Mesh

spray paint graffiti of the word MESH in block letters with an umlaut over the letter E

While the title may say it all, there’s a ton of detail in this piece including the highlights, shadowing, the cracks and of course, the umlaut.

Midtown, Manhattan.

Angel of the City

A large black and white mural painting of an angel protecting a city

Another shot from our roving reporter, @hopemanbob. I really like that this large mural portrays both sides, the savior and the destroyer, full of both peace and war. The monotone color palette also really helps to emphasize this dichotomy.

Belgrade, Serbia.

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.