Understanding

Spray paint graffiti of a pattern and a broken black heart with the phrase, "Love is key 2 super understanding"

One final piece from this pandemic plywood series. This one with a mix of things going on — the blue cover up, the pattern, the tag overlay, the phrase (stenciled?) and the broken black heart. A good use of the plywood as a reversed color in the pattern versus the heart where instead of drawing two halves, it’s a single heart split with gold. Perhaps that’s the whole point — the pattern of whole things broken and super understanding.

Soho, Manhattan.

We All Need Change

A spray paint cartoon bird wearing a black suit jacket, top hat and striped shirt with large white wings.

The pandemic provided fresh new canvases along with the quiet streets to paint. This piece is a bit sinister as it conjures the grim reaper, the angel of death calling for change. But change is often hard and we do resist. Perhaps that’s why the call comes from the dark. And is that a monocle? Somehow my brain says yes.

Soho, Manhattan.

Jamming

A large single line illustration in white on black of jazz musicians performing

A very nice single line piece with all the fluidity and style you could hope for. Look again to see all the details. Single line work like this has a confidence in vision. It’s like the city is reclaiming itself.

Soho, Manhattan.

Fear No More

A large painting of a monster with mouth open, sharp teeth and claws grasping in the night forest

Another guest post from the west coast this week! Our roving reporter (@hopemanbob) sent this painting along. The application is superb as getting a concept to work around a corner is very tricky. After a little research, it looks like the original had more at the bottom that’s been defaced (and hence cut from this shot). View the original from @vivacheman for the context — it really brings home the title.

Oakland, California

Four Hearts

A series of four graffiti hearts in different color schemes each with line work inside

I was forced back into the city last week (which was weird), but naturally, I took the opportunity to capture some more art. This shot has two things I love — a good series and nice line work. Exploring different color scheme options live across the boarded up windows of a construction site is bold. And the line work falls somewhere between a science fiction alien language and the shapes of Arabic typography. From @7lineartstudio

Soho, Manhattan.