Signature

Close up photo of a large iron beam with orange spray painted graffiti saying "Iron Workers Local 40" in a stylized fontA construction site for a new skyscraper as the iron beams are fitted in place

Artist’s should sign their work and craftsmen and women are no different, which is why this piece caught my eye. It wasn’t just the large signature, but the stylized lettering that drew my attention. It’s that letter style that screams “graffiti” and not just “advertising” or “branding.” It’s also intriguing to think of all that lies within and under the surface of the places we inhabit. A hidden world, with hidden meaning and a hidden history just out of sight.

Hudson Yards, Manhattan.

Frown

Spraypaint graffiti of a frowning face

This piece may look small here, but it was actually over two feet across. I like the simplicity and it’s iconic, almost emoji immediacy. A character and an emotion, all contained in a few paint strokes.  What can you draw with three lines and two dots?

Midtown, Manhattan.

The Dove and the Wolf

Street mural of a dove flying up between a man and a snarling wolf

Wonderful detail in this street mural full of pathos and hope.  The wing breaking out of the frame is a great, subtle touch.

This is another guest post courtesy of @hopemanbob, so we’re officially promoting him to Foreign Correspondent!

Vienna, Austria.

Apart Together

Cubist inspired street painting of a man and woman looking away from each other

So many great details in this piece. From the little heart lock on her lapel, the key in her hand, her Cubist inspired open eye, the heart tattoo on his arm to the tear on his cheek. Somehow the whole story is there to read.

Guest post courtesy of @hopemanbob.

Vienna, Austria.

Cabochon

A round cabochon with a printed back stuck to the side of a girder

This small, one inch circular glass cabochon was nearly invisible stuck to the side of a giant steel girder. Finding the small in large places.

Hudson Yards, Manhattan.

Astronaut

Large googly eyes attached to a store window overlaping a gold astronaut statue

Cheers to the intrepid soul who stuck googly eyes to the window display of this high end watch store. The display is commemorating Omega’s part in the Apollo 11 moon landing 50 years ago and features two large gold astronaut statues. These eyes just appeared one quiet morning. Hard to accomplish given the CCTV surveillance “security” paranoia that surrounds us these days.

Nothing against Omega, but I love adding this whimsy to the face of all the opulent wealth on display. Given the rampant unattainable commercialism that threatens to drown the average citizen of this city, we need fight back with more humor.

Alas, the eyes were quickly removed.

Hudson Yards, Manhattan.