bleach”. Since I use elements from it all the time, it makes sense.

I’ll update this post with any new progress I make until the entire thing is done.

*UPDATE 4/20/2015*

Video works so much better! Check out PART 1. When I make some traction with the sides, expect a follow up.

(To Be Continued..)